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Orleans celebrates Christmas



Every December, Orleans city centre is transformed into Santa’s village while the Christmas market will transport you to another place and time.


As the Christmas and New Year celebrations approach, illuminations and special events turn Orleans into a festive wonderland. For one month of the year, Orleans becomes not just the capital of Centre-Val de Loire but the Christmas capital of the region!

In the heart of Loiret, Orleans will be filled with Christmas spirit to delight the whole family, young and old alike!

There’s no better place to feel the magic of Christmas than Place du Martroi where you can soak up the festive cheer at its famous Christmas market consisting of 30 traditional chalets.


Stuck for Christmas gift ideas? Local artists, designers and crafters at Orleans Christmas Market and on the shopping streets leading off Place du Martroi are sure to have what you need for Christmas!

Fancy going up in the world? The Big Wheel offers passengers an unmatched view of Orleans city centre and a chance to see the iconic Joan of Arc statue from way up high!

There’s mulled wine and waffles for foodies, toboggan runs and an ice rink for the kids, while Santa’s sleigh and carousel help keep the magic of Christmas alive... there’s something for everyone at Orleans Christmas Market!

Lumière sur la cathédrale Sainte-Croix, Noël 2017

Christmas at the Château

Make sure you pay a visit to Loiret’s iconic châteaux during your Christmas holidays!

The châteaux in Loiret are somehow even more enchanting during the Christmas holidays, transporting you to another world.

Special tours of the Château de la Ferté Saint-Aubin and Château de Meung-sur-Loire let you step into winter wonderland. Children can look forward to a host of Christmas activities.


Every year, Orleans Christmas Market takes place on three main squares around the city and 2019 is no exception. Head to Place du Martroi, Place de la République and Place de la Loire.

In Orleans, experience the magic of Christmas and get into the festive mood as the New Year approaches with decorated streets, live performances and festive meals.

Check out the full programme of Christmas Market events in our e-brochures section.