Create your own Lille Christmas Market Break
Give your Christmas shopping a little je ne sais quoi this year with a festive break to the beautiful city of Lille.
Sail with your car from Newcastle to Amsterdam, Newhaven to Dieppe or Dover to Calais or Dunkirk and spend a night or two exploring the city’s amazing Christmas market, wonderful architecture and fantastic museums. Explore the wooden chalets of Lille’s Christmas market, open every day from 22 November to 30 December. There are unique treats from across the globe, including Poland, Canada and, of course, France itself.
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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.
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.
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Lille travel guide
With 4 routes from the UK to Europe, you can choose the crossing to suit you. Plus, we offer 58 sailings daily, giving you plenty of options. Our Dover-Dunkirk and Calais options are our fastest, taking 2 hours and 90 minutes, respectively, and are ideal if you’re travelling from central or southern England, Wales or the midlands. Our 4 hour Newhaven-Dieppe crossing is perfect for anyone coming from the west or Wales and our overnight Newcastle-Amsterdam crossing is great for those in the north and Scotland.
There’s plenty to do onboard as you sail. Grab a bite to eat in any of the onboard eateries, settle down for a drink in the bars or simply head out on deck to enjoy the stunning sea views and fresh air. The little ones will love the play areas, and older kids will like our video games too. Each crossing has varying facilities, from our Premium Lounge to our cinema and private cabins, visit each route page to find out more.
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