Lille Christmas Market 2018

Written by on November 25, 2018 in Christmas Markets

For those who take their Christmas shopping seriously, it would be hard to find a better place in Europe than Lille. Not only are there almost 4000 shops in this city in northern France but there is also a super festive Christmas market and cultural attractions galore…

Festive fun at Lille’s Christmas market

Based in Place Rihour, stalls at Lille’s Christmas market sell local arts and crafts. There are also plenty of regional food specialities such as stinky but delicious Maroilles cheese, macarons, biscuits, and local sweets like babeluttes (soft caramels). And, there are lots of great gift ideas, especially if you’re looking for something different. Next door at the Grand Place take a ride on the 164ft high Ferris Wheel and get a bird’s eye view over the square. There’s an artificial snow village and the old city with its beautiful Flemish architecture looks stunning with its twinkling light display.

Shop windows compete to be the most original, and with this many shops you can guarantee you’ll find something to suit every taste and every budget.

With its narrow cobblestone streets lined with lovely old Flemish houses, Vieux Lille (old town) is the ideal place to discover the great names in fashion and design. You can also find numerous antique shops and art galleries here. The delicatessens will fulfil your gourmet needs, whilst a pleasant market enlivens the Place du Concert every Sunday morning.

In the centre and pedestrian streets, you’ll find well known department stores in France as well as international chain stores and unique boutiques. On the Grand Place, the Furet du Nord is one of the biggest bookshops in Europe and close by in the Vielle Bourse (the old Stock Exchange) is one of the prettiest second hand book markets in France.

In the station district, the Euralille shopping centre, designed by Jean Nouvel, houses a hundred shops, restaurants and a hypermarket beneath its futuristic lines.

The Wazemmes district is the place to come bargain hunting in the bazaars and discount shops of the rue Gambetta district. In the Place de la Nouvelle Aventure, you’ll find flavours from all over the world at the great bustling Sunday morning market, which attracts a cheerful, diverse crowd. Noisy, vibrant, lined with fabulous cafés and places to enjoy a chocolat chaud while you watch the world go by.

In Lille Sud, the rue du Faubourg des Postes is home to the Maisons de Modes (fashion houses), which were opened in 2007 in the presence of their patron, Agnès b. In the heart of a district has undergone a vibrant revival, several workshops welcome young designers who design and sell their own collections on site. They also have workshops in nearby Roubaix, next to the stunning Musée La Piscine, a short tram or metro hop away.

Shops are generally open in Lille from 10 am to 7 pm, Monday to Saturday (some shops are closed on Monday morning).

All shops are also open on the three Sundays preceding Christmas: the 9, 16 and 23 December.

Lille Christmas Market 23 November– 30 December 2018 Details  www.lilletourism.com

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