The Lille Christmas Market: A Cosmopolitan Market

Every year, at the end of November, a large Ferris wheel is set up in the Grand-Place, signaling the start of Lille's Christmas market. The illuminated facades and shops compete in creativity, while the wooden chalets in Rihour Square offer objects and local artisanal specialties, or... from all around the world! Come admire the capital of Flanders in its festive lights and experience the cheerful atmosphere unique to the North of France!

Festive and cosmopolitan atmosphere

With its garlands, lights, and wooden chalets, the Lille Christmas market spreads the magic of Christmas in the heart of the city.

A must-see attraction at the end of the year, the Ferris wheel set up on the Grand Place soars to a height of 50 meters and offers a magnificent view of the city and its lights as night falls.

This market is an unmissable event to marvel with family and find plenty of gift ideas, products from the region or much further away...

Indeed, the chalets at Place Rihour offer local crafts, but also Russian, Polish, Quebecois, and Native American! In Lille, the Christmas market is magical and cosmopolitan!

2023 Edition

This year again, 900,000 visitors are expected at the Lille Christmas Market from November 22 to December 31, 2023.

On the Grand-Place, the Ferris wheel with its 36 gondolas awaits you amidst a sumptuous setting, dominated by an 18-meter-tall giant Christmas tree!

At Place Rihour, 83 chalets invite visitors to discover local, regional, or international products in keeping with the Christmas tradition.

Amidst the scents of gingerbread and mulled wine, you will find a treasure trove of ideas to indulge yourself or treat your loved ones:
- gourmet baskets and gift boxes
- world crafts (Canada, Russia, Germany, Poland...)
- Christmas decorations, nativity scenes, and figurines
- games and toys
- jewelry and other accessories

Musical and luminous parade animations on Fridays from 6 pm to 8 pm:

Friday, November 24: The Flamboyant, a duo of jugglers
Friday, December 1: The acrobats duo (Christmas version)
Friday, December 8: The Piano-Trike
Friday, December 15: The luminous stilt walkers
Friday, December 22: The luminous jugglers duo

Creative workshops for children on Wednesdays from 3 pm to 6 pm:

Wednesday, November 22: macramé creation
Wednesday, November 29: Christmas ball making
Wednesday, December 6: Christmas wreath making
Wednesday, December 13: Lumignon workshop
Wednesday, December 20: Christmas tree origami making

Practical information

The Lille Christmas market takes place from November 22 to December 31, 2023.

Place Rihour
59800 LILLE

Opening Hours
Sunday to Thursday: from 11am to 8pm
Friday and Saturday: from 11am to 9pm
Late night opening on December 19: from 11am to 10pm

Special Closures:
on December 24 and 30 at 6pm
on December 25 all day.

Free entry to the market.

Author: Audrey
Copyright image: Darounet on Flickr
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More informations:
In French: Le marché de Noël de Lille : un marché cosmopolite
En español: El mercado navideño de Lille: un mercado cosmopolita
In italiano: Il mercato di Natale di Lille: un mercato cosmopolita
Auf Deutsch: Der Weihnachtsmarkt in Lille: ein kosmopolitischer Markt
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