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The magic of Christmas in Metz

The festive season’s magic casts its spell over Metz as from 18 November. And although Saint Nicolas, Patron Saint of Lorraine, is celebrated on the first weekend in December, it’s the magic of Christmas that will enchant you in Metz! Up until 24 December, Christmas illuminations, merry-go-rounds and markets will bring a sparkle to the eyes of young and old alike in the heart of Lorraine.

Marché de Noël

The Saint Nicolas weekend

The weekend of 3 and 4 December, Saint Nicolas’ Days, will make you feel like a child again. From Place de la Comédie to the Opera House by way of the Temple Neuf, there’ll be activities for children, artistic merry-go-rounds and performances to enthral the whole family. 

Take a wander through our Christmas Markets

With 4 Christmas Markets to choose from, Metz is the ideal destination for setting off in search of seasonal gifts or enjoying a glass of mulled wine to warm you up.From Place Saint Jacques to the medieval Place Saint Louis, 150 traditional chalets immerse you in a world of enchantment. Feel like a child again as you whizz your way around the ice rink and admire the majestic Christmas Pyramid

Take to the heights on Place d’Armes! At the foot of the flamboyant Saint Etienne Cathedral, the Ferris wheel promises you breathtaking views over the city. A magical spectacle!

Grande roue
sentier des lanternes
Marché de Noël
Sentier des Lanternes

A fairytale walk along the Lantern Path

Once night has fallen, teddy bears, elves, gingerbread hearts and wooden soldiers illuminate Square Boufflers, a few steps away from Place de la République. 400 lanterns mark out this poetic route inspired by Moselle’s folklore. As you make your way along it, the succession of different ambiences and decorations in all the colours of Christmas, along with characters straight out of fairy tales, will take you back to your earliest childhood.

Noel à Metz

Metz through the seasons

Metz is an elegant combination of heritage discoveries and pastoral excursions. From the gothic splendours of Saint Etienne Cathedral to the contemporary Centre Pompidou-Metz, from the Temple Neuf to the Imperial neighbourhood, a true journey back in time awaits you. Drifting wherever the water takes you or at a turn in a pathway through a tree-shaded park…surrender to wonder during your urban getaway!

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