5 Inspiring Christmas Markets trips for school groups

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Going on a winter school trip on the run up to Christmas is a great way to reward students as well as an ideal opportunity to use their language skills in real-life situations or a welcome addition to a curriculum based study tour. Every year in the weeks leading up to Christmas many European Cities are converted into Christmas wonderlands.
 
Here are 5 Christmas tours which are sure to delight your students or if you are planning a curriculum based study tour during the Christmas Market season, you can now add a Christmas market visit to your trip. Visit the following tour pages for more details. English (First World War, (Ypres/Somme), History (Battlefield Tours), Geography (Boulogne or Paris), Maths (Paris or Belgium) or Science (Boulogne or Paris).
 

Paris La Défense Christmas Markets

This is by far the largest of all the Christmas markets in Paris. With more than 300 stalls offering tasty treats, festive decorations & unique gifts. It it located in the centre of the busy business district, the Christmas village makes for an interesting contrast among the tall skyscrapers. 

Christmas Market on the Champs-Elysées

Situated on the most iconic avenue in Paris, the Champs-Elysées Christmas market entices thousands of visitors each year. With its captivating wooden chalets lining the full stretch from Concorde to the Champs-Elysées roundabout. The stalls sell art & craft goods, local food specialities, decorations, toys & more.

Place Rihour Christmas Market

The focal point of Lille's Christmas Market located at Place Rihour is the Ferris Wheel turning on the main square, which is transformed into a festive wonderland, with a huge Christmas tree. There are over 80 wooden chalets offering everything from Christmas decorations and art & crafts to tasty festive food & drink.

Amiens Christmas Market

The town of Amiens plays host to one of the largest Christmas markets in northern France. With an alpine twist, this market is quite different to many around Europe. There is over 100 stalls providing plenty of delights such as angora wool jumpers, pretty trinkets, sweet marshmallows & Amiens Macaroons.

Combine two great Christmas Markets in one tour with visits to Paris's Christmas Market on the Champs-Elysées & all the alpine flavour of  Amiens's Christmas Market.

Cologne Cathedral Christmas Market, Alter Markt Christmas Market, Rudolfplatz Christmas Market & Neumarkt Christmas Market

The four main Christmas Markets located in Cologne where the first is situated at Cologne cathedral with more than 160 stalls, decorated with a very festive theme. The Alter Markt situated in front of the town hall where you can find a mixture of stalls. The Neumarkt Christmas Market is situated next to the main shopping area which is the oldest Christmas market in Cologne & one of the busiest. The Christmas market on the Rudolfplatz found next to one of Cologne's medieval gate houses (Hahnentorburg). Every year this market puts on a Brother's Grimm spectacle with huge costumed characters parading the streets with plenty of festive illuminations.

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