The streets of Dijon’s historical centre are transformed by Christmas celebrations that last more than a month. After dusk, you can admire the Christmas lights and the art & craft stalls at the Christmas market. Young children get to meet Father Christmas and ride on the merry-go-round, while their elders have fun at the skating rink or on the Ferris wheel!

Lights in the historical centre

With the shop window decorations and the Christmas lights at Place Darcy and Place du Théâtre, Dijon city centre looks more festive than ever!

The most iconic sights of the City of Dukes, like Porte Guillaume, Notre-Dame church, the Palace of the Estates or the Post Office on Place Grangier, all shine brightly.

The city centre’s beautifully lit architectural heritage blends harmoniously with the Christmas decorations that are strung across the streets between trees full of twinkling lights. The Christmas extravaganza is probably the children’s favourite event!

Dijon Christmas Market

About sixty pine chalets built by local craftspeople are installed on Place Darcy and Rue de la Liberté. The Christmas Market draws a whole host of artisans, retailers and creators.

Around thirty artisans from Dijon and the metropolitan area occupy the chalets in cooperation with the local Chamber of Trades and the Shop in Dijon association.

You’re sure to find that traditional candle you’re looking for, or a handmade advent crown, or some Christmas tea and craft gingerbread to delight your loved ones.

Whatever you do during the 37 days of celebrations, don’t miss the farmers’ Christmas market at Place François Rude or the truffle market held in the market halls.

The children’s village

At Place de la Libération, children of all ages will love the giant pine tree ride and the legendary two-tier merry-go-round. Children can also visit the House of Father Christmas and deliver their letters.

Seated in a sparkling armchair, the mythical character dressed in red welcomes children every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 24 December. On Christmas Eve, Father Christmas descends from the Philip the Good Tower to distribute crackers.

Key events and attractions

As in previous years, a majestic Ferris wheel installed at Place de la République, will tower 40 metres above the temporary ice rink. For the moderate sum of €1, skating fans can glide around an authentic 600 m² ice rink.

The city hosts an array of shows throughout the Christmas extravaganza, including a giant sound and light show projected onto the walls of the town hall, and “Christmas Magic at the Museum”. A whole range of cultural events will also take place, including story sessions, all-night parties and various concerts.

Practical information

  • From 1 December 2019 to 5 January 2020