November 24, 2014

A Touch of Christmas at La Défense

I think it's safe to say that the holiday season is in full swing in Paris. One look in any corner of the city, and you're bound to find twinkling lights, shiny ornaments, lush garlands and people dashing around frantically on their quest for the perfect gift.

Sunday afternoon, we found ourselves at La Défense for a quick shopping trip. Both the CNIT and Les Quatre Temps were decked out to the nines, and teeming with fellow Parisians who had the same idea. After popping into a few stores, and making our way through the crowds, we were pleased to exit out on to the parvis and discover the Marché de Noël de La Défense.

Although not as traditional as other Christmas markets, it's still fun to see. You can stroll between 300 tiny wooden chalets to pick up unique gifts, seasonal foods, hot wine and a bit of holiday spirit.

Entrance to the Marché de Noël de La Défense
The entrance to the bustling Marché de Noël de La Défense.

Canada stand at the Marché de Noël de La Défense
A welcoming Canada stand featuring delicious maple syrup.

La Grande Arche at La Défense
La Grande Arche as the backdrop for La Défense's modern Christmas market.

Marché de Noël de La Défense
November 20, 2014 - December 28, 2014
Every day 11am-8pm

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