School Christmas Markets Trip to Lille

Lille is the perfect place for your French students to experience the authentic and magical atmosphere of a traditional Christmas market.

There are many enchanting Christmas markets taking place throughout France, each offering a unique variety of festive music, tasty treats and lights. The city of Lille hosts one of the most famous, with over 50 stalls selling traditional and regional crafts, cuisine and gifts.

Day 1

Pick-up from school

Ferry crossing 

Arrive in Lille in early afternoon

Time for group to buy lunch and explore the Christmas markets

Check in to accommodation

Possibility for group to walk around the markets or go bowling

Day 2 After breakfast, guided tour of the historic heart of Lille, followed by some more time to explore the Christmas markets

Group to visit a waffle factory

Depart and head back to Calais

Ferry crossing

Arrive back at school

This price includes:

  • 1 night's half-board accommodation
  • Return coach travel
  • Return ferry or Eurotunnel crossings
  • Free staff place ratio 1:8
  • Detailed information pack
  • Comprehensive travel & medical insurance
  • Itinerary planning service
  • Motorway tolls and taxes
  • VAT
N.B. Activities listed in the itinerary are not neccessarily included in the price. Contact us for further information.

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La Gaufre du Pays Flamand

La Gaufre du Pays Flamand

An old fashioned waffle-maker where each visitor leaves with a packet of brown sugar- or violet-waffles. Visit lasts 45 minutes and includes demonstration of waffle making and tasting. An ideal visit for those with a sweet tooth! Located just over 10 miles North West of Lille in the village of Houplines, an ideal stop-off on your visit to the Lille Christmas Markets.

Guided Tour of Lille

Guided Tour of Lille

From Grand'Place to the Palais Rihour, discover the architectural heritage of Europe's Capital of Culture 2004 with guides from Lille Tourist Office. Here are a few suggestions: Old Lille, Euralille, the Fine Arts Museum, Charles de Gaulle's Birthplace and Museum, the Citadel, Panoramic bus tours, the Juniper Route, Wednesdays at the Opera, Regional museums - Museum of Art and Industry in Roubaix,...



Lille may be Capital of Culture, but it's long been a capital of shopping. Indulge in some retail therapy at one of the largest shopping centres in Northern France.

Lille Christmas Market

Lille Christmas Market

Lille is the perfect destination to bring your French students to experience the authentic and magical atmosphere of a traditional Christmas market. The city of Lille hosts one of the most famous Christmas markets with over 50 stalls selling traditional and regional crafts, cuisine and gifts. Don’t miss the Big Wheel!

Charles de Gaulle's Birthplace and Museum

Charles de Gaulle's Birthplace and Museum

Charles de Gaulle was born in Lille on November 22nd 1890, in the house of his maternal grandparents at 9 Rue Princesse. He was baptised on the same day in the nearby Saint-André church.Listed as an Historic Monument, the house was bought in 1967 by a group of friends of the General. Now a museum, it recreates the atmosphere of a typical late 19th century home of the Northern French industrial mid...

The Resistance Museum

The Resistance Museum

The Resistance Museum is located in an ancient fortified castle, built between 1878 and 1882, that was part of the fortification designed to protect Lille against a potential German attack.Paradoxically, the fortified castle of Bondue served the German troops during both the First and the Second World War. Between March 1943 and May 1944, 68 French resistants were shot there. The purpose of this m...

Shopping in Lille

Shopping in Lille

From its rich merchant past Lille has retained a real commercial tradition. Here, shopping is a reflection of the northern towns: lively and friendly.Each district has its own special features and the variety of shops is enough to satisfy every budget and every desire. With its narrow, cobblestone streets lined with lovely Flemish houses, Old Lille is the ideal place to find great names in luxury ...

Ibis Budget Hotel Lille

This ibis budget Hotel is situated in 'Vieux Lille' - the old town. It's clean and offers 93 rooms all with en-suite facilities. Rooms consist of a double bed and a single bunk canopy. Students are accommodated 2 to a room and staff in singles. Each room has a TV.

A buffet breakfast is offered in the hotel with evening meals in a nearby restaurant. View on map

Misterbed Belle Etoile, Lille

The newly renovated Misterbed Belle Etoile is centrally located in the pedestrian area of Lille, enabling your group to enjoy all the attractions the city has to offer.

Students will generally be accommodated in twin rooms – all are en suite and include a television. Please not that supplements will apply if staff want single rooms.

A buffet-style breakfast will be served in the hotel. Evening meals are taken in the restaurant next door.

Although wifi is not available, there are internet modems in the bedrooms for wired connection to the web. View on map

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