Monday, January 28, 2013

La Défense Christmas Market, Paris

Paris is offering many free activities for those who want to enjoy the holiday festivities.
Christmas markets in Paris are always enjoyable to visit.
There are several markets in Paris, including the ones on the Avenue des Champs-Elysees and at Trocadero.

I lived in Paris for over 2 years, but last year in December was my first visit to Christmas market at La Defense. I went to see the other markets, but I didn't know there is also one in La Defense.

La Defense is the business district of Paris. I have seen it in the distance many times, but never went to visit the skyscrapers and well known Grand Arche.
I was nicely surprised. The Christmas Village on the square at La Defense is the largest Christmas Village in Paris and it is worth the visit.  
It takes over a massive space of more than 10,000m² beneath the towering skyscrapers of La Defense.

This market has many wooden chalets with traditional arts and crafts, wood carving to glass ornaments, jewelery and festive decorations, including its famous red carpet. 
The Christmas market stalls at La Defense sell everything from sausages, salami, nutella crepes, churros, cheese from the Alpes and of course fois gras. There is also live musical entertainment and plenty of places to stop for a glass of mulled wine, cup of hot coffee or hot chocolate. If you get tired, there are plenty of wooden chalets with tables, chairs and heat lamps. 
So you can sit and enjoy the ambience of Christmas.


Don't forget to visit a huge shopping center right next to the Christmas market. The shopping mall features a large selection of shops, a beauty salons, lots of restaurants and bars.


Metro: La Defense (line 1, last stop)

RER: La Defense


Red carpet glamour at the Christmas market at La Defense




That's me, standing on the red carpet




Towering skyscrapers of La Defense




La Defense - the largest Christmas Village in Paris





Get into the spirit of Christmas





The shopping mall at La Defense





La Grande Arche de La Defense




You might also like:

Champs-Elysées Christmas Market Paris  

Christmas Market Strasbourg  


 

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