Known for their greetings-card aesthetic, Bruges, Lille and Ypres boast some of Europe's most enchanting Christmas markets. Discover them all with a festive 3-night escape. Choose to either base yourself in one city or make the easy drive from town to town. ​​

  • Sail from Newcastle-Amsterdam or Dover-France
  • Discover Europe’s prettiest Christmas markets
  • 3-night festive escape

Getting there

Your starting point of Bruges is conveniently accessible from either our Dutch or French ports. Sail from Newcastle to Amsterdam, and from there you are under 3 hours’ drive from central Bruges. Alternatively, sail from Dover to Dunkirk, which is only 1 hour from Bruges, or travel on our Calais ferry crossing. Our Calais port less than 90 minutes’ drive to Bruges.

Day 1 – Bruges

Surrounded by Bruges’ charming gabled architecture, now decorated with festive illuminations, and residing beneath the atmospheric Belfry, it’s no surprise Bruges’ Christmas market is consistently among the most popular in Europe. Warm up with local, artisanal foods (waffles are a must this time of year), get your skates on and try out the ice rink, or pick up some stocking fillers.

Day 2 – Lille

Take the one-hour drive across the border to Lille in France. 90 wooden chalets make up Lille’s spectacular Christmas market, with international delicacies and crafts from countries including Russia and Canada.

Day 3 – Ypres

Just 40 minutes from Lille is your final stop, Ypres. At Christmas this Flemish town appears as if made entirely out of gingerbread. Smaller than Lille but no less beautiful, peruse 30 yuletide chalets, as well as testing your skills on the indoor ice rink. ​

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