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Calais Christmas Market / Parade

Calais annual Christmas market cum parade, which extends from the theatre square to the shopping streets of the city centre, is organized with much adore. Nearly 100 stands display various artefacts and local dishes such as Saint Nicolas biscuits.

From: 12th December to 14th December
Address: Calais Tourist Office, 2 Boulevard Clemenceau,
BP 94, 62100 Calais, Pas de Calais, France
Tel.: +33 3 2196 6240

Boulogne Christmas Market

Held before the actual arrival of Christmas, Boulogne's Christmas Market is organised within the old city of Calais. Not only a vast collection of arts and crafts is on display, but also local food and drinks is offered to visitors. One of the specialities is locally caught and smoked herring, which is a must-try dish. If you have a sweet tooth, then you can take a helping of the regional Christmas puddings and Craquelin pastries.

From: 13th December to 14th December
Address: Boulogne-sur-Mer Tourist Office, 24, quai Gambetta
BP 187, 62203 Boulogne-sur-mer, Pas de Calais, France

Calais Christmas Lights

The festival's name says it all. As it a celebration of lights, all the main displays, shopping streets and malls, monuments and the whole city centre are lit up with bulbs to welcome Christmas. The lighting is truly worth observing and appreciating.

From: 12th December to 14th December
Address: : Calais Tourist Office, 2 Boulevard Clemenceau,
BP 94, 62100 Calais, Pas de Calais, France

  

Bike Tours of Le Touquet

Not exactly a festival, but Bike tours of Le Touquet are a popular way of exploring the area and it is promoted by the tourist office each year during the peak tourist season. Every Sunday, bikers gather outside the Palais de l'Europe and discover various aspects of the city such as its monuments, history, architecture, etc. You will need to hire your own bike.

From: 9th March to 14th December
Address: Nord Pas de Calais Tourist Office, 6, Place Mendès France,
BP 99, 59028 Lille Cedex, Nord Pas de Calais, France
Tel.: +33 3 2014 5757

  

Fête de la Dinde (Turkey Festival)

The turkeys of Licques are famous in France and before slaughtering them for Thanksgiving, they are paraded through the town with an award for the best bird. The town also produces a peculiar alcoholic drink called ‘Licquoise' from which the city derives its name. This liqueur is offered to the visitors before the turkey parade. All this happens on a Sunday morning after the conference of the town's important people.

From: 13th December to 15th December
Address: Nord Pas de Calais Tourist Office, 6, Place Mendès France,
BP 99, 59028 Lille Cedex, Nord Pas de Calais, France

Christmas Shop Window Contest

When it's Christmas in Calais, shopaholics live their shopping dreams. Shopkeepers try their best to attract customers to their stores by participating in the Best Christmas Shop Window contest. They decorate the interiors of their shops with snowflakes, Santa's, and fancy good displays. With so many customers visiting the shops during the seasonal rush, it is obvious that they get to decide which store wins.

From: 1st December to 24th December
Address: Calais Tourist Office, 2 Boulevard Clemenceau,
BP 94, 62100 Calais, Pas de Calais, France
Tel.: +33 3 2196 6240

Calais Christmas Extravaganza

Each year, the people of Calais eagerly await the Sommets de Noël Christmas Extravaganza. The celebration includes street entertainment and a market that is packed with stalls selling various arts and crafts. One of the highlights of the festival is the Grand Parade where turkeys are paraded through town as guests of honour before barbecuing them. The festival starts at 7:00 pm on the last day of November when the Mayor of Calais switches on the lights of the town hall.

From: 30th November to 6th January
Address: Calais Tourist Office, 2 Boulevard Clemenceau,
BP 94, 62100 Calais, Pas de Calais, France
Tel.: +33 3 2196 6240

Rand'Opale ( Visit Site )

Rand'Opale is a hiking competition, which includes annual walks along the Opale coast in the Calais area. Leubringhen town, located 15 minutes away from Calais, is the starting and finishing point of the competition. Every year more than 3000 hikers, joggers and mountaineers take part in the competition. One can choose any route, depending upon his/her stamina and liking.

From: May
Address: 390 route de Saint Tricat 62340 Hames Boucres, Pas de Calais, France
Tel.: +33 3 2135 2374

Calais Christmas Parade

Christmas Parade in Calais starts with Father Christmas on his reindeer-driven sleigh, roaming around the main streets of Calais. The Parade starts at 3:00 pm in the afternoon from Place de la Nation, running through the main streets and ending at Place d'Armes at 5:30 pm.

From: 14th December
Address: Calais Tourist Office, 2 Boulevard Clemenceau,
BP 94, 62100 Calais, Pas de Calais, France
Tel.: +33 3 2196 6240