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Christmas market school trips

Kick off the festive season with a Christmas market school trip. European markets are a great way to practise language skills whilst experiencing local yuletide traditions and customs.

  • Key stage 2 – 16+
  • December

A school trip to a Christmas market will delight the senses

A custom only really found in Britain in recent years, the Christmas market is a cherished and major tradition on the continent, particularly in the countries so very close to home.

A school trip to Amiens in France or Cologne in Germany is not really about shopping, the experience is truly enveloping and wonderfully atmospheric. From trying local produce to hearing folk music and of course speaking the language, these short breaks are ideal for younger students.

Voyager School Travel has been providing Christmas Market school trips to students all over the UK for many years and we know which markets are the absolute best to visit!

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Amiens
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Boulogne-sur-Mer
Aachen Christmas Market
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Cologne Christmas market
Cologne
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Brussels Christmas market
Brussels
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Amiens

Amiens Christmas Market is one of the biggest and best Christmas markets in northern France. With over 135 stalls there is a wide variety of produce and gifts from lead crystal glassware to famous Amiens macaroons - definitely worth a try!. Other attractions include an open air ice rink, merry-go-rounds, singers and shows. Finally "Cathedral in Colour" (La Cathédrale en Couleurs) - is a free light show from 1st December to 1st January.

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Arras

Set in front of the magnificent Grand Place, the Arras Christmas Market is another substantial event easily accessible in Northern France. Around 90 stalls offer a smorgasbord of food, drink and gift ideas and are found in a dedicated market setting in the beautiful town square. other entertainment includes a skating rink, carousel, musical events and workshops.

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Boulogne-sur-Mer

The historic town of Boulogne-sur-Mer has a Christmas market for only one weekend in December. Nevertheless it's a super event offering all the usual festive treats, plus local delicacies such as smoked herring and Christmas pudding. Ice sculptures, a jazz band, pottery demonstrations and local folklore all combine to make this something worth heading to.

Aachen Christmas Market

Aachen

The Aachen Christmas Market is Germany's nearest Christmas market to the UK and can be reached from Calais in six hours by coach. Explore the city’s streets as they are transformed into a Christmas wonderland of lights, delicious treats and the famous gingerbread, Aachen Printe.

Cologne Christmas market

Cologne

Cologne Christmas markets are some of the most famous in Europe. Each year Cologne holds seven Christmas markets around the city, the four biggest ones are located around the cathedral, Alter Markt and Heumarkt squares, ‘Market of Angels’ presents itself on the square Neumarkt under a magnificently shining star sky and near Rudolfplatz, every year, these markets attract about 2 million visitors. Each market provides great food and drinks but also shopping too from Christmas decorations to selling chocolate. It’s a great place to try out your German language skills!

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Strasbourg

Strasbourg is home to one of the most famous Christmas Markets in Europe, taking place since 1570! This market is filled to the brim with talented craftsmanship, tasty treats, Christmas food and even Winter boat trips. This trip allows students to practice their French Language skills whilst soaking up some wonderful history & atmosphere.

Brussels Christmas market

Brussels

There is plenty of choice when it comes to Christmas markets in Brussels, from traditional, artisanal to gastronomic. There is something for everyone; there are markets all over the city, from cobblestone of the Grand Place to the lanes of the green city quarters and the castle. The markets are open late November until early January and features the usual delights of a Christmas market as well as an ice-rink.

Our European school trips include:

  • Board and lodging as specified in your itinerary
  • A detailed itinerary with pre-booked excursions
  • Your choice of return travel; coach travel, with ferry crossing, applicable tolls and taxes included, or return flights and overseas transfers
  • Free teacher to student ratio approx 1:8 (coach trips) / approx 1:10 (air groups)
  • 24-hour emergency support
  • Comprehensive travel insurance
  • Assistance with inspection visits

Extras to budget for:

  • School to airport transfers and meals en route (if required)
  • Visa charges and supplements for small parties, single rooms and additional adults
  • Local tourist taxes which can only be paid in cash to the hotel
  • Entrances other than those specified in your itinerary
  • Hotel damage deposits
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