The capital of the French region of Picardy in France, Amiens is a wonderful place that’s famous for the beautiful French Gothic-styled Cathedrale Notre-Dame d’Amiens (or simply the Cathedral of Notre Dame), a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is filled with impressive details that have clearly stood the test of time and continue to be admired by visitors from all over the world. It is also the place where science fiction writer Jules Verne lived—this is where he wrote many of his amazing works, and where he became town councilor.
At this time of the year, however, Amiens has another grand thing in store for visitors. One of the best things in store for everyone during December is the Amiens Christmas Market, something that will certainly make any kind of holiday celebration extra special and wonderful. If you want to learn some of the things in store for people here during Christmas, read on, as we’re going to tell you about the exciting activities here.
Starting on Christmas day, Amiens will have one of the largest Christmas markets in all of northern France. Upon visiting the Amiens city centre, you will already be welcomed by more than a hundred chalets that will be especially set up for this special season.
Another thing that you won’t miss here is the market of gifts, food, arts and crafts, and lots of other interesting things that will surely excite all shoppers and lovers of good food. Aside from these offerings, there is also an archway on rue de Noyon that’s inspired by Jules Verne’s work called “The Mysterious Island.”
Amiens is already amazing at any time of the year, but in December, the scenery just transforms into something much more amazing—an alpine wonderland is created—there are more than 700 stalls here, so it’s kind of impossible for anyone to not find anything that will suit his/her taste. There is just so much too see, so much products to choose from, and so many activities to be a part of. Amiens is only around two hours north of Paris, so getting here will not really require a long and exhausting trip. When you get to the town, you will be overwhelmed by the amazing items at the markets.
From organic clothing to ciders, from macaroons to a wide selection of marron glace, this place has lots of gastronomic treats and more. Of course there are also carol singers, colorful light displays, rides, performances, light shows, and lots of other activities in store for both kids and adults.
After your trip to the Christmas market, do not miss the Cathedral of Notre Dame, as it it one of the largest Gothic churches of the 13th century. Come here during the evening, when a light show will leave you in awe, illuminating the whole cathedral, and lighting up the whole area, adding so much more beauty to the already-impressive holiday atmosphere. You must also head over to the Old Quarter, where you’ll see and experience Flemish-environment, and see where the locals hang out.
This is considered as one of France‘s best holiday markets, so making a trip here at this time of the year will certainly be worth it. Have you been to other Christmas markets? Aside from the beautiful decorations and amazing surroundings, what else do you think makes them so special? Also, share with us you favorite features and activities when visiting holiday markets—Christmas is just around the corner, and we’re pretty sure you’re already at the peak of the holiday season spirit. Show us some love and share your holiday stories with us!