A Driftwood Christmas Village in Evian, France
In the pretty town of Evian les Bains in France, you’ll be welcomed into a wonderland of driftwood this Christmas. This charming spa town shuns consumerism for a somewhat authentic, nature-led Christmas festival.
If you’re expecting to see wooden chalets selling festive trinkets, mulled wine, and tinkling organs playing versions of ‘Let it Snow’, you won’t find any of it here. Instead, locals collect driftwood from the shores of Lake Geneva to curate a magical festive village, complete with mythical creatures known as ‘Flottins’. Between mid-December and early January, wander the streets to see giant sculptures of dragons, elves, owls, and reindeer.
With mediaeval torches lighting up the town centre, illuminating the 700+ driftwood sculptures, this place may be perceived more as a Tim Burton movie scene than a Christmas market. There’s kind of an old-world vibe – one of local people coming together to share folk tales of how the ‘flottins’ – driftwood creatures, once saved Christmas. You can dance to live music, listen to a poetry reading, experience dazzling fireworks and torchlight parades – all without a single scented candle or gingerbread heart in sight.