Licques Christmas Market is famous for its traditional turkey parade and market with high quality traditionally-reared organic poultry. At the market there is the opportunity to purchase various foodstuffs, regional produce, beautifully packaged sweets and chocolates, traditional decorations and local crafts.
Licques Christmas Market is famous for its traditional turkey parade and market with high quality traditionally-reared organic poultry. At the market there is the opportunity to purchase various foodstuffs, regional produce, beautifully packaged sweets and chocolates, traditional decorations and local crafts.About the Christmas Market
The famous turkey parades that happen during the Christmas period have been organised since the 17th century. Every year there is a festival which consists of a market selling regional produce as well as 'Fête de la Dinde', a turkey procession with hundreds of turkeys rampaging through the town’s streets on the Sunday morning. Spectators are given a glass of the local liqueur, Licquoise, and then have the chance to buy a turkey. A huge party proceeds!
The weekend itself is full of cultural events including an enormous regional food market and a Christmas dinner dance.
More About Licques
Licques is a small town situated between Calais and Boulogne, in the Trois Pays area of Nord-Pas-de-Calais region. It is also noted for its strong liqueur aptly named Licquoise. Samples of it are offered to visitors prior to the turkey procession.
Accommodation in Licques
Accommodation in central Licques gets booked fast during the Christmas market period, so search for a hotel in Licques now. Alternatively you may want to try charming rural self catering accommodation near Licques, as during the winter months many holiday property owners allow short stays.
Transport quick facts about the markets:
Free Parking: Yes
Pay Parking: No
Coach Parking: Yes
Nearest Bus Route: n/a
Nearest Railway Station: n/a
Nearest Tram Stop: n/a
Nearest Tube Station: n/a
Nearest Airport: Les Quen
Nearest Ferry Port: Calais, about 25 km away
Suggested Travel Routes
Taking your car from the UK to Licques:
By Tunnel: take your car on Eurotunnel from 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. 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 Licques is about 25 km.
As a foot passenger from the UK to Licques:
By Ferry: The best way to get to Licques on foot is by ferry as a foot passenger, then hire a car or go by taxi. Book a ferry to France
By Train: Licques is not far from the Channel tunnel and the TGV station at Calais Frethun. Book Eurostar and TGV tickets .