Marché de Noël and Santa’s Village

****I was meant to post this sooner to be more relevant for Christmas but I chose not to out of respect for Berlin.

I begin this post with a moment of reflection on the recent tragic events that occurred at Breitscheidplatz Christmas Market in Berlin. My heart breaks for those affected by this tragedy. The pain is senseless and the act was cowardly. My deepest condolences to everyone this tragedy touched.
In local news, there is a new Christmas Market in the La Côte region. Located at the new iLIFE building in Etoy (Vaud), vendors selling everything from raclette to vin chaud are set up ready to help you get in the festive spirit! The market is free but the adjoining Santa Claus Village is charged at 10CHF per child or 13CHF if you want to combine ice skating with a visit to the village. The village is open until early January 2017.

The Santa Village is located inside and is equipped with an elevator for mobility and stroller access as well as toilets. Always a plus in colder weather or with small children in tow!

In the Santa village, included in the admission fee,  you will find multiple bouncy castles, baby foot/fusbal tables, a craft centre, face painting and Santa Claus himself.  You can take a photo with Santa and have a free print immediately to take home. There is a little café for a snack or the adults to sit and relax while the kids play.


The whole set up isn’t out of this world but it did entertain my 6 and 9 year old for quite a while.

Please excuse my photos as I know they aren’t amazing. I am strongly against taking face-forward photos of children other than my own so I did my best to capture the environment in a sneaky way!




Ho Ho Ho!

Photo credit: Jennifer Hart

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