Joyeux Noël – Lille Christmas Festival

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If you’re looking for some holiday spirit, you can enjoy a month-long Christmas market. The market features 90 stalls selling gifts, toys, crafts, wine, and food.


France, Northern France

Approx. Duration

3 – 4 hours

Accessibility Level

Accessibility Level – Medium

Local Currency


Price Level

Min. Price



Place Rihour, 59000 Lille, France

Spoken Languages

France (formal), English spoken by most of the population

Recommended Age

Babies, Kids, Teens, Adults, Seniors

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Additional Information

The festival opening times:

  • from Monday to Thursday from 11 am to 8.30 pm
  • on Friday and Saturday from 10 am to 10pm
  • on Sunday from 10 am to 8.30pm
  • The market is closed at 6 pm on 24th December and 31st December.
  • The market will be closed on 25th December

Around 16:00, the evening darkness is replaced by the shiny lights that fill up the streets. A 20 meters (59 foot) Christmas tree lights up in the main square. You can also see a beautiful panoramic view from the Ferris wheel.

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Best Time To Visit

The best time to visit France is in spring (April-May), summer (June-August), or fall (September-October).
Spring season is pleasant across the country, with fewer crowds and temperatures ranging from 55F to 68F (13C to 20C). Temperature can rise up to 84°F (29C) in summer, but it’s still not too hot to keep exploring France. Autumn is warm and cozy, with temperatures between 61°F and 77°F (16C to 25C), where you’ll find vibrant views as the leaves change color.
France enjoys mild temperatures, although you can expect some differences between the different regions. There’s a Mediterranean climate in the south and wetter weather in the north. In August summer vacation, most of the country closes down to chase the sunshine in the south. If you’re ok with the cold, winter is one of my preferred times to explore Paris, as there are fewer tourists, yet the restaurants are still active with locals.

quick tip 2 million people descend on Lille for its annual flea market and the Christmas Market. If you don’t mind visiting during the rainiest month then it’s also recommended to visit in December.

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