Christmas in France

Have you ever wondered what former Miss France does for December holidays in France? Here’s a guide to what Chloe Mortaud believes are important to do and eat in the country she calls home. 


To start, looking for the best ambiance?

During the final month of the year Paris definitely lives up to its name City of Lights. From the

Champs Elysees to the Palace Vendome to the famous department stores; Galerie Lafayette and Le Printemps -- everything twinkles, similarly to the way the ocean does at sunset. 

The city turns into the most magical place… and that also means, shopping! It is THE place to do it, too. This year, here is my French  shopping list: 

  • For the romantic - I mean Paris is also the City of love, right? Mademoiselle Provence Whipped Rose & peony Whipped Body Balm
  • For the Home Decor enthusiast : A Diptyque Candle “Figue” 
  • For the sweet tooth: Fauchon chocolates
  • For the person who is always cold; we all know one person: Mariage Freres Tea Marco Polo
  • For the Fashion addict: Maje, Sandro, Soeurs, the choice is yours in Paris…
  • For the kids: Oxybul - the best toy shop!



Hungry? Onto Strasbourg: home of the oldest AND largest Christmas market in France (started in 1570). Who doesn’t love a twofer. ;)  

While strolling through the iconic market make sure to grab a hot cocoa or hot wine! Then pair it with some local food and enjoy-- holiday cheers and smiles are the perfect combination for an authentic Christmas in this quaint town. 

Where to Stay? Walking distance  from almost everything and charming, nothing like Life Renaissance - New Concept hotel. Also, of course, don’t forget to take the time to visit “La Petite France” a neighborhood in Strasbourg that is “UNESCO world heritage ” 




Where's the snow? Time to head to the Alps. Holiday food traditions here include: Raclette (melted cheese on potatoes) and fondue (more melted cheese but with bread crouton this time). We pretty much praise cheese. Turn into a local and ski into your chalet. Later on in the day, take off your boots and lounge in the spa while the snow falls. Dreamy right?

Wait, can’t ski? no problem, pick a day and time, an instructor and you are all set with the ESF (the official French Ski school)... ps: it won’t cost you an arm or a leg, like it does in the US! 




Now, let’s get down to business. What do the French do for Christmas? On Christmas Eve, the French people gather with their family and share a very particular meal of:

Oysters & shrimps & smoked salmon
Foie Gras & Duck Mousse
Turkey with roasted chestnuts and “pomme dauphines” 
& finally, for desert; a “Buche de Noel” ( a French Christmas cake shaped like a log, it can also be an ice cream log)....Drooling just thinking about it.


Hope you enjoyed my French winter holidays guide -- have you booked your ticket yet for 2021? ;)



Happy Holidays & Merry Christmas


Les Femmes de Mademoiselle Provence

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