Christmas Market Breaks to ​Lille - Coming soon

Give your Christmas shopping a little je ne sais quoi this year with our new packaged festive break to the beautiful city of Lille. 

Sail with your car from Dover to either Calais or Dunkirk and spend a night or two in the centrally-located Novotel hotel, with time to discover the city’s amazing Christmas market, wonderful architecture and fantastic museums.

What’s more, we’ve packaged this deal up, including the crossing and the hotel, to make it nice and easy for you to book and enjoy.

  • Return crossings on Dover-Calais or Dover-Dunkirk
  • 1 night’s bed & breakfast in the 3 star Novotel Lille Centre Grand Place (can be extended to 3 nights)
  • Departures from Dover from 18 Nov until 20 Dec
Lille Christmas Market

Lille Christmas market

Each winter the Place Rihour, in the centre of Lille, is wonderfully decorated and packed with over 80 Christmas market stalls selling food and drink, arts and crafts and other traditional festive items. 

There’ll be sweet treats to enjoy, plus mulled wine and other delicious French produce. 

The huge, 50 foot Ferris Wheel in the centre of the market provides an amazing panoramic view of both the market and the city.


Festive Lille

The biggest city in the north of France, Lille is nevertheless something of a hidden gem. European Capital of Culture in 2004, the city has an amazing heritage of art and museums, including the Palais des Beaux Arts, which includes pieces by Monet and other famous 20th century artists, and LaM, the museum of modern art, which includes brilliant pieces by Mogdiliani, Picasso and many more. A French city with a Flemish accent, Lille’s architecture is a stunning mixture of classic styles.

Image credit: Zitzitoune​

Lille travel guide​

Novatel Lille Centre Grand Place

Novotel Lille Centre Grand Place

The perfect place to discover northern France’s biggest city, the Novotel Lille Centre Grand Place is located in Lille’s Grand Place, just a short distance from Vieux Lille, and other attractions. You can book the hotel for up to 3 nights as part of the package, with check in at 2pm and check out at 12pm on your last day. The hotel has a video games room which is sure to keep kids entertained in the evenings too.

There’s plenty to do nearby the hotel, and you can even rent bikes and explore the rest of the city on two wheels should you wish. The rooms in the hotel are large and spacious and come with Wi-Fi, and the whole hotel is non-smoking. The hotel also has a bar and restaurant, so you won’t have to go too far if you’re looking for a bite to eat or a drink.​ Secure car parking is available for an extra fee (book at the hotel).


Onboard experience

Our crossings from Dover to Dunkirk and Calais are short, taking just 2 hours or 90 minutes respectively, but there’s plenty to do onboard as you sail. Grab a bite to eat in the 7 Seas restaurant or Horizon snack bar, settle down for a drink in the Lighthouse cafe and catch up on the latest news and sport on our large televisions. The little ones will love the play areas, and older kids will like our video games too.

For a more luxurious crossing, why not book the Premium Lounge​ for just £12pp, including a complimentary glass of crisp, Italian prosecco, free fruit, hot and cold drinks, sweet treats, newspapers and wonderful sea views.

Create your own festive break

For a flexible festive break, why not travel across to Europe with your car and choose your own winter break destination? There are amazing Christmas markets all over Europe and we have 4 routes to choose from for you to get there. It’s easy to head to France, Belgium, Germany, Holland, Scandinavia or further afield if you like. Plus, with no luggage restrictions, you can pack, and bring back, as much as you like! Ideal if you’re planning on stocking up for Christmas. ​​

Important information

Offer is available on return bookings for cars up to 1.85m and motorcycles / motorcycles with side cars with up to 2 people. £20 supplement applies to bookings made on the day of travel. £10 amendment fees apply each way. Offer may be withdrawn at any time. T&Cs apply. Credit card charges apply.

​​​Disclaimer: Prices are subject to availability and offers may be withdrawn at anytime.​ Credit card & telephone booking fees apply. Terms & Conditions apply​. ABTOT provides protection for your booking as set out in section 19 of our booking conditions.​​​


It’s always a proud moment when you’re recognised for your good work, we’re honoured to have been named again as the World and Europe's Leading Ferry Operator 2016 at the World Travel Awards. We have been Europe’s Leading Ferry Operator for 5 years running now, and the World’s Leading Ferry Operator for 6 years. ​​​