Annecy’s Fair of St Andrew

People wandering in the streets of Annecy during the festivity

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Saint Andrew is said to have been a Galilean fisherman so it seems very apt for a fair and market in his name to be held close to Lake Annecy in the Haute-Savoie region of the French Alps each year. The Foire de la Saint-André (“Fair of Saint Andrew”) takes place in Annecy on the first Tuesday in December and hundreds of traders gather to sell their products of all kinds. This is a wonderful market for buying the best local produce from the region, and besides food and wines there are arts and crafts. The popularity of this annual event always ensures an attendance by thousands of people who come from near and far to enjoy this winter fair. This year the Fair of St Andrew took place on 6 December and was open from 8am until 6pm in the evening.

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Christmas in the French Alps in Annecy

The lake area in Annecy covered with snow

Annecy in winter (Photo: Raphael Fournier)

Annecy is a popular tourist destination in France with many festivals and celebrations throughout the year, and amongst these festivities is Christmas. Surrounded by snow-capped mountains and with a large and glistening lake, it is the perfect setting for enjoying this time of year.

There is a romantic fairytale atmosphere in Annecy, and this feeling can be really appreciated in the depths of winter. Annecy’s “Lovers’ Bridge” looks like a Christmas card picture when the ground is white with snow.

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Annecy Italian Film Festival 2016

Annecy Italian Film Festival makes its return to the Haute-Savoie region of the French Alps this autumn. Film fans will be able to enjoy this festival from 21 to 27 September 2016.

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High Five Festival in Annecy

The International Freeski Film Festival (IF3) has been held annually in Montreal at the end of September. Like its name suggests, it is an event that features films about skiing.

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Annecy Lake Festival in August

The popular tourist destination of Annecy in the Haute-Savoie area of the French Alps adds to its many attractions every year with its Lake Festival that is held in August. Lake Annecy makes the perfect setting for this colourful annual event, and this year it takes place on Saturday 6 August.

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