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Christmas markets

In just a few months time, continental Christmas Markets will be popular with many cross Channel day trippers. As well as a fun day for the whole family, you can prepare for Christmas and find some treats that are either not available in the UK or more expensive. Mainland Europe has a famous history of Christmas markets. The majority of these markets sell traditional food, drink, and crafts of that region, as well as Christmas decorations and authentic homemade goods.

Lille Christmas market

Lille Christmas Market is very popular with English day trippers as it is on the main Eurostar route and is as little as 90 minutes away by train. There is seasonal based entertainment for young visitors, including photo opportunities with Santa and a Ferris wheel and traditional Christmas delicacies to sample.

Lille market dates

To Be Confirmed (dates always subject to change, check before travelling)

Entrance fee

Entrance to the Christmas market is free

Getting to Lille

Most visitors take the Eurostar directly from the UK to Lille. For the opportunity to bring more goods back to the UK, take the Ferry or on the Eurotunnel Le Shuttle and drive the short distance to Lille.

Bruges Christmas market

Bruges is a fantastic shopping destination all year round, but really comes into it's own during the festive period. The numerous Belgian chocolate shops and cosy bars make this one of the best Christmas Market destinations. The market in medieval Bruges is in the main square, where an outdoor ice rink is also available during the winter months. Bright and colourful lights illuminate the market stalls, with the historic buildings and canals providing a surreal backdrop for your Christmas shopping. Elegantly presented chocolates, brightly coloured sweets and ornate hand made tree decorations are in abundance.

Bruges market dates

To Be Confirmed (dates always subject to change, check before travelling)

Entrance fee

Entrance to the Christmas market is free

Getting to Bruges

Getting to Bruges from the Eurotunnel Le Shuttle or Ferry terminals in Calais is a simple journey of approximately 75 minutes in duration.