If you are in this region over Christmas or have just bought a property or intend to buy one, then a visit to see the most well known light display in the region is a must.
Beauchêne is in the Orne region of Normandy, a tiny village boasting a humble population of just 250 inhabitants. This makes this light display even more impressive. It is thanks to all the hard work of these amazing volunteers, who are instrumental in putting together this impressive display, that this is even possible. They have been delighting the local community and beyond for well over 30 years. People come from far and wide to visit during December.
There are no parking fees, no entrance fee (a donation if you like), there is a stable with animals representing the manger and the church is open. You will hear carols playing and if you want something to eat there is usually a small stand selling some crêpes and a few drinks.
One of the many great things about France is that you can go and visit places that are either free or are very inexpensive, for all the family. It also feels more natural and less pressurised.
For more information of the various village light displays in this area of Normandy – here’s a link to all of the villages taking part. You can also take a free bus tour on various routes. http://villagesillumines.fr/
I hope you enjoyed this little guide on where to find some Christmas magic and I am sure you will enjoy visiting these lights!