Christmas in Toulouse: the festivities start on Friday
The Toulouse town hall wants to be more “eco-responsible” for these end-of-year celebrations. After the controversy over the past three years around the giant tree in the alleys Jean-Jaurès (made up of 400 small natural trees assembled), the municipality indicates that “particular attention has been paid to the choice of decorations and illuminations”.
Apart from this giant rambla tree, the six other giant trees installed in the city will all be synthetic, and “nearly 90% recyclable”. The highest (10 meters) is on Place Saint-Etienne. The others (5 meters) are on Place de la Trinité, at Joan of Arc, Saint-Georges, Place Dupuy, and on the forecourt of Saint-Sernin.
As for the decorations, they are partly made of Bioprint, a material made from sugar cane. The lighting is 100% LED.
Visually, there is also a change in Place Wilson. The scenography of the Goudouli fountain is completely renewed, with animated arches, and fir trees decorated in red, or squarely installed in the middle of the water jets. Rue Alsace-Lorraine, the 800 meters of white luminous ceiling are new developments.
Place Charles-de-Gaulle, at the exit of the Capitole metro, will be one of the epicenters of the festivities, with activities around Santa Claus, from November 26 to December 31. As for the Christmas village, it returns a few meters away, on the Place du Capitole. 120 cabins will be open from November 26, 10:30 a.m.
The town hall is also launching a “craft and solidarity market” on the alleys Jules-Guesde, for alternative consumption. It will take place from December 4 to 19.