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Lille Christmas Market

On Place Rihour just off the huge Grand Place in the centre of the historic part of Lille, 80 wooden chalets are filled with gift ideas, nativity figurines, Christmas decorations and festive food. You’ll find lots of regional specialities here, and arts and crafts from Russia, Canada and Poland. With around 4000 shops in the city, restaurants galore and more cultural venues than you can shake a stick at – Lille is a fabulous Christmas destination.

Lille Christmas Market: 22nd November to 29th December 2019

Strasbourg Christmas Market

Over 300 chalets are set up for the big Christmas market in Strasbourg, and there are several markets spread throughout the city. Delicious Alsacian food, local crafts including toys, lights, jewellery and wooden accessories are definitely tempting. The town squares are lit up and decorated in a traditional style and various concerts and shows take place. Standing at over 30 metres high, the Christmas tree on Place Kléber is one of the tallest, decorated trees in Europe. It’s no surprise that Strasbourg is known as The Capital of Christmas!

Strasbourg Christmas Market: 22nd November to 30th December 2019

Colmar Christmas Market

For six weeks, the whole of Old Colmar becomes one huge colourful Christmas Market. More than 160 stalls make for a magical Christmas event. Colmar's six Christmas Markets essentially create their own mini-village, each inhabited by passionate craftsmen.

Colmar Christmas Market: 22nd November to 29th December 2019

Amiens Christmas Market

Amiens town centre turns into a winter wonderland during the lead up to Christmas. More than 130 chalets that take over the main shopping streets! Some are from local sellers from France, but others have come from as far as Canada and India. You'll find a huge variety of handmade crafts and original Christmas gifts for sale. Don’t miss a visit to the city’s 800 Gothic Cathedral…

Amiens Christmas Market: 23rd November to 30th December 2019

Metz Christmas Market

Get into the spirit of the Christmas when you visit the markets on the city’s six main squares. Find hand-crafted gifts in the Christmas pyramid and taste the finest gingerbread biscuits. Take a turn around the open-air ice-rink, then warm up your cold hands around a mulled wine or hot chocolate. Stock up on delicacies at the city market hall or take a ride on the big wheel and ogle the twinkling illuminations.

Metz Christmas Market: 20th November to 29th December 2019

Mulhouse Christmas Market

The Mulhouse Christmas Market features exceptional fabric, not surprising in this city which is famous for its textile heritage. There are regional delicacies from the Alsace and with the scent of cinnamon and mulled wine combined with the magical illuminations, it makes for a shopping pleasure. This market features a unique tradition, as the Renaissance former town hall (now museum) is transformed into a giant advent calendar, and every night in the lead up to Christmas a window is opened and lit up.

Mulhouse Christmas Market: 23rd November to 29th December 2019

Reims Christmas Market

At the Christmas market in Champagne’s capital city, discover more than 140 chalets on the Parvis of the Cathedrale. There are lovely illuminations and, new for 2019, having browsed the stalls, overflowing with delicacies and treasures, what could be better than a glass of bubbly on the big wheel? Sipping a glass of champagne above the beautiful illuminated city – what’s not to love?!

Reims Christmas Market: 21st November to 28th December 2019

Toulouse Christmas Market

The Christmas market starts late November and runs through to late December at the famous Place du Capitole, the heart of Toulouse. Chalets filled with original gift ideas from local woodcrafts to regional specialities, and with toys, pottery, jewellery, candles, clothing and leather goods – there’s something for everyone. Nibble on grilled chestnuts, accompanied by a warm drink or stop for a mulled wine at one of the chalet bars while you admire the twinkling decorations and illuminations. Father Christmas can also be found among the chalets, handing out sweets!

Toulouse Christmas Market: 22nd November to 26th December 2019

Montpellier Christmas Market

Montpellier, the sunny southern French city is lovely at Christmas. There’s a giant Christmas tree on the main square, Place de la Comedie, a Christmas market and late night market where you can enjoy local foods and drink wine in a giant heated tent. Christmas parades, workshop, ice-skating rink and much more.

Montpellier Christmas Market: 28th November to 28th December 2019

Montbeliard Christmas Market

Montbéliard in the department of Doubs, Franche-Comté, holds its annual Christmas Festival of Lights – thousands of twinkling lights – and lovely, festive Christmas market which is one of the best in the area. There’s a craft fair and many other seasonal festivities. Attractions include pastry-making workshops for children, wine tasting and sleigh rides.

Montbeliard Christmas Market: 23rd November to 24th December 2019