What to Do in Toulouse in the Winter?
Toulouse offers matchless charm during the winter months. As the temperature drops, the city’s avenues, squares, and markets come alive with festivities, and irresistible treats are served everywhere you go.
For locals and visitors alike, Toulouse has a winter wonderland waiting for your exploration. In this blog, we’ve selected a few of our festive things to do in Toulouse in the winter, from sipping on the city’s finest hot chocolate to gliding on ice beneath twinkling Christmas lights.
Marché de Noël de Toulouse
If there’s one place that captures the magic of the holiday season, it’s the Toulouse Christmas Market. Found right in the city’s center, the Marché de Noël offers a delightful mix of handcrafted gifts, ornaments, and local culinary treats.
The scent of roasted chestnuts, mulled wine, and roasting sausage fills the air as you stroll through the beautifully decorated stalls, making it a must-visit destination for all ages of travelers.
If you want to explore the holiday magic of Toulouse and get an insider’s view of the Christmas market, check out our limited-time Sweets of the Season Christmas tour.
Find out more here: Marché de Noël de Toulouse
A Hot Chocolate Heaven
Winter in Toulouse can get chilly, but there’s no better way to warm up than with a cup of thick, creamy hot chocolate. The city offers a plethora of cafes and chocolatiers, each with its unique recipe.
Toulouse has got you covered whether you prefer yours with a dash of cinnamon, a sprinkle of chili, or just plain and rich and decadent. And if you’re wondering where to find the best cup in town, check out our 5 Best Places for Hot Chocolate in Toulouse.
Museums and Indoor Exhibits
When the winter breeze gets too chilly, what better way to spend the day than to explore Toulouse’s rich history and vibrant culture indoors? The city boasts an impressive array of museums and exhibits, each waiting to enthrall visitors with artifacts, art, and interactive exhibits.
(Source: Patinoire du Complexe Sportif Alex Jany)
Ice Skating in Toulouse
As the mercury dips, the spirit of winter takes over Toulouse. Ice skating rinks, both indoor and outdoor, become the hub of activity for families and friends.
For those who prefer a controlled environment, the indoor rinks at Alex Jany and Jacques Raynaud offer excellent facilities. Easily accessible by public transport, they promise an exhilarating skating experience for both novices and seasoned skaters.
For those who love the charm of skating under the open sky, Place du Capitole usually has an outdoor rink during the Christmas season and occasionally during the February school vacations.
Imagine gliding on ice, right in the heart of the city, with the historic Capitole building as your backdrop – a wintry activity not to be missed!
Exquisite Winter Meals
In Toulouse during winter, indulging in hearty Alpine meals like raclette and fondue becomes almost a rite of passage. Picture it: melted cheese, perfectly cooked potatoes, pickles, and charcuterie – all the ingredients for a comforting winter feast.
Got you tempted? Read this blog on Raclette and Fondue in Toulouse to learn more.
For those keen to explore the best spots to relish fabulous local cooking, our Best Places to Eat in Toulouse will provide plenty of inspiration.
(Source: Les Petits Crus)
Wine Bar Adventure
Winter in Toulouse is the perfect time for a wine bar tour. The city’s vibrant wine culture comes to life during the colder months as locals and tourists flock to cozy wine bars, sipping on robust reds, crisp whites, and everything in between.
Each wine bar has a unique ambiance, wine list, and accompanying nibbles. Whether you’re a wine connoisseur, wanting to learn more about wine tasting, or looking to enjoy a relaxing evening, a wine bar adventure in Toulouse promises a delightful, soul-warming experience.
Book your place on Taste of Toulouse’s Wine Bar Tour of Toulouse to take a deep dive into the city’s wine scene in the company of a wine expert.
Covered Market Wonders
While the chilly breeze might deter some from outdoor adventures, Toulouse’s covered markets provide a warm retreat for food lovers and culture seekers.
Bursting with fresh produce, gourmet delicacies, and artisanal products, these markets offer an unparalleled sensory experience. You can mingle with the locals, taste regional specialties, and even pick up unique souvenirs.
January and February ‘Soldes’ Shopping
Twice a year, Toulouse becomes a paradise for bargain hunters. The much-anticipated “soldes” (sales) of January and February see shops offering incredible discounts ranging from 30-70%!
Whether you’re hunting for the latest fashion, antiques, or souvenirs, the soldes offer an excellent opportunity to shop till you drop without burning (too big) a hole in your pocket.
And for those keen on strategizing their shopping spree, shopping early ensures the best selection, while the latter part of the sales season can get you even deeper discounts.
Learn more about Soldes: Understanding French Soldes.
(Source: La Friche Gourmande)
“Après Ski” at La Friche Gourmande
Who says you need to travel to the Pyrenées for an après-ski experience? La Friche Gourmande brings the mountain charm right to Toulouse. With heated igloos, ski lift cabins, and the quintessential après-ski ambiance, this pop-up bar and restaurant transports you to a winter wonderland.
Whether cozying up by the fire with friends or trying your hand at curling, it promises an evening of warming food and fun.
Explore Toulouse this Winter
Toulouse is one of France’s most atmospheric and enchanting cities during the winter season. From sampling hearty, comforting local foods to exploring the endless array of cultural sites in the city, you won’t be pressed for things to do in Toulouse at Christmastime.
To explore the city in the company of like-minded travelers and a local food expert, consider booking a place on one of our Toulouse Food Tours.
If you have any questions, please get in touch.