One of the problems for Channel
Island retailers is lack of free floor space which precludes the big
animated displays seen in the shopping complexes in France and
England. These are a delight for younger children and there are
plenty on display in the main towns and shopping centres of France.
In Brittany, centres
such as Cap Malo outside Rennes have some massive shops full of gifts.
An enormous store selling party accessories is located at Cap Malo.
Apart from selling a huge selection of Christmas decorations, the store
caters for all party and festive occasions from hen and stag nights to
weddings, birthdays and theme parties.
The big cities are
particularly spectacularly decorated however some of the smaller towns
are quite amazing.
Cribs are traditional and
some towns even have full size ones on display.
from late November and throughout December, Christmas Markets vary from
small to large and impressive events where arts and craft stalls are
mingled in with stands selling food, drink, decorations, gifts and local
produce. These are very social events and provide the chance to
share a glass of mulled wine with your neighbours.
to download leaflet
detailing Christmas Market Dates in Normandy 2012
Christmas Market Dates in
Please do not regard this
list as full as there are so many towns in Brittany. We apologise
for any omissions and suggest that you check the dates yourself as we
cannot be held responsible for errors.