Béthune Christmas Market

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In the North of France, not far from the Belgian border, the town of Béthune hosts one of the most wonderful Christmas markets in the region.

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Béthune Christmas Market

Cité de Noël

Location: Grand Place.

The Christmas market of Béthune takes central stage in the Grand Place which has been beautifully enhanced with Christmas lights. The Grand-Place is the historic square of Béthune and is bordered by the belfry (built in 1346), the Town-Hall, and houses of Flemish-style façades. Rue du Carillon links the square to the St. Vaast church.

Béthune - La Cité de Noël © JM Hecquet

Béthune – La Cité de Noël © JM Hecquet

More than 45 wooden chalets offer original gifts, traditional objects and local produce.

Cité de Noël de Béthune © Ville de Béthune

Cité de Noël de Béthune © Ville de Béthune

The Christmas village features a living Nativity scene, an ice-skating rink, a merry-go-round and a Ferris Wheel. in 2014, a new feature will be inaugurated: a 6 metre-high and 22 metre-long sledge course.

Béthune - La Cité de Noël © JM Hecquet

Béthune – La Cité de Noël © JM Hecquet

Béthune Ice-Skating Rink © Noeldebethune - licence [CC BY-SA 3.0] from Wikimedia Commons

Béthune Ice-Skating Rink © Noeldebethune – licence [CC BY-SA 3.0] from Wikimedia Commons

Cité de Noël de Béthune © Ville de Béthune

Cité de Noël de Béthune © Ville de Béthune

Cité de Noël de Béthune © Ville de Béthune

Cité de Noël de Béthune © Ville de Béthune

Béthune - La Cité de Noël © JM Hecquet

Béthune – La Cité de Noël © JM Hecquet


English-French Vocabulary

(f) for féminin, (m) for masculin, (adj) for adjective and (v) for verbs

  • Advent = Avent (m)
  • belfry = beffroi (m)
  • Christmas = Noël
  • Christmas Eve = veille de Noël (f) / réveillon (m)
  • Christmas lighting = illuminations de Noël (f,p)
  • Christmas market = marché de Noël (m)
  • Christmas Tree = sapin de Noël (m), arbre de Noël (m)
  • church = église (f)
  • Father Christmas = Père Noël (m)
  • Ferris Wheel = grande roue (f)
  • holiday season = période de Noël (f), temps des fêtes (m)
  • ice-skating rink = patinoire (f)
  • merry-go-round = carrousel (m)
  • mulled wine = vin chaud (m)
  • Nativity scene = crèche (f)
  • Santa = Père Noël (m)
  • sledge course = piste de luge (f)
  • square = place (f)
  • street = rue (f)

French Moments would like to thank the Tourist Office of the region of Béthune-Bruay for giving us the opportunity to share their photos on this page.

Visit the Tourist Office website of Béthune.

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Pierre is a French/Australian who is passionate about France and its culture. He grew up in France and Germany and has also lived in Australia and England. He has a background teaching French, Economics and Current Affairs, and holds a Master of Translating and Interpreting English-French with the degree of Master of International Relations, and a degree of Economics and Management.

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