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Wintry Weekends in Le Touquet make for an alternative Christmas experience

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Step into a French winter wonderland, less than two hours from London by train

Le Touquet Paris-Plage is a stylish seaside resort on Northern France’s Opal Coast with an equally stylish Christmas market. At this time of year, the town is adorned with decorations, the surrounding forest areas twinkle with fairy lights and the festive events follow thick and fast. This year, beat the crowds at Le Touquet’s winter wonderland and explore this “off the beaten track” Christmas destination, just under two hours from London by train.

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The festivities kick off on 29th November 2019 with the illumination of the Christmas lights and run until 5th January 2020. Explore the Christmas Village every weekend from 29th November and every day from 21st December, where you can browse the Christmas stalls selling handcrafted decorations, local baked treats, chocolate shops and trinkets from small local businesses and suppliers.  Father Christmas arrives in town on 30th November to lead an enchanted parade accompanied by the local Harmonie Jazz Band, finishing with an impressive firework display on the seafront.

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Other family friendly activities include Christmassy tours of Le Touquet by horse-drawn carriage and quality time together gliding around the town’s very own ice rink.  Little ones can be entertained in a pop-up indoor kids’ zone that is jam-packed with activities and toys, whilst adults can warm up with a glass of mulled wine taking in some local jazz music. Jazz performances run from 21st December – 5th January at the Salle des Quatre Saisons and on the main streets of the town.

When visiting Le Touquet during the winter months, the town offers a wide variety of accommodation which caters to everyone – from day trippers and couples, to families and solo travellers. Those visiting with the family need look no further than the Novotel Thalassa Le Touquet, a spacious beachfront hotel with sea-views from your bedroom. With a seawater swimming pool and newly opened spa, the Novotel is a haven of relaxation whilst still being walking distance from the action.

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