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Lille, France

As Lille is just an hour from London on the Eurostar it's a great city to visit at any time but at Christmas the city embraces a festive atmosphere and presents a winter wonderland

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At a Glance

Market day:
Differents markets takes place during the week.
Top 5 things to do:
 Christmas Market
The Main Square
Old Lille
The Citadel
The Town Hall and its Belfry
Getting there:

If you are travelling from the South East of England the Eurotunnel is the quickest and easiet way to get to Lille.

If you require alternative travel options, do call us on 0203 137 7678 or email us from here

Airport Name:
Lille - 10km
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Time Difference from UK:
+ 1 hr
Internet access:
Yes - WIFI


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City Break & Christmas Markets in Lille

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The train arrives into Lille Europe and it's only a 500m walk into the centre of Lille.
For the Christmas Markets, head to the Place Rihour where you will find in excess of 80 wooden chalets with a wide range of gift ideas, nativity figureines, christmas decorations and festive food.

If you are feeling peckish, you can enjoy waffles and crepes and wash it down with mulled wine - there is generally a magician showing and selling magic tricks.  There are many local specialities to taste and buy but there is also a wealth of variety offered from other countries (Canada, Russia, Lithuania) although each christmas the visitors may be a little different.

The Lille Christmas market offers lots of great present ideas - allowing you to get Christmas shopping wrapped up!

Dates and times can be confirmed by emailing us from here - do please detail the market in which you are interested.

Provisional schedule

The markets are open evey day from 24 November until December 30 (not open 25 December) and the times are Sunday to Thursday from 11am until 8pm, Friday and Saturday from 11am until 9pm and late night openings on Saturdays 4,11 and 18th 11am until 10pm. On Thursday 24 and 30th only 11am to 6pm.

The Big Wheel in Grand Place is open everyday from 24 November until the start of January and costs 4€ for adults and 3€ for children (under 1m 40 tall). The top is 50m high giving you a fabulous view of Lille.

On Dec 18th don't miss Father Christmas who will arrive from the Belfry of the Chamber of Commerce in the Palace du Theatre at approx 5pm.

Lille is an excellent city for shopping in general. It has a pedestrianised shopping area as well as larger shopping centres such as Euralille and more than 3900 shops! (not that I counted them)

It is a shoppers paradise with luxury boutiques and designer shops in Old Lille, department stores and many of the usual high street names in the city centre - if you are looking for a bargain you should head to the Wazemmes area.

Opening hours are usually 10am to 7pm on Monday to Saturdays and most will open on Sundays during December.

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Accommodation in Lille


Hotel Alize Opera

Occupying a privileged position a few steps from the Grand'Place, the Hôtel Alizé Opéra in Lille is the ideal place for a tourist visit Read More

From £297.00

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Hotel Des Tours

Excellent location at the heart of Lille’s Old Town, and close to the city centre, the Hôtel des Tours is the ideal base for your city break in Lille or for visiting the Christmas Markets Read More

From £350.00

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