The charming French town of Annecy is located in the Haute-Savoie department of France and is currently best known for being the 2010 winter Olympics French candidate. What is this modern village with age-old charm like in the winter? Annecy is a wonderland filled with activities, shopping, and sites, which are all at their peak during the Christmas season. Some must-sees in Annecy include the Christmas market, pine tree maze, and pedestrian shopping street. It is a spectacular destination for families young and old.
The outdoor Christmas market in Annecy boasts over 75 chalets selling hand-made foods and crafts. Taste the specialties of the region including tartiflette (specialty cheese and potatoes), vin chaud (hot wine with spices), and diot (specialty sausage). Or purchase an unforgettable souvenir or present, such as a couture Barbie doll gown for only 5 Euros! This Christmas market sprawls through the heart of the village and offers unique, high-quality products for everyone. Along your Christmas market route, a pine tree maze is sure to capture your attention and it is certainly worth the detour.
Escape the bustle of the Annecy streets when you step into the Labyrinthe enchante des Alpes (Pine tree maze). The sparsely decorated trees create a forested get-away that smells of fresh pine and earth. It is an amazing experience for the senses! Find hidden treasures nestled among the trees, such as a nativity scene, grazing cow, and fire-place. Children are sure to be quite taken with this maze and may not want to leave! They will certainly be tempted out of the woods by the goodies that are found on the pedestrian shopping streets.
Annecy is a fantastic town for pedestrian shoppers to stroll along, gazing at the petite shops that line the streets. The ambiance is festive with decorations and lights hanging above the crowds. Little ones will be tempted by the many bakeries and chocolate shops that waft sweetly-scented air into the streets. While women will be enticed by the elegant mannequins dressed in tailored French style. Annecy is the perfect place to find gorgeous French fashions at more affordable prices.
The town of Annecy is a haven for Christmas cheer from December 1st to December 31st! Experience the finest details like the Christmas train that drives you through the sites, free ice-skating at Place Francois-de-Menthon, and spotting Santa in his horse-drawn sleigh. Along with the spirited atmosphere, take in all that Annecy has to offer with its annual Christmas market, pine tree maze, and opportune shopping. Annecy is a picturesque French town that offers Christmas charm for travelers of all ages!
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