Everything you need to know about the largest Christmas village in Île-de-France!
This is without doubt THE most popular Christmas market in the capital and an event not to be missed under any circumstances!
Experience the magic of Christmas with your family at La Défense in a festive atmosphere and take in the sights: whether you are young or old, you will stroll along the market's aisles and discover 350 chalets and exhibitors from all over the world.
A great opportunity to do your shopping in preparation for Christmas
Santons de Provence, Advent wreaths, garlands, baubles, table decorations, candles and more. In addition to decorating your tree, your house or your table with handcrafted objects, you will discover original gift ideas to put at the foot of the tree, local products, sweets, gingerbread, all in a festive atmosphere, here is a festive programme par excellence!
The success of the Paris La Défense Christmas village lies in the magical atmosphere created by the thousands of lights and decorations. When the largest Christmas market in the Paris region is invited to the La Défense business district, it is in keeping with the place, that is to say, extraordinary. You will have the choice to participate in numerous animations, to listen to Christmas songs and to find multiple inspirations to prepare in all serenity the end of the year celebrations.
The opportunity to discover another facet of the La Défense district
Which is not just a succession of towers, each one higher than the next, and shopping centres. It is a district rich in diversity that offers exhibitions, festivals and events throughout the year, in addition to this event that marks the end of year celebrations.
Since 1995, when the Christmas Market was created, it has become an essential event in the La Défense district. The Christmas village now covers more than 13,000 m², with 350 themed chalets offering gift ideas from France and the four corners of the world, traditional products from our regions, charcuterie, cheese, foie gras and other delicacies to concoct delicious feasts for Christmas Eve. To really experience the Christmas atmosphere, restaurants and hot spots will offer you a good eggnog or mulled wine as is the tradition.
This unique market will make you lose track of time and immerse you in the festive atmosphere. There are many events on the programme throughout these five weeks, so make the most of the Christmas atmosphere, come with your family or friends, when at nightfall the towers light up, the trees sparkle with a thousand lights, and the elves and goblins wander through the alleys. Then the magic happens.
Meeting Father Christmas
When you think of a Christmas market, you think of Father Christmas. Go and meet the affable man along the market aisles or meet him at Santa's chalet next to his sleigh to give him your Christmas list... without forgetting to immortalise this unforgettable memory with a photo. It's time to put on your "ugly" jumper, the kitschy, cheesy Christmas jumper that has become a sartorial rallying point for the occasion.
You probably don't know this, but the first traces of Christmas markets date back to the 14th century in Germany, when they were better known as "St Nicholas markets". A tradition that has stood the test of time and been perpetuated over the centuries to become the contemporary markets as we know them today, with a little old-fashioned touch that makes them so charming. The La Défense Christmas market, despite its young age, can boast of having welcomed over 1.5 million visitors in 2019.
Dates and times of the 2021 Christmas market
After a year 2020 marked by the cancellation of the 26th edition of this not-to-be-missed event, Paris La Défense intends to bring together the thousands of visitors who make this Christmas market the largest in Île-de-France. Mark your calendars: in December 2021 to find the Christmas market open every day. Although access will be free of charge, controls will be carried out at the entrances to ensure that you are welcomed with complete peace of mind.