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Lille Christmas market school trip at le Moulin

Christmas seasonal special at le Moulin aux Draps

Take your students on a magical adventure at our Moulin aux Draps centre near Calais. With crackling fires, glowing games and the chance to try real-snow skiing, fuelled by hearty homecooked dinners and the odd freshly toasted marshmallow. This Christmas Market trip to France is a great value option for schools.

  • Voyager owned
  • Key stage 2 – 16+
  • Native French animateurs
  • December
  • Evening entertainment

Christmas and Wintersports Festival at the Moulin aux Draps

Join us as we transform our Moulin aux Draps centre into a winter wonderland.

On this exciting new seasonal school trip programme, your animateur will lead students through a jam-packed itinerary of activities and games including real snow skiing, local Christmas market, a Christmas party and quiz. Get cosy in onesies and slippers as you learn about the local festive traditions and celebrations.

Crammed full of one-off treats and great value extras, these seasonal school trips will create unforgettable memories as well as providing a range of learning benefits for students of all ages. This winter programme is a great opportunity for your new year group to bond, provide a confidence-boosting school trip abroad.

You will benefit from all the advantages of off-peak travel with this easily accessible, yet exciting and fun-packed Christmas market trip to France.

Looking to include language learning? Check out our Christmas Markets & French language trip to Moulin aux Draps where our native animateur will lead your students in French.  

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Day 1 

  • Coach pick up from school and depart for France
  • First stop, a mouth-watering tour of a French chocolaterie to see how the sweet treats are made, from melting to moulding & coating—and the all-important taste test!
  • French Christmas dinner
  • Christmas activities with your Animateur

Day 2 

  • After a 2-hour ski lesson, spend the morning on the (real snow) slopes at Ice Mountain in Belgium. Equipment hire and picnic lunch included
  • Back on the coach and off to explore the wonders of Lille Christmas Market. Why not ride on the famous big wheel?
  • Dinner back at centre
  • Christmas party

Day 3

  • Take a biscuiterie tour and enjoy a shortbread tasting
  • Make a stop at a hypermarket on your journey to port to grab some last minute French goodies & souvenirs (time permitting)
  • Travel home and arrive back at school

As the nights draw in, our Moulin aux Draps centre is transformed into a winter wonderland adorned with twinkling lights with hot chocolate and warming comfort food to play host to our specially-themed winter festivals, available from October to February only. 

Located less than an hour from Calais, our newly expanded Moulin aux Draps residential centre is the perfect destination for schools looking for a short and affordable French trip. 

Our cosy centre is contained within 18 acres of car-free countryside with plenty of indoor and outdoor space for our seasonal festivities. Our local French team has considerable experience in looking after British school groups and after a day on the slopes, teachers can relax with a vin chaud as our staff deliver a programme of entertainment for students.

Click here for more information about this residential centre owned by Voyager School Travel.


Our Christmas and Wintersports school trips include:

  • French native animateur throughout your stay
  • Indoor real snow ski session including all equipment hire and tuition
  • Board and lodging at the Moulin aux Draps school centre
  • A detailed itinerary with pre-booked excursions and activities
  • Return coach travel and channel crossing
  • All applicable tolls and taxes
  • Free teacher to student ratio approx 1:8 for coach trips
  • 24-hour emergency support
  • Comprehensive travel insurance
  • Assistance with inspection visits

Extras to budget for:

  • 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
Dates & Prices

Dates & prices for 3 day/2 night trips based on 40 students + 5 free teacher places. Please contact us for availability and different group sizes.

25–27 November 2024


27–29 November 2024


2–4 December 2024


4–6 December 2024


9–11 December 2024


11–13 December 2024


16–18 December 2024


18–20 December 2024



£359 pp
3 day/2 night full board, coach & crossing, Christmas Market & 1/2 day ski session 
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The children were over the moon and I'm still receiving emails from parents to say how happy they are.
Amanda Maxwell, Trip Leader, Lille Christmas Market trip Nov 2021

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