DE­CEM­BER IN FRANCE

From light shows to food fes­ti­vals and fes­tive mar­kets, it’s be­gin­ning to look a lot like Christ­mas this month in France. Ca­tri­ona Burns picks her favourite events and shares the lat­est travel news

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Find out what’s hap­pen­ing in France this month with the key events and travel news round-up

Cel­e­brate cham­pagne

1 Bot­tles of cham­pagne are popped all over the world at times of cel­e­bra­tion, so it’s only right that the com­mune of Éper­nay in the Cham­pagne re­gion holds a three­day fes­ti­val in hon­our of its fa­mous ex­port. Tak­ing place from 9-11

De­cem­ber, over 30,000 vis­i­tors come to Habits de Lu­mière where they can en­joy fire­work dis­plays, mu­si­cal en­ter­tain­ment and a vin­tage car pa­rade. Food and drink takes cen­tre stage with cham­pagne bars, cel­lar tours, cook­ery demon­stra­tions and tast­ings of re­gional prod­ucts plus a gourmet event for chil­dren. habits­de­lu­miere.eper­nay.fr

That old ch­est­nut!

2 There are few win­ter treats as fes­tive (or tasty) as chest­nuts, and the Fiera di a Castagna in Bocog­nano, Cor­sica from 9-11 De­cem­ber is the per­fect ex­cuse to stock up on these sea­sonal snacks. Founded in 1982, the fair is the big­gest agri­cul­tural event of its kind in Cor­sica and is at­tended by over 150 ex­hibitors. In ad­di­tion to chest­nuts, vis­i­tors can also feast on cheese, (in­clud­ing the Cor­si­cian spe­cial­ity, broc­ciu) pas­tries, hazel­nuts, honey, wine and beers. Mu­si­cal per­for­mances, Cor­si­can lit­er­a­ture and an ar­ti­sanal craft mar­ket also add to the fes­tive mer­ri­ment. fiera­di­a­castagna.com

Turkey din­ner

3 Cel­e­bra­tions to hon­our the turkey trans­form the town of Lic­ques in Pasde-Calais for three days in De­cem­ber. Held from 10-12 De­cem­ber, the Fête de la

Dinde be­gins with a com­pe­ti­tion in which the breed­ers of the best turkey, guinea fowls and capons are re­warded for their ef­forts. A Christ­mas mar­ket of re­gional pro­duce runs through­out the event, and on the Saturday night, rev­ellers gather for a meal and danc­ing. On Sunday the Con­frérie de l’Or­dre de la Dinde guides a pro­ces­sion of tur­keys around the town be­fore more cel­e­bra­tions are en­joyed in the town square. The fes­ti­val at­tracts thou­sands of vis­i­tors and around 2,000 meals are served at the event. lic­quesvolailles.fr

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