The Saint Nicholas markets
Many towns in eastern France and in Germany, organise Christmas markets, and Nancy is no exception. Known here as Saint Nicholas’s villages, they play a big part in creating a festive Christmas atmosphere.
During the Saint Nicholas festivities in Nancy, a number of markets are set up across the city, their attractive wooden chalets decorated with twinkling Christmas lights. The main Saint Nicholas village is in Place Charles III, the gourmet Christmas market is in Place Vaudémont, near the big wheel, and the arts and crafts market is in Place des Bourgets. Wander around and soak up the atmosphere of each ‘village’, shop for handmade gifts or enjoy a mulled wine or gingerbread