Firstly, it’s important to point out that we visited Amiens Christmas Market on a cold, rainy, Monday morning in early December… so it’s fair to say the Christmas spirit was somewhat dampened for this particular trip, after we’d spent the previous evening in Reims. However, the stalls lining the streets were beautifully presented and festively decorated, which added a cheery element to an otherwise gloomy day!
Amiens is one of the plethora of cities in northern France that boasts a jaw dropping cathedral, and we started our visit there. It’s within easy reach of Calais, meaning you could easily take a day trip from the south of England via Eurotunnel or the car ferry.
We were pleasantly surprised with the amount of stalls at the market, which ran right along both sides of the main shopping street in Amiens.
The Family Experience
There were plenty of things to entertain children too, with the ‘Village du Pere Noel’ with an ice rink, fairground rides, and a winter woodland scene to explore.
Even some of the surrounding shops and restaurants were decorated to celebrate the festive season!
Many of the stalls were selling products you’d expect to see at a Christmas market, but we didn’t see that many offering regional produce, that would make Amiens Christmas Market a unique shopping experience. People were generally very friendly, except for one stallholder who chased us down the street after we took a photograph in the direction of her stall. Not the seasons greetings we expected!
In summary, we’d recommend a visit to Amiens if you’re making your way to a ferry or Eurotunnel crossing in Calais at the end of your road trip. Amiens would make a pleasant lunchtime stop off as there are plenty of restaurants and bars to choose from, followed by an afternoon stroll round the market!