Spending Christmas in the Snow - Our 5 Top Tips!
Christmas gives us that fuzzy feeling, but there is nothing quite like packing your suitcase and touching down in a real life winter wonderland for the Christmas period. France does the festive celebration exceptionally, which means you will have a huge variety of things to entertain you once you arrive in resort! We’ve compiled a few of our favourite things to do over Christmas in the Alps.
1 - Watch Fireworks and Drink Mulled Wine
Though many resorts do not officially publish it, you can expect the Tourist Office to put on some Vin Chaud, or as we affectionately know it, mulled wine, and carols in the town centre on Christmas Eve. The emphasis is much less commercial than in the UK; Méribel do this particularly well with a Christmas concert in the town square, a street parade and even a visit from Father Christmas.
Méribel Centre by night
2- Meet Father Christmas in the Enchanted Forest
Every year Father Christmas and his elves spend the week before Christmas in a log cabin in the woods near to Les Gets. You may catch a glimpse of him and his elves around resort during this time. Children (of all ages!) are also invited into his kingdom where you will be given a guided tour; Follow the magic trail dotted with Christmas stories and sprinkled with surprises. The elves will let you into all sorts of secrets about their life with Father Christmas in the enchanted forest. Tickets cost 3€ per person and you will need to take the Santa Shuttle to Father Christmas’s home in the enchanted forest.
Father Christmas in Les Gets
3 - Ski by Moonlight (and a few flood lights!)
A number of resorts host night-skiing on selected dates throughout the season. Chatel, in the Portes du Soleil ski area, takes their night session one step further on Christmas Eve with on-slope music to get you in the mood for dancing.
Night skiing at it's best!
4 - Sample some Delicacies and buy some Last Minute Presents at a Christmas Market
Christmas Markets are becoming increasingly popular throughout the world with people travelling across Europe to buy stollen and gluvine and get into the Christmas spirit. A number of French ski resorts hold their own Christmas markets throughout December, you'll be able to sample and buy the smelliest of cheeses, wine and much more. It's common practice to see husbands of the world unite in these festive bazaars to pick up a last minute present! Chamonix's market is particularly fantastic, with over 30 stalls selling local and regional crafts and specialities.
Chamonix at Christmas
5 - And of course...ski!
The French get their Christmas Day priorities right, the shops and supermarkets may be closed but the slopes are open as usual! Snow is largely fantastic at Christmas-time, get up early and enjoy a crisp bright day on the slopes. Christmas dinner is usually served in the evening, so you can take advantage of some breath-taking views and pack a picnic, or warm up in an on-piste restaurant. Whichever you choose, spending time in the Alps for Christmas is unforgettable and something that everyone should experience!
Christmas Lunch with a view!