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Overview of the Christmas market Chalet of Arras with a view of the big wheel and illuminated attractions.

Lille is a winter fairytale

At christmas time the Capital of Northern France is ablaze with colours : the bright lights of the christmas market, the fun-fair and big wheel which turns majestically above the Grand'Place. Browse around the Village de noël with its 60 strolls offering regional specialities, crafts and gourmet treats. Then watch the world go by from a café terrace whilst supping a vin chaud or enjoy a ride on the " Grande Roue" and see the whole of Lille illuminated by fairytale lights.

Overview of the Grand’Place of Lille : the illuminated big wheel and snowy christmas trees.
  • the Grand’Place of Lille illuminated for Christmas !
  • © Laurent Ghesquière

The Christmas market of Amiens : a magical event

Midway between Calais and Paris, the biggest Christmas market in Northern France takes place in Amiens from 25 November to 31 December 2016, transforming the city’s pedestrianised centre into a fairytale scene.
The magical atmosphere is heightened by the addition of a seasonal sound-and-light show (1 Dec–1 Jan) using state-of-the-art technology to bring to colourful life the western facade of the city’s famous UNESCO-listed Gothic cathedral with its medieval sculptures.
The market’s 125-plus charming chalet-style stalls are the perfect place to source one-off Christmas presents and festive decorations, as well as local crafts and regional food. Family fun comes in the form of street performers, an illuminated big wheel, traditional carousels, ice-skating and a parade by Santa himself.

Overview of the Catherdral of Amiens : lightings and illuminations at night
  • Overview of the Cathedral of Amiens
  • © CRT Picardie JF Plumecoq
"Gifts, decoration, Gastronomy : be sure you have got everything!"

Tradition of festive celebration in Arras

Let the magic of Christmas surprise you! The Arras Chrstmas market offers you 1001 pleasures and has become over the years one of the most important Christmas markets at the north of Paris. The exceptional houses of the Main Square are a unique setting in Europe, providing a prestigious market place with more than 130 exhibitors. Come and Wander through the spacious walkways which lead you to an area dedicated to entertainment the magic of Chrstmas season, the smell of Christmas trees, the sound of music, the workshops with appetizing aromas and sparkling lights. 

overview of the Square of Arras : illuminated chalet, carrousel and snowy christmas trees
  • Big wheel, carrousel, rink … Magical christmas in !
  • © Cituation et Ensemble

The original Christmas Market in the Art Deco city of ST-Quentin

Dotted with snow-covered fir trees to resemble a typical Alpine village, the Christmas market in the Art Deco city of Saint-Quentin to the east of Amiens runs from 3 December 2016 to 1 January 2017. Among its attractions for all the family are a glittering ice-skating rink, luge and ice-tubing tracks, an ice slide, a Santa’s grotto and a pets’ corner.
Around 50 stalls here sell everything from artisan Christmas decorations and hand-painted santons (Provençal nativity figurines) to gourmet regional specialities including locally produced champagne and tartes maroilles (cheese tart). And there are more gourmet delights in store in the market’s old-time tavern, where you can sample traditional soupe au caillou (soup simmered with a pebble) and warm up over a mug of hot chocolate or vin chaud.

Illuminated Chalets, Christmas trees in front of the Art Deco City Hall
  • The Christmas market in St-Quentin
  • © Garry Wasikowski

If Le Touquet Paris-Plage tales

Le Touquet Paris-Plage in fairy clothes welcomes you! The station, transformed for several weeks fairytale city with kilometers of lights strings and decorations of all kinds, offers a lot of offers and activities : performances, the parade of St-Nicolas, the carousel, ides carriages, the village stories, the ice... not to mention the atmosphere of the heart of town and shops, 7 days out of 7. The illuminations will plunge the entire city into a starry universe. Thousands of fireflies, bulbs, more than 300 subjects and more than 25km of wreaths... impressive figures to breathtaking magic.

Illuminated and decorated christmas trees, lightings balls
  • Christmas lightings in Le Touquet Paris-Plage
  • © Le Touquet Paris Plage

A feast of festive fun in Calais by Janine Marsh

Christmas just isn't christmas without the kids having fun at a fabulous parade, grown-ups appreciating a glass of french wine or champagne and everyone enjoying a friendly christmas Market - which is why Calais really looks forward to welcome you this year. The town's gone all out festive with a massive programme of events to tempt you to come, visit and enjoy their warm and welcoming hospitality. A short hop across the English Channel and you'll find yourself in Calais town. All your old favourites are there, the great shops in rue Royale, including one of the best cheese shop on the coast, plus wine stores and delicious boulangeries. Friendly restaurants serve fab food from hearty local stews and soups to gastronomic delights and the freshest of fresh fish and seafood.

Overview of the City Hall from flowerbeds decorated for christmas
  • the Christmas magic in downtown !
  • © OT de Calais


Amiens Christmas market

25th November to 31st December 2016

Arras Christmas market

25th November to 30th December 2016

Beauvais Christmas market

2 to the 31 December 2016


Calais Christmas market

26th Nov 2016 to the 1st Jan 2017

Compiègne Christmas market 

19 November 2016 to the 2 January 2017

Le Touquet Christmas market 

25th November 2016 to 1st January 2017


Lille Christmas market

18 November to 30 December 2016


Saint Omer Christmas market 

25th November 2016 to 2nd January 2017