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10/12/2018 - 13:42

Merry Dieppe!

47502301 1897540487008633 3615225718532734976 o <p>It&rsquo;s the festive season and despite the ongoing protests over here in France, locals and visitors are still flocking to Dieppe&rsquo;s town centre for Christmas shopping and activities. Magic is in the air, and as you might already now, in Dieppe we like to do things differently. No cheap-looking chalets selling products made in China in sight here, but several craft fairs and pop-up stores showcasing the best of local talent. At the heart of the Quai Duquesne, L&rsquo;Effet Mer for instance will be welcoming several talented artists from 11 to 29 December. It&rsquo;s a fantastic opportunity to purchase unique, handmade arts and crafts made in Dieppe. Right opposite St Jacques Church, another ephemeral boutique called &lsquo;Chez les filles&rsquo; has set up shop and is selling jewellery, accessories and other handcrafted items. Just a few steps from there, in the Rue de l&rsquo;Oranger, the &lsquo;Atelier Konu&rsquo; is another fantastic place to head to discover the works of seven local artists. Finally, in the Grande Rue, Dieppe&rsquo;s main shopping street, you can also visit Miro&rsquo;s pop-up store to stock up with Christmas gifts with a difference.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Tout Va Bien, one of the town&rsquo;s most famous landmarks, looks more magical this Christmas than ever before. Overlooking the marina, it is lit with an array of sparkling lights and decorations, and this year its clients can make the most of the quirky sky tram cabins that have been installed on the pavement in front of restaurant. Perfect little cocoons to enjoy a coffee or a glass mulled wine while the cold hits in! On the other side of the street, kids can make the most of the small funfair which is in town until 16 December. It will then make room for the long-awaited free outdoor ice rink, which will be installed on the Quai Henri IV from 22 December to 6 January, complete with an authentic chalet selling cr&ecirc;pes, mulled wine and other winter delicacies.&nbsp;</p> <p>On Saturday 15 December, an extra sparkle will come in the form of a magical light parade through the streets of the town centre. From 3 to 5:30pm, four musicians dressed in luminous clothes will light up the winter and warm people&#39;s hearts with their songs and stories. A week later, on 22 December, all aboard the musical train! At 3pm, the surprising &lsquo;Loco Musicale&rsquo; will leave the Town Hall, cross the buzzing shopping streets and end its journey at the ice rink, where elves will share a snack with all the children. Once again, these street shows are free.&nbsp;</p> <p>As Christmas is all about (well almost) food, don&rsquo;t forget to treat yourself to one of our sweet or savoury delicacies when you&rsquo;re in town. Dieppe is the place to tuck into glorious seafood of course, and with over 100 restaurants and brasseries, you&rsquo;ll be spoilt for choice! Stroll through the town centre, and you&rsquo;ll also discover a wealth of independent shops and groceries selling locally-sourced products to suit all tastes. Bakers and chocolatiers are particularly good here, so you won&rsquo;t find it hard to satisfy your sweet tooth before heading home!&nbsp;</p>

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