Chartres hosts a fantastic Christmas market, the town ablaze with festive lights. There are stalls with local artisans displaying their goods as well as plenty of tasty treats of chocolate, chestnuts and cinnamon to tempt the taste buds. Younger visitors will enjoy the manger scene, a welcome parade for Santa Claus and ice skating.
About the Christmas Market
Lights twinkle, stalls are overflowing with tasty treats and locally produced wares, the smells and sounds of the Chartres Christmas Market is very enticing. This festive time of year the town comes to life with stalls selling tasty food such as chocolates, chestnuts and cinnamon.
There is a Santa Claus parade and ice skating and much more to entertain you whilst you decide on which gifts to purchase for that very special day.
More About Chartres
Chartres cathedral is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage site, it draws international renown from this. With the exceptional sparkle of the cathedrals stained glass windows and Chartres being situated in the heart of the ‘Cosmetic Valley’ it has become known as the Capital of Light and Perfume.
The town is full of charm and gaiety with its steep lanes and stairways, picturesque houses and ancient churches. Together with its array of museums, arts, crafts and wealth of festivities it makes a perfect destination any time of year.
Accommodation in Chartres
Accommodation in central Chartres gets booked fast during the Christmas market period, so search for a hotel in Chartres now. Alternatively you may want to try charming rural self catering accommodation near Chartres, as during the winter months many holiday property owners allow short stays.
Transport quick facts about the market:
Free Parking: No
Pay Parking: Yes
Coach Parking: No
Nearest Bus Route: Gare Routière de Chartres
Nearest Railway Station: Gare de Chartres
Nearest Tram Stop: No
Nearest Tube Station: No
Nearest Airport: Toussus-le-Noble 57km; Orly International Airport 72km
Nearest Ferry Port: Le Havre - 200 km, 2 hours 33 minutes drive to Chartres (see our route planner for driving directions)
Getting to Chartres
Suggested Travel Routes
Choosing to travel by train to France is a simple option. It’s fast and cost effective and also allows you to enjoy the beautiful French countryside. With a great rail network in place, it has never been easier to get to France by train. Book Eurostar and TGV tickets
As a foot passenger from the UK to Chartres:
By Train: from as little as £55 return, you can take Eurostar direct from St Pancras International in London to Paris, in under 2 ½ hours. Trains run regularly departing London from 5.21am and the last return journey 21.13pm from Paris, Monday to Sunday. Connections can also be picked up from Ashford or Ebbsfleet. Book Eurostar and TGV tickets
By Plane: it is worth checking online to find out which airlines are offering the best deals at the time, but as an example, you can fly direct to Paris from either Gatwick, Heathrow or London City with Airfrance. Closest airports to Chartres are Toussus-le-Noble 57km; Orly International Airport 72km. Book cheap flights to France
Taking your car from the UK to Chartres:
By Tunnel: take your car on Eurotunnel from Ashford near Folkestone, Kent direct to Calais in France. Journey time is about 35 minutes and the cost varies but is around £55 day trip return for a car and 5 passengers. From Calais to Chartres it is 381.5km and takes approx 3 hours 30 minutes. Book Eurotunnel tickets.
By Boat: It is usually cheaper to take a car over to France by boat, because the journey takes longer. Operators such as Seafrance and P&O offer regular ferry trips across the channel, with prices ranging from around £30 for a return day trip. Book a ferry to France
The drive from Calais to Chartres is 3 hours 30 minutes.