Festive French Markets

Christmas Markets in France provide a great opportunity for a winter weekend break. They exude a fantastic atmosphere and offer great shopping opportunities  – not to mention replenishing wine stocks for the Christmas season. We have limited allocations left for next year. Call our Sales Team now, before you miss out!

Christmas in Paris is certainly a magical time. Shops glow with colourful Christmas displays and patisserie shelves are filled with seasonal delights. The city’s most beautiful monuments are illuminated, 150,000 Christmas lights adorn the Champs-Elysées and department store windows are filled with animated displays. Markets, open-air ice rinks, merry-go-rounds and a host of other activities and events take over the city.

Traditional and popular Christmas markets are a major shopping event and are held from November onwards. There are markets in various parts of city: the best ones being at the Notre Dame Cathedral, Gare del’Est, Montparnasse, the Champs-Élysées and the Christmas village on La Défense esplanade.



Arras is the capital of the Artois region in Pas-de-Calais. It's a charming town with a very grand Grand Place, perfect for the Christmas market that takes over the town. Around 90 different exhibitors set out their wares around the beautiful arcaded Place selling local crafts, gifts, decorations and food. Try local delicacies like the pretty heart-shaped Coeurs d’Arras, either savoury (as in cheese) or sweet (ginger). There are various craft demonstrations, a large carousel full of leaping horses and an ice skating rink. Street performers will entertain you as you sip on that ever popular mulled wine.



Amiens, the capital of Picardy, has France’s largest Gothic cathedral. It’s beautifully lit up throughout December with a nightly son-et-lumiere making a wonderful background to the annual market in the heart of the city. The town is host to one of the largest Christmas markets in northern France with approximately 130 wooden chalets located in the City centre extending over 2 km. For food lovers, the market is home to many stalls selling chocolate and Amiens macaroons. Entertainment is provided in the form of shows and carol singing, as well as an ice-skating rink, merry-go-rounds and plenty of vin chaud - the perfect warm drink in winter. Wander through the pedestrianised streets with ease and be enthralled with Christmas trees, decorations and the festive atmosphere.



Just a short drive from Calais, Lille makes a perfect festive shopping break decorated in lights and colour. It is hard to miss the enormous Ferris Wheel and Christmas tree, and the area around the Christmas market is covered in a huge crown of garlands. Step back in time and wander around the winding cobbled streets of Vieux Lille to soak up the festive atmosphere of Rue de la Grande Chaussée and Rue de la Monnaie. On Place Rihour, around 80 wooden chalets teem with gift ideas, nativity figurines, Christmas decorations and festive food. You can find not only regional specialties here, but also arts and crafts from around the world.

Ibis Hotel Paris La Défense

La Défense, Paris
AAA Central Location Double for Single Occupancy
The 3 star Ibis Hotel is located in the heart of the Défense area of Paris, not far from the Champs-Elysées and the Arc de Triomphe and within a 3 minute walk of the nearest metro station. The 286 bedrooms contain a TV and hairdryer. The bar area provides a cosy place to enjoy a drink while the restaurant provides good value meals in a modern setting. Coach parking on-site is limited & subject to availability. Alternative parking is available at Port Maillot at a charge (approx. 15 mins away by metro).

Mercure Arras Centre Gare

Arras, Nord-Pas-de-Calais
AAA+ Central Location Double for Single Occupancy
This well-kept 4 star hotel is located in the very centre of Arras and is an excellent base for touring the area and is within reach of the Somme Valley. Each of the 80 bedrooms are equipped with modern facilities including TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. The hotel has a modern bar and a welcoming ground floor restaurant. Coach parking is on-site (space for 1 coach) and is free of charge on a first come, first served basis.

Novotel Ieper Centrum

Ypres, Flanders
AAA+ Central Location
This 3 star hotel provides an ideal base from which to explore the rich military heritage of the area, and is just a moment’s stroll from the Menin Gate and Grote Markt. All 122 bedrooms are comfortably furnished with TV, hairdryer, tea/coffee making facilities, air conditioning and minibar. The hotel has a brasserie bar, restaurant, terrace and fitness centre. Coach parking is off-site, approx. 10 minutes’ walk from the hotel, and is free of charge.

Novotel Paris La Défense

La Défense, Paris
AAA+ Double for Single Occupancy Free Onsite Coach Parking
Located in the heart of La Défense, this 4 star hotel is in a convenient location for visiting the centre of Paris. It is only a 20 minute drive from the Champs-Elysées and the nearest metro station is just a 3 minute walk away. The hotel offers a large, comfortable reception area and a modern restaurant and bar. Groups will dine in the larger Xenon function room. All 280 of the comfortable, air-conditioned bedrooms are decorated in the same modern style and are equipped with TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. Coach parking is off-site at Port Maillot (approx. 15 mins away by metro) and charges apply.
All packages include return short sea crossing with DFDS

Visiting Paris

Ibis La Defense

3 Nights Bed & Breakfast
Twin from £139pp

Novotel Hotel Paris La Defense

3 Nights Bed & Breakfast
Twin from £139pp

Visiting Arras & Amiens

Mercure Arras Centre Gare

3 Nights Bed & Breakfast
Twin from £145pp

Visiting Lille

Novotel Ieper Centrum

(Belgium, 26 miles from Lille)
3 Nights Bed & Breakfast
Twin from £205pp
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