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Best Places to Spend Christmas

Best Places to Spend Christmas: Provence

JP Campomar/Courtesy of Ville d'Avignon

Provence, France

Why Go: A Provençal winter is always fairy tale–like: the villages gone silent at summer’s end come back to life; music from medieval churches fills the cobblestoned streets; women crowd around market stalls to sniff out the freshest foie gras.

Where to Stay: The region’s grand hotels—Couvent des Minimes Hôtel & Spa; the Terre Blanche Resort—pull out all the stops for the season. But for a quintessential country escape, why not rent an old-but-renovated farmhouse with a cozy heart?

Holiday Dinner: Christmas Eve dinner at the Château d’Estoublon's Bistrot Mogador is a traditional gros souper or “Great Supper.”

Julie Mautner

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