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Lille Christmas Market with Kids

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With the holiday season just around the corner, it’s time to start planning some exciting activities for the whole family.

If you’re searching for a magical experience that your kids will love, look no further than the Christmas market in Lille, France.

This enchanting city becomes a winter wonderland during the festive season, complete with twinkling lights, traditional holiday treats, and a wide range of activities that are sure to delight kids of all ages.

In this blog post, we’ll explore the top things to do at the Lille Christmas market with your family, along with tips for making your visit as enjoyable and stress-free as possible.

Get ready to immerse yourself in the holiday spirit in one of the most charming cities in Europe!


Here is a short video to see what it’s like:

Lille Christmas Market

All the Christmas market attractions are just a short walk from each other in the center. They take up three neighboring squares, Grand Place, Place du Théâtre and Place Rihour. The short distances make Lille the perfect Christmas market to enjoy with younger kids

The Grand Place is also named place du Général de Gaulle, as Charles de Gaulle was born in Lille in 1890.

There is a carousel at Place du Théâtre, in front of the Lille Opera, the Beffroi de la Chambre de Commerce de Lille and the Vieille Bourse. This square was called Petite-Place in contrast to the Grand-Place. Just a heads up, the carousel gets covered mid way!

You can also enter the Vieille Bourse and buy some books! Built in 1652, when the city was Spanish, the bourse is made up of 24 separate houses that enclose a courtyard

The Christmas village at Place Rihour has a bit of everything. There is raclette and Flammkuchen (the Alsace version of pizza), waffles and crêpes

Notre-Dame-de-la-Treille Cathedral is also worth a visit. Its construction started in 1854 and took almost 150 years (!) to finish. It was completed in 1999 with a modern facade. This is about 6 minutes walk from Grand Place

Practical Stuff

*When: 17.11-30.12.2023
Monday-Thursday: 11.00-20.30
Friday-Saturday: 10.00-22.00
Sunday: 11.00-20.30
24.12.2023: closing at 18.00
25.12.2023: closed
30.12.2023: closing at 20.00
*Where: Place Rihour 59000 Lille
*Cost: free entrance
*You can find more info on the official site of the Christmas market here
*Parking: there are several parking places around the center. This one is right at the Grand Place, so very convenient
Parking Indigo Lille Grand Place
33 Pl. du Général de Gaulle, 59000 Lille, France


About 1 hour 20 minutes from Schuman, Brussels (or about 1 hour 15 minutes by public transport and train)

Lille Christmas market
Place Rihour 59000 Lille


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