Magical Christmas in Narbonne

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Narbonne Féeries de Noël

In the South of France, we don’t have much chance of a white Christmas. So to get into the Christmas spirit, I like to visit some festively decorated towns. Narbonne is one of my favourites. Every year, this charming Mediterranean town turns into a magical Christmas destination during “Les Féeries de Noël”. Get your self some mulled wine and put your ice skates on to get into the Christmas spirit.

Santa Claus

Last Wednesday I promised my little girl I would take her ice skating in Narbonne. She absolutely loves ice skating! Also, we wanted to embrace Christmas in its full glory. So Narbonne was the place to go. First, we visited La Cour des Curiosités in the Cour de la Madeleine and Le Studio Magique in the Salle des Consuls in the Palais-Musée des Archevêques. Here, you will find all kinds of activities, such as a children’s farm, labyrinth and mechanical puppets. However, most French kids will be standing in line for a photo with a man dressed like Santa Claus, according to my girl. She didn’t buy it, although she still believes in Santa. And what about the real Santa? Well, he is in the North Pole of course!

Narbonne Féeries de Noël

Magic

When arriving at the Place de l’Hôtel-de-Ville, you are immediately surrounded by magic. Even the Palais des Archevêques is decorated! A huge illuminated princess dress embraces the joy of Christmas in all its glory. And when night falls, all the lights shimmer and shine even more. While we were there, a band started to sing Christmas carols and songs from Frozen. I don’t quite see how these songs go together, but looking at my happy girl singing along, it did add to the wonder of Christmas.

Narbonne Féeries de Noël

Ice skating

A fantastic ice rink right in the middle of Place de l’Hôtel-de-Ville adds to the Christmas fun. This means that you are actually ice skating on the Via Domitia, one of the oldest Roman roads in the world. I have never before skated on such a historic site. You can rent ice skates on the spot, and the kids are provided with a helmet. All this for only 3,50 euros an hour. Although a bit rusty in the beginning, we soon enough got the hang of it. We had a blast whirling around!

Narbonne Féeries de Noël

Feast

Tired but happy we went for a hot cocoa. With churros on the side. We found them at the Christmas market on the Cours de la République, where we also bought some grilled chestnuts to complete the feast! The Christmas market is rather small and not really worth the trip. However, added to all the other decorations and festivities, it is a good place to get something to nibble on.

Narbonne Féeries de Noël

Funfair

All filled up, we were ready for the last part of the afternoon: the funfair at Cours Mirabeau. Well, my girl was raring to go. I’m not really into boisterous and flashy attractions. As we had already been ice skating, we’d had enough action for the day in my opinion. So we saved the big Ferris wheel for another time. Feeling Christmassy, we headed back home, loudly singing “Petit Papa Noël”.

Narbonne Féeries de Noël

Info

Every year the town of Narbonne organises “Les Féeries de Noël”. During most of December until after New Years, Narbonne is decorated with festive lights. You can find the program of events on the tourist office’s website. We went on a Wednesday afternoon when it wasn’t too busy. Keep in mind that a lot of people will be around on the weekend.

Parking

I was lucky to find a spot at the free parking lot just before arriving at Narbonne (Quai Victor Hugo). If you don’t find a spot here, you can drive further along Quai Victor Hugo for paid parking, or try the Cours Mirabeau parking lot (paid as well).

Office de Tourisme
31 rue Jean Jaurès
11100 Narbonne
+33 (0)4 68 65 15 60

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