Lille‘s Christmas Market officially takes place from 22 November – 29 December 2019 (although the Big Wheel la Grand’Roue and the hutted Christmas village often get set up a little earlier). Lille (59 Nord, Hauts de France) is within easy reach from London, by train or car.
In the heart of winter, Lille sparkles and glows with “joie de vivre“! With the wave of a magic wand, the city takes on a festive atmosphere and welcomes you to a winter wonderland. On Place Rihour, more than 80 chalets teem with gift ideas, nativity figurines, Christmas decorations and festive food. You can find regional specialities here, and you can also find arts and crafts from Russia, Poland, and Québec, as well as products from Native America. And that’s not to forget the gingerbread and other delicacies which you can take away or eat on the spot with a glass of mulled wine…
On the Main Square, amidst the sumptuous decorations and as Christmas carols fill the air, the Big Wheel turns majestically. Its height of 50 metres ensures guests have a stunning view of the city.
If you have time and inclination then it is worth a visit to La Piscine at nearby Roubaix, which is a converted municipal art deco- swimming pool which retains part of the pool as a centre piece, whilst the old changing cubicles hold exhibits. The building houses the Museum of Science and Industry which celebrates the town’s industrial heritage when it was a centre for the textile industry – see www.roubaix-lapiscine.com/ A tram runs from the centre of Lille
By Train/TGV Eurostar to Lille with Rail Europe
hotels, B&Bs and self-catering in Lille such as the B&B Le Jardin d’Alix, which although just outside Lille, is set within a landscaped garden and 50 metres from the tram station that offers direct access to Lille’s city centre.