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Festive day trip to France

Christmas day return to France

Looking for a day out with a difference? Discover Northern France with its wintry charm, Christmas markets and festive fare. Day return trips from Dover to Dunkirk or Calais start from just £45 for a car and up to 9 people. Take your family or friends and enjoy a Christmassy day out with a difference.

Fancy a longer break? Take a look at our 3 & 5 day short breaks here

Up to 54 daily sailings

Travel with your vehicle

No baggage restrictions

Stay connected with free, onboard wi-fi

Book by 17 December

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Book by 29 February 2020 for our Brexit Cancellation Guarantee

Christmas Markets

A Christmas Day Out

Visiting the Christmas markets in Dunkirk or Calais is a wonderful way to spend the day. Browse the many market stalls and discover some unique Christmas presents for your loved ones, refresh yourselves with glühwein and freshly baked gingerbread and why not get your skates on to enjoy a spot of ice skating on the many ice rinks which pop up in many French cities throughout December?

You must return within 1 day of your departure. From price based on Monday-Thursday bookings made more than 48 hours before departure. £5 supplement applies to Friday-Sunday departures. £50 supplement for bookings made 24 hours before departure.

Offer is available on return bookings only for cars 2.2m high and up to 9 people and motorcycles / motorcycles with side cars with up to 2 people. Outward journey must start in Dover. If you do not travel on the outward journey, you will not be able to travel on the return. A supplement of £50 applies to bookings made 24 hours or less prior to the booked sailing time. £10 amendment fees apply each way.

Prices are subject to availability and offers may be withdrawn at any time. Telephone booking fees apply. Terms & Conditions apply.

DFDS Price Promise ensures the cheapest price. If you find a cheaper deal elsewhere, we’ll refund the difference and give you an extra 10% discount. See our full Price Promise T&Cs here.

Dunkirk & Calais at Christmas

Throughout December, Place de la République, Place Jean Bart, and Place Charles Valentin in Dunkirk are transformed into spectacular winter wonderlands, with over 50 Christmas market stalls, a ferris wheel, ice-rink and even Santa’s castle! In Calais, a Christmas parade leads a procession of floats with festive characters to welcome the festive season. Eighty stalls sell hand made produce and delicious delicacies and you can even enjoy storytelling from an elf in Mother Christmas’s cottage!

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