Get in the holiday spirit with these free backgrounds of Christmas in Toulouse


I might be biased, but I think Toulouse is one of the best special place to spend the Christmas season. Since travel isn’t really happening this year – and even those of us who live here need a little extra pick-me-up – I’ve got a special collection of backgrounds that you can use to liven up your next Zoom meeting, your computer desktop background, or just to whet your appetite for travel in 2021. Did you know that Toulouse breaks out over 30 km of lighted garland for Christmas? That’s a lot of sparkle spread out over our already-beautiful “Ville Rose!” I’ve picked my favorite lighted streets, our festive squares, Christmas market scenes from years past – and it wouldn’t be a Taste of Toulouse post without a sighting of the beloved Victor Hugo Market, all decked out for the holidays.

I’m also pleased to be able to include several beautiful images from my dear friend Tegan of @thetravelcurve, taken during the Sweets of the Season tour that debuted in 2019. In-person tours are on hold right now, but you can still experience the magic of Toulouse at Christmas through my French Christmas Market Virtual Experience, running during the month of December 2020. Learn to make Christmas market favorites like vin chaud and aligot, enjoy a tour of my favorite Christmas decorations in Toulouse, and get all your questions answered about Christmas celebrations and food traditions in France!

Christmas in Toulouse virtual backgrounds

Just right click to save each image to your computer. If you’re not sure how, here are instructions for how to change your Zoom background. Be sure to uncheck the “mirror my video” setting to make sure the images display correctly!

Christmas Village 2020 on the Place du Capitole, Toulouse
Christmas Village on the Place du Capitole, Toulouse – 2020, Photo credit: Taste of Toulouse
Christmas on the Rue d'Alsace Lorraine, Toulouse.
Christmas on the Rue d’Alsace Lorraine, Toulouse. Photo credit: Taste of Toulouse
Christmas lights at the Victor Hugo Market, Toulouse.
Christmas lights at the Victor Hugo Market, Toulouse. Photo credit: Taste of Toulouse
Toulouse Christmas Market.
Toulouse Christmas Market on the Place du Capitole. Photo credit: Taste of Toulouse
"Vin chaud" mulled wine at the Toulouse Christmas Market.
“Vin chaud” mulled wine at the Toulouse Christmas Market. Photo credit: Taste of Toulouse
Christmas in Place Charles de Gaulle, Toulouse – 2019. Photo credit: @thetravelcurve
Christmas lights on the streets of Toulouse.
Christmas lights on the streets of Toulouse. Photo credit: @thetravelcurve
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