Boulogne-sur-Mer Christmas Market 2018

Written by on November 25, 2018 in Christmas Markets

Those who have discovered the old town of Boulogne-sur-Mer will be aware how very pretty this part of the port town is and at Christmas time it’s even more magical.

Enter the old town through the immense stone gates cut into the high walls and discover a real winter wonderland. This is one of my favourite Christmas markets – authentic, friendly, buzzing and very festive.

From the elves running around making the kids laugh, to the knights of old careering around on their wooden horses – horsing about, this is a very theatrical Christmas market with lots of surprises. The pedestrianised beautiful rue de Lille, lined with ancient and beautiful stores is lit up with thousands of twinkling lights – a spectacular sight. At the top of the road is the beautiful old Basilica of Notre Dame. Its dome dominates the sky line and here you’ll find a traditional French crèche (nativity scene) in a very beautiful setting.

The main square is sparkling with lights, trees and garlands. Filled with stalls, the scent of ginger bread, hot chestnuts and mulled wine hangs on the cold air. There are sellers of cheese, sausages, locally smoked herring and other gourmet delights as well as arts and crafts, and gifts galore.

A band strolls the streets playing lively and festive music. In the little park there’s a petting zoo. There are illuminations all round the UNESCO listed Belfry. There really is an autentic, quite magical atmosphere here that will entrance children of all ages – even the grown up ones!

It is a 30 minute drive from the port of Calais or twenty minutes from Eurotunnel to Boulogne-sur-Mer. Parking is usually not a major issue.

Boulogne Christmas Market: 14-16 December 2018

More information: Boulogne-sur-Mer Tourist Office website

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