© José Nicolas
In Provence, like everywhere else, the magic of Christmas comes to life in the heart of towns and villages as the year draws to a close. From the Cours Mirabeau in Aix-en-Provence to the Old Port in Marseille, streets are lit up with twinkling arches, multi-coloured garlands and an array of sparkling decorations. The atmosphere is truly magical, especially in the quaint Christmas markets. Steeped in symbols and tradition, they offer presents, decorations and regional specialities sold from little wooden huts, and strolling around them is a delightful experience for everyone.