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School Christmas Markets trips

A school trip to the Christmas markets is not just a festive, end-of-term treat, it could really get your students talking! This is a really popular option for a short languages trip, as students are able to practise their language skills in a warm, welcoming setting, where they’ll be encouraged to just get stuck in and have a go!

Christmas markets school trips abroad

Every year, many cities throughout France, Germany and Belgium host traditional Christmas markets.

These Christmas markets present a wonderful opportunity for your students to experience local traditions and practise their language skills in a fun, relaxed setting. Your students will relish the opportunity to experience the unique atmosphere of the Christmas markets.

We run school trips to some of the best Christmas markets in Europe, where your students will not only enjoy some unforgettable speaking and listening practice, but where they’ll also have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the local culture.

In France, our most popular destinations are Lille and Strasbourg, while in Germany there are a wide range of choices, from the rich history of Aachen to the variety offered by Cologne.

And, as well as visiting the Christmas markets, we can also include some carefully chosen activities to help you encourage your students to keep using their language skills to discover more about the local culture.

The great thing about Christmas market school trips is that they’re short but sweet. You won’t need staff and students to take too much time away from school, but the benefits for the students will be invaluable.

For a day trip to the Christmas markets, we would recommend Lille or Aachen. For longer trips of 2-4 days, you might like to consider Amiens and Arras, Strasbourg, Cologne or Berlin.

School Christmas Markets Day Trip to Lille

School Christmas Markets Day Trip to Lille

If you’re short on time but keen for your students to experience the magic of France at Christmas, then Lille is the ideal option!

From £50pp
1 day
  • A-Level
  • GCSE
  • Key Stage 3
  • Primary
Coach Trip
Day trip
Europe
Ferry
School Christmas Markets Trip to Düsseldorf

School Christmas Markets Trip to Düsseldorf

Elegant Düsseldorf offers an exciting alternative to Cologne for a German Christmas markets school trip!

From £119pp
2 days, 1 night
  • A-Level
  • GCSE
  • Key Stage 3
  • Primary
Coach Trip
Europe
Ferry
Multi-day trip
School Christmas Markets Trip to Strasbourg

School Christmas Markets Trip to Strasbourg

Strasbourg's spectacular Christmas markets are certain to get your young French students talking on your school trip!

From £285pp
4 days, 3 nights
  • A-Level
  • GCSE
  • Key Stage 3
  • Primary
Coach Trip
Europe
Ferry
Multi-day trip
School Christmas Markets Trip to Berlin

School Christmas Markets Trip to Berlin

Berlin is an exciting city for a school trip at any time of year but at Christmas, it becomes truly magical!

From £299pp
4 days, 3 nights
  • A-Level
  • GCSE
  • Key Stage 3
  • Primary
Air trip
Europe
Multi-day trip
School Christmas Markets Trip to Cologne

School Christmas Markets Trip to Cologne

Cologne is famous for its Christmas markets and your students will love using their German to explore them!

From £119pp
2 days, 1 night
  • A-Level
  • GCSE
  • Key Stage 3
  • Primary
Coach Trip
Europe
Ferry
Multi-day trip
School Christmas Markets Trip to Aachen

School Christmas Markets Trip to Aachen

Aachen offers a magical atmosphere and short journey times, making it the perfect choice for a Christmas markets school trip!

From £145pp
2 days, 1 night
  • A-Level
  • GCSE
  • Key Stage 3
  • Primary
Coach Trip
Europe
Ferry
Multi-day trip
School Christmas Markets Trip to Lille

School Christmas Markets Trip to Lille

A Christmas Markets school trip to Lille is a fantastic, festive treat for your French students that will leave them feeling inspired!

From £129pp
2 days, 1 night
  • A-Level
  • GCSE
  • Key Stage 3
  • Primary
Coach Trip
Europe
Ferry
Multi-day trip
School Christmas Markets Trip to Bruges & Valkenburg

School Christmas Markets Trip to Bruges & Valkenburg

Your lucky students will experience a Belgian and Dutch Christmas with a school trip to Bruges and Valkenburg!

From £185pp
3 days, 2 nights
  • A-Level
  • GCSE
  • Key Stage 3
  • Primary
Coach Trip
Europe
Ferry
Multi-centre trip
Multi-day trip
School Christmas Markets Trip to Amiens and Arras

School Christmas Markets Trip to Amiens and Arras

Amiens and Arras offer your students the chance to experience an authentic French Christmas on your school trip!

From £199pp
3 days, 2 nights
  • A-Level
  • GCSE
  • Key Stage 3
  • Primary
Coach Trip
Europe
Ferry
Multi-centre trip
Multi-day trip

Why arrange a Christmas markets school trip?

A festive treat!

A Christmas markets school trip makes for a great end-of-term treat for both staff and students.

Christmas is a really wonderful time to discover another culture, as every country has its own festive traditions. The Christmas market is a tradition shared by France, Germany and Belgium, which offers visitors the opportunity to explore the delicious treats available at this time of year, as well as some of the traditional gifts and decorations.

As well as being packed full of educational value, your Christmas markets school trip is an excellent opportunity for students and staff to relax and develop their relationships through shared experiences, leading to a better learning environment once you get back in the classroom after the holidays!

Great for their speaking skills!

Christmas market school trips are undoubtedly a great festive treat for students and staff. But they are, primarily, an opportunity to get students speaking French or German with native speakers.

You could set them shopping tasks to encourage them to strike up conversations with the friendly stallholders. You could even ask them to interview a few locals about how they celebrate Christmas - something which you could develop into a larger lesson or project once you get back to school.

As well as visiting the Christmas markets themselves, we can also arrange a number of other visits and activities in each of our destinations, from visits to chocolatiers and other food producers to museums where students can learn more about 20th century history.

Whatever you choose to do on your Christmas markets school trip, your students will have plenty of opportunity to practise their language skills and develop their intercultural understanding. They’ll feel more confident once you’re back in the classroom and they may even develop a lifelong passion for the country, its culture and its language!

Enjoy the trip as much as your students

Founded by former teachers, we understand the value of Christmas school trips and how to make them successful.

Your trip will be completely tailor made, to ensure that it meets your specific requirements and learning objectives. And we’ll be on hand throughout the process to answer any questions you have.

In fact, we’ll be with you every step of the way, from now until you return home at the end of your trip. While abroad, you’ll be able to reach us with just one phone call, at any time of the day or night. And, with this comprehensive level of support while you’re away, you’ll be able to relax and enjoy experiencing the Christmas markets as much as your students.

Why choose Halsbury?

Here are just a few reasons why teachers choose Halsbury for educational school trips that inspire.

  • School trips designed by teachers for teachers

    Founded by teachers in 1986, we understand the pressures on you as Group Leader and are here to make the process of running your school trip as easy as possible.

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  • School trips tailored to your curriculum

    We'll design your trip around your specific learning objectives and curriculum, to ensure your school trip is a truly educational experience.

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  • Health & safety prioritised

    As a proud Assured Member of the School Travel Forum, the health and safety of your group is always our priority.

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  • Support every step of the way

    We'll be with you every step of the way, from your very first enquiry until the moment you return home, including 24-hour support while you’re on your school trip.

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  • Financially secure school trips

    We're ABTA bonded and all our air tours are ATOL protected, so you can be sure that your school trip is financially secure.

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  • Rewarding loyalty scheme

    You'll earn loyalty points from your very first school trip with Halsbury. These can be used towards a discount on your school trip or a free gift for your school.

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The Halsbury Difference

School trips by teachers for teachers

School trips designed by teachers for teachers

Founded by teachers in 1986 and with several former teachers in our team, we understand the pressures on you as Group Leader and work hard to relieve them.

Tailor-made school trips

Trips tailored to your curriculum and learning objectives

We’ll design your trip around your specific learning objectives and curriculum, to ensure it meets your particular requirements.

Loyalty scheme

Rewarding loyalty scheme

Earn loyalty points from your very first trip which can be used towards a trip discount or free gift for your school.