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Dijon's Christmas market at Place de la Libération offers a host of over 60 stalls selling local products (spice bread, mustard, foie gras and honey), plus colourful arts and crafts, children's toys and mulled wine. Visitors can glide on ice at the skating rink at the Place de la République.

About the Market

The arrival of the Christmas Market in Dijon marks the starts of the festive season. There will be plenty of local delicacies at the market, such as spice bread, honey, of course, Dijon mustard and even some mulled wine.

The market takes place at the Place de la Liberation opposite the Hôtel de Ville and Fine Arts Museum in the central square. It is usually held between the end of November and until the beginning of January. As well as the local produce there will also be a number of arts and craft stalls selling trinkets and children's toys.

More about Dijon

The city of Dijon is the capital of Burgundy and is not only renowned for its mustard but also its beautiful churches and splendid architecture. Many hours can be spent happily wandering taking in the atmosphere.

The cathedral of Saint-Bénigne with its beautiful three story rotunda is an impressive building. It is an an excellent example of Lombard architecture.

You cannot leave Dijon without visiting the Mustard Museum. Since the 14th century Dijon has been linked with mustard and the museum provides examples of mustard for visitors to taste, as well as showing how it is created.

Shopping at Christmas picture © MDLF/Eric Larrayadieu

Accommodation in Dijon

Accommodation in central Dijon gets booked fast during the Christmas market period, so search for self catering accommodation near Dijon, as during the winter months many holiday property owners allow short stays.

Transport quick facts about the markets:

Free Parking: No
Pay Parking: Arc de Triomphe Darcy Liberté
Coach Parking: Next to Place Darcy
Nearest Bus Route: Various buses and tickets. The Diviaciti shuttle operates in the historical centre of Dijon, connecting town centre car parks, shops and services which cannot be reached by the main bus system. Free service.
Nearest Railway Station: Dijon Ville
Nearest Tram Stop: No
Nearest Tube Station: No
Nearest Airport: No scheduled airline to Dijon, but an air-taxi service puts you within easy reach of French and European destinations. London / Basel (250km – 2 hrs 30 min. by road)
Nearest Ferry Port: Calais to Dijon - 5 hours, 570km; Le Havre to Dijon - 4hrs 45 mins, 508km

Getting there

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 UK to Calais:

By Train: from as little as £55 return, you can take Eurostar direct from St Pancras International in London to Lille, in under 2 ½ hours. Trains run regularly departing London from 7am and the last return journey 9.13pm from Lille, Monday to Sunday. Connections can also be picked up from Ashford or Ebbsfleet. Book Eurostar and TGV tickets

By Plane: There are currently no scheduled airline connections to and from Dijon Bourgogne Airport. There is an air-taxi service that puts you within easy reach of French and European destinations. Low-cost airline companies operate to airports within 300 kilometres of Dijon: London / Basel (250km – 2 hrs 30 min. by road). Book cheap flights to France.

Taking your car from the UK to Dijon:

By Train: 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. Calais to Dijon - 5 hours, 570km.

By Boat: It is usually cheaper to take a car over to France by boat, because the journey takes longer. Operators offer regular ferry trips across the channel, with prices ranging from around £30 for a return day trip. Book a ferry to France.

Calais to Dijon - 5 hours, 570km; Le Havre to Dijon - 4hrs 45 mins, 508km.