Where to buy figurines in France

The santons fair in Marseille in the 19th century. Public domain

Santons – intricate miniature figurines that adorn festive French nativity scenes – take pride of place at these seasonal Provençal fairs. Design your own nativity scene by collecting your own. Want to know more about the history of these traditional nativity scenes in Provence? Check out our article here.


the original santons fair is still going strong, as part of Marseille’s epic annual Christmas market. Browse beautiful figurines made by over 30 santonniers from November 20 to January 2.


A Christmas nativity scene by Daniel Scaturro. Credit: © SIM-Aubagne


Another one figurines hub is Aubagne. Head to Cours Foch to see the santonniers latest creations to complete your nativity scene. The annual ceramics fair takes place jointly. From November 20 to December 31.


Figures from Marcel Pagnol’s tales. Credit: © SIM-Aubagne


some 8,000 figurinesShopping enthusiasts go to Mouans-Sartoux every year for the oldest and largest fair in the Alpes-Maritimes department. It takes place this year from November 5 to December 24 at the Médiathèque-La Strada.


Excerpt from France Today magazine

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