Christmas Day in France is celebrated with the Christmas meal, which is traditionally called “le réveillon de Noël” the Eve of Christmas. This Christmas meal was typically held on the 24th of December, but many nowadays many celebrate it on December 25th. This is because most locals attend the special mass held on December 24th and usually return home too late to have a large celebration.
The Christmas meal consists of a lot of seafood, foie-gras, fowl, game meat, roasted turkey or ham, thirteen desserts (only in Provence), and la bûche de Noël (a French cake). The Christmas meal is mostly held at home with family, but some restaurants do have menus specifically for Christmas Day.
Tips for Traveling to France during Christmas Holiday
If you go to a friend’s or family member’s house for the Christmas meal, make sure to check which date they will be holding their meal in order to show up at the right time. Restaurants will have different hours due to Christmas Day being a holiday, so call ahead and make reservations to ensure your spot.