The best Christmas markets

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Join us and Kinging It on a festive tour of Strasbourg’s famous Christmas market and more!

There’s a reason that there’s a song about Christmas being the most wonderful time of the year, and in Strasbourg it’s really not very hard to see why. We sent our friends Aimee and Craig from Kinging It on a festive adventure to the French town to discover why its Christmas market is one of the best loved in the country.

The journey

From Folkestone to Calais: 35 minutes

It was an early start for Aimee and Craig, who drove down to Folkestone from Barry in Wales. But Aimee in particular didn’t mind, as long as it meant she didn’t have to worry about getting sea sick!

Neither Aimee nor Craig had travelled with us before, so they were really excited to experience Le Shuttle for the first time – so much so that on their way home, they actually watched a documentary on how the Eurotunnel was constructed!

There are lights strung up all around Strasbourg’s catherdral
There are lights strung up all around Strasbourg’s catherdral

Strasbourg Christmas Market

Where in France: Bas-Rhin, Grand Est
Drive from Calais: 621km / 5h 30m

Once Aimee and Craig arrive in Strasbourg and checked into their hotel, it was time to start exploring the town and its festive Christmas market! They set themselves a number of challenges to make the most of their time there.

On their first evening in Strasbourg, the first challenge they set each other was to find the ugliest piece of Christmas clothing which the loser had to wear all night. The second challenge was to find the best cake or pastry, and guess how much the other person paid for theirs, with the winner getting to eat both treats!

There are so many beautiful baubles for your tree
There are so many beautiful baubles for your tree

The next day, the challenges continued, starting with a contest to find the best Christmas ornament under €10, and then the best Christmas tree topper for their family tree back home. You’ll have to watch the video to find out who wins, though!

The Christmas market in Strasbourg is comes every year until the end of December, so there’s still time to visit if you’ve been inspired by the Kinging It video!

If you like Strasbourg then you’ll love these Christmas markets!

If you’re feeling all festive and want to visit a Christmas market in France, but won’t be able to make it to Strasbourg, there are plenty of other beautiful markets you can visit to do some Christmas shopping.

Metz Christmas Market

Where in France: Moselle, Grand Est
Drive from Calais: 633km / 6h 30m

Metz cathedral lit up at Christmas time
Metz cathedral lit up at Christmas time

The second most popular Christmas market in France after Strasbourg, the Christmas market in Metz is spread across the city in five different areas. You can shop for baubles and tree toppers, delicious festive treats and mulled wine, and unique Christmassy souvenirs.

Reims Christmas Market

Where in France: Marne, Grand Est
Drive from Calais: 274km / 2h 20m

The stunning cathedral in the centre of Reims is illuminated, adding to the festive glow and magic of the city at Christmas time. You’ll find all of the usual favourites at this Christmas market, such as classy glass decorations, garlands, chocolates, and steaming cups of mulled wine to keep the cold at bay.

Licques Christmas Market

Where in France: Pas-de-Calais, Hauts-de-France
Drive from Calais: 21km / 30m

This has to be one of the more unusual Christmas markets in France, if not the whole of Europe. Every year there is the ‘Fête de la Dinde’, which is a live parade of turkeys through the town centre. The town also puts on an incredible food market where you can buy lots of festive treats to eat.

You’ll find unique gifts for everyone at a Christmas market
You’ll find unique gifts for everyone at a Christmas market

Bordeaux Christmas Market

Where in France: Gironde, Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Drive from Calais: 868km / 7h 40m

If you happen to be further south in France, a trip to Bordeaux to visit their Christmas market is definitely in order. Enjoy a warming cup of hot chocolate or mulled wine as you browse the selection of unique gifts from over 150 exhibitors and vendors, which will ensure everyone on your Christmas list gets something special!

There’s still time to pop across the Channel for a bit of Christmas shopping, and when you book your tickets in advance with us, you’re guaranteed the best price.