Christmas Markets For School Groups In Lille
Students will enjoy an atmospheric Christmas Market trip just across the channel in the historic city of Lille.
Practice French at the Christmas Market
Enjoy regional culinary specialities
Take a walking tour around Lille’s old town
Add time for WWI Battlefield sites
*Please note, entrance fees where applicable are not included in typical price – contact us for more details
The gothic architecture of the Place Rihour is the backdrop to over 80 festive wooden chalets offering local arts, crafts and regional produce together with gift ideas from around the world. Get a bird’s eye view of the city and the Christmas Market from the Ferris wheel in the Grande Place. An 18 metre high Christmas tree adds to the atmosphere.
Image by Alain Benard
The Old Exchange (Vielle Bourse) dating from the 17th century with its inner courtyard is considered the city’s most beautiful monument. Also of interest is City Hall and the 104 m high belfry, a UNESCO world heritage site. The 17th century Vauban Citadel built on the order of Louis XIV was built in the shape of a star.
This significant collection includes works by Goya, Rubens, Monet, Picasso, Léger, Rodin and Claudel. There is also a collection of ceramics and a collection of maps showing cities which were fortified by the military architect Vauban.
Image by Palais des Beaux-Arts CC by 2.0
Take a journey through time and across the diversity of the planet. The museum has over 250,000 exhibits and explores the fragility of the natural world. There are also ethnographic and industrial collections which link to the coal industry of Northern France.
Just outside the city in the modern suburb of Villeneuve d’Ascq is one of northern Europe’s most important collections of 20th century art including works by Braque, Kandinski, Léger, Miro, Modigliani and Picasso, as well major contemporary art. The museum houses France’s largest collection of Art Brut.
The Arras Christmas Market is one of the largest in Northern France and takes place in the beautiful Grand Place with its Flemish style architecture. In addition to over 100 wooden stalls the Christmas Market also has an ice-rink, a carrousel and Ferris wheel. The central feature is a German-style bar with a rotating illuminated tower. Stall holders bring produce from all over France and other European countries.
Memorials, cemeteries, museums and battle sites of WWI featuring preserved and restored trenches can be found in and around Ypres in nearby Belgium. The most visited sites include the Flanders Field Museum and Menin Gate in Ypres. Students can also explore the Essex Farm and Tyne Cot Cemeteries, Hooge crater, Hills 60 and 62 and Passendale.
The area surrounding the river Somme saw some of the harshest fighting during WWI and has numerous memorials dedicated to those who lost their lives including the trenches at Beaumont Hamel, the Memorial to the Missing at Thiepval, the Lochnagar Crater and museums at Albert and Peronne.
This underground museum is an affecting commemoration to the thousands of British Army and Dominion Forces soldiers who survived under Arras during the war. Students can go 20m down into the network of World War I tunnels that connect to tunnels and quarries of the middle ages. Guided tours include a descent in a glass lift that reveals the fascinating rock strata. Photo © Chris O.
Why groups like it:
- Take language practice beyond the classroom, engaging in spontaneous, unscripted conversations with native speakers
- Develop students’ confidence and fluency in a foreign language by speaking it in practical situations
- Experience another culture
- Develop students’ interest and enthusiasm for another country and its language
- Discover, explore and have fun with fellow students and teachers
Students will have had an opportunity to:
- Develop speaking and listening skills through talking to native speakers in everyday situations
- Gain confidence by stretching their vocabulary
- Learn about French culture
- Strengthen existing friendships and make new friends