While not exactly Paris with its “Champs Elysées” world famous Christmas illuminations or Lyon with its “Festival of Lights” that delights each year during a whole weekend in December locals and tourists in the second “City of Lights” of France, Toulouse also joins the country wide Christmas celebration with its beautifully illuminated center streets and squares, the children’s Christmas village and the Christmas market that occupies the central Capitole Place.
Besides the lights and decorations in the city another way to experience the (true) spirit of Christmas is by visiting the many churches of Toulouse. Each church no matter how small puts on display a nativity scene, called here Crèches de Noël, and some, like the one of the Notre-Dame de la Dalbade Church in the center of Toulouse, are really remarkable.
*Godolin was a famous Occitan poet who lived in Toulouse in the 17th century. His poems are written in the Occitan language that was widely spoken at the time in Toulouse