Christmas markets in and around Lille

Fra 21 november 2012 til 06 januar 2013
  • Lumières bleues Lille

    © Fédération lilloise du commerce

    Lumières bleues Lille

    © Fédération lilloise du commerce

  • Marché de Noël de Béthune

    © Jean-Marc Hequet

    Marché de Noël de Béthune

    © Jean-Marc Hequet

  • Marché de Noël d'Arras

    © Rémi Vimont – CRT Nord-Pas de Calais

    Marché de Noël d'Arras

    © Rémi Vimont – CRT Nord-Pas de Calais

Christmas markets in and around Lille


21 November to 30 December

Despite the winter darkness, Lille comes alive and sparkles with joy! As if by magic, the town dons its party dress and welcomes you into a magical land. A place where wishes come true!
Let yourself be overcome the spellbinding smells of cinnamon and roasted chestnuts; and follow them to place Rihour. The many Christmas chalets are full of perfect presents and figurines, decorations and festive products. Local produce is aplenty, but also there are some surprises from further afield!
Open on Saturday 8, 15 and 22 December until 10pm. 24 and 30 December from 11am until 6pm.

Villeneuve d'Ascq

24 November to 16 December

Discover the Christmas magic at the prestigious Château de Fler. With a variety of produce available and local artisans on hand to help you with any last minute shopping, you won’t leave empty handed!


15 to 30 December

Un village féérique s’installe sur le parvis Saint Christophe. Au programme : marché de Noël artisanal (une quinzaine de chalets), piste de descente en bouée de neige "snowtubbing", décor hivernal et féerique, animations gratuites les week-ends. Mise en lumière exceptionnelle de centre-ville grâce aux designers de Pitaya-light... et autres surprises !
The festivities in Saint Christophe square hold something for everyone! There’s a small artisanal Christmas market, beautiful winter decor and plenty of free weekend-activities! For the more adventurous, you can even try snow-tubing! The town centre will be lit up for the occasion, but there are plenty more surprises to come!


14 to 24 December

There’s nothing like a Christmas market to get you into the festive spirit. Visitors will be left spellbound from the array of activities on offer!


15 December

The Christmas market  will begin at 3pm, with plenty of animation on offer! Visitors can even relax in our very own tea room!


8 & 9 December

For its inaugural year, the Christmas market will take place on a barge in the port area of Plaisance de Wambrechies. With an array of artisans and local produce, gifts and Christmas decorations; this promised to be an innovative event which will delight tradition and boat lovers alike.


15 & 16 December

Cleverly positioned underneath the symbol of sharing and solidarity, with all profits going to the charity “Les Restos du Coeur”; local produce and entertainment will delight you throughout the weekend. And don’t forget to have your picture taken with Father Christmas! 


8 to 29 December

The Christmas market will be situated in the Marina. Over 30 Christmas huts will welcome you with a wide choice of exquisite produce on offer. There are also plenty of surprises to be had each Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday; so make sure you don’t miss out!


8 & 9 December

Whether it be at the foot of the belfry tower, or around the church of Mont de Piété; the Christmas market is just the occasion to browse for small trinkets from the local artisans; but also the perfect location to indulge in a gauffre and mulled wine!


23 November to 6 January

The the place d’Armes will provide an excellent venue for this years’ Christmas market; there will be a ferris wheel and plenty of mulled wine and gauffres to help you chose the perfect gift for family or friends. Soak up the atmosphere whilst enjoying this year’s latest edition to the market, a visit from Father Christmas’ elves!


8 & 9 December

Dating back to 1990, this year sees the twenty-third year of the oldest Christmas market in the region! The perfect occasion to indulge yourself with a wide choice of intriguing stalls, and maybe try one of our famous beers!


14 to 16 December

This year’s Christmas market and arrival of Father Christmas will take place in the town’s Grand-Place.


30 November to 24 December

The Arras Christmas market will leave you spellbound. Having become one of the most significant Christmas markets north of Paris, the picturesque surroundings of the Grand’Place are testament to the unique style of the region, and provide a captivating setting for a truly magical Christmas market.


24 November to 30 December

"Cité de Noël" : un rendez-vous magique à ne pas manquer où chacun trouvera le cadeau de son choix. Plus de 30 chalets en bois où artisans et commerçants proposent des cadeaux originaux, des objets traditionnels et aussi de quoi se régaler. Les petits visiteurs pourront se distraire avec les animaux de la crèche vivante, se balader en calèche ou encore profiter de la patinoire…
A true « Christmas city », the festive season in Béthune is a magical experience not to be missed. There is something for everyone, with over 30 wooden chalets offering an array of traditional products, and some treats too! The little ones will rejoice at the chance of a carriage ride, the ice rink, and even the live animals in the manger!


9 to 23 December

« Once upon a Christmas » Lens’ Christmas market will take place in the square outside the Hôtel de Ville. For two weeks, a host of activities will be on offer, and local artisans with occupy the market huts; delighting visitors with tasty treats and plenty of creative activities!


1 & 2 December

Known as the “Noël au Village des Métiers d’Art” and taking place at the exposition hall in Desvres, over 20 artisans will be present at this indoor Christmas market. All gifts are hand-made by the artisans, and they will helpfully assist you with any last minute Christmas shopping!

Le Touquet

15 & 16 December

« Si le Touquet m’était conté » is a dazzling magical spectacle of the Christmas festivities at Touquet Paris-Plage. Now in its one hundredth year, the town will be lit with a thousand lights in celebration of the festive period. The Christmas market will take place under the stone arches of the indoor market.


15 & 16 December

An occasion not to be missed ! A collaboration between the traders of Hautemure and Boulogne-sur-Mer now in its 26th year, the Christmas market will take over the Old Town and delight locals and tourists alike!


15 & 16 December

The fifth edition of the Christmas market in the fishing town of Etaples-sur-Mer will take place along the main stretch leading to Parc du Clos Saint-Victor. There are plenty of stocking fillers and gifts to be found! From Christmas decorations to innovative gift ideas...there is something for everyone!


2 December

A true culinary Christmas market with plenty of treats to be had!

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