There are various reasons why one may wish to base their festive time away this year in France, rather than amid the grey, drizzly weather and rampant Christmas commercialism of the UK (yes, we have already begun to provide those reasons!).
Here are just a few more excuses that you may give to your work colleagues when they enquire and ask, “really? Everyone goes to France…”
France’s festive traditions aren’t quite like the UK’s
Even if you spend just a few days on this side of the English Channel, you’ll notice that certain familiar Yuletide traditions are missing – if you consider the UK the centre of the world, anyway. There are very few Christmas cards in France, for instance, and nor are there many (or any!) carol singers.
France, however, has its own wonderful December traditions. These include Christmas Eve being the day when the biggest festive meal is enjoyed in most households – expect oysters and/or foie gras, followed by turkey, often with chestnut stuffing and cheese, and finally dessert.
On the subject of Christmas dessert, even this differs from that customarily enjoyed in the UK. Christmas pudding has never really been embraced in France, so you should instead anticipate a fancy log of ice cream or sponge and chocolate. It’s by no means a poor substitute to what you may be more accustomed to back home!
The opportunity of a classic French chateau holiday
What comes to your mind when someone mentions to you that they’re staying in a French chateau property over the festive period? Perhaps an enchanting setting of perfectly manicured grounds sprinkled with snow? What about the crackling sound of a fireplace, amid the sweet smell of gingerbread or the turkey cooking?
Well, this idyllic experience can also be yours when you select the right French chateau in which to hold your own seasonal celebrations. Christmas at Château Bouffémont, for example, really is something quite special, with our sought-after festive-season two-night break package enabling you to enjoy the exclusive – yes, exclusive – use of the Château and its grounds, together with an assortment of winter activities for you and your family.
There are few things quite like Christmas in Paris
While we are on the subject of French chateaus, when you truly wish to make the most of your festive vacation in such a jaw-droppingly beautiful and inspiring country, it’s well worth staying somewhere that enables you to enjoy day trips to the City of Lights itself.
Château Bouffémont is a case in point, being situated a mere 30 kilometres from the centre of Paris. You can find out more about what’s planned for the festive period in Paris at the official website of the French capital’s Convention and Visitors Bureau, but you can rest assured that it’s not just about the traditional charms of its Christmas lights and markets – as wonderful as they undoubtedly are.
Why not schedule some time in your French Christmas break itinerary to marvel at the stunning festive window displays at the Galeries Lafayette department store, get your skates on at the ice rink outside the Hotel de Ville or head to place de la Concorde for a sight of the spectacular Big Wheel?
Don’t listen to those who say that France is too unimaginative a destination for your Christmas celebrations – in truth, the country’s popularity is simply a reflection of its long-enduring charms and wealth of incredible things to see and do. Plus, the 2017 festive season in France promises to be as magnificent as ever!