French & Belgian Christmas Markets - Bruges & Lille
4 Days Away - 2022
Escape on our picture-postcard break this festive season and discover some of Europe’s prettiest Christmas markets. At this special time of year, the charming streets of Ostend and Bruges are all aglow with twinkling lights and delicious luxury Belgian chocolate waffles at every turn, while Lille offers cosy stalls packed with roasted chestnuts, gingerbread, jewellery, wooden toys and more!
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
- Return coach travel and ferry crossings
- 3 nights at a selected 3-star hotel in France/Belgium with breakfast
- Included visit to Ypres
- Free excursion to Ostend & Bruges Christmas Markets
- Free excursion to Arras Christmas Market & Lille Christmas Market
- Included visit to Boulogne-sur-Mer
Bruges Christmas MarketBruges Christmas Market
Give the queues at department stores and shopping centres a miss this Christmas, and enjoy the traditions of a European Christmas Market.
Bruges must go down as one of the most romantic settings for a Christmas Market, with its cobbled streets, historic medieval buildings and maze of canals beautifully illuminated to create a majestic atmosphere as horse and carts trudge by.
Browse the stalls laden with handmade Christmas goodies and tasty treats, test your skating skills on the ice rink and marvel at the ice sculptures at the Snow and Ice Sculpture Festival.
At National Holidays we offer a wide range of coach packages which allow you to combine a short break on the continent with seasonal shopping and culinary delights. Search our website today and find a Christmas Markets break to suit you, from the ‘Winter Wonders’ of Brussels to the quaint, traditional markets of the Rhine region.
Lille is a vibrant yet cultural city with plenty to offer our coach passengers from museums exploring the artistic side of this beautiful location such as the Hospice Comtesse Musuem, Metropole Museum of Modern, Contemporary & Outsider Arts and the most famous, Palais des Beaux – Arts de Lille coupled with fantastic shopping opportunities for all visitors.
This cultural hub and bustling university town was once an important operator of the French Flanders with many of the Flemish influences remaining, from its varied cuisines and architecture.
Welcome to delightful Ostend! Located in the Flemish province of West Flanders, this wonderfully cosmopolitan city attracts coach tours from far and wide. With five and a half miles of glorious, sandy beaches, Ostend is a popular seaside resort, with an attractive esplanade, pier and promenade, with vibrant shops, bars and restaurants to enjoy.
Rich in history, it has many beautiful heritage sites, from the days of Leopold II, the English Monarchy and even the Russian Tsar. During your coach break to Ostend make sure you take a stroll down the famous Albert II Promenade, offering views of the Royal monuments, or for culture, visit the Museum of Modern Art.
Renowned for its many restaurants and lovely cuisine, visit the Fisherman’s Quay where you’ll find a lively and colourful scene, enjoy the local specialities including Dover sole, mussels and shrimp croquettes, all washed down with the local beer. A treasure trove of delights, Ostend has much to offer visitors all year round!
Modern Ypres is a beautifully sleepy town, offering a warm welcome and some mesmerising sights. Just over a hundred years ago however, it was the scene of one the biggest battles in the First World War. Having been completely rebuilt after the war, nowadays it serves as a place of pilgrimage and memorial; you will find plenty of museums and monuments to pay your respects and find out more about the town’s role in WWI. One special highlight includes the Last Post, played every evening at 8pm at the Menin Gate in tribute to those who fell.
Lying close to Calais in Northern France, the coastal city of Boulogne-sur-Mer is home to the country’s largest fishing port. Historic must-sees in the Old Town include the 12th-century belfry, recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, the medieval walls and the ancient castle, which now showcases an Egyptian art collection.
Other highlights are the Nausicaä Centre National de la Mer, Europe’s largest aquarium devoted to the marine world, and the pedestrianised town centre, where you can find plenty of lovely cafés and unique shops. As an international port on the English Channel, the town’s local cuisine combines European and American influences and popular favourites include smoked herring and Welsh rarebit!
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Hotel Features: Bedrooms with en-suite facilities ● Restaurant ● Bar
Hotel accessibility information
Your hotel will be confirmed approximately 3 weeks before departure, therefore we cannot guarantee that the hotel will have a lift and/or ground floor rooms and may be unsuitable for those with limited mobility.Back to top