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Amiens Christmas Market and Cathedral in lights!

Amiens Christmas MarketAmiens Christmas Market (80 Somme, Hauts de France) runs from  23 November – 31 December 2018

Said to be the biggest and greatest Christmas market in Northern France, Amiens town centre is converted into a festive Christmas scene. Look  for stalls offering local eel, shrimp, duck and trout, as well as Beauvais chocolate and Amiens macaroons

This year Amiens will be hosting 125 chalets which will extend from rue de Noyon to the Hôtel de ville (city hall) and the Halles du Beffroi (Belfry covered market). From France and elsewhere, these chalets will provide you with many gift ideas – crafts, decorations and gourmet products – in an atmosphere filled with the sweet aromas and flavours of the Christmas and New Year celebrations.

 More colourful than ever, these chalets will set the scene of this key event for young and old to enjoy! A huge arch set up on rue de Noyon is the entrance to the market and its magical village.

Also throughout December the fine gothic cathedral is the centre of a dramatic light show each evening which illuminates the building and brings out is architectural splendour with la cathédrale en couleurs – the Cathedral of Notre Dame in colour!

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By Train TGVTGV with

Mercure Amiens Cathedral

Mercure Amiens Cathedral

Try the 4-star Hotel Mercure Amiens Cathédrale which sits just opposite the medieval cathedral

A UNESCO heritage site.
Proof of real technical genius, the Notre-Dame d’Amiens cathedral demonstrates architectural harmony. Built from 1220 to 1288, its size makes it one of the biggest Gothic buildings ever built: 145 m long, 42 m high, and a total volume of 200,000 m3. Its indoor and outdoor statuary is just as remarkable as its architecture. Since it was restored, the polychromy of its Gothic doors has become a main reference. This revelation gave rise to the “Amiens, a cathedral in colours” show, which offers a reproduction of the original medieval colours.

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