Christmas markets in Normandy

Normandy Christmas Markets

I’ve compiled a list of forthcoming Normandy Christmas markets for 2022. The majority of them are in La Manche region close to me but you’ll find links to other sources at the end of the article. Although the information is correct at the time of writing the article, please check the details with the venue or organiser. Events tend to be advertised on Facebook so that’s usually a good place to find additional information. Alternatively, a local tourist office or town hall may also have additional details.

Many events are held in a salle des fétes which is a village hall or in churches. There are some events at abbeys and castles for something a little bit different. Most events offer free entry. Not all events have stalls selling food and drink to consume on the day but if they do it’s usually mentioned on the advert.

These events are a great opportunity to buy Christmas presents and meet local producers. There is a wide range of products to buy including food, drink, ceramics, art, candles, soaps, jewellery and Christmas cards. 

Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 November

Gratot. Salle de convivialité, 9, rue de la Pitonnerie. From 2 – 7pm on Saturday and 10am – 6pm on Sunday.  Father Christmas will call in at around 3.30pm on both days.

Lessay. The salle Saint-Cloud will be hosting a Christmas market from 10am to 6.45pm on Saturday and 9am to 6.30pm on Sunday.  

Friday 2 to Sunday 4 December

Free entry to the abbey and the various rooms where the artisans will be exhibiting. From 2 – 6.30pm each day. There will also be a tea room in the abbey’s kitchen. 

Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 December

Agon-Coutainville. Visit  the Foyer des Marettes for the market.

Blainville-sur-Mer. This will be held at the salle des fêtes from 2 – 6pm on Saturday and extended to include La Place du Marché from 10am – 6pm on Sunday.  Father Christmas will be there on the Sunday and you can also post a letter to him. 

Cérences. An English Christmas market will be held at La Maison des Services from 2 – 7pm on Saturday and 10am – 6pm on Sunday. Cérences is twinned with Bere Regis in Dorset and will welcome a group of people from their twinning town for the Christmas market.

Gouvets. The market will take place from 10am to 6.30pm on Saturday and 10am to 6pm on Sunday in la Salle de Convivialité.

Sunday 4 December

Bonfossé. The market will be in the salle polyvalente from 9am – 5pm . 

Hudimesnil. You can visit between 10am and 5pm in the Salle des Fêtes.

Saint-Sauveur-Villages. The market will be held between 5 and 8pm. 

Friday 9 to Sunday 11 December

Saint-Pair-sur Mer. The small Chapelle Sainte-Anne will welcome four artisans from 10am – 7pm.

Saturday 10 December

Percy-en-Normandie. The market will be at the Salle Omnisports on the rue des Sports from 10am to 7pm. Food will be available.

Saturday 10 to Saturday 24 December

Granville. 15 wooden chalets will be installed on Cours Jonville for the market. They will be open Saturday 10, Sunday 11, Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 from 10am to 7pm. From Monday 19 to Wednesday 21 the stalls will be open in the afternoon from 2pm until 7pm. It’s the same for Thursday 22 although the closing time is extended until 9pm. On Friday 23 you can visit between 10am and 7pm. Your final opportunity to see the market will be on Saturday 24 from 10am to 2pm. There will be food available and various seasonal activities including musical events.

Christmas in Granville
Christmas events in Granville. Image courtesy of Granville Tourist Office

Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 December 

Coutances. From 2 – 7pm on Saturday and 2 – 6pm on Sunday the Saint Nicolas church will welcome you. 

Hauteville-sur-Mer. As well at the market from 10am to 6pm on both days, there will also be paintings, embroidery and sculptures for sale.

La Haye. The Christmas village will be held on the Esplanade du Donjon between 10am – 7pm on both days. There will be fireworks at 7.30pm on Saturday.

Pirou.  The salle polyvalente in Pirou- Plage will be open from 2 – 6pm on Saturday and 9 – 6.30pm on Sunday. 

Quetreville-sur-Sienne. The salle des fêtes is the place to be on Saturday from 2 – 8pm and on Sunday from 10am – 6pm. Food will be available to buy here.

Saint-Lô. The stud farm Haras National de Saint-Lô will host their market from 2 – 6pm on Saturday and 10am – 6pm on Sunday. 

Tourville-sur-Sienne. Visit the Salle des fêtes on Saturday from 10am – 6.45pm and on Sunday from 9am – 6.30pm.

Sunday 11 December 

Carolles. The Espace François Simon will have a musical theme to the market including a Christmas concert by Jack Elis and Alcie Bela. Entry is free from 10am – 6pm.

Chanteloup. The salle des fêtes will be open from 10am – 6pm. 

Dangy. The Pegasus Sanctuary will be hosting a Christmas Fair from 10am to 4pm in the Salle des fêtes. Visitors will be able to buy fish and chips from Nicky’s Kitchen. Local artist DellyArt will also be at this event on Sunday 11 December. My thanks to Adele for allowing me to use photos of some of her creations. You can contact her via her Facebook page DellyArt.

La Haye-Pesnel. Roasted chestnuts and mulled wine will add to the Christmas feeling at this market from 10am – 6pm in the salle du Pays hayland.

Quibou. An outdoor Christmas market will take place in the Main Street from 4 – 8pm. Food will be available to purchase.  

Wednesday 16 to Saturday 24 December

Coutances. The Christmas market will be held every day from 11am – 7pm in the town.

Friday 16 December

Hambye. From 4.30 onwards on Place Jeanne Paisnel.

Saturday  17 December 

Périers. Visit the Maisons des Associations near the Town Hall between 9am – 12 noon and 2 – 6pm.

Saturday 17 and Sunday  18 December 

Carneville. The chateau’s Christmas event will be held from 2 – 9pm on Saturday and 10am – 6pm on Sunday. There is an entry fee.

Guéhébert. To celebrate 20 years of the Entertainment Association, the committee is organising a series of events. The Christmas market will be held on Saturday from 4 – 10pm and from 3 – 8pm on Sunday. The group Kat’Ga will entertain with a concert from 7 – 10pm on Saturday and there will also be fireworks at 8pm. On Sunday a concert by Aurore Becker will start at 5pm in the church. 

Hauteville-sur-Mer. As well at the market from 10am to 6pm on both days, there will also be photos and sculptures for sale.

La Chapelle-en-Juger. The salle des fêtes will host the Christmas market on Saturday from 2.30 – 7pm and 10am – 6pm on Sunday. Father Christmas will be there at 3pm on Sunday.  

Villedieu-les-Poêles. The two day event will be held in the salle des fêtes.

Sunday 18 December

Gavray. La Place de l’Église will host the outdoor event from 10.30am to 6pm. Father Christmas be there there in the afternoon until 5pm. There’ll be a choral concert from 6pm in the church.

Normandy beer
Normandy beer from a local producer

Other Normandy Christmas Markets

Caen’s event will be on Place de la République and boulevard Leclerc from 26 November through to 31 December. It’s open every day except Christmas Day. On Fridays and Saturdays you can visit from 11am to 9pm. The opening hours on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays are from 11am – 7.30pm. On Mondays it is open between 2 and 7.30pm. The Christmas market will close at 4pm on 24 and 31 December. 

The abbey at Cerisy-la-Forêt in the Calvados region has a free event from 10.30am to 5pm on Sunday 11 December.

From Friday 16 to Wednesday 21 December Bayeux will host a Christmas market on Place de la Liberté. There’s more information here.

The Rouen Marché de Noël opens from 26 November until 25 December. A Christmas village is created in front of the cathedral with over 40 wooden chalets. Click the link for more details.

The Normandy Tourist Board  have produced a map of some of the Normandy Christmas markets throughout the region.

Christmas cards by DellyArt

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