Toulouse Trip : The Christmas Market

The Christmas market, just the name alone sends chills of happiness when you hear it. For all of us, it resounds like a meeting place where we can admire the different handmade stands!

Unfortunately this year, our favourite walk in the heart of Christmas is cancelled due to the current health situation. 

Jean-Baptiste de Scoraille, the person in charge of the file, announces:

“Given the circumstances linked to the health crisis, the Toulouse City Council has decided to cancel the Christmas Market on the Place du Capitole, which is traditionally open the last weekend in November until 26 December. Unfortunately, the conditions necessary to maintain its opening cannot be assured today either to its organiser or to the shopkeepers who participate in it”.

A market already well missed on the networks, where we can read the complaints of Internet users about their regret not to do their traditional walks and purchases. One can also read many messages of support, such as the one from Laure, who comments:

“We were expecting this since the shops are closed, but a thought for the exhibitors for whom this decision must be difficult too”. 

  • And in order to support the many craftsmen and restorers of the chalets, numerous initiatives have been put in place. On a small scale, you will find groups of shopkeepers on Facebook, where the pages on the Christmas markets are becoming more and more numerous. Click here.
  • On a larger scale, the commercial site, the masterbox, offers exhibitors the opportunity to present their products on their interface. The aim is to create the largest virtual Christmas market by bringing together creators and craftsmen from all over France. On this site, registration is free and allows artisans to make their products accessible to all French people and to tell them the story of their boxes.

However, in order to maintain the joy of the festive periods, the municipality has confirmed that on the Jean Jaurès alleys, “les Ramblas”, a giant Christmas tree will be raised like last year. It will be made up of 385 “small” trees, which will form a 20-metre high Christmas tree.

It is also thinking about reinforcing the lighting systems on the banks of the Garonne and on the Place du Capitole, in order to reduce the absence of the market. 

A Christmas decoration scheme with more than 700 designs and 10 km of garlands has already been installed throughout the city, so that, despite the Covid-19 epidemic, Toulouse residents can see the Pink City shine through their windows!

All of these decorations will be lit up on December 1st, 2020.

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