If you are considering booking a last minute Christmas Markets trip but don’t want to travel too far into Europe, here’s a route that you could cover in a long weekend if you’re happy to take the ferry or Eurotunnel and drive to each destination.
We plan each route starting in Calais, as it’s the place that most people will arrive in northern France, but you can use Google Maps to adjust your route if you use a different crossing.
- Start your trip by visiting Reims. Fill up on Champagne and enjoy the wide range of products available here! When we visited the Christmas market we stayed here, which is a short walk from the market and also has a secure car park. During previous visits to Reims we’ve also stayed here, which is very close to the main shopping area (and they serve excellent champagne in the bar!)
- When you’ve had your fill of Reims (and champagne), head over to Paris, which boasts several Christmas Markets in the suburbs and the city. We have visited the Champs-Élysées market, click here to read our review. We’d recommend spending at least one evening in Paris to make the most of your visit. We stayed at this hotel which was about a 10 minute walk to the top of the Champs-Élysées.
- On your last day, drive from Reims to Amiens, where you can enjoy a couple of hours visiting the Christmas Market in this cathedral town before you head back to Calais for your return crossing.
We hope that helps if you’re stuck for ideas or short on time but like the idea of heading into the continent to pick up some Christmas Markets this year!
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