Christmas markets in the Pays de la Loire

Written by on November 7, 2019 in Christmas Markets

Christmas market of Nantes twinkling lights on chalets in the main square surrounded by tall buildings

Take in the magic of Christmas as you explore these markets, whether located in city centres or in smaller villages. Found in each department of the Pays de la Loire region, they showcase a dreamlike setting and invite visitors to stock up on original gifts.

Christmas market Angers (Anjou)

In historic Angers, the Place du Ralliement gets all dressed up for the holiday period. Opposite the Grand Théâtre, ablaze with the illuminations, the chalets unveil their treasures, which include wooden toys, nougat, glass art, pottery, shawls and more. Stop for a break and sip a mulled wine or even cider! As for the kids, they’ll love the big merry-go-round, as well as the shows and concerts offered on site.

Christmas market Angers 2019: Soleils d’Hivers, as the event is known, takes place 23 November 2019 to 5 January 2020.

Christmas market Nantes (Loire-Atlantique)

Place Royale and place du Commerce are beautiful settings at any time and at Christmas even more so. Nanites hosts the biggest Christmas market in western France, with the whole city featuring glittering decorations. Around 120 chalets tempt you with gingerbread, garlands and jewellery as well as more unusual creations, such as personalised soft toys, unique postcards designed by artists, origami decorations, offbeat fashion accessories and more. Face-painting and brass bands bring a real fun element to your visit.

Christmas market Nantes 2019: 22 November to 24 December 2019

Christmas market Tuffé (Sarthe)

Tuffé Advent market is set up in an abbey whose walls date back to the 17th century. The event showcases products by local associations as well as carefully-chosen artists, craftspeople and designers. Expect to find paintings, hats, shawls, baskets, wallets made from plant-based leather, ceramics, soaps and more. The stalls are set out inside various parts of the monument, including the splendid dovecote. There’s also a refreshment stall and a gourmet stand. Simply irresistible.

Christmas market Tuffé 2019: 1 December 2019

Christmas market Beaulieu-sous-la-Roche (Vendée)

Each year the tiny village of Beaulieu-sous-la-Roche transforms into a giant Christmas market with a magical and authentic atmosphere. It hosts over 100 exhibitors, with local artisans and craftspeople. The Féérie des Santons puts on an astonishing display of miniature villages with beautiful interiors. Don’t miss the animated window displays of local traders, whose clockwork figures are every bit as good as those in Parisian shopping centres.

Christmas market Beaulieu-sous-la-Roche 2019: 29 November to 1 December 2019

Also in the Vendée, the Puy du Fou theme park puts on what can only be described as an extraordinary Christmas spectacular.

Christmas Market Laval, Mayenne (Pays de la Loire)

The town of Laval  celebrates the festive season with a Christmas market in Square de Boston, so named to celebrate Laval‘s twinning with Boston in Lincolnshire UK. Laval is also well-known for the extravagance of its Christmas lights “Illuminations: Lumières de Laval” which adds a festive atmosphere to the town centre

Laval Christmas Market 2019: 30 November 2019 – 6 January 2020

Thanks to the Atlantic-Loire-Valley.com team for these brilliant ideas for Christmas in the region…

Discover more about what to see and do in Pays de la Loire: www.atlantic-loire-valley.com

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