The 40th Fontvieille Santon Fair and its 26th Christmas Market will take place on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 November 2023.
To mark the occasion, a number of craftsmen and master santon makers will be on hand to show you their creations, recreating our villages, its inhabitants and the small trades of yesteryear around the cot. The Christmas Market, in association with the Santon Fair, takes you to the heart of the village to prepare for the festive season with its traditional products, delicacies and gift ideas for all the family, not forgetting the unmissable hot chestnuts... More than 70 exhibitors will be showcasing their best products.
There's entertainment for all the family on both days. Children can take part in activities and workshops, while musical entertainment wends its way through the streets of the village.
THE FONTVIEILLE SANTON FAIR CELEBRATES ITS 40TH ANNIVERSARY
Salle polyvalente - 10am to 6pm - Free admission.
More than 25 craftsmen and master santon makers will be on hand to show you their creations, recreating our villages, its inhabitants and the small trades of yesteryear around the nativity scene. The santon fair attracts almost 10,000 visitors every year. Opening Saturday 11am. Catering on site.
THE 26TH CHRISTMAS MARKET
Streets and squares in the village centre - 10am to 6pm.
You'll find everything you need to prepare for the festive season at our Christmas market! Come to the heart of the village to prepare for the festive season with its traditional products, delicacies and gift ideas for all the family, not forgetting roasted chestnuts and cinnamon mulled wine... More than 70 exhibitors will be selling their best products.
FATHER CHRISTMAS, THE REAL THING!
Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 12.30pm and 2pm to 5pm - On the move
Santa's letterbox awaits you at the Salle polyvalente. Don't forget to leave your address if you'd like a reply from Father Christmas.
L'ATELIER DES LUTINS
Salle polyvalente - Saturday from 2.30pm to 5.30pm and Sunday from 10am to 12pm and from 2.30pm to 5.30pm. Free, subject to availability. Creative workshops for children aged 6 and over.
THE CHRISTMAS CALECHE with the Attelages en Pays d'Arles.
Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 12pm and from 2pm to 5.30pm. Free, subject to availability.
THE CHORALE with La Boite à Chanson
Saturday 2.30pm and Sunday 11am - Walk from the Salle Polyvalente to the village squares.
LES ELFES DU PÈRE NOËL What Elfes with the Ostara company
Sunday 11:15am departure from the town centre - 2:30pm departure from the Salle polyvalente - 4pm departure from the town centre. You'd think they were straight out of a fairytale. They're full of good humour and are just waiting to sweep you off your feet. Musical stroll
entertainment and games for children
Horse-riding with the Enganes riding school - Saturday and Sunday - in front of the arena.
Wood-carving workshop with Obokopo - Saturday and Sunday - Place de l'Église.
Bouncy castle and trampoline for children aged 3 to 12, giant wooden games for all the family - Sunday from 11am to 5pm.
CHRISTMAS MAKE-UP AND CLOWN with Art Paillette
Saturday and Sunday Balloon sculptor clown from 10am to 12.30pm and face painting for children from 2.30pm to 5.30pm on the Cours Bellon.
FESTIVAL COMMITTEE SURPRISE - Christmas Country Dance
Saturday afternoon, Place de la Mairie.
CHRISTMAS AROUND THE WORLD EXHIBITION
Saturday and Sunday - Organised by Fontvieille Town Hall. Salle d'honneur, Town Hall.
LASER FOREST with Familly Games
Come and challenge your friends and family at the outdoor Laser Game. From age 6, for young and old - cancelled in case of rain - in front of the jardin d'enfants, avenue des moulins.
LE PETIT SAPIN JAMAIS CONTENT ET AUTRES CONTES by Ange Blasco
20 to 30 minutes of storytelling, at 10.15am, 11.15am and then every hour from 2pm. Hall of Honour at the Town Hall. 2 per child, under parents' responsibility.