The Christmas Market in Lille is one of the most beautiful in the Hauts-de-France region. This year it will be running from November 18th until December 30th. There is something truly special about the way the shops are decorated and building facades rise over the city. As their people say, “la joie de vivre” can be found everywhere during this time of year. So, if you are in the area, whether it be for tourism or to explore the city that your future coliving will be in, you will not want to miss passing through this wonderful market.
As always, Lille’s Christmas Market is located in the lovely Place Rihour, in the heart of the historical center.
Every year approximately 90.000 visitors come to admire the beautiful lights and scenery. So this is your chance to sip on the delicious, but very hot mulled-wine offered at almost every other booth to keep you warm throughout your stroll. You may even want to pair it with a toasty Belgian waffle to really get in the mood.
Within the market, there are 90 chalets that offer an array of products. You can buy beautiful hand-crafted items that are both local and international to buy for your loved ones this holiday season.
We recommend that you do not miss out on the experience of climbing to the top of the “Grand Roue” (Big Wheel), installed in the Grand Place (known as the main square of Lille). Once you reach the peak, you will see an incredible view of the whole town.
For those of you who believe in the spirit of Christmas, head to Theatre square. There you will find the Santa Village, full of Christmas decor.
If you are looking for a little more excitement, every Friday night while the market is on, the town organizes live concerts from 18 – 20H. Every year there are extra activities set up by the community members, however, most are surprises so you will have to go and check it out!
Lille Christmas Market Schedule:
Running From: November 18th to December 30th, 2022
Monday to Thursday: 11 AM to 20:30 H
Friday & Saturday: 10 AM to 22 H
Sunday: 11 AM to 20:30 H
Closed on December 24th from 18 H
Closed on December 25th all-day