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Christmas Markets In Argenton Sur Creuse

Updated on December 7, 2015
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Wendy moved to France in 2005 where she fell in love with everything French

One of the things I love about rural France is its Christmas spirit.  Here Christmas takes the slow road and the shops start to decorate for the Christmas season at the start of December.  Nothing seems to change too much, life is still calm and we don’t see the pressure to buy buy buy that you see in big cities or in other countries where Christmas has become a marketing aid to force people to buy as much as they can to please their friends and family.

Here in rural France, I am thankful to see that Christmas is still greatly attached to its original meaning.  Christmas is seen more as an occasion to reunite the families, and an occasion to spend time together doing what the French do best: cooking, eating and drinking. 

Christmas in the Village

Our little village is limited in the amount of Christmas decorations placed by the council. However, we have a merry go round in our little main square along with a big Christmas tree. For the children there are different types of animation provided, there is the horse and cart carriage, the pony rides and the handcrafts workshops run by the council during the weekends.

Argenton sur Creuse at Christmas

Christmas decorations in Argenton Sur Creuse
Christmas decorations in Argenton Sur Creuse
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Free ride in Argenton Sur Creuse
Free ride in Argenton Sur Creuse

The Salon the Chocolate in Argenton Sur Creuse

The Christmas spirit arrived at our village a couple of weeks ago with the Salon de Chocolate. A festival destined to show off the best chocolatiers of the year. It was a complete success; entire families visited the salon de Chocolate which opened for only two days. Everybody went with their chequebook prepared to spend at least 6 euros for 100gr of chocolate to delight themselves and their families on Christmas’ eve. I couldn’t believe people were making cheques for hundreds of euros for their chocolates. We tried the most delicious chocolates you can imagine and even watched an educational film showing how chocolate is made. The film took as back to the cacao fields in Venezuela to end in the best French Chocolate making houses. It was a great way to show my little ones how the chocolate starts as a humble seed and ends up in delicious creams to spread over their crepes, in hot beverages and yummy chocolate shapes that they take delight in consuming. The attendance at the Salon the Chocolate was so busy that there were dozens of people that never managed to get through the doors.

Chocolate Festival at Argenton sur Creuse

Chocolate Festival at Argenton sur Creuse
Chocolate Festival at Argenton sur Creuse
Ready to give chocolates
Ready to give chocolates
Chocolate Festival at Argenton sur Creuse
Chocolate Festival at Argenton sur Creuse
The professionals at work at the Chocolate Festival in Argenton sur Creuse
The professionals at work at the Chocolate Festival in Argenton sur Creuse
chocolate ready to be work with
chocolate ready to be work with
Chocolate roses
Chocolate roses
Chocolate sculpture that can last up to 3 years!
Chocolate sculpture that can last up to 3 years!
candied oranges dipped in chocolate
candied oranges dipped in chocolate
trying the chocolate
trying the chocolate
Chocolate shirts
Chocolate shirts
Chocolate Kamasutra
Chocolate Kamasutra

Christmas Market at the Chateau de Chabenet.

This is one of my favourite markets. Usually the Chateau de Chabenet is closed to the public so the only opportunity we have to go in is when they have special events like the Hunting festival or the Christmas market. The Castle resembles a fairy tale castle –who needs Disney with this castle round the corner?

This year, the Christmas market was even better than last’s years. There were exhibitors from all around the region bringing their chocolates, crafts, wines, organic soaps, wood crafts, freshly picked roasted chestnuts and hot mulled wine. For the children there was a crafts workshop and a Christmas theatre play. The children loved it, mind you who wouldn’t love listening to a Christmas witch telling a Christmas story with life size characters in a fairy tale castle? My children were over the moon with the play and the surroundings. Simple things that make a big difference.

Christmas Market 2009, Chateau de Chabenet

Chateau de Chabenet
Chateau de Chabenet
It was a cold windy day
It was a cold windy day
Poor little Princess was almost blown away by the wind!
Poor little Princess was almost blown away by the wind!
The castle's chapel
The castle's chapel
A real Christmas tree with presents waiting for the little Princess and Hooligan!
A real Christmas tree with presents waiting for the little Princess and Hooligan!


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    • stephhicks68 profile image

      Stephanie Hicks 

      8 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      So beautiful and interesting! Takes me back to a happier, simpler time. Rated up! Merry Christmas!

    • Princessa profile imageAUTHOR

      Wendy Iturrizaga 

      10 years ago from France

      Hi Money Glitch: Thank you for taking the time to read so I could share a piece of my world with you. I hope you had a great time over the holiday period and all the best for the new year.

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      Money Glitch 

      10 years ago from Texas

      Wow, amidst the hustle and bustle of the Holiday Season, I missed this hub. But, oh what a wonderful hub; I felt as though I was there in France with all the great pictures and my mouth is watering at the idea of experiencing all the wonderful chocolate. Thanks so much for providing such a unique glimpse into your world during the holidays. :)

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 

      10 years ago from France

      prasetio30: Merry Christmas!

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      10 years ago from malang-indonesia

      nice information. thanks for share. those are wonderful Christmas.

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 

      10 years ago from France

      Thank YOU Marie for taking the time to read this and for stopping to share your experience. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you too, and on you go and enjoy the delicious fresh fruits and veg. tomorrow. I am having my market day on Thursday here, ready to get some fresh cheese and foie grass for the New year's eve dinner.


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      Marie Dwivkidz 

      10 years ago from UK

      How lovely. I am in rural France at the moment. Lots of beautiful villages made even more picturesque by delicate twinkling lights. Add to that some snow and some dramatic mountains, and it has been the perfect Christmas. Market day tomorrow - not the Christmas market, just the usual wonderful fruit and vegetables and local specialities. Happy New Year to all and thanks for a wonderful hub.

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 

      10 years ago from France

      prettydarkhorse: Merry Christmas, to you too. It has been a pleasure to meet you. It is people like you who make the HubMob a great place to be, and any effort put in it is worth it when people like you appreciate it.

      Feliz Navidad Maita :)

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      10 years ago from US

      very nice Princessa,

      I came here to greet you "Maligayang Pasko to you and your loved ones", thanks to your greetings in the forum, and it has been a good year...

      I am thankful for the effort you put in the HUBMOB,and thanks for the opportunity of knowing you at HP, Best, Maita

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 

      10 years ago from France

      emievil: Hi there, I wish I could share all the chocolate you see here, it is absolutely delicious! Enjoy the holidays, peace and love to you.

      RGraf: We are having a great time here. We've just come back from the town centre where the children were riding the free ponies and doing a horse and carriage tour of the town. Everybody was out there doing their last minute shopping: fresh oysters and chocolates and of course enjoying a chat!

      We are going to see friends later for the "aperitif" and after that we'll just enjoy a quite Christmas night. Merry Christmas to you!

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      Rebecca Graf 

      10 years ago from Wisconsin

      This sounds beautiful. I hate the fact that Christmas is so hectic. It seems that we miss out on so much. I want to be in France for Christmas now.

      Thank you.

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      10 years ago from Philippines

      Woowwwww!!! I love chocolates! I'm almost crying here from all those pictures and from envy :). Wish there's some way for me to get my hands on some of those chocolates you showed in your pics. Love this hub Princessa.

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 

      10 years ago from France

      Lita: I really appreciate that my children can see Christmas this way rather than expecting a truck load of presents. They are learning to see this festivities (Xmas and birthdays) as a time to reunite the family and spend time toguether doing fun things.

      Jessicab: Yes, it is a great way. I have spend Xmas in several countries and I like it here better.

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      10 years ago from Alabama

      A great way to spend Christmas holiday and very interesting hub. Jessicab from hubpages.

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      Lita C. Malicdem 

      10 years ago from Philippines

      Well, at least even for a short while, I had a glimpse of your Christmas tradition in rural France. And I really appreciate your regard for the original meaning of Christmas, a time for family reunions. Merry Christmas!

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 

      10 years ago from France

      Thanks for stopping to comment guys. Merry Christmas to all of you, I wish I could share some of the delicious chocolate...

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      10 years ago from Southern California, USA

      French chocolate for Christmas would be a delightful gift. Thanks for the fun hub, great pictures, and I love your avatar too!

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      10 years ago from UK

      We're visiting France for a few days over New Year. Your hub reminds me why I enjoy trips to France so much!

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      10 years ago from Somewhere in this exciting world.

      Yummm - a tantalising round up close to your home. I could almost smell that rich chocolate and my taste buds are alive! Wonderful hub Princessa.

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      Ethel Smith 

      10 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Our city now has belgian and french markets which are different for us

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      James Mark 

      10 years ago from York, England

      Yes, a lovely castle and sympa account of the market. The one at Monbeliard, near where we lived until recently, has Ireland as its major theme. More of a German feel, which is not surprising, given the history of Le Pays. Looked up your entry on the castle, and look forward to reading your other hubs on France. Joyeux Noel.

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      10 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      This is how it's supposed to be. Too bad we allowed things to spiral out of control here in the US. What would be nicer high quality edibles shared with good friends and family - and not buying a bunch of toxic toys and junk?

      Lovely hub!

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      Brian Stephens 

      10 years ago from Castelnaudary, France

      Sounds brilliant, so what have we decided to do. Go to Germany for Christmas (albeit for a very good reason). We live in rural France as well and the towns nearby look lovely with their Christmas lights. When I get a chance I will be off to take some photographs and they will be going on the web one way or another. Maybe we will get a few in Germany as well, they also have lovely Christmas celebrations.

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      Mary Krenz 

      10 years ago from Florida's Space Coast

      What a lovely way to spend the holiday. Thank you for this glimpse inside your world.

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      10 years ago from Nigeria

      Very nice. I was actually carried away with the pictures. Thanks for sharing.

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      10 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

      Send me some chocolate, please,

      Keep on hubbing!

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      Jerry G2 

      10 years ago from Cedar Rapids, IA

      Love all the pictures! Thanks for sharing this hub on Christmas in France. I'm always interested in seeing how holidays are celebrated in other countries. Thanks again for sharing all those beautiful pictures.

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      10 years ago from Abertawe, Cymru

      The five years I lived abroad, Christmas Day in that country was just another working day...

      I've not been to a French Christmas market, but some years ago was in York in summer when they had a French market. My main memory is buying the most divine cherries and apricots, which apparently had been picked just before the farmer set off for York. The two us bought a kilo of each fruit, sat on the grass in the park and ate the lot!


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