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Christmas holidays: the best family outings

Christmas Road Trip Photo

From December 19 to January 4, the illuminations make the streets magical, melodious songs resonate in the shops that sparkle with a thousand lights and the smells of gingerbread happily plunge us back into our fondest memories. More than anything, the wonder in the eyes of children sprinkles a bit of magic inDeauville. During the holidays, we ride horses, swing on the golf courses, be dazzled by a miniature Christmas village and shop for the last gifts to put under the tree. To your agendas.



Christmas lights
© Naïade Plante
© Sandrine Boyer Engel
Christmas decorations Villers-sur-Mer
© Sandrine Boyer Engel
Illuminations Villers
© Sandrine Boyer Engel

Marvel at the illuminations


Since the end of November, inDeauville has been adorned with a sparkling decor whose luminous halos sumptuously dress the streets and roundabouts and envelop the beautiful houses and shop windows. Stroll with your nose in the stars under the starry sky of Place Morny in Deauville, crack in front of a bright gingerbread house and take a picture with Olaf at Villers-sur-Mer, marvel at the curtains of light that drape the facades of the town hall of Saint-Arnoult, travel to the North Pole with igloos, polar bears and penguins at Vauville... Each municipality in the territory has put on its finest light clothes to make visitors' eyes shine at nightfall.


 The course of the illuminations here 



Twirl around the Christmas carousel


In an atmosphere of joy and celebration and to the delight of children, what could be more magical and wonderful than to find a Christmas merry-go-round? On the place of Casino of Deauville throne one carousel inspired by the world of Jules Verne. Like a journey through time, this vintage merry-go-round invites the older ones to nostalgia and the younger ones to create memories. Children take flight in a hot-air balloon, ride a horse, imagine themselves as a prince or princess in a coach or even pilot a steam car.

Useful information
From Thursday December 4 to Sunday January 3, every day from 11 a.m. to 20 p.m.
Place du Casino, 14800 DEAUVILLE


Fall back to childhood in front of the miniature Christmas village


What if you lived near the mythical Santa Claus village in Lapland? It is the dream that Louis Germain, living in Blonville-sur-Mer, achieves each year by creating a miniature christmas village straight out of his imagination! For nearly ten years, with the approach of the end of the year celebrations, the 85-year-old Blonville resident has been installing small illuminated houses, snow-covered decorations, mills, lampposts, merry-go-rounds, churches, small trains and characters of all kinds to bring life to his village. We admire the illuminated carousel and its wooden horses, have fun with the children sledding down a mountain of (fake) snow, daydream in front of the train station and its ticket office to take the Christmas Express and marvel at the sleigh of the Santa Claus flying in the air with his reindeer!

Over the years, the miniature Christmas village has become a real tradition in Blonville-sur-Mer and attracts many visitors; it is displayed in the window, facing the market square, so that everyone can enjoy their Christmas spirit at any time of the day.

Useful information
From Monday December 7, 2020 to Friday January 8, 2021
Boulevard Marcel Lechanteur (room opposite the market square), 14910 BLONVILLE-SUR-MER
Information from the Tourist Information Office of Blonville-Bénerville-Tourgéville on 02 31 87 91 14 or by email


Stroll through the heart of the Planche (s) Contact exhibitions


Festival of photographic creations, Contact Board (s) presents the work of guest photographers in residence at Deauville to match their photographic universe with the city. Until the end of the school holidays, the photographs are exhibited in giant format throughout the city: at the beach, the pier, the courtyard of the small and large pools and even on the outdoor diving board of the Olympic swimming pool. A joyful stroll in the fresh air where you will come across the many fairy lights installed throughout the city.


 All the places to admire the photos of Board (s) Contact here 


Christmas market
Christmas market © Sandrine Boyer Engel
Christmas market
© Sandrine Boyer Engel

Stroll through the Christmas market in Villers-sur-Mer


As the end of year holidays approach, the Christmas market is a must-see for the whole family! In this exceptional year, it is Villers-sur-Mer, on the Place de la Mairie, that the small village of artisans and traders takes place for a weekend. In the stands, we find local delicacies, tableware, original gifts, toys by the thousands: only local and artisanal. Made in Normandy will be in the spotlight! During a stroll in the fresh air or to do the last few shopping to put under the tree, the Christmas market is a real invitation where young and old alike take pleasure in immersing themselves in the magic of the end of the year celebrations.


Useful information
From Saturday 19 to Sunday 20 December, from 8 a.m. to 17 p.m.
Town Hall Square, 14640 VILLERS-SUR-MER
Information from the Town Hall of Villers-sur-Mer on 02 31 14 65 00


Expressing your generosity at the Christmas Chalet


From December 19 to January 3, associations will take turns each day to open a Christmas Chalet which will offer all kinds of objects this year. Buy one of these objects the opportunity to do a good deed since the donations collected will be donated to social works of the City of Deauville. The Communal Center for Social Action, the Red Cross, La Fée Cécilia and the Rotary club have already responded to run the chalet. The Place du Marché will be sounded for the occasion, Christmas carols will ring out for the pleasure of young and old.


Useful information
Christmas chalet, from Saturday 19 December to Sunday 3 January (closed on 25/12 and 01/01)
Place du Marché, 14800 DEAUVILLE
Information from the Deauville Town Hall on 02 31 14 02 02


Offer authentic gifts to the Galerie des Créateurs


Out of gift ideas to put under the tree? AT Touques, in a charming half-timbered house typical of the Pays d'Auge, the Creators Gallery brings together artisans who exhibit a selection of unique contemporary pieces highlighting the beauty of their work, with a poetic and delicate imagination, with multiple influences. Each object tells a story and illustrates a know-how. Whether it is for the pleasure of the eyes or to find original and authentic gifts to offer, these creations will certainly cause you a real crush.


Useful information
From Tuesday 1st to Thursday 31st December. Open every day except Monday from 11 a.m. to 13 p.m. then from 15 p.m. to 18 p.m. Closed on December 30.
Creators Gallery, Place Saint-Pierre, 14800 TOUQUES
Information on 06 71 52 71 05


Meet the artisans at the Poterie du Mesnil de Bavent


Since 1975, the Pottery of Mesnil de Bavent dresses the roofs of residences in the region with the finial, a roof decoration characteristic of Norman architecture. Today, these ornaments stand alongside a whole set of ceramic objects to decorate roofs, interiors, tables and gardens. Come and discover the work of passionate craftsmen at the Pottery Village and the wide variety of items for the end-of-year gifts that are offered.


Useful information
Open Monday to Saturday and Sundays until Christmas from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. then from 13:30 p.m. to 17:30 p.m.
Pottery of Mesnil de Bavent, Lieu-dit "Le Mesnil" Route de Caen - Cabourg RD513, 14860 BAVENT
Information on 02 31 84 82 41/06 72 94 27 59 or by email


Go bargain hunting and fairgrounds


During the school holidays, two flea markets invade Villerville et Deauville, where bargain hunters like to roam the aisles to find a treasure for the house. Books, postcards, trinkets and objects of local heritage ... Many treasures can be found on the stalls of professionals, whom we meet to do good business and unearth rare pearls. Vintage design, unusual accessories, there is something for everyone and all budgets!


Useful information
Flea market monthly - Saturday December 26 from 7 a.m. to 19 p.m. at the Square de l'Eglise Saint-Augustin, 14800 DEAUVILLE
Brocante - from Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd January from 10 a.m. to 18 p.m., Le Garage, 10 Rue du Général Leclerc, 14113 VILLERVILLE


Creative Atekuers Margot
© Sandrine Boyer Engel

Margot, creative animator, invites children from 3 to 11 years old to make their own creations during manual workshops: cross stitch, threads and beads, creative or board games ... For the end of year holidays, the workshops are entirely devoted to Christmas: painting on wooden logs, tree decoration, embroidery in Christmas colors, make-up and making personalized Christmas cards.

Useful information
From Monday 21 to Thursday 24 December. Online program
Blonville-sur-Mer school, Rue de la Croix Robin, 14910 BLONVILLE-SUR-MER
Registration on 06 84 95 78 17


Outdoor sports activities
Golf St Gatien
Golf Saint-Gatien © Vincent Rustuel

Ride a horse during a baptism, a course or a ride


Do you want to introduce your children to horse riding? All year round, the inDeauville equestrian centers offer them the opportunity to live their first experience with horses, during or on a ride, on the back of ponies or held in hand. Of all sizes, dresses and origins, ponies have been chosen for their docility and allow children and their parents to discover horse riding in complete safety. The most curious will opt for a horseback ride on the beach or in the Aubergine countryside. Some equestrian centers require a minimum level of gallop, but it is possible to go on horseback riding as a beginner.


 All baptisms and riding lessons here 


Go on a hike


If winter is the ideal season to stay warm at home, during the Christmas holidays, we put on a coat, put on gloves, bundle up in a scarf and go hiking with the family. Less known than in summer, winter hikes are an opportunity to enjoy an outing in the heart of nature filled with calm and serenity. Among the trails accessible to children, you can climb the heights of Mont-Canisy (3,6 km), stroll around the Haras de Meautry in Touques (3,8 km), stroll along the loops of the Touques at Saint-Arnoult (5,2 km) and admire the alleys of typical village of Villerville (6,8 km). Your children will become real little budding hikers! Between local flora and fauna, heritage, bocage and history, we take our time, we breathe fresh air and we admire the different facets of the inDeauville territory.


 All the hiking trails here 


Swing on golf courses


Golf players praise inDeauville for its surrounding courses. There are all styles, green and flowery, signed by the greatest architects and the most surprising inspirations. From ponds to bunkers, some courses favor technique, others, more fun, satisfy golfers in search of fresh air and relaxation. On the heights of Mont-Canisy, in the valleys of the Pays d'Auge or with a breathtaking view of the sea, the inDeauville golf courses offer breathtaking landscapes. Whether you are an amateur or an expert, compete with family or friends on various courses of 9, 18 and 27 holes.


 All golf courses and courses here 


For the little ones, have fun on the Deauville mini-golf course. In total, there are 18 holes with replicas of famous monuments of Normandy.

Useful information
Open Wednesday to Monday from 10 a.m. to 21 p.m.
Les Terrasses du mini-golf, Boulevard de la Mer, 14800 DEAUVILLE
Reservation at 02 31 98 40 56
Price: 7,50 € per person


Hitting the ball in tennis


Not less than seven inDeauville tennis clubs await your backhands, forehands and smashes. Supervised by tennis enthusiasts, take a private or group lesson to perfect your gestures, participate in a training to perfect your technique or rent a court to challenge you as a family. On synthetic turf or clay for a semblance of Roland Garros, inDeauville tennis can be played from the age of 5.


 Play tennis inDeauville 


To spend in the sea


Nothing is more invigorating than an activity at sea in the dead of winter when the sun continues to shine. For these end-of-year holidays, the most intrepid take the plunge with Concept Sport Emotion ! Aquatic hiking, the loin-coast consists of walking in the sea with a water level reaching up to the waist. For two hours, participants are equipped with a wetsuit and a paddle and perform various movements to tone the whole body. With the pressure of the water, the abs, lower back and legs are more intensely used than walking. No matter the season, the loin has many health benefits. If it is appreciated during hot weather, cold winter water allows better energy and caloric expenditure. It is recommended to bring gloves and a neoprene hood in low season.

Those who are more cautious can opt for the "fitness kayak", a very complete sport which combines water sport and physical activity. It is a good alternative to the traditional sport which is practiced in the open air to enjoy nature, fresh air and the sun. Fitness kayak also allows you to relax in contact with flora and fauna.


Useful information
Longe-côte on Thursdays and Saturdays from 12 p.m. to 13 p.m. / Kayak fitness Thursday from 30 p.m. to 14 p.m. and Sunday from 30 a.m. to 16 p.m.
Concept Sport Emotion, Promenade des Planches, 14360 TROUVILLE-SUR-MER
Longe-coast prices: € 20 (per session), € 160 (10 sessions card) / Fitness kayak prices: 24 € (per session), 180 € (10 sessions card), 450 € (annual pass)
Online Booking or on 07 82 64 10 09


Holiday menus: the best places to take away


This year, opt for a local gourmet shopping that will sublimate your festive table and awaken the taste buds of the whole family! The Restaurant et caterers inDeauville comes out the big game with a selection of dishes and recipes worthy of a starred chef. Whether you are more traditional, original, vegetarian or gourmet, everything is there: from fresh salmon tartare to surprise bread from the sea for appetizers, foie gras millefeuille with lobster terrine as a starter, scallops with farmhouse capon as a main course and, to top it off, the coveted Yule log for dessert and its many exotic variations. We already have mouth watering!


 All the end-of-year holiday menus here 

Le Central Kitchen
© Eliophot
Kitchen Annex
© DR
© DR

Where to sleep with the family: open accommodation


Located in a residential area of Deauville, away from the bustle of the city center, the Residence Pierre & Vacances des Embruns ** is ideal for family holidays by the sea. Its timber-framed facade typical of the Pays d'Auge and its garden bring charm and character to a soothing atmosphere. The studios, which can accommodate up to 4 people, are equipped with a kitchen, a balcony or a terrace, a double bedroom for the parents and bunk beds for the children. For an iodized stroll, put on your coats and walk down Rue Gheest: the beach is just a few steps away.

In the half-timbered village of Saint-Arnoult, the Hotel Campanile *** is surrounded by one of the most beautiful golf courses in France on the Mont-Canisy, Longines International Horse Center - Deauville - temple of equestrian sports - andDeauville-La Touques racecourse, whose tracks end at the foot of the town. The hotel has 58 rooms, double or triple, with or without twin beds, perfectly suited to your small tribe.

Originally a fishing village, Villerville is bordered by tall and narrow houses which lead to the seaside and the Parc des Graves where the panorama is breathtaking. It is on the heights that the Domaine du Grand Bec, like a promontory with the sea as far as the eye can see. With a capacity of 4 to 6 people, the lodges are real cozy nests, sometimes attic, sometimes refined, converted into a fisherman's house or loft. Completely independent and scattered around the park, all the houses have direct access to the beach. After enjoying your breakfast, take the time to stroll in the estate's garden. You will discover the colors of nature and the countryside, can visit the animals of the mini-farm and why not play a game of tennis or petanque!


 All accommodation open here 

Pierre & Vacances Premium - Residence les embruns
Pierre & Vacances Premium - Residence les Embruns ** © Pierre & Vacances
Campanile Hotel
Hotel Campanile *** © Campanile
Domaine du Grand Bec - Villerville
Domaine du Grand Bec © Domaine du Grand Bec

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