How Does France Celebrate Christmas?

French Christians celebrate Christmas on December 25 by putting up a tree, going to church and exchanging presents. Other popular Christmas activities in France include a walk in the park, and sharing a meal consisting of traditional French dishes with family and friends.

Most public and private institutions are closed on Christmas Day in France, and almost every person has the day off. Traditional French Christmas dishes include rabbit terrine, roasted capon, garlic soup and omelet with truffles. In many parts of the country, children are at the heart of Christmas celebrations, and they receive small toys and sweets that they can hang on the Christmas tree.