What's on in the French Alps for Christmas 2017

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Published by Richard on Thu, 23/11/2017 - 15:39

Christmas is a magical time to be in the mountains - resorts twinkle under the glow of thousands of fairy lights and the snowy peaks form the perfect backdrop for a white Christmas. Resorts really push out all the stops to ensure you have a holiday you'll never forget with lots of activities and events for young and old alike.

We've put together a list of just a few of the many exciting things to make your Christmas in the mountains a truly unforgetable experience.

Flaine | La Clusaz | Avoriaz | Val d'Isère


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Christmas in Flaine

Ever popular with families, due to its compact layout, range of activities and great value accommodation options, Flaine is an obvious choice when considering a Christmas ski holiday. This winter the resort has a packed programme of events and activities running from 24th December to 5th January.  In addition to the annual visit of father Christmas on December 25th, there are a variety of fun and cultural events taking place.

Fireworks & Torchlit Descents
There will be fireworks displays on 24th, 27th and 31st December, and 3rd January, with torchlit descents also taking place on 27th and 31st December, and 3rd January.

Resort Processions

  • “Les Enjoués” (26th December) - Illuminated and dazzling, fantastical and fun, discover the three angels, Démentiel, Parleciel & Logiciel!
  • Melchior and his White Elephant (28th December) - Perched on his white elephant, Melchior travels day and night, through faraway lands here and there, to find those whose faith he does share. Is he imagining them? Just where are those other wise men…?
  • The Female Explorers of Times Gone By (2nd & 4th January) - Fun and educational procession including face painting for the kids.
  • “Les Bronzés” make fire (3rd January) - A fiery, clowning juggler show that takes place throughout the day.
  • “Les trottoires à boire” (4th January) - Having escaped from a local bar, these larger-than-life waiters and waitresses bounce around on jumping stilts. They bound through the resort, from bottles to plates, crash private parties, bringing their mobile bar and useless boss with them.

Ephemeral art by Christian Pochet
This unique art demonstration takes place on 2nd January in the Auditorium. Drawing with sand is an original, spectacular technique, in which different shapes emerge one after the other. The pictures are all linked and blend into one. It’s a musical show with a difference - ephemeral, automatic art.

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La Clusaz

Christmas in La Clusaz

The picture-perfect village of La Clusaz wouldn't look out of place on a Christmas card, so it's an ideal destination to get youself in the Christmas spirit.

The "Festival des Pestacles du Pere Noël" returns for 2017, where children and adults alike can enjoy a variety of entertainment and shows taking place around the village. Puppeteers, magicians, jugglers, story-tellers, musicians, dancers and artists all come together in the village centre for what has become a star attraction in La Clusaz. Young and old come year after year to be a part of the timeless magic of the festive season.

The 2017 festival will run between 24th December and 3rd January, with events taking place daily.

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The resort of Avoriaz at Christmas

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Christmas in Avoriaz

The pedestrian village of Avoriaz has a festive feel to it throughout the winter - horse-drawn carriages meander through the village, their bells ringing in time with the horse’s hooves, while Christmas trees draped with beautiful lights and decorations add to the magical atmosphere. This year, the resort promises great surprises and activities that will enthral children and adults alike, including parades, light shows and fireworks.

The Abyss
Wander through the dreamlike depths of an endless abyss. Giant luminous jelly fish appear magically in the sky above Avoriaz. Giants of the sky in a sound and light show.

White Shadows
A moving light show featuring soft figures, briefly appearing as light and airy as clouds, passing through the crowd.

Grand Sleigh Parade
Follow this procession of the famous horse-drawn sleighs of Avoriaz, decorated in all their finery. The horses, sleighs, coachmen and elves will be dressed from head to toe in LED costumes. These sleighs have been the main mode of transport around the car-free resort ever since it opened.

Grand Christmas Spectacle
An awe-inspiring sound and light show, which starts with Father Christmas giving out lots of presents to the children, before leaving Avoriaz in a blaze of pyrotechnic glory. This prestigious event is organised by the team that staged the Eiffel Tower firework display on 14 July.

SPECIAL OFFER: During the Christmas period, Portes de Soleil lift passes are free for under 12s with the purchase of an adult pass of the same duration. Receive one free lift pass for a child under 12 years of age when you buy an adult Portes du Soleil lift pass for 5 to 7 days. Offer valid from 23/12/2017 until 29/12/2017.

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Val d'Isère

Father Christmas visiting Val d'Isere

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Christmas in Val d'Isère

Val d'Isère will be going all out for Christmas with lots of activities and events for all the family. The town has a real buzz about it during the festive period, with its pretty main street and huge choice of shops, bars and restaurants making it a great place to spend time with friends and family after a long day on the slopes.  See below for a few of the fun activities taking place over Christmas.

Santa Claus is coming to town (24th December)
This year Father Christmas and his elves will be arriving on his sleigh and the little ones can pay him a visit from 5pm to give him their Christmas list, have a photo taken, or even get their face painted.

Father Christmas on the slopes (25th December)
Look out for Santa Claus on his skis at the “pin pan poom” lifts on Solaise and join him for fun and games, organized by Val d’Isère Téléphériques. Bring along your best picture of Santa for the chance to win a prize, awarded by Father Christmas himself (contest reserved for children aged 4-8 yrs).

Snake Gliss (25th December)
These fun sledges are linked together to form a long snake on the snow. Come along and join in this fun activity in groups of 2 to 10 people on the floodlit Savonette nursery slope.

Once upon a time in Val d'Isère (26th December)
Hear the tale of how a small alpine village grew into an internationally famous ski resort on this guided tour with a FACIM local heritage guide – Cost : Adults 6€, 2€ for 5 to 14 years, free for under 5’s
It is compulsory to sign up in advance for this visit at the Tourist Office until 7pm the day before.

Ski instructor's annual fireworks display (26th December)
Instructors from the National French Ski School present demonstrations of skiing styles (ski, télémark, freestyle…), a torchlight descent, fireworks display and hot wine served by the instructors.  The show takes place from 6pm at the foot of the Bellevarde Face.

Christmas magic show with “Kiko & Éva” (27th December)
A fun magic show suitable for all the family. The show takes place from 6pm at the Conference Centre - €6 per adult and free for children under 14 years of age.

A morning at the farm (27th December)
Xavier invites you to a guided tour of his family farm. See the animals, cheese making, join in milking the cows, and taste local farm produce
Price : 6€ adults / 2€ from 5 to 14 years old/free for under 5's
It is compulsory to sign up in advance at the Tourist Office (max. 25 participants).

Family giant slalom race (28th December)
Settle those sibling rivalries with a family giant slalom race open to all. Race starts on the Raye piste at 11am with prize giving at 4pm.
Registration at the Sports Club.

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