Doing more in 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
At a Glance
- Market day:
- Differents markets takes place during the week.
- Top 5 things to do:
- Christmas MarketThe Main SquareOld LilleThe CitadelThe 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
- Local currency:
- Time Difference from UK:
- + 1 hr
- Internet access:
- Yes - WIFI
City Break & Christmas Markets in Lille
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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.
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.
Accommodation in Lille
Location of Lille
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Doing More … Design your holiday to suit you.
When you book your holiday with Zenith Holidays, you can be confident that we will be there to help make the whole experience as smooth as easy as possible.
During the week before you leave, we will call you to make sure you have all you need or to provide any help or assistance in some last minute touches - but, before then, do make sure your passport is valid (not required for Jersey) and peruse our upgrade possibilities - you can book up to 2 weeks before you travel but do be aware that some things will sell out - airport parking and the Meet & Greet service often do on peak holiday dates and the "Fetch-my-luggage" service is bound to be popular on busy weeks so do book that early.
If you need an airport hotel or even some "tried & tested" car games for the kids for the drive down, let us know or book them online - once you have booked your holiday, all these extras can be added in your own secure booking area.
Have a great holiday!
Save money and time by having your skis , boards, surfs or golf clubs taken to resort for you
With Meteor meet and greet car parking there is no driving around looking for a car park when you arrive at the airport.
Matthew's Friends is a local charity that we have chosen to support this year - read on for more information about this charity....
Pre-book secured airport parking at any of 16 UK airports including Gatwick, Heathrow, Manchester, and Birmingham.
If you're flying from Stansted, Gatwick or Birmingham why not start your holiday off in style and book into the airport lounge?
If you're taking a small child skiing for the first time you might want to purchase a Nippergrip before you go.
Want to get fit for the Winter season? If you can’t make it to a gym regularly why not sign up for an online programme and have a personal trainer at a fraction of the usual cost.
Photos of Lille
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Short Breaks in Lille
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