Reims is a city in northern France, and conveniently situated in the heart of the Champagne region!
We visited the Christmas Market in 2014 on route back to the Eurotunnel after a road trip around northern Europe, as it’s a handy stopping point just 3 hours from Calais. We weren’t expecting too much from a Christmas Market in northern Europe (with the exception of Paris) but we were pleasantly surprised!
There was an interesting variety of products on offer, many of them locally made. The first stall we came across was this one, a jeweller who made her creations from recycled Nespresso capsules! I love this idea!
We also watched confectioners making candy canes on their stall, which was fascinating!
The range of goods on offer across the market included wooden toys, locally made preserves, nougat and other sweet treats, and some beautiful lighting accessories, to name just a few things.
The range of food and drink was as good as you’d expect from a Christmas Market, with a few interesting additions! As well as Gluhwein or Vin Chaud (mulled red wine) mulled cider and mulled white wine was also on offer!
If you don’t fancy eating outdoors on a cold winter’s evening, the market is situated in a large square that’s surrounded with great quality bars and restaurants offering a wide range of cuisines.
Ok, so let’s skip to the good bit… as we mentioned at the start of this post, Reims is at the heart of the Champagne region in France, and so it goes without saying that you can’t walk too far around the Christmas Market without stumbling (literally, in my case) across a champagne bar, or a stall selling champagnes of the region! Needless to say we sampled the local speciality, and also bought a few bottles to take home…*
As with many cities in northern France, Reims boasts a beautiful cathedral, which also had a few stalls situated in the grounds.
Reims Christmas Market could be incorporated into a short trip around the Christmas Markets of northern France, taking in places such as Paris and Amiens, which would work really well by taking the Eurotunnel or ferry across the channel and driving the short distances between the cities.
We have stayed in Reims several times when we’ve been driving through France, and we can recommend both the Mercure hotel, and the Ibis Styles, both are within walking distance of the city centre where the Christmas Markets are situated.
*not long after we visited Reims, we found out I was pregnant with our eldest child, so those bottles of champagne were ‘put on ice’ for quite a while!
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