Lille Christmas Market, France

A magical Christmas market with a Ferris wheel, a carousel and a Christmas village!

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

Lille Christmas market
Overview
Practical stuff
Address

What else to do in Lille
Cita attraction park
Zoo Lille

Lille Christmas market

Overview

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 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

Lille is one of the best Christmas markets in Europe. Take a look here to see some more!

Best Christmas markets in Europe

We love gluhwein and trying a local delicacy at a Christmas market! It is one of our favorite holiday traditions and we are so happy these are taking place in 2021 again

Practical stuff

*When: 19.11-30.12.2021
*Where: Place Rihour 59000 Lille
*Cost: Free entrance
*Covid regulations: Covid Safe Ticket required for the carousel, the Ferris wheel and the Christmas village. Covid measures follow the sanitary crisis and might change rapidly. Please verify before going. You can find the Tourism Office page here. You can call them at +33 (0)3 59 57 94 00
*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
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Address

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

Lille Christmas market
https://www.lille.fr/Noel-a-Lille
Place Rihour 59000 Lille
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What else to do in Lille

Cita attraction park

If you are spending the day or a weekend with kids in Lille, then Cita Parc is a good option. It is a small outdoor amusement park with mini roller coasters and more rides for kids. It is located at the Citadelle of Lille, about 15 minutes walk from Grand Place

Cita Lille

Cita is a small and fun attraction park in Lille. It is situated right next to the Zoo Lille. As both are quite small, it is easy to visit both in one day

Zoo Lille

Zoo Lille is situated right next to the Cita-Parc, a small and fun attraction park. As both are quite small, it is easy to visit both in one day

Zoo Lille

Zoo Lille is situated right next to the Cita-Parc, a small and fun attraction park. As both are quite small, it is easy to visit both in one day

Map

All places mentioned above are also gathered on the map: outdoor and indoor activities, kids friendly cafés/ restaurants and hotels under separate layers
*Tip: if you want to see a specific layer, you need to tap the upper left corner of the map and unselect the other layers
https://worldwildschooling.com/world-wild-schooling-map/

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