Montbéliard is a town located in the Franche-Comté near the border with Switzerland and not far from southern Alsace. Built in the Middle Ages as a small fortified village, it was for many centuries first a county and then an independent principality. The town maintains interesting old buildings such as the castle of the Dukes of Wurtemberg (Château de Montbéliard), dating back to the 10th century and enlarged and remodeled several times between the 17th and 18th centuries, which today houses an interesting museum of art and history of Montbéliard where the typical furniture in the “Montbéliard” style or Protestant style that developed between the 14th and 18th centuries is also on display. The historic center is centered on the beautiful St-Martin square overlooked by the most interesting historic buildings of Montbeliard. During the Christmas period, the Montbeliard Christmas Market takes place right in the central St-Martin square, which is the most popular event of the Christmas holidays in this town in Franche-Comté.
MONTBÉLIARD CHRISTMAS MARKET
1) Montbéliard Christmas Market (Marché de Noël). Usually formed by a small Christmas village of wooden huts with 140 craftsmen, who open their stalls for the delight of visitors. The market takes place in the historic center of the city, at the foot of the oldest Lutheran church in France, the Temple of Saint-Martin. You will find gastronomic stalls where you can taste the tasty local foods or buy woolen sweaters and hats, and many Christmas items.
The Montbéliard Christmas program (Les Lumières de Noël) usually includes folk shows, entertainment for children, including a small train that travels through the streets of the center, ponies, a mini-zoo, carriage rides with Santa Claus, a living crib.