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Christmas & Wintersports Festival

Take your students on magical autumn adventure at our Moulin aux Draps centre near Calais. With crackling fires, glowing games and real snow skiing and fuelled with hearty homecooked dinners and the odd freshly toasted marshmallow, this new seasonal trip to France is an ideal off peak school trip.

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

Christmas and Wintersports Festival at the Moulin aux Draps

Join us as we transform our Moulin aux Draps centre into a winter wonderland - twinkling lights, crackling log fires, sparkling decorations and the scent of hot chocolate filling the air.

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, glow in the dark games, a Christmas party and Christmas jumper competition as well as make festive decorations to take home. 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 or include language learning too  - your native animateur can lead the activities in French.  

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

Itinerary

Day 1 

  • Coach pick up from school and depart for France
  • Arrive in France and visit a local biscuit factory
  • Play glow in the dark games with your animateur
  • Christmas dinner with crackers
  • Evening Christmas party

Day 2 

  • Spend the morning at Ice Mountain in Belgium, to include 2 hour ski tuition, from beginner to expert, equipment hire and lunch
  • Head to Lille Christmas Market to ride the big wheel or try ice skating (supplement paid locally)
  • Dinner in Lille
  • Ugly Christmas jumper competition
  • Make your own decoration

Day 3

  • Visit a local mouth-watering chocolate shop and/or a creperie
  • Travel home and arrive back at school
Location

As the nights draw in, our Moulin aux Draps centre is transformed into a winter wonderland, adorned with twinkling lights, log fires, 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 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 22 acres of car-free French 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 animateurs deliver a programme of entertainment for students.

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

Included

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
  • Sole occupancy of the centre for your group
  • 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 including COVID cover
  • Booking flexibility with our Peace of Mind Promise
  • 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
Availability & Prices

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

27-29 November 2023

£325

29 Nov-1 Dec 2023

£325

4-6 December 2023

£325

6-8 December 2023

£325

11-13 December 2023

£325

13-15 December 2023

£325

18-20 December 2023

£325

20-22 December 2023

£325

From

£325 pp
3 day/2 night full board, coach and channel crossing and activities including ski 
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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