Christmas in Luberon

Christmas is fast approaching... The Luberon is transformed into a dream landscape as Christmas approaches.

Page updated on 23/11/2023

Known for its charming villages and unspoilt countryside, the Luberon is a place where Christmas traditions come to life in a warm, authentic setting.

It's a time to light up the hearts and sparkle the eyes of young and old alike. So imagine strolling through the villages of the Luberon under the garlands of lights, strolling through the Christmas markets filled with the scent of gingerbread and offering a multitude of artisanal products and local delicacies.

So look out for intense and magical moments of sharing, combining colours, lights, scents, emotions and happiness...

Provençal traditions

Saint Barbara's Day

Sainte-Barbe, celebrated on 4 December, marks the start of the Christmas festivities! Many families sow grains of wheat in 3 small bowls covered with damp cotton wool. If the wheat grows straight, is tall, beautiful and green, it heralds prosperity and happiness for the coming year. Cups of wheat are often used to decorate the Gros Souper table and Provençal nativity scenes, as a reminder of the promise of renewal.

The Provençal cots

At the heart of these traditions is the Provençal cot. Since the 19th century, the golden age of the santon in Provence, the little figures have been modernised to depict scenes of country life, when mills, small bridges, little houses and flocks of sheep were legion. Every year, families buy a santon to add to their collection. Increasingly, local craftsmen are creating new santons, perpetuating ancestral know-how and adding to family collections.

Useful addresses :

3rd Salon Interrégional du Santon in Cabrières-d'Avignon 16 and 17 December 2023 from 10am to 6pm.
Exhibition of Santons by Santonnière Anouk Marion (Santons Roures) at the Woods Life boutique until 29 December.
Santons de Roures in Robion

The Big Supper and the Thirteen Desserts

The "Gros Souper", delicately laid on a white tablecloth decorated with three candlesticks, symbolising the Holy Trinity, and decorated with the little wheat cups of Saint Barbara, is eaten on Christmas Eve, 24 December. This culinary tradition reflects the very essence of Provençal culture. Typically, the Gros Souper begins with a series of 7 lean dishes. It varies according to family and village. This is followed by the famous custom of thirteen desserts. For some, it's unthinkable to imagine Christmas Eve without the 13 desserts! They include: pompe à huile or Gibassier, black and white nougats, the four mendiants (figs, almonds, raisins, hazelnuts or walnuts), dates, fresh fruit, calissons d'Aix-en-Provence, candied fruit (...). A real feast for the taste buds!

Christmas markets in Destination Luberon

Non-exhaustive list

Designers' Christmas Market at Les Beaumettes

From Saturday 25 to Sunday 26 November 2023 from 10am to 6pm.
Salle communale - Village hall

5th edition organised by L'Atelier des Cigales de Cabrières d'Avignon and the Mayor of Les Beaumettes with numerous exhibitors: wooden objects, jewellery, porcelain, wire arts, decorative objects, etc.

Handi-dog demonstration on Saturday and Sunday at 3.30pm.

Christmas Market at Les Vignères

Sunday 26 November 2023 from 10am to 4pm.
Vignères school - Vignères school

Christmas market organised by the Amicale Laïque des Vignères with stalls from designers and craftspeople. Bouncy castles, horse-drawn carriage rides and other surprises.

Christmas fancy dress parade, visit from Father Christmas. Refreshments and snacks on site.

Free admission.

Christmas Market in Coustellet

From Friday 1 to Saturday 2 December 2023.
Friday 1 December: 4pm-9pm, Saturday 2 December: 10am-6pm.
Parking de la Gare - Station car park

Christmas market organised by Coustellet's association of shopkeepers and professionals, with numerous stalls and activities for young and old, dog-sleigh and horse-drawn carriage rides, Father Christmas and on-site catering.

Free admission.

Christmas Market in Robion

Sunday 3 December 2023 from 10am to 6pm.
Ilot St Roch - Ilot St Roch

Numerous exhibitors: clothing, gastronomy, wine, jewellery, decoration, toys... Visit from Father Christmas and children's show. Catering on site.

Free access.

Creators' Christmas Market

Sunday 3 December 2023 from 10am to 6pm.
Gymnase Collège du Calavon - Gymnase Collège du Calavon - Coustellet

Designers' Christmas market organised by the Page Blanche association: decorative items, accessories, jewellery, etc. 100% handmade. Catering on site (food truck).

Free admission.

Christmas Market at Les Beaumettes

Sunday 3 December 2023 from 10am to 5pm.

Designers, gastronomy and crafts for this 3rd edition of the Christmas market organised by the Comité des Fêtes des Beaumettes. Snacks and refreshments on site.

Several different and diversified stalls to do your Christmas shopping, with originality thanks to the craftsmen, tradesmen. Mulled wine, hot chocolate and coffee to warm you up. Fast food to take away. Hot chestnuts. Pancakes, candyfloss, popcorn, churros for all the family.

Free access.

Christmas Market in Cavaillon

From Friday 8 to Sunday 10 December 2023.
Friday 8 December, from 5pm to 8pm
Saturday 9 December, from 10am to 8pm
Sunday 10 December, 10am to 6pm
Opening and arrival of Father Christmas on Friday 8 December at 5.30pm.

Experience the magic of Christmas! Stroll under the glittering arch: local products, crafts and unique gifts await you. An enchanting place for authentic gifts. Festive entertainment and the aroma of crêpes promise a magical journey towards Christmas.

Christmas market entertainment

  • Christmas mini-farm
    Friday 8 December, from 5pm to 8pm, Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 December, from 10am to 6pm.
    Rue Aimé Boussot
  • Carriage rides
    Departure from the Christmas market
  • Exhibition of the calendar table and 13 desserts / Provençal cot workshop
    Saturday 9 December, 10am to 12pm and 2pm to 6pm, Sunday 10 December, 10am to 12pm and 2pm to 5pm
    Espace Léon Colombier - 55 rue Raspail
  • Demonstration of Provençal dances and flag throwing
    Saturday 9 December, 11am
    Christmas market
  • Tales from Provence
    Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 December, 2.30pm to 4.30pm
    Espace Léon Colombier - 55 rue Raspail
  • The Conservatoire sings Christmas
    Saturday 9 December, starting at 3pm
    Christmas market
  • The pastoral walk
    Saturday 9 December, 4pm, starting at the Christmas market
  • Sound and light show: "Mission Noël
    Saturday 9th December, from 6pm to 7pm
    Place Jean Bastide, Hôtel-Dieu facade
  • The Coupo Santo
    Sunday 10 December, 5.30pm
    Christmas market

Christmas Market in Lagnes

Friday 8 December 2023 at 4.30pm

Numerous exhibitors: local products, decorative items and lots of goodies ...., refreshment stand and Committee stands (Crêpes, Tartiflette, Fried Hot Dogs and Oysters), fun activities with the Pause Cartable Association.
Father Christmas will be present from 4.30pm to 6.30pm, with a photo booth to capture the moment.

Snacks for children, mulled wine and roasted chestnuts for parents.
Association stands : Pause cartable with the sale of Christmas trees and free fun activities for children.

Lagnes schools teaching team stand: sale of creations made by school children.
Mega tombola to be drawn by the children in the evening at the market.

Free admission.

Oppède Christmas Party

Friday 8 December 2023 at 4.30pm.
Place de la Mairie

Christmas tree lighting, Christmas market, fireworks, photos with Father Christmas, tombola, oyster bar, Christmas beer and mulled wine...

Free admission.

Christmas Market in Maubec

Saturday 9 December 2023 from 10am to 8pm
Salle des Fêtes

The Comité des Fêtes de Maubec is organising its Christmas market with a meal, Father Christmas, sound and light show and fireworks in the old village.
Come and discover the artisans of our region!
- 11am: inauguration
- 12.30pm: meal - truffle brouillade
- 4pm: photo with Father Christmas
- 6pm: End of the day with a Son & Lumière show in the Old Village
- 7pm: Tombola draw

Free admission.

Artists and Craftsmen Christmas Market

Saturday 9 December 2023 from 10am to 7pm.
Château Saint-Pierre de Mejans - Château Saint-Pierre de Mejans - 2 voie communale Jas de Puyvert

For the second year running, the spirit of Christmas is taking hold at Château Saint-Pierre de Mejans. Passionate local artists and craftspeople invite you to discover their products and creations.
Ceramics, jewellery, cosmetics, candles, paintings, cyanotypes, upcycling, herbal teas, truffles, foie gras, local produce?
And of course, wines, honeys and olive oils from our estate.
The day will kick off with a vinyasa yoga class given by Dan from Airfit Provence.
We look forward to seeing you there!

Admission free.
Information: 04 90 08 70 10

Christmas Market in Les Taillades

Sunday 10th December 2023.
Old village - Old village - Avenue du Château

In the Old Village, a magnificent Christmas market with lots of entertainment and craft stalls.
Free admission.

Christmas in Vaugines

Sunday 10 December 2023 from 10am to 5pm.
Place de la Mairie

New in Vaugines: the Christmas fiesta! Numerous stalls, pop rock band, brewery, wine producers, fried sausages, oysters, mulled wine and crêpes with the Vaugines school and exhibition of old cars at the boulodrome.

Free admission.

Christmas Market in Gordes

From Saturday 16 to Sunday 17 December 2023.

For its Christmas market, Gordes welcomes around sixty local craftsmen and producers. Entertainment and food trucks will punctuate these two days with good humour in a magical atmosphere.

Sunday 17 December at 3pm: Circus

Free admission.

Christmas Market at the Domaine de la Citadelle in Ménerbes

Saturday 16 December 2023 from 10am to 7pm.
Sunday 17 December 2023 from 11am to 6pm.
Domaine de la Citadelle - 601 Route de Cavaillon

A wide range of gourmet products for the festive season (seafood, smoked salmon from Denmark, chocolates, Christmas shortbread, etc.) as well as Christmas decorations.

Free admission.

Sablon traders' Christmas market in Robion

Sunday 17 December 2023 from 10am to 6pm.

2nd edition of the Christmas market organised by the shopkeepers of the Sablons area in Robion (opposite the Gendarmerie). Gift stalls, take-away and on-site catering, entertainment, visit from Father Christmas...

Christmas events (excluding the Christmas market)

Non-exhaustive list

Santons et Céramique des Roures - Exhibition

From 02/11 to 29/12/2023.
Closed on Wednesday and Sunday.
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9.30am to 6.30pm
Saturday from 9.30am to 12.30pm

Woods Life Atelier - Woods Life Atelier - 6 rue Pasteur - CAVAILLON
The santon-maker Anouk Marion exhibits her santons at Woods Life Atelier. Atypical santons, handmade without any moulding. Each one is unique.

Free admission.

Mission Noël" sound and light show - Noël à Cavaillon

Saturday 2 December 2023 at 5.30pm

Cavaillon presents "Mission Noël": a magical 7-minute adventure in which a father braves the North Pole for his daughter's dream. Afterwards, explore the city centre lights with giant polar bears and music. Magic and excitement guaranteed!

Handmade Christmas gifts in Robion

Creative workshop - Saturday 2 December 2023 at 10am

Creative workshop with Sylvette Ardoino: let's get our hearts and little hands busy and create some real pop and flashy Christmas presents, using elements made from recycled materials.

Public: 6 to 99 years - By reservation only

Saint-Nicolas at Coquillade Provence in Gargas

Sunday 3 December 2023 from 2pm to 6.30pm
Coquillade Provence - Route du Perrotet

Christmas enchantment. Once upon a time, Saint-Nicolas at Coquillade Provence...
On Sunday 3 December, from 2pm to 6.30pm, join us for Santa's magical arrival! A show with the famous "Jack Sparadrap", Christmas workshops, horse-drawn carriage rides and surprises for the children... A magical event for all the family!

On the programme:
2pm-4pm - Christmas entertainment: face-painting stalls, duck fishing, the "Creative Goblins" workshop and the Christmas Lego workshop, horse-drawn carriage rides, etc.
4pm - 5pm - "Jack Sparadrap, the Caramel Pirate" show:
Immerse yourself in the zany, offbeat world of Jack Sparadrap with his funny stories, magic tricks, games, etc. A great time for all the family, with laughter guaranteed!
5.30pm-6.30pm - Santa's arrival:
Once again this year, Santa Claus is stopping off at Coquillade Provence to pay a visit to the children, and he hasn't come empty-handed!
Admission: €20/child
Free admission for accompanying adults (two adults per child)
Children: from €20 (Free admission for accompanying adults (two adults per child).

Halles Gourmandes d'Aureto in Goult

Saturday 9 December 2023 from 11am to 3pm.
Vignobles Aureto - 60A chemin des lièvres

Hohoho it's Christmas at Vignobles Aureto.
On Saturday 9 December 2023 from 11am to 3pm, discover the Halles Gourmandes d'Aureto.
Lunch at the producers' stands & discover the new 2023 vintages!
Lunch at the producers' stands.
Aureto wine bar & discover the new 2023 vintages
Musical entertainment with the Gala Swing Quartet.
Exclusive promotions to spoil you like Father Christmas

Free admission.

Il était une fois...Noël - Readings in Robion

Saturday 16 December 2023 at 10.30am

Volunteers from the media library and Les Passeurs de Mots invite you to discover stories to help you wait for Father Christmas!

3rd Interregional Santon Exhibition in Cabrières-d'Avignon

From Saturday 16 to Sunday 17 December 2023 from 10am to 6pm
Salle des Fêtes - Salle des Fêtes - cours Jean Giono

Come and discover the art of the cot and the santon, a genuine cultural tradition.

Craftsmen will be exhibiting their many figurines over these 2 days.

Free admission.

The Christmas Parade in Cavaillon

Friday 22 December 2023 at 6pm
Place Jean-Bastide (in front of the Salle du Moulin Saint-Julien)

Enjoy a magical and unforgettable experience of the Christmas festivities, where special events such as the sound and light show, the Christmas market, cultural activities and the parade create a warm and magical atmosphere, ideal for creating memories with family and friends.

My first Christmas concert in Cavaillon

Saturday 23 December 2023 at 6.30pm.

Mon premier Concert de Noël pour enfants pas sages is coming to dust off the festive season. 4 musicians on stage, original songs and a lot of energy.
Doors open at 6pm.

By reservation: boutique.destinationluberon.com

The whole Destination Luberon team wishes you a wonderful festive season and a Merry Christmas!

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Noël en Luberon
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Marché de Noël Maubec
Noël Cavaillon
Noël Cavaillon

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