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Christmas in les Nefs 2021

Saturday 18 to Friday 31 december

From Les Nefs to the Marine Worlds Carrousel, by way of the main Gallery, all the Machines de l’île will sparkle with a thousand lights this year.
The magic of Christmas returns to this part of Nantes – lights, tasty treats to warm your taste buds, and an agenda filled with cultural events…
So, come to the Machines de l’Île! Where the magic of Christmas awaits young and old this Yuletide season!

MAGDACLAN CIRCUS (Turin, Italy) – Emisfero

From Saturday 18 to Friday 31 December 2021
No shows on December 20 and 25

A circus is coming to Les Machines de l’île for Noël aux Nefs.

DISCOUNTED RATE: €10(children ages 8-17, students, the unemployed (with justifying document), Carte Blanche holders, and the disabled)

Reservations required – no tickets can be purchased on site.

©MagdaClan Circo – Emisfero – Nicola Zolin

• Contemporary circus (age 8 and up)
• Circus tent is heated, entrance 30 minutes before the show.
• Length: 60 minutes

Opening times :
3:00 PM 24 and 31 December.
4:00 PM 21, 22, 23, 27, 28 and 29 December.
5:00 PM 18, 19, 26 and 30 December.
7:00 PM 21, 22, 23, 27, 28 and 29 December.


From Saturday 18 to Friday 24 December 2021
Free – in Les Nefs

Sculptors from the La Machine theatre company will be hard at work in the Rue des Nefs gallery under the former warehouse’s naves. For this 15th edition, instead of using ice, they’re sculpting with plaster!


Carrousel des Automatas 

From Saturday 18 to Friday 31 December 2021
No shows on December 20 and 25
€3 – In Les Nefs

Automata are entirely mechanical storytelling machines. Geert Hautekiet makes his using recycled wood, old iron, copper – and a sense of humor…

©Geert Hautekiet 


From Sunday 26 to Friday 31 December 2021
Free – in Les Nefs

In the winter, the Compagnie Festibal dance troupe’s La boîte à ballet (i.e., ballet in a box) awaits in its snow globe… Suddenly, a doll springs to life wearing ballet shoes: it’s a dancer!
A mechanical automaton emerges from its music box and begins its ballet for all to see.

©Jean-Dominique Billaud 


Tuesday 21 to Friday 31 December 2021
No show on 25 December
€1.50 per ride – In Les Nefs

This small artisanal carrousel has been built on the theme of marine life, with 12 wooden subjects entirely carved out by hand. It was built in 2000 by Emmanuel Bourgeau, former head of La Machine’s wood workshop on l’île de Nantes.

©David Gallard


From Saturday 18 to Friday 31 December 2021, from 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Closed on Saturday, 25 December
Fridays 24 and 31 December, closing at 5:00 PM

• Decorations, with big Christmas trees
• Lighting up the Rue des Nefs, the boutique and a branch of the Heron Tree
• Bar selling mulled wine, hot chocolate and waffles in the Nefs
• Xmas boutique selling large posters
• Make your own Christmas card workshop on December 28, 29 and 30

©David Gallard


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