Published: 06:00, 08 December 2017
The next few weeks are the ideal time to hop across the Channel for a shopping break with P&O Ferries.
If you want to recharge those Christmas spirits without travelling too far, there are plenty of festive going ons just a short drive from Calais.
Northern France is famous for its Christmas markets. Two of the best are in Arras and Lille where you can meet St Nicholas, have a go on the ice skating rinks and marvel at the mouth-watering food.
If you want to stretch your boundaries slightly further, Paris is only a three-hour drive away. There's Christmas markets dotted all over the French capital, from Les Halles to Notre-Dame and are well worth going the extra mile to explore.
1hr 12min by car from Calais
There's nothing quite like Christmas in Arras. As you tour the city's tree-lined avenues, you'll find astonishing architecture illuminated with colourful lights and lovingly decorated displays. With cosy wooden chalets, an ice rink and gourmet food demonstrations from local chefs, this picturesque city has something for everyone this Christmas. When you’re all done buying gifts at the Winter Forest and local markets, treat yourself to an early Christmas present at the prestigious L’hiver Musical festival.
1hr 15min by car from Calais
From the wooden chalets offering a range of festive food and gifts to the 50m high ferris wheel that offers breath-taking best views of the city, Christmas in Lille is an unforgettable experience. Artisans, merchants and chefs travel from across France to sell their wares, so you can be sure to find something unique at the Lille Christmas Market. Take in the city’s magical lights from atop the Charles de Gaulle ferris wheel, before heading to a festive concert at the majestic Opera House.
3hr 7min by car from Calais
Café culture, fabulous shopping and legendary landmarks. No wonder the beating heart of France is considered to be the most romantic city in the world. Believe it or not, it is even more beautiful over the festive period. Visit Paris at Christmas and soak up the twinkling Eiffel Tower, curious festive markets and much more. If the market on the Champs-Elysées doesn’t fill your Christmas shopping bags, get out of the cold and browse goods in the dreamy Galeries Lafayette.
Crossing the Channel with P&O Ferries
France is just 90 minutes away with P&O Ferries. Travelling with your car unlocks the freedom to explore France and Belgium at your leisure, and the ferries can accommodate just about any vehicle – from caravans and cars to motorhomes and motorbikes.
Booking a ferry in advance couldn't be simpler, guarantees you pay the best price and offers a multitude of ticket types. With up to 46 sailings a day from Dover to Calais, there are plenty of crossings to choose from.
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