Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Provence Prestige is Coming Soon

Provence Prestige is a large, festive and very-popular event heralding the start of the holiday season in Provence; this year it's November 22 to 26. In two large halls of the Palais des Congrès in Arles, 150 vendors will be selling Christmas decor, holiday foods (yes, they often give samples), books, furniture, gifts, clothing, jewelry, tableware and more. Much of it is handmade and virtually all of it is local. Prices are 6€ (adults), 3€ (age 12 to 18) and free for kids under 12. (If you're in Provence, the November issue of Farandole, which you can pick up at most tourist offices,  has a coupon in it good for two free tickets.)  Your ticket also gives you discounted admission to the Musée Départemental de l’Arles Antique (the ''big blue museum'') and to the Musée Réattu during the five days of Provence Prestige. For all the info and a list of exhibitors, click here or find them on Facebook here.

Meanwhile the 2nd annual springtime Provence Prestige salon will happen at the Centre Expo Congrès in Mandelieu-La Napoule, from February 14 to 17, 2103, during the Fete du Mimosa. There the focus is also on the local and handmade--housewares, decor, food, jewelry, etc.--but without the holiday slant (duh!). That web page is here, while a list of exhibitors is here.
Provence Prestige Arles
November 22 to 26, 2012
Palais des Congrès d'Arles
Avenue 1ère Division Française
13200 Arles
04 90 99 08 08 

Provence Prestige Mandelieu-La Napoule
February 14 to 17, 2013
Centre Expo Congrès de Mandelieu-La Napoule
04 93 93 64 64


  1. Bonjour Julie,
    This is perfect timing. Merci beaucoup...well we made it! Sold our condo and are in Antibes at the moment. Looking at heading to
    St. Remy, Aix or Arles next week for Thanksgiving and to celebrate Terry's birthday. We just arrived two nights ago and decided to return to Antibes as we know it well.
    Planned to write you to ask for rec's. on a cozy bed and breakfast or hotel to take Terry to celebrate his birthday in St. Remy.
    So many gorgeous choices there, but wondered what fab tips you may have for a place that is lovely but not too pricey for us? Would so enjoy talking by telephone with you soon via skype if possible.
    We are going to Cagnes sur Mer for the chestnut festival tomorrow, fun.
    So excited to finally be living our dream here!
    Be lovely to meet you if you have time for a coffee! We considered the fun Thanksgiving gathering you posted on the blog in Aix.
    So looking forward to reading your rec's for Christmas in Provence. Trying to recall which town I read about that offers a beautiful live creche?
    Mille merci's for such a truly fabulous blog and all the helpful tips you offer.
    Bon weekend.

    1. Hi Sandy!
      Your plans sound wonderful but uou left no way for me to reach you. Drop me a note and, ok?
      Have fun!



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