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Father Christmas in France

Welcome to your Vendée blog – we’d love to hear from you!

It’s all about your Vendée.

Vendée town

The roof tops of Fontenay

It’s no secret that I love the Vendée and its diverse countryside, quirky locals and eclectic expats and I believe it’s a region that has lots to offer to its residents and visitors alike.

So this blog is all about bringing you snippets of what is best about the region and an opportunity for you to shout about all that is wonderful, idiosyncratic or just plain interesting in the Vendée.

Perhaps you run a business here, have an event you’d like people to know about or have discovered a new activity or place of interest. Just get in contact with me Lucy (lucy@stroodcopy.co.uk) and i’ll do my best to let everyone in the Vendée know about it.

Let’s kick off with Christmas in the Vendée

Christmas events in the Vendée

La grande parade de Noel – photo from Vendée Tourisme.

There are lots of festive events happening in the next few weeks including eastern style markets at Maillezais (14th and 15th December) and Tiffauges (7th, 8th and 14th and 15th December) and the priory market at Fousaiss-Payré (8th December) all of which look like they are well worth a visit.

And let’s not forget the Puy du Fou Christmas spectacular (any one got tickets?), Noel a la Chabotterie at St. Sulpice le Verdon with its carousel, puppets, theatre and “journey into the imagination” and many other Christmas markets and events which are going on across the region. You’ll find Christmas markets at La Roche, Longeville sur Mer, Aiguillon sur Mer, Dompierre sur Yon and a traditional Christmas celebration of years gone by at Challans to name but a few of the festivities.

Father Christmas in France

A special visitor in Fontenay

The Vendée has a real touch of something special at Christmas and I’d also love to know your recommendations or favourite traditions that make this time of year in France special or unique. Do you enjoy oysters on Christmas morning, make your own gallete des Rois, celebrate le réveillon on Christmas eve or enjoy a particular local apéro?

It will be my second Christmas in the Vendée this month and I’m looking forward to vin chaud, long walks in the frosty countryside, the Puy du Fou and obscene amounts of seafood. The only thing I missed last year was Christmas crackers!