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Calais celebrates Christmas

Drive to Calais to celebrate Christmas in France. Book a trip to Calais with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle and discover what is planned for the festivities.

Get into the Christmas spirit

The town centre and districts of Calais are lit up each year to celebrate Christmas and New Year. Make the most of your trip to Calais to discover what the town has planned for your enjoyment! Each weekend is packed with festivities that will delight all the family.

Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse are taking centre stage this year and will be sure to come and greet you at the opening parade!

Balloon modelling, children's face-painting, sand sculptures, concerts, giant parades, nativity scene in the gardens of the Town Hall, maze, without forgetting the famous Christmas market…you will love the celebrations!

Here is an idea of what's in store! Come and do your shopping in Calais and join in the celebrations!

Calais Celebrates Christmas with Mickey Mouse!

29 November

Christmas lights switch on
Place de l'Hôtel de Ville, 1730 hours
Switching on of the Christmas lights with Mickey and Minnie mascots who will be giving out Mickey ear headbands.

Opening of the "Sand Sculpture" and "Mickey & Donald as Art" exhibitions.
Calais Cœur de Vie shopping centre, Boulevard Jacquard.

30 November

Treasure Hunt
Town Hall, Place d'Armes, 1500 hours
Face-painting and balloon modelling with Mickey and Minnie.
Approximate duration: 2 hours. Free of charge.

6 and 7 December

Christmas Market, face-painting and balloon modelling.
Calais Theatre and Place d'Armes

6 December

Gospel choir concert.
Calais Theatre
From 1430 to 1830 hours. Duration: 20 minutes

Notre Dame de Calais

7 December, 1800 hours

Descent of the Belfry.

Saturday 13 December

Santa procession
Place d'Armes
Troïka sleigh carries Santa through the town from 1700 hours. A real traditional Russian Troïka sleigh will be lit up as darkness falls and will carry Santa through the town. Come and greet Santa as it moves off from the Theatre. The procession will then stop at the Town Hall before heading to the Place d'Armes.

Sunday 14 December

Place d'Armes
Face-painting  - 1400 to 1800 hours.
Meet Santa - 1400 to 1800 hours. Meet Santa and take away a photo souvenir capturing the magic moment.
Balloon modelling - at 1500 hours, 1600 hours, 1700 hours, three 45-minute sessions.
Ice and Fire show -  1740 to 1800 hours. Free of charge.

Calais town hall and the 6 burgers

Saturday 20 December

Christmas Market
Calais Theatre - from 1000 to 1900 hours.

Face-painting and balloon modelling
Calais Theatre and Place d'Armes
At 15h00, 16h00, 17h00, three 45-minute sessions.

Parade through the town with elves on stilts, at 14h30, 15h30, 16h30. Duration 45 minutes.

Concert by the Harmonie Municipale orchestra
In the square in front of the Theatre at 1600 hours. Duration 30 minutes.
Place d'Armes at 1700 hours. Duration 30 minutes.

Candles in Notre Dame of Calais

Sunday 21 December

Christmas Market, face-painting and balloon modelling.
Calais Theatre

20 to 28 December

Bouncy village
Forum Gambetta. 
Three sessions of 1 hour of play time per day.
From 1400 to 1500 hours, from 1530 to 1630 hours, from 1700 to 1800 hours.

Entrance is by invitation only. Invitations can be obtained from the partner shops and will be handed out to the public on Wednesday 10 and 17 December and Saturday 6 and 13 December at Calais Cœur de Vie shopping centre from 14h to 17h. Subject to availability (170 spaces in each play time).

There is also a carousel in Place d'Armes and a Mickey letterbox in the districts, a confectionary stall and some merry-go-rounds at the Theatre, and Christmas decorations at the Town Hall. A free bus service will run on the 3 weekends in December between Place Foch, Place d'Armes and the Theatre.

Office de tourisme Calais Côte d'Opale
12 Bd Clémenceau - Calais
Tel: +33 (0)3 21 96 62 40

Place du Soldat Inconnu CS30329 -

BUREAUX : Espace de Promotion 
9 rue Paul Bert
Tel.: +33 (0)3 21 46 20 83

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Photo Credits: Office de Tourisme Calais Côte d'Opale