School Christmas Markets Trip to Lille

Lille is the perfect place for your 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

Channel crossing

Arrive in Lille 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 Guided tour of the historic heart of Lille, followed by time to explore the Christmas markets

Visit to a waffle factory

Depart and head back to Calais

Channel crossing

Arrive back at school

This price includes:

  • 1 night's half-board accommodation (breakfast and evening meal)
  • Return executive coach travel
  • Return Channel crossings
  • Comprehensive travel and medical insurance
  • VAT at current rates to Tour Operators
  • Free staff place ratio 1:8
  • Detailed information pack
  • Itinerary planning service
  • Motorway tolls and taxes
  • VAMOOS - our easy to use travel app
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. A few of the places you may visit are: 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, Museum of Art and Industry in R...



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 place to experience the authentic and magical atmosphere of a traditional Christmas market. The city hosts one of the most famous markets with over 50 stalls selling traditional and regional crafts, cuisine and gifts... and 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 indus...

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. The purpose of this museum is to help visitors discover the journey of those who dared res...

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 ...

Ibis Budget Hotel Lille

The Ibis budget Hotel is situated in 'Vieux Lille' - the old town. It offers 93 rooms, all with en-suite facilities. Rooms consist of a double bed and a single bunk canopy. Students are accommodated two 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.

Misterbed Belle Etoile, Lille

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. Staff will also be accommodated in twin rooms (if a single is requested, a supplement will apply).

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

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