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Christmas Market in the Old Town : 13 -15.December 2019
Market open Friday from 14.00 to 20.00 – Saturday from 10.00 to 20.00 and the Sunday from 10.00 to 19.00
This annual event is held within the Old Town Walls and is considered to be one of the most beautiful Christmas Markets in the Pas-de-Calais region. With the cobbled streets of the Old Town and its picturesque charm, it all adds to the festive spirit of the Christmas season. Bologne’s Christmas Market features stalls displaying a wide variety of goods, there are arts and crafts, Christmas gifts, regional delicacies and local specialities such as smoked herring and Craquelin pastries. If you plan to spend a while in the area then you will be pleased to know that Boulogne boasts 1,000 shops and craftsmen; 200 restaurants and brasseries, local food produce markets twice weekly on Wednesday and Saturday mornings in the Place Dalton, a daily fish market on the Quayside Gambetta, a wonderful historic town to wander around and a bustling fisherman’s port. Over past years there have been ice sculptors, musical parades, firework displays and illuminations.
Also in the Boulogne area at Christmas you’ll find on 8th December the Défilé de la Saint Nicolas – starting from Rue Grande at 16.45 grand parade of St Nicholas, with local giants Batisse and Zabelle along Rue Nationale, Grande Rue, Rue Thiers and Rue Faidherbe to reach the port, ending with a firework display at 18.30.
You will also be pleased to note that there are around 3,600 car parking spaces, most of them free.
St.Nicolas Parade – The arrival and parade of St.Nicolas through Boulogne’s town centre, followed by a firework display near the port on Saturday … December.
Christmas is also a time when we tend to think more about food and drink as we like to treat our family and friends when they come to visit, but have you ever thought about what foods are traditional in other countries of the world? Why not take a look at the page below and see what other nationalities are cooking up this Christmas. Christmas is also a time for trying out traditional and new ways of cooking meals, cakes, snacks…….. the list goes on, here we have a selection of Christmas recipes from around the world for you to take a look at, and maybe try out … and if you have a special recipe that you would like to share with the world, then you can send it in to us for others to try out to World-wide Christmas Recipes. Who are the most important people at Christmas? yes, of course, its the CHILDREN and we have not left them out, there is a page packed full of Christmas activities to keep them busy ( and Mums everywhere heave a sigh of relief ! ) … take a look at this page and download the information Children’s Christmas page Read about the Christmas Customs and Traditions of the nations of the world and how they differ, or are maybe the same as, ours. … What is the feast of the “Epiphany” or that of “St Lucia“ which countries are these important too? See here the origins of the most beautiful of all the Christmas Carols “Silent Night“, where it came from, who wrote it and listen to the song itself ( look to see which very famous person is singing it!) Have a look at the main Christmas page and see who Father Christmas is, where did he come from, where is he now, and who is St Nicolaus? Send him a letter from the children, browse through some Christmas Market Tours or listen to a new Christmas song on the page there is so much to see and read, so why not do it !! For those of you who want to travel a little further than the local shops this year have a look at Father Christmas in Lapland or maybe (the ultimate treat for Mums – Dads take note ! ) Shopping in New York we have it all right here for you. As Christmas approaches we also think of snow and with that thought comes skiing, skating, sledging and all manner of “Fun in the Snow” things to do which will last for weeks after Christmas time has been and gone. Around Europe there are many places to visit where you can enjoy the winter activities, whether it is before, during or after Christmas. Below you will find a sample of activities and places to look at which you may find will interest or even surprise you. Please take time to have a look.
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