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December 2015

WHAT'S ON IN THE VENDEE

(entries in red indicate new additions)

 

 



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PLEASE NOTE

This website is really just a supplement to Angela Bird's guidebook, The Vendée (left), which gives full details
in its 176 pages of hundreds of interesting and off-beat tourist sites throughout the region.
What you see on the website consists of either extra topics not covered in the book (Calendar, Restaurants, Travel routes, Internet links etc), or updated information (new tourist attractions open - or old ones closed)
since the most recent edition of the book appeared.
For the complete picture, order The Vendée through bookshops in the UK and Ireland, or from Amazon ;it is also on sale in good bookshops throughout the Vendée.

 

 

The listings on this site are supplied in good faith, gathered by the author from various Vendée sources.

However it is always wise to check details with organisers or tourist offices before making a special journey.

 

 

 

Until 6 Dec 2015

Championnats du Monde de Tennis de Table Juniors  Young table-tennis players from 40 countries compete in world championship singles and doubles.

Vendespace, Parc de Beaupuy, Mouilleron-le-Captif, nr La Roche-sur-Yon (tel : 02 51 44 79 85).

 

Until 6 Mar 2016

1914-1918 1939-1945, Artistes en Guerre  Works by Vendée artists showing their experiences in both world wars – on the battlefield, as prisoners, in deportation – and by those who created evocative war memorials.

Tues-Sun 10-6.  Historial admission 8 euros; under-25s 5 euros; under-18s free.

 

Historial de la Vendee, Les Lucs sur Boulogne, near La Roche sur Yon

 

4, 5 Dec 2015

Telethon  Local clubs do odd jobs to raise money for charity.

 

Throughout France

4-6 Dec 2015

Marché de Noël  Beaulieu’s Christmas market is the most famous in the Vendee, full of craftspeople and Christmas cheer beneath the trees of the picturesque square. 125 stalls. (Sunday afternoon is the most crowded time, so best to avoid that). Fri 4-9.30pm; Sat 10am-9.30pm; Sun 10am-7pm. Admission free

 

Beaulieu-sous-la-Roche, near Aizenay

Early Dec-
late Jan 

Crèches animées: La Féérie des Santons  Wonderful displays of animated nativity scenes in model-village settings and landscapes of all kinds.  Daily 2-6.30pm. 5€, children 3€, under 10 free.

 

Maison de l’Art, Beaulieu-sous-la-Roche

4-6 Dec 2015

Marché de Noël   Small Christmas market. 10am-7pm.

Place Leclerc, Luçon

 

4-6 Dec 2015

Marché de Noël  Traditional wooden chalets inside the grounds of the medieval castle, selling Christmas gifts and goodies. Regular 10-minute concerts on bells, puppet shows, barrel organ, pony-rides etc.

Fri 6-10pm; Sat 2-10pm; Sun 11am-8pm. Admission free.

 

Tiffauges (tel: 02 51 65 77 65)

5, 6 Dec 2015

Foire de Noel Christmas fair with an Eastern theme, held among the atmospheric ruins of Maillezais Abbey – beautifully illuminated for the occasion. Sat 2-8.30pm ; Sun 11am-8.30pm. Admission free.

 

Abbaye St Pierre, Maillezais, near Fontenay-le-Comte (tel : 02 51 87 22 80).

 

5, 6 Dec 2015

Christmas concerts 

Fri:  Saxophone conert, followed by Charpentier’s "Messe de Minuit pour Noël"  and other Christmas music;

Sat: Choral and string music, followed by traditional seasonal pieces by Poulenc, Rachmaninov, Bizet etc.

8.30pm. 12 euros, under-7s free

Download detailed programme from link at the bottom of this page.

 

Abbey church, Nieul-sur-l’Autise, near Fontenay le Comte

(booking on 02 51 50 43 10 )

5, 6 Dec 2015

Le Mystère de Noël  The Puy du Fou’s usual enchanting Christmas event, with certain “villages” open, and a 90-minute indoor Christmas spectacle.

Information on timings etc here.

Tickets 23 euros, 5-13 year-olds 14.50 euros.

 

Puy-du-Fou,
Les Epesses, nr Les Herbiers (tel : 02 51 64 11 11)

6 Dec 2015

Nouvel an du Muscadet  Annual event at which Muscadet producers bring their latest vintage to show off and offer tastings under the medieval market hall of Clisson.

 

Clisson (Loire-Atlantique)

11 Dec 2015

The MozART Group  A Polish comedy-cabaret string quartet,

part of the “Vendee en Scene” season. 8.30pm. Tickets 10 euros; under-26s 6 euros. (Tel: 02 51 44 79 85)

 

Espace Richelieu, Saint-Denis-la-Chevasse, near Montaigu

11-13 Dec 2015

Marché de Noël  A second weekend of the Christmas market, with traditional wooden chalets inside the grounds of the medieval castle, selling Christmas gifts and goodies. Regular 10-minute concerts on bells, puppet shows, barrel organ, pony-rides etc. Fri 6-10pm; Sat 2-10pm; Sun 11am-8pm. Admission free.

 

Tiffauges (tel: 02 51 65 77 65)

12, 13 Dec 2015

Christmas concerts 

Fri:  Guitar, followed by gospel music;

Sat: Big-band music, followed by songs by a children’s choir.

8.30pm. 12 euros, under-7s free

Download detailed programme from link at the bottom of this page.

 

Abbey church, Nieul-sur-l’Autise, near Fontenay le Comte

(booking on 02 51 50 43 10 )

12, 13 Dec 2015

Foire de Noel  Second edition of the Christmas fair with an Eastern theme, held among the atmospheric ruins of Maillezais Abbey – beautifully illuminated for the occasion. Sat 2-8.30pm ; Sun 11am-8.30pm. Admission free.

 

Abbaye St Pierre, Maillezais, near Fontenay-le-Comte (tel : 02 51 87 22 80).

 

12,13 Dec 2015

Le Mystère de Noël  The Puy du Fou’s usual enchanting Christmas event, with certain “villages” open, and a 90-minute indoor Christmas spectacle.

Information on timings etc here.

Tickets 23 euros, 5-13 year-olds 14.50 euros.

 

Puy-du-Fou,
Les Epesses, nr Les Herbiers (tel : 02 51 64 11 11)

12-20 Dec 2015

Spectacle de la Creche Vivante  de Noël de Cholet  120 people take part in a 45-minute Nativity tableau on the main square. 5.30pm and 6.30pm. Admission free.

 

Place Travot, Cholet (Maine-et-Loire) ; information from Cholet tourist office (02 41 49 80 00).

13 Dec 2015

Marché de Noel  Christmas market in another picturesque village setting.

 

Foussais-Payré, nr Fontenay le Comte

 

15 Dec 2015

Concerto pour deux Clowns  Mime, acrobatics and music from Les Rois Vagabonds. 8.30pm. Admission 15 euros and 8 euros.

 

Theatre Municipal, Fontenay le Comte (tel 02 51 00 05 00)

 

Mid Dec

Noël à La Chabotterie  Christmas food and craft market in and around the historic country mansion. This year under a Provençal theme, with olive trees and cypresses to set the mood. 40 stalls; Provençal story-telling; donkey-rides; ice-sculpture Sat 2-8pm; Sun 10am-7pm. Admission free.

 

 

Logis de la Chabotterie,
St-Sulpice-le-Verdon
(tel : 02 5142 81 00)

 

16 Dec 2015

Ballet National d’Espagne  The Spanish National Ballet company perform Ravel’s Bolero.

 

Vendespace, Parc de Beaupuy, Mouilleron-le-Captif, nr La Roche-sur-Yon (tel : 02 51 44 79 85).

 

18-20 Dec 2015

Marché de Noël   Christmas market, in the old streets and quaysides of Fontenay. Fri 2-8pm (Father Christmas arrives by boat 7pm, with grand firework display); Sat 10-8, with carriage-rides, ice rink, stilt walkers in the afternoon; Sun 10-7.

 

Quai Poey d’Avant, Fontenay-le-Comte

 

19 Dec 2015

Concert de Noel  Christmas concert, with choir

Parish church, Vouvant, near Fontenay-le-Comte

 

19, 20 Dec 2015

Marché de Noel  Christmas market in this picturesque marshland village.

 

Sallertaine, near Challans

19-23 Dec 2015

Le Mystère de Noël  The Puy du Fou’s usual enchanting Christmas event, with certain “villages” open, and a 90-minute indoor Christmas spectacle.

Information on timings etc here.

Tickets 23 euros, 5-13 year-olds 14.50 euros.

 

Puy-du-Fou,
Les Epesses, nr Les Herbiers (tel : 02 51 64 11 11)

19-24 Dec 2015

Haras de Vendee  The former military stud farm in the centre of La Roche sur Yon has special Christmas-style open days, featuring an equestrian show entitled “La Légende du Cheval Mervent" 

9-5.

 

Le Haras,
Bd des Etats-Unis, La Roche-sur-Yon (tel : 02 51 37 48 48).

22 Dec 2015

Casse-Noisette  The ballet The Nutcracker, performed by the musicians and dancers of the Russian Opera Company.

8pm. Tickets 49 euros

 

Les Atlantes, Les Sables d’Olonne

Mid-late Dec

Noël au Haras  Equestrian talks, demonstrations and donkey rides in the handsome stud farm that lies in the centre of La Roche. 2-7pm. Admission 5 euros, children free; does not include equestrian show “le 4e roi mage”.

 

Le Haras,
Bd des Etats-Unis, La Roche-sur-Yon (tel : 02 51 37 48 48).

Mid Dec

Marché de Noel  Christmas market in the centre of La Roche, with 70 stands. Daily 10-7.

 

Place Napoléon, La Roche-sur-Yon

 

 

25 Dec

 

CHRISTMAS DAY (public holiday)


 

 

 

 

26-31 Dec 2015

Haras de Vendee  The former military stud farm in the centre of La Roche sur Yon has special Christmas-style open days, featuring an equestrian show entitled “La Légende du Cheval Mervent" 

9-5.

 

Le Haras,
Bd des Etats-Unis, La Roche-sur-Yon (tel : 02 51 37 48 48).

27 Dec 2015

Challenge Cyclo-Cross  The final of the Pays de la Loire regional competition takes place around the lake de la Chapelle, at Talmont.

Starts 11.30am.

Talmont-Saint-Hilaire, nr Les Sables d’Olonne

27 Dec 2015

La Corrida Pedestre  Several different courses for runners, with routes from 2km to 10km, winding through the streets of this pretty little town. (Held every two years.)

Starts 11am.

 

Moutiers les Mauxfaits, nr La Roche-sur-Yon

 

 

 

MORE EVENTS

 

The Vendée Tourist Board website has many events listed under
various categories, starting from this page

 

The Conseil-Général’s website also has a regularly updated
calendar of events on its site, under “Agenda”
(click on “Evenements suivants” for later events, or on the names
of the other months shown)

 

For Vendée vide-greniers (brocante fairs and car-boot sales),
I have made a selection from 
this excellent specialised website.

If you wish to see fairs in another département, simply change the Vendee code (85) at the end of the link to that of your chosen département: i.e. 44 for Loire-Atlantique; 49 for Maine-et-Loire etc

 

 

 

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