Christmas Market 2017 at the Orangerie of Madame Elisabeth's Estate
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Come and discover an exceptional Christmas market in Versailles! On December 2nd and 3rd, you will be welcomed in Madame Elisabeth's magnificent orangery for a festive experience among craft products, candle lights... and maybe even Santa!
For its 5th edition, the now traditional eco-friendly ice rink will set again in front of Versailles' City Hall, from December 2nd, 2017 to January 7th, 2018. A Christmas classic, just 200 yards from the Palace.
Our Christmas lights carriage ride will take you on a voyage, where you will be dazzled by the illuminations of the historic center of Versailles. Whether you're in Versailles as a couple, a family or just with friends, lean back and enjoy the view, gently rocked by the clip-clop of horses' hooves...
These entertainment events will transport you into the magical atmosphere of the year-end holidays.
The Royal Chapel of the Palace is organizing special Christmas concerts, a wonderful occasion to enter this part of the Palace, usually closed to the public.
The "Christmas at the Royal Chapel" cycle features : "Christmas Mass by Pretorius", "The Saint and the Queen by Purcell", "Selva Morale et Spirituale by Monteverdi", "Messiah by Handel" and "Christmas Pastorale by Charpentier".
Every Thursday at 5:30 PM, the Centre of Baroque Music in Versailles is also organizing free organ and choir rehearsals in the Royal Chapel. A Christmas special will be presented on December 21st, 2017.
The Royal Opera of the Palace -another exceptional place to discover!- will be hosting two ballets in its gorgeous setting : "Ballet Preljocaj: Gala evenings" and the "Beauty and the Beast by the Malandain Ballet Biarritz".
The King's Tour is a show that will make you relive History!... Organised at nightfall in the most beautiful rooms of the Palace -including the Hall of Mirrors-, musicians, dancers, singers and actors will make you live an experience that all generations will enjoy!
In the grandiose setting of the Royal Stables, the equestrian show "La Voie de l'Ecuyer" will offer you a treat for the eye! A spectacle that will please the whole family.
Throughout December, the confectionery "La Varenne" will organise tasting sessions, allowing you to discover flavors inspired by one of Louis XIV's cooks!
This confectionery is situated in one of the pedestrian alleys of the historical Notre-Dame marketplace.
Every weekend of December, tasting sessions will also be offered at the "Atelier Saveurs", where you will discover the French "art de vivre" in the Cour des Senteurs, just a stone's throw from the Palace, this boutique