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Christmas market shopping ideas

Brigitte Coquard, managing director of Rhône-Alpes Auvvergne Gourmand, the regional food products promotion committee.

As the organizer of the Christmas market, Brigitte Coquard takes us on a guided tour of the chalets set up in Place Carnot.

Can you tell us about the Christmas market in Place Carnot?

For 17 years now, this free  market  has enabled the inhabitants of Lyon and tourists to do their Christmas shopping – foodstuffs, decorations and gifts – in a very pleasant atmosphere throughout the whole of December. It's also the opportunity to maintain a privileged relationship with manufacturers and producers, and lots of the town's inhabitants are loyal to these traders year after year.

What sort of things can be found at the market?

Everything you could possibly need for the end-of-year festivities, as it brings together 139 traders!
In terms of food, there are regional products such as salted meats and cheese from Savoie, snails from the Loire, praline cakes from Lyon and gingerbread from Drôme. Other traders provide more original products, such as cupcakes and Canadian bison meat.

The market also sells lovely Christmas decorations: Christmas crib figures from Provence, Christmas trees, candles and decorative items.
 It's also the ideal place to start looking for presents, with lovely jewellery, cuddly toys and decorations.

What sort of atmosphere is there in this market?

The atmosphere changes according to the time of day! In the morning, those who live nearby do their food shopping, then between twelve and two o'clock, the inhabitants of Lyon pass through to grab a bite to eat and make up their mind about what presents to buy, and at the weekend they come back with their families. For children there's a face paint stand, a storyteller's stand and a second carrousel located on Place Carnot. The market stays open until 8 pm during the week and 10 pm on Saturdays. To really make the most of the atmosphere, don't miss the jazz concerts in the covered courtyard area on Thursday evening! 

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