Complete France Advent Calendar Competition
- Credit: Archant
We have 24 amazing France-related prizes to give away — one every day in the run up to Christmas! From French chocolates to books and an amazing holiday in the French Alps... enter every day for a chance to win! (UK entrants only)
1 December: Win a French wine experience with six adopted vines
The Prize: A Wine Experience with 6 adopted vines at Domaine de la Guicharde from Gourmet Odyssey
Ever fancied becoming a winemaker? Gourmet Odyssey can make your dreams come true with their fabulous Wine Experience. You'll get to adopt six vines at this fantastic vineyard in the hills north of Avignon, resulting in six personalised bottles of wine that your very own grapes will have helped to make. You'll also enjoy an experience day, valid for two people, at your vineyard to get involved and learn more about the fascinating wine making process. Gourmet Odyssey will provide a wonderful, wine-themed welcome pack and you will be able to follow the evolution of your vintage remotely on their website. This really is the ultimate Christmas present for the French wine lover in your life who has it all.
2 December: Win a beautiful French notebook and print worth £110
The Prize: A notebook and print handmade in Paris from The Shop Floor Project
Inspired by an 18th century 'domino' wallpaper design held within the studio archive of Antoinette Poisson in Paris, this French Fancies print from The Shop Floor Project and notebook are hand-made in a workshop in Paris. The notebook is 160 pages (blank), and the print is 44cm by 36.5cm.
3 December: Win a scrumptious gift box of French madeleines
The Prize: A tasty gift box of chocolate orange Christmas madeleines from Bisou les Madeleines
London's first madeleine bakery, Bisou les Madeleines make traditional French madeleines with flavoursome twists. Bring some festive joy to your elevenses with these delicious, moist cakes made with dark chocolate and candied orange - plus a glamorous touch of gold!
4 December: Win a gorgeous French cushion
The Prize: A vintage-inspired cushion from the French Bedroom Co.
The French Bedroom Co has been creating timeless yet on-trend home accessories for over a decade, and this lovely cushion design epitomises their style. It's sure to bring a touch of Provence to any room and is made from high quality cambric cotton, filled with an ethically-sourced feather inner pad.
5 December: Win a delicious gift box of French chocolates
The Prize: A chocolate selection box from zChocolat
Each recipe from zChocolat is created by World Champion Chocolatier Pascal Caffet, with French tradition in mind, with all-natural ingredients and no alcohol. The Holiday zBox 30 contains gives you the best of both with 15 chocolates from the traditional collection and 15 chocolates from the exotic collection.
6 December: Win one of three copies of the FRANCE Calendar 2020
The Prize: The FRANCE Calendar 2020 from Archant France - three to be won
Enjoy a beautiful view of France everyday next year by hanging up the latest FRANCE Calendar on your wall. From Nice to Paris to Normandy with châteaux and classic cars along the way, there are 14 stunning photographs and some interesting dates from French history noted through the pages.
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- 3 8 Instagram accounts all French learners should follow
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- 5 Take a journey through France with the FRANCE Calendar 2022
- 6 48 hours in Paris: Unmissable new things to see and do on a short break in the city
- 7 Bargain beauties: 9 renovated French properties on the market for less than €150,000
- 8 Can I disinherit my children?
- 9 Aude: 6 alternative tourist spots in Cathar Country
- 10 What you need to know about France’s Covid-19 health pass system
7 December: Win a signed copy of the latest Raymond Blanc cookery book
The Prize: A signed copy of Raymond Blanc's new book, The Lost Orchard
One of our favourite French chefs, Raymond Blanc, is back with a brand new cookery book, The Lost Orchard. It's described as a 'love letter' to his treasured orchards, both those in the grounds of his hotel-restaurant in Oxfordshire as well as his French home in Franche-Comté. Try your hand at the fantastic recipes and enjoy Raymond's personal stories. The Lost Orchard by Raymond Blanc, published by Headline Home, £25.
8 December: Win a stylish French market basket
The Prize: A colourful French market basket from French Bliss (colour may vary from picture depending on availability)
A French market basket is the ultimate shopping trip accessory, whether you're in France or elsewhere. French Bliss offer a range of deluxe baskets in a range of colours that will suit every taste.
9 December: Win an exquisite French candle
The Prize: Apple & Cinnamon Scented Candle from Bougies D'Aquitaine.
The homely smell of freshly baked apple with cinnamon will make you want to put your feet up and grab a book. Bougies D'Aquitaine candles are made by hand in Dordogne with natural soy wax and vegan-friendly fragrance oils, and burn for 25 to 30 hours.
10 December: Win a bottle of red wine from the Languedoc
The Prize: A bottle of Domaine Jones Fitou 2016 from Domaine Jones
Katie Jones first purchased a Languedoc vineyard back in 2008, and since then has carved out a name for herself as the owner of a successful and highly-regarded wine domaine. Domaine Jones Fitou is a full-bodied, smooth and plummy red made with grapes harvested from 15 of Katie's vineyards, which are home to 100-year-old vines.
11 December: Win a box of five Provence olive oils
The Prize: A box of five olive oils from the Prestigious Provence Olive Oil Company - Olivence
The fabulous olive oils from Provence are produced with native olive varieties, harvested from centenarian olive trees. The olive orchards are part of the magnificent sun drenched Provençal landscape and cultivated by passionate olive growers. The olive oils are produced in small craft production units and are very high quality with a wide range of distinctive flavours. Naturally, Provençal olive oils fully complement southern French cuisine but will also accommodate dishes from many other regions. They are easy to use because tastes are long and complex and never intrusive.
12 December: Win a bundle of books about Paris
The Prize: Four books to plan your next trip to Paris
Thinking of booking a trip to Paris but wanting to avoid the tourist hotspots? This bundle of four books includes everything you'll need to plan a uniquely perfect Paris itinerary. Includes The Art Lover's Guide to Paris (Ruby Boukabou), The Food Lover's Guide to Paris (Helen Massy-Beresford), Curiosities of Paris (Dominique Lesbros) and The Little(r) Museums of Paris (Emma Jacobs).
13 December: Win a children's pétanque set
The Prize: Children's wooden pétanque set from Jeujouet
Introduce the children to a tradition French outdoor game, Pétanque, This Vilac Pétanque set includes 6 balls and a jack ball and come in an easy to carry bag so you can head to the park to give it a go. Jeujouet's online shop offers a huge variety of children's toys and accessories from leading French brands.
14 December: Win some French wine-themed jigsaws
The Prize: Two wine-themed jigsaw puzzles to test your knowledge from Bamboozled
Discover the prestigious French vineyards of Champagne and Bordeaux. Whether you personally prefer bubbles or a deep red, piece by piece you can spot historic sites and châteaux that are found in the renowned regions, with two 500-piece jigsaw puzzles from Bamboozled.
15 December: Win a fantastic French language course
The Prize: A French Truly language course worth £115
French Truly, a language company run by passionate French teacher and blogger Virginie, is offering the chance to win an online language course worth £115. The winner can choose from either the Perfect Pronunciation or French in 600 Words courses, which incorporate video, audio and written formats for an immersive learning experience.
16 December: Win a chocolate recipe book from the Ferrandi Paris chefs
The Prize: A copy of Chocolate: Recipes and Techniques by the chefs at FERRANDI Paris
From French classics such as mousse and profiteroles, to frozen delights, to sophisticated platters, this book from one of France's leading culinary schools is the go-to for any chocoholic Francophile. Not only does it include mouth-watering recipes, there are also 42 step-by-step guides to techniques such as tempering and ganache.
17 December: Win a bottle of Bordeaux red wine
The Prize: A bottle of Cap Royal Bordeaux Supérieur
Produced within the Bordeaux Supérieur appellation, this Cap Royal Rouge is a classic Bordeaux blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet and has a beautiful aromatic complexity mingling aromas of red fruits with hints of vanilla coming from ageing in oak barrels. Now available at Tesco.
18 December: Win a bundle of French history books
The Prize: Get to know France better with our selection of French history books
The perfect prize for a student or simply anyone who wants to know more about France's fascinating past - we're giving away a hand-picked selection of French history books. You'll get to enjoy: David Tremain's Double Agent Victoire, about Resistance hero Mathilde Carré; Clara Beaudoux's The Madeleine Project, uncovering a forgotten Parisian life; Jack J Kanski's illuminating History of France; and Miranda Richmon Mouillot's A Fifty-Year Silence, following a turbulent relationship in the aftermath of World War II.
19 December: Win a subscription to a France-focussed magazine
The Prize: A 12-month subscription to Living France, French Property News or FRANCE magazine from Archant France
Dreaming of a new life in France? In need of expert advice when it comes to property-hunting? Maybe you're just a lover of all things French and can't imagine anywhere you'd rather spend your holidays. Follow your passion with a 12-month subscription to your choice of the three Complete France titles.
20 December: Win a bundle of French CDs
The Prize: Bumper CD giveaway featuring top French artists
The perfect Christmas gift for any lovers of French music, this CD bundle contains the greatest hits compilations of four legendary French performers from the second half of the 20th century: Michel Sardou, Serge Gainsbourg, Johnny Hallyday and Guy Béart. The bundle offers a total of 173 tracks spanning the genres of French pop, rock and roll, jazz and variety.
21 December: Win a beautiful bottle of Provence gin
The Prize: A gift bottle of Mistral Gin
Mistral, produced at a family-run distillery in Forcalquier in Provence, is a gorgeous pink gin infused with 12 herbs and botanicals. A sip of this will transport you straight back to halcyon summer days spent lounging beside the pool in the Provencal countryside. It's a divine drink experience that will go down a treat with gin lovers.
22 December: Win tickets to Parc Astérix theme park near Paris
The Prize: Parc Astérix entry tickets for a family of four
French cultural icon Astérix, the comic book character created by Albert Uderzo and René Goscinny, is the star of the show at this fantastic theme park just north of Paris. Parc Astérix is renowned for its fantastic rollercoasters and fun, family-friendly atmosphere that will delight both kids and big kids alike.
23 December: Win a three-course meal for two with wine at Brasserie Blanc
The Prize: A French dinner at Brasserie Blanc
Enjoy a very special meal for two at Brasserie Blanc, Raymond Blanc's collection of French brasseries. The restaurants combine an ethical & seasonal approach to sourcing ensuring that all the ingredients are as fresh and flavoursome as they can be. The kitchens are run by skilled chefs who really know how to make the most of these wonderful raw ingredients and the teams are friendly and knowledgeable so you can be guaranteed a really wonderful dining experience. The authentically French menu features a range of mouth-watering classic dishes such as duck leg confit and boeuf bourgignon. It's just like being in France!
24 December: Win a three-night stay at Hotel Au Coin du Feu in the Alps
STAR PRIZE: A three-night stay for two people on half board at Hotel Au Coin du Feu in the French Alps with Chilly Powder
Wow, have we got a treat for you! The winner of our star prize and a friend will enjoy an amazing holiday in the French Alps in 2020 at the beautiful, cosy Au Coin du Feu chalet hotel in Morzine-Avoriaz. The hotel is conveniently located close to the Prodains cable car linking Morzine and Avoriaz, perfect for skiers and snowsports enthusiasts. Run by British couple Francesca and Paul Eyre, the chalet offers everything you need to have a peaceful break in the mountains: en-suite bedrooms, 5-course dinners, outdoor hot tub, sauna, a ski-to-the-door location - even a massage yurt!