Christmas Celebrations in Toulouse

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.

Capitole Square
Capitole Square

Christmas Market
Christmas Market

Christmas Market
Christmas Market

Illuminated statue of Godolin
Illuminated statue of Godolin

*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


Alsace-Loraine Street
Alsace-Loraine Street in the center of Toulouse

Christmas tree
Christmas tree

Children's Christmas village
Children’s Christmas village

Children's Christmas village
Children’s Christmas village

Nativity scene at Notre-Dame de la Dalbade Church in Toulouse
Nativity scene at Notre-Dame de la Dalbade Church in Toulouse

Nativity scene at Saint Etienne Cathedral of Toulouse
Nativity scene at Saint Etienne Cathedral of Toulouse
The three magi
The three magi[/caption[caption id="attachment_2455" align="alignnone" width="3648"]Place de Gaulle in center Toulouse Place de Gaulle in center Toulouse

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