Marché de Noël (Christmas Market) in Grenoble, France
The Marché de Noël (Christmas Market) in Grenoble, France is magical!
The festive atmosphere with its thousands of twinkling lights strung from tree to tree is sure to get even Scrooge into the Christmas spirit. Meeting with friends over mulled wine seems to be the highlight for the adults, just like in Germany. Children have the opportunity to not only meet Saint Nicolas, but also a ventriloquist and even The Bogeyman! Heck even I want to meet The Bogeyman! Sadly he was not there during my visit. If the Bogey man is not your thing, there are also magic shows.
There are also live performances which run Thursday through Sunday evenings. The version of “Highway to Hell” shown on the video below was definitely entertaining if not a bit odd. What do you think? Either way it drew a big crowd. Before “Highway to Hell” the rendition of “Eye of the Tiger” was also one of the most original that I had ever heard.
While there were many similarities between theMarché de Noël (Christmas Market) in Grenoble, compared to Christmas markets in Germany, there was one notable difference….
Raclette! Potatoes smothered in ooeey gooey melted cheese! Pure HEAVEN! How this has not made it to the German Christmas markets is beyond me!
The Marché de Noël (Christmas Market) in Grenoble is held for 30 days every year and runs until December 24th. I highly recommend it! And go hungry for the Raclette!
Tourist Tips for VisitingMarché de Noël (Christmas Market) in Grenoble:
There is also a sit down tented restaurant by the Christmas market. I had dinner here and really enjoyed it. There are also space heaters to warm you up on chilly nights.
I stayed at the Splendid Hotel Grenoble. It’s centrally located and just a 10 minute walk to the market. It’s a three-star hotel, simply decorated, with friendly staff and a cheerful breakfast room.
Be sure to check out the Musée de Grenoble, a beautiful art museum during your stay in Grenoble.
Laurel Robbins is the founder of Monkeys and Mountains, an adventure travel blog and company that helps people plan their active holidays in a sustainable way. Although Canadian, she lives in Germany. You can find her in the mountains on most weekends.