Santons – intricate miniature figures that adorn French festive cribs – star in these seasonal Provençal fairs. Design your very own crèche scene by collecting your very own. Keen to read more about the history of these traditional Nativity scenes in Provence? Check out our article here.
The original foire aux santons is still going strong, as part of Marseille’s epic annual Christmas market. Browse the beautiful figurines made by more than 30 santonniers from November 20 through to January 2.
Another santon hub is Aubagne. Head to cours Foch to see the santonniers’ latest creations to complete your nativity scene. The annual ceramics fair runs in conjunction. From November 20 to December 31.
Some 8,000 santon-loving shoppers head to Mouans-Sartoux each year for the oldest and biggest fair in the Alpes-Maritimes department. It takes place this year from November 5 to December 24 in Médiathèque-La Strada.
From France Today magazine