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All of a sudden it seems that Christmas is upon us and Aix really celebrates Christmas in style.

Here are the main festive markets (more…)

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Where will the textile market be held when the Christmas chalets open?

Where will the textile market be held when the Christmas chalets open?

The Christmas market opening on 20th November will as usual displace the textiles stall holders from the Tuesday and Thursday markets currently held in the cours Mirabeau.

The solution this year (not yet confirmed) seems to be (more…)

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There are so many events coming up – Christmassy and otherwise.  Here we go!

The Christmas market is now in full swing down the cours Mirabeau.  The chalets seem to me to be identical to the ones last year and the year before that so they must be able to cover their 2,700€ rental.  Certainly the hot spiced wine chalet and the magic man seemed busy when I walked past.  It’s open 10-19:00hrs daily.  Plus, every day, there will be special events, Corsican singing, medieval dancing, Aixois rap, demos of guide dogs – lots of activities which are listed on www.mairie-aixenprovence.fr/festivites-de-noel-2012 if you haven’t been able to find a flyer.

Tuesday sees the opening of an exhibition of the abstract paintings of Giovanna Buttice and Annick Deroux at the Galerie Aix-positions, 29 rue Lisse des Cordeliers (bottom of Cours Sextius).  It’s on til Saturday Dec 1st and the vernissage is Tuesday at 17:00.

Wednesday is the opening day for the International Market when our twin towns come to Aix to give us a taste, often literally, of their typical food, drinks and crafts.  New this year are stalls from Baalbek, Lebanon, Ashkelon, Israel and Kumamoto, Japan who have just signed a letter of ‘intention de partenariat’ with Aix.  It’s always an interesting event with the people fromPerugia usually drawing a crowd for their Italian goodies.  Bath is the British twin and this year the mayor is attending.  It opens as 12:00 on Wed, then it’s 10-19:00 until 2nd Dec, Place François Villon, Les Allées Provencales.  www.aix-jumelages.com.

On Thursday, photographer Bernard Plossu will be signing copies of his book of photos of Mont Sainte-Victoire at the bookshop Harmoni-Mundi, place du Verdun, at 19:00hrs.  This is a tie-in with his exhibition at the Musée Granet which is on for another couple of weeks.  He’s a really nice guy who speaks English thanks to his years working in the US….and he likes meeting people who are interested in photography.

Friday will be a busy day.  Book In Bar are hosting the Poetry Corner meeting.  This month Sheighle Birdthistle is focusing on War Poetry.  She will introduce WWI poets and has asked people to contribute readings or suggestions of poets from other wars and conflicts. Should be a good session.  17:30hrs.  After that, there’s an expo of paintings at the Deux Garçons which looks interesting.  It’s for artists who either work or whose partners work at Iter.  It’s on the first floor, from 18-22:00hrs, Friday only.

On Saturday, if you still have energy, why not visit the Christmas Fayre at the English Bubble?  You may have seen its owner Caroline this week on the front page of Aix City Local News adorned with lots of union jacks?  Her cultural centre ,which welcomes children and adults who wish to learn English or meet Anglophones, has been a great success.  She also sells lots of English necessities like Heinz beans and marmite and usually has mince pies and crackers at this time of year. The event takes place 14-19:00hrs and there is ceramics painting for children while their parents shop.  453 Ave Jean- Paul Coste, Val St André,  Aix.

Carrefour will be opening from this coming Sunday (2nd) every Sunday until Christmas – and they have parsnips!

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There seem to be even more markets this year in Aix – starting next weekend!  Here are the main activities – get hold of a copy of the free Aixendialogue magazine for the entire listing.

Les Chalets de Noel, Cours Mirabeau, 19th Nov-31st Dec, 10-19:00;  there are about 50 wooden chalets selling all sorts of local crafts, soaps, pictures, food and hot wine.  At the top of the cours is the Chalet de la Ville with a stage for the folk-dancing and choirs.www.aixenprovence.fr.

Chalet Creche de Noel, Cours Mirabeau, outside Monoprix.  This is a really huge collections of santons under glass in a mock up of Provence.  There’s the traditional village scene with the shepherds, lavender-gather, village gossips, etc, the creche itself, a figure of Cezanne painting near his mountain, a Camargue scene with tiny gardiens and mini-Calanques with fishermen. It’s the nicest one I’ve seen and lovely for children.

Foire aux Santons, Place Jeanne d’Arc, 24th Nov-31st Dec, exc 25th.  It’s being inaugurated on the 27th with a special messe des santonniers at 10:00 at the church in the cours Sextius. 

Marché International des Villes Jumelles, Place Jeanne d’Arc, 25-30th November, 10-19:30.  This has items for sale from all Aix’s twin towns – some really attractive ethnic items plus lots of food. Free.

NEW!  Délices le Salon du Chocolat et des Tentations, Place Jeanne d’Arc, 2-4th December, 10-19:00; 40 chocolatiers will present their creations gourmandes.  Free. www.delices-chocolat-aix.com.

Marché aux Sapins, Place Bastard, opp Gare Routiere, 8-24th Dec.  All shapes and sizes of trees.

NEW! Aix Trait d’Art, Place Jeanne d’Arc, 8-11th December, 11-20:00hrs.  20 local gallerys show their paintings, photos and scultptures. 4€. www.aixtraitsdart.com.

La Fontaine aux Jouets, Place de l’Hotel de Ville, Saturday 10th December, 14-18:00hrs.  All new/nearly new toys are welcome to be placed around the fountain for later distribution to disadvantaged children.

Fete de l’Huile d’Olive d’Aix-en-Provence AOC, Place Jeanne d’Arc, 17-18th December, 9-19:00hrs. Annual celebration and tasting of local oils and products from local olive trees.

Marché des 13 Desserts, Place Jeanne d’Arc, 19-24th December, 10-19:00hrs.  Perfect place to buy everything you need for your traditional Christmas Eve table from local producers.  www.agri13.fr.








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