It was such a pleasant surprise when we went to the Mougins Christmas Market for the first time to find gingerbread decorating workshops for kids! Last year they had a large marquee tent (next to the La Poste) full of tables and benches where lots of children could decorate gingerbread wreathes with icing and sweets!
My Petit Garçon was only just age three at the time and I was so proud as he went in on his own, guided by a lovely helper, and sat with all the children decorating his own wreath. I could see him through the marquee window and he was really enjoying it. The fact that none of them were gobbling up the sweets was a Christmas miracle!
For our first Christmas in France, this was one of my favourite memories. To be able to join in with such a lovely community event was really special – plus, the gingerbread wreath was pretty yummy!
The small traditional market also had a large marquee of stalls with local products and hand crafted Christmas gifts. You can pick up some delicious chocolates, treats, cheese, olives and more for Christmas. Pictured above are my favourite treats from the market – beautifully handcrafted marzipan sweets.
You can warm up with a mulled wine or hot chocolate while you soak up the festive atmosphere, or if you’re feeling indulgent you can treat yourself to champagne and oysters with a view! If you’re hungry, like we were, order Fish ‘n’ chips from the portable bateau – the one you’ll see around at most fairs by O Fish ‘n’ Chips Valbonne – up on the viewing point (near the tourist information) where there are tables and chairs provided.
Featuring at the market this year will be a promenade of ponies, exhibitors, Christmas concert, gingerbread workshops, carousel, make-up and creative workshops (more info can be found on the Mougins website).
This year’s market “Marché de Noël de Mougins Village” is on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th December, free entry and gingerbread workshop is 3 euros.
Tips for families
- When you arrive book a time slot for the children’s workshop at the marquee as it’s very popular.
- Parking is free in Mougins and if you’re lucky you’ll find a space in the large car park which has a hilly climb to the village.