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What to do in Orleans in December ?

Find out all our ideas for going out in Orléans in December to make the most of the enchanted spirit… Orléans is lit up with the festive spirit of Christmas, with its sparkling streets, gourmet Christmas market and family activities that are sure to delight young and old alike.

The magic of Christmas in Orléans Val de Loire

December’s must-sees

The streets of Orléans are lit up with a thousand lights, creating a magical atmosphere that captivates visitors of all ages. We invite you to discover the many things to do in Orléans in December with the whole family.

Idées de sortie à Orléans en décembre et Marché de Noël ©ST1PROD

Dive into Scandinavian enchantment in December

Orleans Christmas Market

From 1 to 30 December, we look forward to seeing you at Place du Martroi, Place de la République and Place de Loire for the famous Orleans Christmas Market.

A Scandinavian theme will enliven this new edition. Christmas entertainment, a Ferris wheel, traditional chalets and Christmas specialities await you to celebrate the festive season with your family.

Don’t miss this not-to-be-missed event in Orleans in December.

Illuminations at Sainte-Croix Cathedral

The magic of Christmas in Orleans

Discover the Christmas illuminations at Sainte-Croix cathedral from 1 December to 7 January. Orléans’ most emblematic monument is transformed for the occasion with a Christmas theme.

Every year, Sainte-Croix cathedral is decked out in a thousand lights to celebrate the magic of the festive season. Its majestic facades, historic stained glass windows and imposing towers are transformed into an extraordinary visual spectacle that amazes visitors of all ages.

Idées de sortie à Orléans en décembre et illumination de Noël sur la Cathédrale Sainte-Croix d'Orléans ©Ch.Mouton
Idées de sortie à Orléans en décembre et balade en calèche de Noël à Orléans ©Destination Orléans Val de Loire

Magical Christmas Carriage Ride

In the heart of Orléans city centre

Discover all the magic of the festive season as you explore the city centre decked out in its finest decorations on board the Christmas Carriage. This magical experience promises to enchant young and old alike, creating unforgettable memories for all.

Discovering Christmas and beer in the Loire Valley

Festive visit and tasty conference

During the Christmas period, the city is transformed into a veritable spectacle of lights and entertainment. During the Christmas in Orleans tour, visitors will discover the magic of Christmas while immersing themselves in the history of the Nativity thanks to the anecdotes provided by our passionate guide. The tour ends with a Christmas snack to warm hearts and stomachs.

If you’re more interested in craft beer, come and discover The Secrets of Christmas Beer ! Come and explore the history and manufacture of beer in the company of a specialist guide. It’s the perfect opportunity for beer lovers or the simply curious to discover the secrets of this emblematic regional beverage.

Two unique experiences not to be missed in Orleans !


Marché de Noël d'Orléans ©ST1PROD
Château de La Ferté Saint-Aubin ©Lenka Shur Photographies

The magic of Christmas in the Châteaux of the Loire Valley

An enchanted season

Immerse yourself in the enchanting atmosphere of castles of the Loire Valley throughout December and into early January. An unforgettable experience awaits you, where you can experience a magical Christmas at the heart of these prestigious historic estates.

A myriad of festive activities await you. Stroll along the illuminated walkways, discover the Christmas decorations, take part in workshops and enjoy hot drinks and delicacies. Children will be delighted to meet Father Christmas in these extraordinary settings, and special activities are organised for them.


A sensory journey through Joan of Arc Cafes

A heart-warming Christmas experience

Discover tea and coffee tasting workshops offering a fun and sensory experience. It’s a warm and comforting experience, perfect for the Christmas season. You’ll travel through the producing countries, from planting to processing, discovering the nuances of each terroir, creating a warm and comforting atmosphere for the festive season.

Idées de sortie à Orléans en décembre et atelier torréfaction chez Cafés Jeanne d'Arc ©Lezbroz
Idées de sortie à Orléans en décembre et atelier fabrication de chocolat à la Chocolaterie Alex Olivier ©Lezbroz

Become a Christmas Master Chocolatier

With the Alex Olivier Chocolaterie workshops

Fun and tasty workshops to create your own Christmas lollies. You’ll become a real chocolate craftsman as you make lollipops in the shape of Father Christmas, topped with the filling of your choice. For young and old alike.

Idées cadeaux de Noël Orléans ©ST1PROD
Idées cadeaux de Noël Orléans ©ST1PROD

Delight your loved ones with our Christmas gift ideas

Gift vouchers and Christmas collection

Discover our selection of unforgettable experiences, new products, gift packs and gift vouchers to enhance your leisure time in Orléans Val de Loire.

Give original gifts that will dazzle the Christmas tree!

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