French Christmas Traditions - Rent in France Christmas 2019

by Robbie Doyle on 19-12-2019 in Aritcles1


When it comes to Christmas and Christmas traditions, the French are just as enthusiastic about December the 25th as any Dickensian Londoner could be.

As you would expect, they will, of course, have their own traditions and rituals, but, on the whole, Christmas in France is pretty much the same as the rest of the western world.

Let's start with Christmas Dinner

For most French families, Christmas is the occasion to prepare one of the most renowned dishes of the French cuisine: foie gras. A must during winter holidays, foie gras is a real star during a typical French dinner. It is usually served with a toast and fig or onions confit.

Foie gras is a speciality food product made of the liver of a duck or goose that has been specially fattened. By French law, foie gras is defined as the liver of a duck or goose fattened by force-feeding corn with a feeding tube, a process also known as gavage.

However; The main Christmas meal, called ' Réveillon', is eaten on Christmas Eve/early Christmas morning after people have returned from the midnight Church Service. Dishes might include roast turkey with chestnuts or roast goose, oysters, foie gras, lobster, venison and cheeses. 

As you would expect, food is a big part of Christmas traditions for most French people. It will differ from one region to the other  but some of the more common French Christmas foods might well include at least, some of the following:

smoked salmon and oysters with bran bread and (real) butter

Foie gras (goose or duck liver pate)


capon or turkey stuffed with chestnuts

Servings of vegetables such as green beans cooked with garlic and butter and provincial herbs sautéed potatoes.

To finish the feast you will get the amazing looking and tasting La bûche de Noël (yule log), a sponge cake decorated like a yule log, traditionally made of chocolate and chestnuts.

There are many traditions and rituals followed each year by the French, and, it has to be said, those who have made their lives in France or are regular visitors to the country. The French are a very friendly lot and an invite to join in would not be unknown.

Regions of France

There are 18 regions of France, 13 of which are on the mainland. Each region has something special to offer, not just at Christmas and New Year, but all year round. Rent-in-France has a treasure trove of information on these regions and the towns, villages and cities in them.

A trip to our main website pages will give you all the information of the self-catering villas, houses, apartments, gites, chateaus and even castles that are available to you. Look under the 'places to visit' tab on the main menu.

Auvergne - Rhône-Alpes

Bretagne (Brittany)

Bourgogne - Franche-Comté

Corse (Corsica)

Centre - Val de Loire

Grand Est (Alsace, Champagne, Lorraine)

Hauts de France ( Nord Pas-de-Calais - Picardie)

Ile de France (Paris)

Nouvelle Aquitaine (Aquitaine, Poitou-Charentes, Limousin)


Occitanie (Midi-Pyrénées, Languedoc)

Pays de la Loire

Provence - Cote d'Azur

We would also like to show you a great website that offers you all the information on French Christmas traditions. The Blog is called Expatica and has a section on France, the French and all the traditions. Take a few moments and see what they get up to.


Some Christmas properties for self-catering holidays in France at Christmas

As I have said many times; France is a great place for a self-catering holiday at any time of the year. However, for some of us, Christmas and New Year are a little bit extra-special. You can check out the hundreds of self-catering properties available from the main menu. Search by region, town, city or by reference number, it really is very simple.

If you need help or more information, you can always contact us, we are always delighted to help.

Luxury 5 Star La Clusaz Holiday Chalet in France, Haute Savoie / La Clusaz Ski area
Weekly Rental: From EUR 2990 to EUR 10490 Property Reference ID:2899

Christmas self-catering holidays to France 2019

5-star luxury ski holiday chalet rental with swimming pool, sauna, private garden and wine cellar. Chalet Cashmere Spirit is located just 10 minutes from the Croix Fry sector of the slopes of La Clusaz (1500m above sea level), where you can park for free, even if only 50 meters from the ski bus stop at the chalet. This fantastic chalet offers very upscale accommodation for up to 12 people in 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms, located very close to the slopes and the village. The chalet is less than 1 km from the centre of Manigod, where you will find a small grocery store, a bakery and the popular restaurant Val Sulens, which will also provide take-out food.

Holiday Rental Ski Apartment in Les Orres, Hautes-Alpes, Provence, France ~ MBO C 709
Weekly Rental: From EUR 530 to EUR 930 Property Reference ID: 2706

Self catering skiing holidays at Christmas 2019 France

Another fantastic self-catering skiing holiday accommodation. Les Orres Holiday Rental Ski Chalet in Hautes-Alpes, Provence, France ~ MBO C 709 apartment sleeps, 6 people. This is a beautiful property that will help you enjoy a great Christmas and New Year in the ski resorts. Book now to be sure of getting the property when you need it.

Ski Holiday Apartment Rental in Plagne Bellecote, Savoie, France
Weekly Rental: From EUR 601 to EUR 1064 Property Reference ID: 2739

Skiing in France at Christmas

Ski Holiday Apartment Rental in Plagne Bellecote, Savoie, France

35 m2 2 Room Apartment Sleeping, 5 person
North or south the slopes for road
balcony, lift.
Bathroom with bath or shower - WC
Kitchen with microwave or oven and dishwasher
Stay: 2 or 3 beds
Bedrooms: 2 or 3 beds


Active, functional and dynamic ski housing, a starting point for the glacier, close to the boardercross, snowpark and halfpipe.
Plagne Bellecote is designed for skiers who want to enjoy to the maximum the diversity of the domain. And for those who never have enough: the exterior pool, heated at 29 º, is also at their disposal. Your clients get a free entrance (identity photo required).

Services: bagagerie, automatic ticket dispenser, recovery centre, medical centre, kinesitherapy, osteopath, food stores, ski school, nursery (from 18 months), snow garden, ski hire, covered parking space, pharmacy, infoshop, dry cleaners(possibility of renting sheets and towels), ski forfaits sales point.

There are plenty more Ski lodges and apartments available from our main website. We hope you enjoy your Christmas in France.


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