Christmas Market in Lille

Where: Place Rihour
When: 18th November 2009
Open: 11am to 8pm

The Christmas markets officially open on 18th November.

Just a short hope on the Eurostar or an hour’s drive from Calais, Lille makes a perfect shopping get-away.

Follow the irresistible aroma of cinnamon and roasted chestnuts to Place Rihour where, for over a month, the 80 chalets of the Christmas Market will reside. Here, merchants and craftspeople will offer original and delightful gift ideas: regional products, gingerbread and other delicacies to try on the spot or take away, nativity figurines and Christmas decorations, traditional toys, and much more.

In the Old quarter, each street is uniquely decorated, from the elegant rue de la Grande Chaussée and rue de la Monnaie with their evergreen garlands and gold & red ribbons, to the trendy rue Esquermoise where huge disco balls sparkle overhead!

Old Lille is the ideal place to discover the great names in fashion and design. Numerous antique shops and art galleries line the streets and a pleasant market enlivens the Place du Concert every Sunday morning. In the centre and pedestrian streets, you’ll find the big department stores and international brands.

On the Grand Place, the Furet du Nord is one of the biggest bookshops in Europe In the station district, the Euralille shopping centre, designed by Jean Nouvel, houses a hundred shops, restaurants and a hypermarket beneath its futuristic design.