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‘Habits de Lumières’ 2018 – the ‘Dressed in Lights’ Christmas Festival takes place over three days (14th – 16th December) and has been doing so since 2000. Over 40,000 visitors join in the festivities along the Avenue du Champagne. Gastronomy, fireworks, illuminations, street entertainment and of course champagne feature prominently in the party of the year.
Epernay may be small but it is widely regarded as the capital of Champagne. The headquarters of the Champagne bureau (CIVC) is here – a trade association that represents the interests of the independent growers and promotes them and the Champagne houses around the world.
Situated in the heart of the vineyards Epernay is one of the ‘100 sites of Outstanding Taste in France’. Its famous street is the Avenue du Champagne lined with 19th century Renaissance Classical style mansions home to the great champagne houses like Moët & Chandon and Pierre Jouët, many of which are open for tours and tastings. Under the town are over 100 kilometres of tunnels housing over one million bottles of Champagne. It is easy to get to from Reims – just a 30-minute train journey, or from Paris – just over an hour.
The Must Do’s
Take a tour of the town by Petit Train ‘Mille Bulles’ (million bubbles) train – 45-minute tours take place from the Tourist Office in summer.
Rrent a ‘Renault Twizzy’ electric car or an electric bike with which to tour the town at your own pace.
Taste Test… The perfect accompaniment to champagne, chocolate!
Xavier Thibaut – gives English speaking tours and tastings of his chocolate facility. Very well known for personalised chocolates, pralines and ganaches.
Notes to Editors:
This area in the Grand-Est region of France offers two contrasting destinations – Champagne and the Ardenne.
Champagne is as varied and refined as the famous wine it produces. A land of fact and fables, of kings and counts, of Cistercians and crusaders, of monasteries and masterpieces, artists and philosophers – the history and heritage of Champagne is embedded in that of France and is linked to the present by its recognition as a UNESCO world heritage listing.
To the north-east of Champagne, the Ardenne is a natural and historic region named after the hilly plateau, the ‘Ardenne Massif’ that encompasses parts of Belgium to the north and Luxembourg to the east. Renowned for the natural beauty of its landscapes, such as the valleys of the Meuse and Semoy rivers, thick forests and rocky peaks, the Ardenne is an ideal destination for lovers of the outdoors, nature and activities such as hiking and cycling.
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