Northern France (Hauts de France) region is renowned for the lively and colourful Christmas markets. In many towns , the advents of Christmas season sees the setting up of chalets by local craftsmen and shop owners. Twinkling lights illuminate displays of gift shops and many regions products and gourmet foodstuff are offered as the magic of Christmas unfolds.
Lille is a winter fairytale
Come Christmas and Capital of Northern France is ablaze with colours thanks to the bright lights of the christmas market, the fun-fair and big wheel which turns majestially above the Grand'Place. The village de noël offeres regional specialities, crafts and gourmet treats. Once can watch the world go by from a café terrace whilst sipping some vin chaud or enjoy a ride on the "Grande Roue" and see the whole of Lille illuminated by fairytale lights.
The Christmas market in Amiens: A Magical Event
Midway between Calais and Paris, Amiens is home to the biggest Christmas market in Northern France. The city's pedestrianised centre is transformed into a fairytale scene.
The magical atmosphere is heightened by the addition of a seasonal sound-and-light show (1 Dec - 1 Jan) using state of the art technology to bring in colourful life to the western facade of the city's famous UNESCO- listed Gothic cathedral with its medieval sculptures.
The market's 125 plus charming chalet-style stalls are the perfect place to source one-off Christmas presents and festive decorations, as well as local crafts and regional food. Family fun comes in the form of street perfoermers, an illuminated big hweel, traditional carousels, ice-skating and a parade by Santa himself.
Tradition of festive celebration in Arras
The Arras Christmas market surprises you with 1001 pleasures.Over the years it has become one of the most important Christmas markets at the North of Paris. Once can see unique seeting of exceptional houses of the Main Square showcasing more than 130 exhibitors. Come and wander through the spacious walkways which lead you to an area dedicated to create magic of Christmas season, the smell of Christmas trees, the sound of music, the workshops with appetizing aromas and sparkling lights.