We will be visiting friends in Spain in December and have roughly about 3-4 weeks where we can really just explore France and Spain. We will probably be with our friends during the main holidays (Christmas and New Years but even that can be changed). We are really open as to where to visit. We are not afraid of the cold and are looking for charming towns that will be gearing up for local holiday festivities, have good food and spirits during the this season. Doesn't have to be the typical major cities- not looking for huge tourist areas. Anything good in the Southwest of France or Provence during this season? We will probably be flying out of Paris - so any suggestions in and around Paris during this time would be great too.
Note: We speak french ok.
Thanks for your help!