Your school trip to the French Christmas markets in Lille will leave your students feeling excited about all things French!

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

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

Suggested Itinerary (2 days, 1 night)

Day Morning Summary Afternoon Summary Evening Summary
1

Morning departure from school

Ferry/Eurotunnel crossing

Arrive in Calais

Head to Lille and explore the Christmas market

Evening meal at accommodation

Return to the Christmas market or go bowling

2

Enjoy a guided tour of Lille or have more time at the Christmas market

Visit a traditional waffle factory

Head back to Calais

Ferry/Eurotunnel crossing

Evening arrival back at school

2 days, 1 night Price from £149 pp
  • 1 night's half-board accommodation
  • Comprehensive travel and medical insurance
  • Detailed information pack
  • Free staff place ratio 1:8
  • Itinerary planning service
  • Motorway tolls and taxes
  • Return Channel crossings
  • Return executive coach travel
  • Vamoos travel app - giving you access to all your trip documents on your phone or tablet
  • VAT at current rates to tour operators

Accommodation

Educational Activities

Charles de Gaulle's Birthplace and Museum

Charles de Gaulle's Birthplace and Museum

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Charles de Gaulle was born in Lille on November 22nd 1890, in the house of his maternal grandparents at 9… Read More

The Resistance Museum

The Resistance Museum

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The Resistance Museum is located in an ancient fortified castle, built between 1878 and 1882, that was part of the… Read More

Cultural Activities

Euralille

Euralille

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Lille may be Capital of Culture, but it's long been a capital of shopping! Indulge in some retail therapy at… Read More

Guided Tour of Lille

Guided Tour of Lille

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From Grand'Place to the Palais Rihour, discover the architectural heritage of Europe's Capital of Culture (2004) with guides from Lille… Read More

La Gaufre du Pays Flamand

La Gaufre du Pays Flamand

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An old fashioned waffle-maker where each visitor leaves with a packet of brown sugar or violet waffles. The visit also… Read More

Lille Christmas Market

Lille Christmas Market

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Lille is the perfect place to experience the authentic and magical atmosphere of a traditional Christmas market. The city hosts… Read More

P&J Calais

P&J Calais

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Before you return home, make sure you stop at P&J Calais, to stock up on handmade Belgian chocolates!Chocolate workshops and… Read More

Shopping in Lille

Shopping in Lille

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From its rich merchant past Lille has retained a real commercial tradition. Here, shopping is a reflection of the northern… Read More

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I love being able to help others experience the joys of travel. Being able to talk enthusiastically about places you have visited yourself is always a pleasure. – Zoe Campbell Learning & Development Manager

Don't take our word for it …

The city is an amazing place for children to go and experience culture on many different levels, from food to modern and ancient sights. We will definitely be returning. — St Bede's Catholic College , July 2018

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