November Agenda au Pays du Mont-Blanc

November au Pays du Mont-Blanc is 🍂🍁crunchy leaves underfoot🍂🍁, snow perhaps ❄️ . . .  dusting off our luges 🛷, the first of many snowmen ☃️, Bourses de Skis, skiing 🎿 and ice-skating (we hope)  . . . and getting excited about the approaching Advent and Christmas . . .

Do keep checking the listings, as I shall update them with any new information that comes my way over the month!

And please feel free to send me any information regarding family/children’s events and activities that you are organising, or that you know of, that are missing from the list!

If you scroll down beyond the AGENDA, then you will find more lists detailing current exhibitions at nearby museums, rainy day ideas and parks open this month.

*DISCLAIMER: if you are interested in heading along to any of the events listed, please confirm dates/timings/prices with the event organisers! These listings are put together in advance, and sometimes events may be cancelled due to bad weather or unforeseen circumstances!*

🍂🍁Happy November!🍁🍂


Colour codes for listings:

Chamonix Valley (Chamonix, Argentière, Les Houches, Servoz & Vallorcine)

Passy & environs

Sallanches, Combloux, Cordon & Domancy

St Gervais, Le Fayet & environs

Megève, Praz-sur-Arly & environs

Les Contamines & environs

Further France & Switzerland

Italy


Agenda

Friday 17th to Sunday 19th NovemberBourse aux SkisTennis Courts of Centre Sportif Richard BozonChamonix  – deposit material to sell Friday 17th from 13h to 20h and Saturday from 8h to 10h / Bourse on Saturday 13h30 to 17h and / Sunday – collect unsold items and money from sales 9h to 12h / no items above 400€ (except parapentes) / 

© Bourse aux Ski de Chamonix

Friday 17th NovemberFestival Préambules: courts métrages prosCinéma Vox – Chamonix20h – FREE! screening of 3 short films, with the technical teams present: learn about becoming a director, sound engineer, actor;

© Festival Préambules

Friday 17th November Concert: «Trio Viatge, une invitation au voyage» – Auditorium de l’Ecole de MusiqueChamonix – 20h / three musicians travelling the world with their music – from Argentina to Ireland, from Rusisia to Brazil, from folk to jazz and tango / price: 12€/6€ / reservations: +33 (0)4 50 53 75 17 or culture@chamonix.fr;

Friday 17th November Curly’s Fish & Chip Van au VertVert Hotel/RestaurantChamonix – from 20h;

© Curly’s Fish and Chips Van

Friday 17th NovemberHockey Match: Chamonix v Gap Patinoire de Chamonix – Chamonix20h30;

© chamonix.com

Friday 17th November Guided visit chez Laurenzio, granite-worker  Combloux 17h to 17h45  price: 5€ and free for under 15s / discover the work and art of the granite-worker / RDV address: (at Laurenzio’s company/workshop) 340, route de la Barme, 74920, Combloux;

© combloux.com

Friday 17th NovemberTalk: «Médicines traditionnelles d’hier à aujourd’hui» by Colette GéromeSalle Saint-EloiSallanches20h15 price: 5€;

Friday 17th NovemberFilm: «L’avion du lac» by Anja Unger – Salle des MariagesTour CarréeDomancy20h – organised by Domancy Bibliothèque;

© domancy.fr

Friday 17th & Saturday 18th November Workshop: «Faux Marbre & Trompe L’Oeil» with Laurence Bélanger (Sallanches, histoire & patrimoine) – Galerie & Atelier de Miage Saint-Gervais-les-Bains 10h to 13h and 14h to 17h / see FB page for more details;

© Atelier de Miage

Friday 17th November Animations Découverte Curling – Patinoire – Saint-Gervais-les-Bains – 18h30 to 20h30 – and also Tuesday 5th December from 19h to 21h;

 

© Curling Club Saint-Gervais

Friday 17th NovemberMegève market8h to 13h;

Friday 17th, Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th NovemberTheatre: «La Véranda» by Cyril Gely and Eric Rouquette – Salle des Congrès, Le Palais – Megève  20h30 – FREE! / from L’Animation Théâtrale Mègevanne;

Friday 17th NovemberDisney Party – Patinoire de ClusesCluses – 17h to 21h;

© Patinoire de Cluses

Saturday 18th NovemberChamonix MarketChamonix from 7h30 to 12h30  address: Place du Mont-Blanc, 74400, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc;

Saturday 18th NovemberJardin d’Eau swimmingChamonix public poolCentre Sportif Richard BozonChamonix10hprice: 10,60 per session (one child + up to 2 adults) or 105,60 for 12 sessions / for children 6 months to 3 years / please check current schedule: 04 50 53 23 70;

Saturday 18th NovemberPetits Poissons swimmingChamonix public poolCentre Sportif Richard BozonChamonix11hprice: 10,60 per session (one child + up to 2 adults) or 105,60 for 12 sessions / for children 3 to 5 years / price: 10,60 per session (one child + up to 2 adults) or 105,60 for 12 sessions / please check current schedule: 04 50 53 23 70;

© http://www.cc-valleedechamonixmontblanc.fr

Saturday 18th NovemberBourse aux SkisTennis Courts of Centre Sportif Richard BozonChamonix – deposit material to sell from 8h to 10h / and on Sunday collect unsold items and money from sales 9h to 12h / no items above 400€ (except parapentes) / 

Saturday 18th NovemberFestival Préambules: Jour et NuitCinéma Vox – Chamonix20h –  FREE! / competition for short films for 12 to 25 year olds / tonight screening of the films and prize-giving;

© Festival Préambules

Saturday 18th November«La Grande Récolte»Espace OlcaLes Houches9h to 18h – initiative from la Municipalité des Houches / share your private archives of tourism in Les Houches / more information: 07 85 50 21 79 or granderecolte.mairie@leshouches.fr;

© leshouches.com

Saturday 18th November – Sallanches MarketSallanches – from 8h to 13h  a bustling market up and down the quai, and in the Pré de Foire;

Saturday 18th November Vente de Skis – Maison Notre Dame de Philerme – Sallanches 10h to 17h address: 259, rue de Savoie;

© sallanches.com

Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th NovemberBourse aux LivresCollege Saint-JosephSaint-Martin Sallanches9h to 18h / address: Collège et Lycée de St Joseph,
74700, Sallanches;

© Collège Saint-Joseph / sallanches.com

Saturday 18th NovemberAtelier GraouLibrairie Les Carnets d’AlbertSallanches14h to 15h – for children 4+ years / reservations:  04 50 78 55 73 / address: 220 place Charles Albert, 74700, Sallanches;

© Librairie les Carnets d’Albert

Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th NovemberBourse aux Jouets et Livres d’Enfants – deposit items for sale – Office de Tourisme (1er étage) – Combloux – 14h to 18h; – more information: Stephanie 06 15 44 7624 / scouhe@sfr.fr or Véronique 06 63 94 69 98 / vero.mugnier74@free.fr;

© combloux.com

Saturday 18th NovemberBourse aux Skis et Sports d’HiverGymnase du Collège de l’AssomptionSaint-Gervais-les-Bains 9h to 17h30 – organised by l’Association Sportive du Collège de l’Assomption Valmontjoie / drop off goods to sell from 8h30 to 12h;

© Association Sportive du Collège de l’Assomption Valmontjoie

Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th NovemberTournoi International de CurlingPatinoireSaint-Gervais-les-Bains;

© Curling Club Saint Gervais

Saturday 18th November Workshop: «Faux Marbre & Trompe L’Oeil» with Laurence Bélanger – Galerie & Atelier de Miage Saint-Gervais-les-Bains 10h to 13h and 14h to 17h / see FB page for more details;

 

© Atelier de Miage

Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th NovemberTheatre: «La Véranda» by Cyril Gely and Eric Rouquette – Salle des Congrès, Le Palais – Megève  20h30 – FREE! / from L’Animation Théâtrale Mègevanne;

until 25th February 2018Event: Planétarium! Allumez les étoilesLa Turbine SciencesCran-Gevriernear Annecy – for children 7+ years / address: rue Chorus, 74960, Cran-Gevrier / website;

© La Turbine Sciences

Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th November«Le Festival des Petits Bouts» – La Maison de Quartier de Plainpalais – Plainpalais  Geneva  for children from 6+ months! / shows and entertainment for little ones;

© La Maison de Quartier Plainpalais

Saturday 18th NovemberWorkshop: «je colle à la mode»part of new exhibition «Le Chic Français»Palais LumièreEvian – 10h-12h – 30mins visit of exhibition, followed by 2h workshop for children 6 to 12 years / cut out and stick fashion from magazines / price: 5€ children and 8€ adults / sign up at ticket desk;

© Palais Lumière

Sunday 19th NovemberSunday Roasts at Le VertLe VertChamonix14h to 20h – brought to you by chef Ryan Coghlan on Sundays this autumn – a traditional Sunday roast from 14h to 20h / reservation (highly recommended!): +33 (0)4 50 53 13 58;

© Le Vert Hotel and Restaurant Chamonix

Sunday 19th NovemberBourse aux Livres et Jouets (adultes et enfants) Salle de FêtesServoz –  10h to 17h;

© APE Servoz

Sunday 19th NovemberCinékids (avant-première): Myrtille et la lettre au Père Noël – Ciné Mont-Blanc – Sallanche 11h – cinema screening for little ones (adapted lighting and sound for young eyes and ears);

© Ciné Mont-Blanc

Sunday 19th NovemberBourse aux LivresCollege Saint-JosephSaint-Martin Sallanches9h to 17h30 / address: Collège et Lycée de St Joseph,
74700, Sallanches;

© Saint-Joseph . sallanches.com

Sunday 19th NovemberBourse aux Jouets et Livres d’Enfants Office de Tourisme (1er étage) – Combloux – 9h to 15h30 – more information: Stephanie 06 15 44 7624 / scouhe@sfr.fr or Véronique 06 63 94 69 98 / vero.mugnier74@free.fr;

© combloux.com

Sunday 19th NovemberSunday night games nightBlaireau qui BrasseSallanches 17h/18h to 21h – alone, with friends or with your family, board games galore / with Terre de Jeux, Sallanches games shop;

Sunday 19th NovemberSalon Bien-EtreMJCSaint-Gervais-les-Bains 9h to 18haddress: MJC St Gervais, 11 avenue de Miage, Saint-Gervais-les-Bains;
© MJC Saint Gervais
Sunday 19th NovemberTournoi International de CurlingPatinoireSaint-Gervais-les-Bains;
© Curling Club Saint Gervais

Sunday 19th NovemberLadies’ Hockey Equipe Loisir FeminineSaint-Gervais Hockey Club PatinoireSaint-Gervais-les-Bains 18h to 19h30 – every Sunday, all levels welcome (beginners welcome!), from 16+ years;

© Saint-Gervais Hockey Club

Sunday 19th NovemberAquakidsSwimming PoolLe PalaisMegève10h to 12h – games and workshops for young children with parents in the pool / for children aged 6months to 4 years – until 10th December / see flyer below for prices and reservations (please note that medical certificate and vaccination document required);

© Le Palais Megève

Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th NovemberTheatre: «La Véranda» by Cyril Gely and Eric Rouquette – Salle des Congrès, Le Palais – Megève – FREE! / from L’Animation Théâtrale Mègevanne;

until 25th February 2018Event: Planétarium! Allumez les étoilesLa Turbine SciencesCran-Gevriernear Annecy14h to 18h – for children 7+ years / address: rue Chorus, 74960, Cran-Gevrier / website;

© La Turbine Sciences

Sunday 19th NovemberL’Après-midi du jeune public, guided visit: L’Office des curiosités scientifiques – Musée d’histoire des sciencesPerle du Lac – Geneva 14h30 – for children and families / with Charlotte Virginia Costanza de Tailleferro and Floriane Facchini & Cie – Hum Production / for children 6+ years and accompanying adult / reservations: +41 (0)22 418 50 60 / also 25th November;

© Musée d’histoire des sciences

Sunday 19th November«Le Festival des Petits Bouts» – La Maison de Quartier de Plainpalais – Plainpalais  Geneva  for children from 6+ months! / shows and entertainment for little ones;

© La Maison de Quartier de Plainpalais

Sunday 19th NovemberAnimations enfants/famille: Tarara des Kiribati Musée Barbier-MuellerGeneva14h30;

© Musée Barbier Mueller

Monday 20th November – Marché Les Houches  Place behind Mairie  Les Houches – 8h to 13h – local products;

© Maison de la Petite Enfance / sallanches.fr

Monday 20th November – Cinéma du Plateau d’Assy: «Faute d’Amour» by Andrey Zvyagintsev  (Russia, France, Belgium, Germany, 2017) – Plateau d’Assy – 17h30price: 5€ and 4€ children / duration: 2h08 / see website for more details;

Monday 20th November«Méli Mélo» playgroupMaison de la Petite EnfanceSallanches 8h45 to 11h15 – every Monday morning (except school holidays) / for carers/parents/grandparents with little ones up the age of 4 years /  address: 515 avenue de Saint-Martin, 74700, Sallanches / tel:+33 (0)4 50 90 63 10;


Tuesday 21st November – Markets in Chedde in Passy (8h to midday), Combloux (8h to midday) and Les Contamines (8h to midday);

Tuesday 21st November – Kids art workshop / Atelier des enfants  Pharmacie des ArtistesArgentière16h to 18h – “the purpose of this workshop is to teach the children to explore their inner creativity and how they can express their feelings and emotions through art. It is also a collaboration with Lise-Anne Putnam who are hosting a children’s math workshop at l’Etape around the same theme. She is explaining the theory behind math in a fun and playful way and I apply it through art. If you are born between 2005-2011, living in or around Chamonix and are interested in participating in this workshop pm me on greendesignillustration@gmail.com for more information on how to sign up!” / more information here;

© Green Design

Tuesday 21st November – Soirée Latino – La Maison des Artistes Chamonix21h30 – every Tuesday, dancing lessons from Paola Ballart at 21h30 / address: La Maison des Artistes, 84 chemin de la Tournette, 74400, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc;

Soirée Latino at the Maison des Artistes © Maison des Artistes / chamonix.com

Tuesday 21st November – Le P’tit Marché Paysan de Produits Locaux – Sallanches – 16h30 to 19h30 – come and meet local producers, support and encourage local agriculture and the short growing seasons, support the local economy and create a social link / each week there will be several local producers: le GAEC d’Arpennaz, La Ferme Victorine, Le Pain de Chibon, Le Safran du Mont-Blanc, La Roulotte à Savon, and the Légumes des Coteaux de Passy; the vin d’Ayze and l’Association Passepoils & Cie will also be present from time to time / address: GAEC Les Armaillis, 74700, Sallanches; tel: 06 63 04 32 35 / see here for more details;

© sallanches.com

Tuesday 21st November – Curling Club free sessions PatinoireSaint-Gervais-les-Bains18h to 19h or 19h to 20h – free trial sessions every Tuesday from September to December – for all 10+ years;

© Saint-Gervais-Mont-Blanc Curling Club

Tuesday 21st NovemberLa Récré des Parents: «Conférence scolarité: les écrans, les enfants, les parents» – Cluses 18h;

© cluses.com

Wednesday 22nd NovemberMusical theatre: «La Machine à Sons» by Jean Baptiste BaronMJC Chamonix15h30 – for children 3+ years / duration: 55mins / price: adults 8€ and children under 12 years 5€ / address: Maison des Jeunes et de la Culture, 94 promenade du Fori, 74400, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc;

© MJC Chamonix

Wednesday 22nd NovemberYoga Famille (Fr/Eng) with MahéAnanda Yoga StudioChamonix17h to 18hprice: €15 / “Dans un monde où parents et enfants sont constamment occupés, le Yoga Famille c’est une superbe opportunité pour rire, grandir et se détendre ensemble. C’est également une occasion rare pour les parents et les enfants d’observer et d’apprendre les uns des autres, une excellente façon de combler la différence d’âge entre eux. Alors que vous soyez : papa, maman, grands parents, tantes et oncles ou enfants (frères, sœurs, cousins, cousines, copains…)” / all ages, all levels / address: 283 montée Charles Bozon, 74400, Chamonix;

© Ananda Yoga Studio

Wednesday 22nd November Marché PaysanLes Houches15h to 19h – le Pain de Chibon, and also cow and goat’s cheese, local vegetables and fruit from the environs, available according to the seasons / address: Le Pain de Chibon (Gérard BERRUX), route du Pont, 74310, Les Houches;

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© Le Pain de Chibon

Wednesday 22nd November Cinéma with Cinébus: «Nulle Part en France» (France, 2017) documentary film by Yolande Moreau, about Calais migrants Les Houches – FREE! donations welcome / address: Salle d’Animation, Les Houches;

Wednesday 22nd November – Arc’teryx Wednesdays Happy Climbing Salle Mont-Blanc EscaladeLes Houches – organised by Arc’teryx and Chamonix Momentum – a social experience of climbing, for ALL, whatever your level of climbing / no need to come with a climbing buddy / no need to reserve / more information: isachamonix@gmail.com or 06 88 65 27 75 / price: 11€

© Arc’terix & Chamonix Momentum

Wednesday 22nd November – Digital Photography workshop with Byzance Photos ReportagesLac Vert Plateau d’Assy14h to 16h – for adults/teenagers / see FB page for more details, other courses this week and reservations;

Wednesday 22nd NovemberAvant-Permière of «La Deuxième Etoile» Ciné Mont-BlancSallanches18h30 – director Lucien Jean-Baptiste present;

© Ciné Mont-Blanc

Wednesday 22nd NovemberFarm visit: GAEC Val Mont-Blanc – Gemoëns – Combloux16h to 17h  guided visit of the farm / a family farm, the Paget family will show you their love for agriculture; they will show you how cheese is produced with some tasting too! There are 30 milking cows on this farm used to produce these cheeses: tomme, reblochon, abondance, cheese for racletteaddress: 777, route de Saint-Gervais, Gemoëns, 74920, Combloux; tel: +33 (0)6 16 33 71 74 / reservations: Combloux Tourist Office;

© Ferme GAEC Val’Mont-Blanc

Wednesday 22nd November – Le Fayet Market 8h to 13h, in front of the Gare SNCF;

*For more ideas about what to do on a Wednesday au Pays du Mont-Blanc, see MBFF post «Les mercredis – workshops & creative activities au Pays du Mont-Blanc»!

Wednesday 22nd NovemberWorkshop:  Christmas decorations (using recycled material) – Médiathèque La Roche-sur-Foron 14h to 16h30 – from 6+ years / see here for more details: http://laroche.e-sezhame.fr/jeunesse;

©

Ce mercredi 22 Novembre de 14h30 à 16h, rendez-vous à la Médiathèque pour un atelier décoration de Noël dans le cadre de la semaine de réduction des déchets 🗑️

➡️ Pour en savoir plus : http://laroche.e-sezhame.fr/jeunesse

from 22nd November to 31st DecemberFestival Lausanne Lumières (6ème édition)Lausanne – discover Lausanne in “another light” – light installations in the centre of Lausanne / website;

© Festival Lausanne Lumières

Wednesday 22nd November until 31st Decemberstart of Bô Noêl (Marchés de Noêl de Lausanne) – Lausanne – covered market of St-François and more / website;


Wednesdays  in Geneva
Wednesdays at La Maison de la Créativité (Conches, Geneva, Switzerland)

The MBFF family are huge fans of this centre for creativity for families in Conches, Geneva . . . we discovered the house and grounds of La Maison de la Créativité one sunny Saturday last autumn, and we are hoping to visit again soon!  A house and gardens full of treasures for children, wonderful workshops, an outdoor “kitchen”, a playground, incredibly welcoming staff . . . there will be a post soon about this joyous place! / no need to reserve! / aimed at children up to the age of 6 years / address: 7, chemin Calandrini, 1231, Conches, Switzerland / tel: +41(0)22 810 18 90 / website / parking: on route de Florissant, and then a short walk (or bring drésienne!) / price: 3CHF for children and adults 2+ years / open Wednesdays 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th November (14h30 to 17h30), and Saturday 25th November 9h to 12h and 14h30 to 17h30;

Wednesdays at the Natural History Museum (Muséum Genève)

Wednesdays 22nd & 29th November, 6th & 13th DecemberWorkshop: «Le monde mystérieuxde l’ambre» Natural History Museum Geneva Switzerland 14h to 16h30 (continuous) – workshop led by Cédric Schnyder, geologist – learn all about the properties of amber, and the insects that end up trapped within it! / from 6+ years;

© Natural History Museum Geneva
«Mercredis Family» at the MAH (Musée d’Art et d’Histoire)

The MAH in Geneva is housed in a magnificent building, has a great play area for children next to the café/restaurant, and offers guided family visits on Wednesdays:

«Mercredis Family» at 15h / Wednesday 22nd November: «Ce que nous disent les fleurs» / for children 6 to 10 years (accompanied by an adult) / FREE! / no reservations required

Mercredis Famille © MAH

Wednesdays 22nd November – «Ateliers Verts du Jardin Botanique» (kids): Viens bricoler avec nous! CJBG Geneva 14h to 16h30 – explore the Arboretum and discover why conifers are always green! / from 6 to 9 years / next sessions in springtime!;


Thursday 23rd November«ChamCats Carers, Mums n Tots» – Salle Paroissiale (Church Hall) of  the Presbytery of the Protestant Church Chamonix10h to 12h – this playgroup is open to all babies and toddlers (and carers!) up to school-going age / biscuits & cake are always appreciated! / every Thursday, except during the school holidays / address: Salle Paroissiale of the Presbytery of the Protestant Church, passage du Temple, 74400, Chamonix;

© montblancfamilyfun.com

Thursday 23rd November Documentary film: «On va marcher sur Everest» by François Damilano (2014) – Espace AnimationLes Houches – 20h30 / duration 52mins / with director present / FREE! 

© leshouches.com

Thursday 23rd November – Après-Midi Seniors (NEW at l’Étape!)l’EtapeArgentière – 13h30 to 16h45 – a great initiative from local association l’Etape in Argentière . . . board games and cards and a welcoming environment for the older generation / kettle available to make hot drinks / price: 15€ to join the association and thereafter free / for 60+ years! / more information: Céline on 06 71 97 01 76;

© l’Etape

Thursday 23rd NovemberFarm Visit: la Ferme des CabrettesSallanches10h to 12h – guided visit of a farm of 100 goats, located on coteau of St Roch / FREE! / every Thursday until May / cheese for sale every day (except Sunday morning) from 10h to 12h and from 16h30 to 18h30 / reservations recommended: 04 50 47 87 87 / 06 30 01 80 73 ;

© sallanches.com

Thursday 23rd November  Saint-Gervais-les-Bains Market 8h to 13h;

Thursday 23rd November – Thursday Night Cinema MJC Saint-Gervais: «Pim Pim Tche» by Jean Odoutan (Benin, 2017) – Théatre MontjoieSaint-Gervais-les-Bains20h30duration: 1h30 / price: 5€ / with the director present / see full November schedule on the MJC website;

from Thursday 23rd to Sunday 26th November«Festival Fureur de Lire»Geneva – the itinerant literary festival of Geneva, open to all and FREE / more than 100 authors, performers, musicians from Switzerland and beyond will be in Geneva’s libraries, and some unexpected parts of the Vieille-Ville / workshops for children at the weekend / website: http://fureurdelire.ch;

© Festival Fureur de Lire

until 31st DecemberFestival Lausanne Lumières (6ème édition)Lausanne – discover Lausanne in “another light” – light installations in the centre of Lausanne / website;

© Festival Lausanne Lumières

from 23rd November until 24th DecemberMontreux NoëlMontreux – from the lakeside of Lac Léman, up to the mountainside above, Montreux Noël is a festive destination for the whole family (MBFF went last year and loved it!) / the Christmas market, the Village des Lutins and the Big Wheel on the water’s edge, and the house of Père Noël up above in Rochers-de-Naye / Santa, with his sledge and reindeer, makes an appearance each evening at 17h Portugal as guest of honour this year / more information: www.montreuxnoel.com;

© Montreux Noel

Friday 24th November Curly’s Fish & Chip Van au VertVert Hotel/RestaurantChamonix;

© Curly’s Fish and Chips Van

Friday 24th November Guided visit chez Laurenzio, granite-worker  Combloux 17h to 17h45  price: 5€ and free for under 15s / discover the work and art of the granite-worker / RDV address: (at Laurenzio’s company/workshop) 340, route de la Barme, 74920, Combloux;

© combloux.com

Friday 24th NovemberMegève Market 8h to 13h;

from 24th November until 7th January🎄Noël des Alpes🎄 – Annecy –  illuminations, Marchés de Noël, ice-skating rink . . . / more information & programme: here;

© Annecy Noel

until Sunday 26th November«Festival Fureur de Lire»Geneva – the itinerant literary festival of Geneva, open to all and FREE / more than 100 authors, performers, musicians from Switzerland and beyond will be in Geneva’s libraries, and some unexpected parts of the Vieille-Ville / workshops for children at the weekend / website: http://fureurdelire.ch;

© Festival Fureur de Lire

from 24th November to 7th January 2018Cirque de NoëlPlainpalaisGeneva price: CHF 25 to 55 (all tickets for show at 18h CHF 25)  / more information: +41 (0)22 321 22 41 079 318 40 50 or www.cirque-de-noel.ch or info@cirque-de-noel.ch;

© Cirque de Noel Genève

from Friday 24th to 26th November – «10ème édition du Festival Al-Andalus»l’AlhambraGeneva – Flamenco with Cie Manuel Liñan/Nómada, Cie Ivan Vargas y Juana Amaya, and Cie Antonio Perujo / tickets: www.al-andalus.ch;

© Alhambra Genève

until 24th DecemberMontreux NoëlMontreux – from the lakeside of Lac Léman, up to the mountainside above in Rochers-de-Naye, Montreux Noël is a festive destination for the whole family (MBFF went last year and loved it!) / the Christmas market, the Village des Lutins and the Big Wheel on the water’s edge, and the house of Père Noël up above in Rochers-de-Naye / Santa, with his sledge and reindeer, makes an appearance each evening above your heads at 17h, 18h and 19h / Portugal as guest of honour this year / more information: www.montreuxnoel.com;

© Montreux Noel

until 31st DecemberFestival Lausanne Lumières (6ème édition)Lausanne – discover Lausanne in “another light” – light installations in the centre of Lausanne / website;

© Festival Lausanne Lumières

Saturday 25th NovemberChamonix MarketChamonix from 7h30 to 12h30  address: Place du Mont-Blanc, 74400, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc;

Saturday 25th NovemberJardin d’Eau swimmingChamonix public poolCentre Sportif Richard BozonChamonix10hprice: 10,60 per session (one child + up to 2 adults) or 105,60 for 12 sessions / for children 6 months to 3 years / please check current schedule: 04 50 53 23 70;

Saturday 25th NovemberPetits Poissons swimmingChamonix public poolCentre Sportif Richard BozonChamonix11hprice: 10,60 per session (one child + up to 2 adults) or 105,60 for 12 sessions / for children 3 to 5 years / price: 10,60 per session (one child + up to 2 adults) or 105,60 for 12 sessions / please check current schedule: 04 50 53 23 70;

© http://www.cc-valleedechamonixmontblanc.fr

Saturday 25th NovemberVide-Grenier et Espace Ski VéloCollège Jeanne d’Arc (gymnasium)Chamonix9h to 16h – with buvette on-site / price: 16€ (2,4m x 2,5m / tables not provided) / contact: 06 44 78 58 71;

© Ecole Jeanne d’Arc

Saturday 25th NovemberGuided Visit: exhibition «Gay-Couttet un siècle de photographies»Maison de la Mémoire et du Patrimoine14h30 – photos from 1880 to 1980 from the Gay-Couttet family – price: adults 4€, reduced 3€ and children under 18 years FREE! / every Thursday until May;

© chamonix.com

Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th NovemberSalon des Vins by Ski Club de Passy-VaranParvis des FizPassy9h to 19h (until 18h Sunday);

Saturday 25th November – Sallanches MarketSallanches – from 8h to 13h  a bustling market up and down the quai, and in the Pré de Foire;

Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th NovemberBourse O’SkisL’Ecole du BoccardSallanches8h30 to 18h – buy and sell used and new ski equipment (all equipment left must be in a good condition and CLEAN! / pre-register at www.apeboccard.com / document of identity needed to leave goods or pay by cheque / leave equipment 8h to 12h30 Saturday and collect unsold goods Sunday 17h to 18h30;

© APE Boccard / sallanches.com

from 25th November to 31st March 2018 – Exhibition: «Les Rois de la Yaute»Combloux15h30 to 18h30 (shut Sunday and Thursdays) – pastels of animals of Haute-Savoie from Téta Nèr;

© combloux.com

Saturday 25th NovemberNouvelle Exposition Chalet des CreateursSaint-Gervais-les-Bains 10h to 18h – discover the new créateurs on display / animations, food tasting, demonstrations;

© Cjhalet des Créateurs

Saturday 25th NovemberConcours Macaron Amateur 5ème éditionEspace Mont-BlancSaint-Gervais-les Bains;

© Concours Macaron Amateur 5ème édition

Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th NovemberSwimming Championships Haute-Savoie – Piscine, Le Palais – Megève  price: entry to swimming pool;

Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th NovemberSalon du Livre et du NumériqueParvis des EssertsCluses – more information here;

© Atelier Cluses

Saturday 25th NovemberGroenland Manhattan – BD Concert part of Salon du Livre et du NumériqueAtelier Cluses – Cluses20h30 – more information here;

Groenland Manhattan – concert BD © Atelier Cluses

until 25th February 2018Event: Planétarium! Allumez les étoilesLa Turbine SciencesCran-Gevriernear Annecy14h to 18h – for children 7+ years / address: rue Chorus, 74960, Cran-Gevrier / website;

© La Turbine Sciences

until 7th January – Noël des Alpes – Annecy –  illuminations, Marchés de Noël, ice-skating rink . . . / more information & programme: here;

© Annecy Noel

Saturday 25th November Atelier Sensoriel: «Les Fourmis par les sens» (for the blind or partially-sighted) Muséum Genève (Natural History Museum) 9h – discover the musuem with a blind specialist: smell, touch, taste, listen . . . / FREE! / duration: 90mins / more information/reservations: daniel.thurre@ville-ge.ch / next dates: 6th December at 14h;

Les Fourmis pars les sens © Muséum Genève

Saturday 25th NovemberL’Après-midi du jeune public, guided visit: L’Office des curiosités scientifiques – Musée d’histoire des sciencesPerle du Lac – Geneva 14h30 – for children and families / with Charlotte Virginia Costanza de Tailleferro and Floriane Facchini & Cie – Hum Production / for children 6+ years and accompanying adult / reservations: +41 (0)22 418 50 60 / also 25th November;

© Musée d’histoire des sciences

Saturday 25th NovemberSaturday Opening – La Maison de la Créativité  Conches  Geneva Switzerland  aimed at children up to the age of 6 years / address: 7, chemin Calandrini, 1231, Conches, Switzerland / tel: +41(0)22 810 18 90 / website / parking: on route de Florissant, and then a short walk (or bring drésienne!) / price: 3CHF for children and adults 2+ years / also open Wednesdays 29th November (14h30 to 17h30);

Saturday 25th November – Julemarked (Marché de Noël Norvégien – Norwegian Christmas Market)Théatre Forum Meyrin Meyrin Geneva  11h to 16h – hosted by Sjømannskirken i Sveits – Christmas decorations, textiles, Norwegian smoked salmon, herrings, Christmas cookies and cakes, children’s activities / address: 1, place des Cinq-Continents, 1217 Meyrin, Switzerland;

 

© Eglise Norvégienne en Suisse

until 7th January 2018Cirque de NoëlPlainpalaisGeneva price: CHF 25 to 55 (all tickets for show at 18h CHF 25)  / more information: +41 (0)22 321 22 41 079 318 40 50 or www.cirque-de-noel.ch or info@cirque-de-noel.ch;

© Cirque de Noel Genève

until Sunday 26th November«Festival Fureur de Lire»Geneva – the itinerant literary festival of Geneva, open to all and FREE / more than 100 authors, performers, musicians from Switzerland and beyond will be in Geneva’s libraries, and some unexpected parts of the Vieille-Ville / workshops for children today, see website: http://fureurdelire.ch;

© Festival Fureur de Lire

until 26th November – «10ème édition du Festival Al-Andalus»l’AlhambraGeneva – Flamenco with Cie Manuel Liñan/Nómada, Cie Ivan Vargas y Juana Amaya, and Cie Antonio Perujo / tickets: www.al-andalus.ch;

© Alhambra Genève

until 24th DecemberMontreux NoëlMontreux – from the lakeside of Lac Léman, up to the mountainside above in Rochers-de-Naye, Montreux Noël is a festive destination for the whole family (MBFF went last year and loved it!) / the Christmas market, the Village des Lutins and the Big Wheel on the water’s edge, and the house of Père Noël up above in Rochers-de-Naye / Santa, with his sledge and reindeer, makes an appearance each evening above your heads at 17h, 18h and 19h / Portugal as guest of honour this year / more information: www.montreuxnoel.com;

© Montreux Noel

until 31st DecemberFestival Lausanne Lumières (6ème édition)Lausanne – discover Lausanne in “another light” – light installations in the centre of Lausanne / website;

© Festival Lausanne Lumières

until 31st Decemberstart of Bô Noêl (Marchés de Noêl de Lausanne) – Lausanne – covered market of St-François and more / website;

from Saturday 25th November to 7th January 2018Mercatino di Natale – Aosta – Italy – a Christmas village within the Roman archaeological site of Aosta / address: area del Teatro Romano, city centre of Aosta / good to know: if you head to Aosta for its Christmas market, there is a wonderful playground in the streets behind the Roman theatre (see Christmastime post);

 

© Aosta Noel

Sunday 26th NovemberSunday Roasts at Le VertLe VertChamonix14h to 20h – brought to you by chef Ryan Coghlan on Sundays this autumn – a traditional Sunday roast from 14h to 20h / reservation (highly recommended!): +33 (0)4 50 53 13 58;

© Le Vert Hotel and Restaurant Chamonix

Sunday 26th November – Le Grand Soir Cinébus: «Au revoir là Haut» from Albert Dupontel (France, 2017) Espace Animation – Les Houchesprice: from 4,50€ to 5,50€, children 3,50€ / duration: 1h57;

Sunday 26th NovemberSalon des Vins by Ski Club de Passy-VaranParvis des FizPassy9h to 19h (until 18h Sunday);

Sunday 26th NovemberBourse O’SkisL’Ecole du BoccardSallanches10h30 to 13h30 – buy & sell used and new ski equipment (all equipment left must be in a good condition and CLEAN!) / pre-register at www.apeboccard.com / identity document required to leave goods or pay by cheque / collect unsold goods Sunday 17h to 18h30;

© APE Boccard / sallanches.com

Sunday 26th November to 4th December – «11ème Reconcontres Alpines ®»: Les Energies Renouvelables – «La Journée Energie» a talk by Pierre Rahbi: Pour une convergence des consciences –  Salle Léon CurralSallanches14h30 to 17h00 – about Pierre Rabhi (sallanches.com): “Paysan, écrivain et penseur français d’origine algérienne, Pierre RABHI est l’un des pionniers de l’agriculture écologique en France. Il défend un mode de société plus respectueux des hommes et de la terre et soutient le développement de pratiques agricoles accessibles à tous et notamment aux plus démunis, tout en préservant les patrimoines nourriciers. Depuis 1981, il transmet son savoir-faire en Afrique, en France et en Europe, cherchant à redonner leur autonomie alimentaire aux populations. Il est aujourd’hui reconnu expert international pour la sécurité alimentaire et a participé à l’élaboration de la Convention des Nations Unies pour la lutte contre la désertification. Pierre RABHI a été à l’origine de nombreuses structures, nées de sa propre initiative ou de ses idées : ainsi l’association Terre & Humanisme (d’abord appelée “Les Amis de Pierre RABHI”), le Mouvement des Oasis en Tous Lieux, le centre agroécologique Les Amanins, la Ferme des enfants-Hameau des Buis et plus récemment le Mouvement Colibris.“.

© 11ème Reconcontres Alpines ® / sallanches.com

Sunday 26th November – Sunday night games nightBlaireau qui BrasseSallanches 17h/18h to 21h – alone, with friends or with your family, board games galore / with Terre de Jeux, Sallanches games shop;

Sunday 26th November – Loto des Familles  Combloux – price: 1 carton 5€ or 5 cartons : 20€ / address: 49, chemin des Passerands / among the prizes a jacuzzi and BMX bike;

© combloux.com

Sunday 26th NovemberLadies’ Hockey Equipe Loisir FeminineSaint-Gervais Hockey Club PatinoireSaint-Gervais-les-Bains 18h to 19h30 – every Sunday, all levels welcome (beginners welcome!), from 16+ years;

© Saint-Gervais Hockey Club

Sunday 26th NovemberAquakidsSwimming PoolLe PalaisMegève10h to 12h – games and workshops for young children with parents in the pool / for children aged 6months to 4 years – until 10th December / see flyer below for prices and reservations (please note that medical certificate and vaccination document required);

© Le Palais Megève

Sunday 26th NovemberSwimming Championships Haute-Savoie – Piscine, Le Palais – Megève  price: entry to swimming pool;

Sunday 26th NovemberSalon du Livre et du NumériqueParvis des EssertsCluses – more information here;

© Atelier Cluses

Sunday 26th NovemberLa Grande Journée des Enfants Cinéma Gaumont Pathé Archamps (near Annemasse)from 11h – discover the Disney classic Toy Story on the big screen, the avant-première of Paddington 2 and Coco and Joyeuse Fetes avec Olaf / with giveaways /more information and booking: https://www.cinemasgaumontpathe.com/…/cinema-gaumont-archa…/;

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until 25th February 2018Event: Planétarium! Allumez les étoilesLa Turbine SciencesCran-Gevriernear Annecy14h to 18h – for children 7+ years / address: rue Chorus, 74960, Cran-Gevrier / website;

© La Turbine Sciences

until 7th January – Noël des Alpes – Annecy –  illuminations, Marchés de Noël, ice-skating rink . . . / more information & programme: here;

© Annecy Noel

Sunday 26th NovemberGuided Visit: «Inspiration masques»Foyer of MEG (Musée d’Ethnographie de Genève)Geneva – 14h/14h40/15h20/16h/16h40 – duration 20mins / FREE! / no reservations required / limited places available / from 5+ years, with accompanying adult / see here for more details;

© MEG / J. Watts

Sunday 26th NovemberGroup Activity: «Petit Bazar du Père Fouettard»Foyer of MEG (Musée d’Ethnographie de Genève)Geneva – 14h to 17h – FREE! / mask making – decorate with colour, feathers, with artist Miriam Kerchenbaum /no reservations required / limited places available / from 5+ years, with accompanying adult / see here for more details;

© MEG / J. Watts

until 7th January 2018Cirque de NoëlPlainpalaisGeneva price: CHF 25 to 55 (all tickets for show at 18h CHF 25)  / more information: +41 (0)22 321 22 41 079 318 40 50 or www.cirque-de-noel.ch or info@cirque-de-noel.ch;

© Cirque de Noel Genève

Sunday 26th November (last day)«Festival Fureur de Lire»Geneva – the itinerant literary festival of Geneva, open to all and FREE / more than 100 authors, performers, musicians from Switzerland and beyond will be in Geneva’s libraries, and some unexpected parts of the Vieille-Ville / workshops for children today, see website: http://fureurdelire.ch;

© Festival Fureur de Lire

Sunday 26th November – 10ème édition du Festival Al-Andalusl’AlhambraGeneva – Flamenco with Cie Manuel Liñan/Nómada, Cie Ivan Vargas y Juana Amaya, and Cie Antonio Perujo / tickets: www.al-andalus.ch;

© Alhambra Genève

until 24th DecemberMontreux NoëlMontreux – from the lakeside of Lac Léman, up to the mountainside above in Rochers-de-Naye, Montreux Noël is a festive destination for the whole family (MBFF went last year and loved it!) / the Christmas market, the Village des Lutins and the Big Wheel on the water’s edge, and the house of Père Noël up above in Rochers-de-Naye / Santa, with his sledge and reindeer, makes an appearance each evening above your heads at 17h, 18h and 19h / Portugal as guest of honour this year / more information: www.montreuxnoel.com;

© Montreux Noel

until 31st DecemberFestival Lausanne Lumières (6ème édition)Lausanne – discover Lausanne in “another light” – light installations in the centre of Lausanne / website;

© Festival Lausanne Lumières

until 31st Decemberstart of Bô Noêl (Marchés de Noêl de Lausanne) – Lausanne – covered market of St-François and more / website;

until 7th January 2018Mercatino di Natale – Aosta – Italy – a Christmas village within the Roman archaeological site of Aosta / address: area del Teatro Romano, city centre of Aosta / good to know: if you head to Aosta for its Christmas market, there is a wonderful playground in the streets behind the Roman theatre (see Christmastime post);

© Aosta Noel

Monday 27th NovemberThe North Face Speaker Series Unplugged: «Mt. Ushba»MJC ChamonixChamonix19h30;

© North Face Chamonix

Monday 27th November – Marché Les Houches  Place behind Mairie  Les Houches – 8h to 13h – local products;

Monday 27th November – Cinéma du Plateau d’Assy: «Barbara» by Mathieu Amalric  (France, 2017) – Plateau d’Assy – 20hprice: 5€ / duration: 1h37 / see website for more details;

«Méli-Mélo» © http://www.sallanches.fr

Monday 27th November«Méli Mélo» playgroupMaison de la Petite EnfanceSallanches 8h45 to 11h15 – every Monday morning (except school holidays) / for carers/parents/grandparents with little ones up the age of 4 years /  address: 515 avenue de Saint-Martin, 74700, Sallanches / tel:+33 (0)4 50 90 63 10;

Monday 27th November – «11ème Reconcontres Alpines ®»: Les Energies Renouvelables – ciné-debat  Centre de la Nature Montagnard Sallanches 20h;

© 11ème Reconcontres Alpines ® / sallanches.com
© 11ème Reconcontres Alpines ® / sallanches.com

until 7th January – Noël des Alpes – Annecy –  illuminations, Marchés de Noël, ice-skating rink . . . / more information & programme: here;

© Annecy Noel

until 7th January 2018Cirque de NoëlPlainpalaisGeneva price: CHF 25 to 55 (all tickets for show at 18h CHF 25)  / more information: +41 (0)22 321 22 41 079 318 40 50 or www.cirque-de-noel.ch or info@cirque-de-noel.ch;

© Cirque de Noel Genève

until 24th DecemberMontreux NoëlMontreux – from the lakeside of Lac Léman, up to the mountainside above in Rochers-de-Naye, Montreux Noël is a festive destination for the whole family (MBFF went last year and loved it!) / the Christmas market, the Village des Lutins and the Big Wheel on the water’s edge, and the house of Père Noël up above in Rochers-de-Naye / Santa, with his sledge and reindeer, makes an appearance each evening above your heads at 17h, 18h and 19h / Portugal as guest of honour this year / more information: www.montreuxnoel.com;

© Montreux Noel

until 31st DecemberFestival Lausanne Lumières (6ème édition)Lausanne – discover Lausanne in “another light” – light installations in the centre of Lausanne / website;

© Festival Lausanne Lumières

Tuesday 28th  November – Markets in Chedde in Passy (8h to midday), Combloux (8h to midday) and Les Contamines (8h to midday);

Tuesday 28th November – Kids art workshop / Atelier des enfants  Pharmacie des ArtistesArgentière16h to 18h – “the purpose of this workshop is to teach the children to explore their inner creativity and how they can express their feelings and emotions through art. It is also a collaboration with Lise-Anne Putnam who are hosting a children’s math workshop at l’Etape around the same theme. She is explaining the theory behind math in a fun and playful way and I apply it through art. If you are born between 2005-2011, living in or around Chamonix and are interested in participating in this workshop pm me on greendesignillustration@gmail.com for more information on how to sign up!” / more information here;

© Green Design

Tuesday 28th November – Soirée Latino – La Maison des Artistes Chamonix21h30 – every Tuesday, dancing lessons from Paola Ballart at 21h30 / address: La Maison des Artistes, 84 chemin de la Tournette, 74400, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc;

Soirée Latino at the Maison des Artistes © Maison des Artistes / chamonix.com

Tuesday 28th November – Le P’tit Marché Paysan de Produits Locaux – Sallanches – 16h30 to 19h30 – come and meet local producers, support and encourage local agriculture and the short growing seasons, support the local economy and create a social link / each week there will be several local producers: le GAEC d’Arpennaz, La Ferme Victorine, Le Pain de Chibon, Le Safran du Mont-Blanc, La Roulotte à Savon, and the Légumes des Coteaux de Passy; the vin d’Ayze and l’Association Passepoils & Cie will also be present from time to time / address: GAEC Les Armaillis, 74700, Sallanches; tel: 06 63 04 32 35 / see here for more details;

© sallanches.com

Tuesday 28th November – Curling Club free sessions PatinoireSaint-Gervais-les-Bains18h to 19h or 19h to 20h – free trial sessions every Tuesday from September to December – for all 10+ years;

© Saint-Gervais-Mont-Blanc Curling Club

until 7th January – Noël des Alpes – Annecy –  illuminations, Marchés de Noël, ice-skating rink . . . / more information & programme: here;

© Annecy Noel

until 7th January 2018Cirque de NoëlPlainpalaisGeneva price: CHF 25 to 55 (all tickets for show at 18h CHF 25)  / more information: +41 (0)22 321 22 41 079 318 40 50 or www.cirque-de-noel.ch or info@cirque-de-noel.ch;

© Cirque de Noel Genève

until 31st DecemberFestival Lausanne Lumières (6ème édition)Lausanne – discover Lausanne in “another light” – light installations in the centre of Lausanne / website;

© Festival Lausanne Lumières

until 24th DecemberMontreux NoëlMontreux – from the lakeside of Lac Léman, up to the mountainside above in Rochers-de-Naye, Montreux Noël is a festive destination for the whole family (MBFF went last year and loved it!) / the Christmas market, the Village des Lutins and the Big Wheel on the water’s edge, and the house of Père Noël up above in Rochers-de-Naye / Santa, with his sledge and reindeer, makes an appearance each evening above your heads at 17h, 18h and 19h / Portugal as guest of honour this year / more information: www.montreuxnoel.com;

© Montreux Noel

Wednesday 29th NovemberYoga Famille (Fr/Eng) with MahéAnanda Yoga StudioChamonix17h to 18hprice: €15 / “Dans un monde où parents et enfants sont constamment occupés, le Yoga Famille c’est une superbe opportunité pour rire, grandir et se détendre ensemble. C’est également une occasion rare pour les parents et les enfants d’observer et d’apprendre les uns des autres, une excellente façon de combler la différence d’âge entre eux. Alors que vous soyez : papa, maman, grands parents, tantes et oncles ou enfants (frères, sœurs, cousins, cousines, copains…)” / all ages, all levels / address: 283 montée Charles Bozon, 74400, Chamonix;

© Ananda Yoga Studio

Wednesday 29th November – Talk:  Une éducation bienveillante pour le bien-être de nos enfants MJCChamonix – 20h talk from three childhood specialists – Entre le travail, l’école, la maison, les loisirs, les imprévus… Comment gérer son temps et poser un cadre aux enfants pour leur donner une éducation basée sur l’optimisme, la confiance en soi et la compréhension mutuelle“/ specialists: Isabelle Nicolazzo (art therapists/analyst), Muriel Jurado (Montessori teacher), Caroline de Carné-Wijnkoop (thérapeute et instructrice de pleine conscience) / FREE! / address: 94 Promenade du Fori, 74400, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc /;

© chamonix.com

Wednesday 29th November Arc’teryx Wednesdays Happy Climbing Salle Mont-Blanc EscaladeLes Houches9h – organised by Arc’teryx and Chamonix Momentum – a social experience of climbing, for ALL, whatever your level of climbing / no need to come with a climbing buddy / no need to reserve / more information: isachamonix@gmail.com or 06 88 65 27 75 / price: 11€;

© Arc’terix & Chamonix Momentum

Wednesday 29th November Marché PaysanLes Houches 15h to 19h – le Pain de Chibon, and also cow and goat’s cheese, local vegetables and fruit from the environs, available according to the seasons / address: Le Pain de Chibon (Gérard BERRUX), route du Pont, 74310, Les Houches;

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© Le Pain de Chibon

Wednesday 29th November – Le Grand Soir Cinébus Children  «Un conte peut en cacher un autre» animation film from Jakob Schuh, Jan Lachauer  (France, 2017) Espace Animation – Les Houchesprice: from 4,50€ to 5,50€, children 3,50 € / duration: 1h01;

Wednesday 29th November – Le Grand Soir Cinébus «Knock» by Lorraine Levy (France, 2017) Espace Animation – Les Houchesprice: from 4,50€ to 5,50€, children 3,50 €;

Wednesday 29th November – Digital Photography workshop with Byzance Photos ReportagesLac Vert Plateau d’Assy14h to 16h – for adults/teenagers / see FB page for more details, other courses this week and reservations;

Wednesday 29th November  Café des parents: ”Gérer ses émotions face aux enfants” – Espace AnimationVouillouxSallanches14h30;

© sallanches.com

Wednesday 29th November – Eveil & Compagnie: Parentali’thé workshop for parents Centre Hestia Sallanches15h – discuss, exchange / price: 10€ / 5 participants minumum needed for the workshop to go ahead / reservations: up to the Sunday before through FB messenger;

© Eveil & Compagnie

Wednesday 29th NovemberFarm visit: GAEC Val Mont-Blanc – Gemoëns – Combloux16h to 17h  guided visit of the farm / a family farm, the Paget family will show you their love for agriculture; they will show you how cheese is produced with some tasting too! There are 30 milking cows on this farm used to produce these cheeses: tomme, reblochon, abondance, cheese for racletteaddress: 777, route de Saint-Gervais, Gemoëns, 74920, Combloux; tel: +33 (0)6 16 33 71 74 / reservations: Combloux Tourist Office;

© Ferme GAEC Val’Mont-Blanc

Wednesday 29th November – Le Fayet Market 8h to 13h, in front of the Gare SNCF;

Wednesday 29th November Heure du Conte (storytime for children) – Médiatèque – Megève – 17h – for children 3+ years / FREE! / no reservations needed / address: Espace Jeunesse, Médiathèque, 247 route du Palais des Sports, 74120, Megève; tel: +33 (0)4 50 91 57 70 / also Wednesdays 13th & 20th December, 7th January;

© megeve.com

*For more ideas about what to do on a Wednesday au Pays du Mont-Blanc, see MBFF post «Les mercredis – workshops & creative activities au Pays du Mont-Blanc»!

until 25th February 2018Event: Planétarium! Allumez les étoilesLa Turbine SciencesCran-Gevriernear Annecy – for children 7+ years / address: rue Chorus, 74960, Cran-Gevrier / website;

© La Turbine Sciences

until 7th January – Noël des Alpes – Annecy –  illuminations, Marchés de Noël, ice-skating rink . . . / more information & programme: here;

© Annecy Noel

from 22nd November until 7th January 2018Cirque de NoëlPlainpalaisGeneva price: CHF 25 to 55 (all tickets for show at 18h CHF 25)  / more information: +41 (0)22 321 22 41 079 318 40 50 or www.cirque-de-noel.ch or info@cirque-de-noel.ch;

© Cirque de Noel Genève

until 24th DecemberMontreux NoëlMontreux – from the lakeside of Lac Léman, up to the mountainside above in Rochers-de-Naye, Montreux Noël is a festive destination for the whole family (MBFF went last year and loved it!) / the Christmas market, the Village des Lutins and the Big Wheel on the water’s edge, and the house of Père Noël up above in Rochers-de-Naye / Santa, with his sledge and reindeer, makes an appearance each evening above your heads at 17h, 18h and 19h / Portugal as guest of honour this year / more information: www.montreuxnoel.com;

© Montreux Noel

until 31st DecemberFestival Lausanne Lumières (6ème édition)Lausanne – discover Lausanne in “another light” – light installations in the centre of Lausanne / website;

© Festival Lausanne Lumières

from 29th November to 3rd DecemberMarché de Noël de Coppet ❤️Coup de Cœur!❤️Château de CoppetCoppet – 14h to 20h – we went to the Marché de Noël de Coppet at the Château de Coppet a couple of years ago . . . it is lovely!  Set within the castle grounds, there are all sorts of festive stands indoors and outdoors (food huts, mulled wine, Christmas decorations and gifts), a yurt with workshops for children, an ice-skating rink . . . and you can wander through the little village of Coppet down to the water’s edge.  Highly recommended! / website;

© Marché de Noël de Coppet

Wednesdays  for families/children in Geneva
Wednesdays at La Maison de la Créativité (Conches, Geneva, Switzerland)

The MBFF family are huge fans of this centre for creativity for families in Conches, Geneva . . . we discovered the house and grounds of La Maison de la Créativité one sunny Saturday last autumn, and we are hoping to visit again soon!  A house and gardens full of treasures for children, wonderful workshops, an outdoor “kitchen”, a playground, incredibly welcoming staff . . . there will be a post soon about this joyous place! / no need to reserve! / aimed at children up to the age of 6 years / address: 7, chemin Calandrini, 1231, Conches, Switzerland / tel: +41(0)22 810 18 90 / website / parking: on route de Florissant, and then a short walk (or bring drésienne!) / price: 3CHF for children and adults 2+ years / open Wednesdays 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th November (14h30 to 17h30), and Saturday 25th November 9h to 12h and 14h30 to 17h30;

Wednesdays at the Natural History Museum (Muséum Genève)

Wednesday 29th November – Workshop: «Le monde mystérieuxde l’ambre»Muséum (Natural History Museum 14h to 16h30 (continuous) – workshop led by Cédric Schnyder, geologist – learn all about the properties of amber, and the insects that end up trapped within it! / from 6+ years/ next sessions: 6th & 13th December;

© Natural History Museum Geneva
«Mercredis Family» at the MAH (Musée d’Art et d’Histoire)

The MAH in Geneva is housed in a magnificent building, has a great play area for children next to the café/restaurant, and offers guided family visits on Wednesdays:

«Mercredis Family» at 15h / Wednesday 29th November: «Dans les yeux» / for children 6 to 10 years (accompanied by an adult) / FREE! / no reservations require

Mercredis Family © MAH

Thursday 30th November«ChamCats Carers, Mums n Tots» – Salle Paroissiale (Church Hall) of  the Presbytery of the Protestant Church Chamonix10h to 12h – this playgroup is open to all babies and toddlers (and carers!) up to school-going age / biscuits & cake are always appreciated! / every Thursday, except during the school holidays / address: Salle Paroissiale of the Presbytery of the Protestant Church, passage du Temple, 74400, Chamonix;

© montblancfamilyfun.com

Thursday 30th NovemberGuided Visit: exhibition «Gay-Couttet un siècle de photographies»Maison de la Mémoire et du Patrimoine14h30 – photos from 1880 to 1980 from the Gay-Couttet family – price: adults 4€, reduced 3€ and children under 18 years FREE! / every Thursday until May;

© chamonix.com

Thursday 30th November – Après-Midi Seniors (NEW at l’Étape!)l’EtapeArgentière – 13h30 to 16h45 – a great initiative from local association l’Etape in Argentière . . . board games and cards and a welcoming environment for the older generation / kettle available to make hot drinks / price: 15€ to join the association and thereafter free / for 60+ years! / more information: Céline on 06 71 97 01 76;

© l’Etape

Thursday 30th NovemberFarm Visit: la Ferme des CabrettesSallanches10h to 12h – guided visit of a farm of 100 goats, located on coteau of St Roch / FREE! / every Thursday until May / cheese for sale every day (except Sunday morning) from 10h to 12h and from 16h30 to 18h30 / reservations recommended: 04 50 47 87 87 / 06 30 01 80 73 ;

© sallanches.com

Thursday 30th November – «11ème Rencontres Alpines» ® Ciné-Débat: «Power To Change: la Rébellion Énergétique» by Carl-A. Fechner  Ciné Mont-Blanc Sallanches  20h to 23h;

© sallanches.com
© sallanches.com

Thursday 30th November  Saint-Gervais-les-Bains Market 8h to 13h;

Thursday 30th November – Thursday Night Cinema MJC Saint-Gervais: «Confident Royal» historical drama by Stephen Frears (GB, USA, VOST) – Théatre MontjoieSaint-Gervais-les-Bains20h30duration: 1h52 / price: 5€ / see full November schedule on the MJC website;

until 7th January – Noël des Alpes – Annecy –  illuminations, Marchés de Noël, ice-skating rink . . . / more information & programme: here;

© Annecy Noel

until 7th January 2018Cirque de NoëlPlainpalaisGeneva price: CHF 25 to 55 (all tickets for show at 18h CHF 25)  / more information: +41 (0)22 321 22 41 079 318 40 50 or www.cirque-de-noel.ch or info@cirque-de-noel.ch;

© Cirque de Noel Genève

until 24th DecemberMontreux NoëlMontreux – from the lakeside of Lac Léman, up to the mountainside above in Rochers-de-Naye, Montreux Noël is a festive destination for the whole family (MBFF went last year and loved it!) / the Christmas market, the Village des Lutins and the Big Wheel on the water’s edge, and the house of Père Noël up above in Rochers-de-Naye / Santa, with his sledge and reindeer, makes an appearance each evening above your heads at 17h, 18h and 19h / Portugal as guest of honour this year / more information: www.montreuxnoel.com;

© Montreux Noel

until 31st DecemberFestival Lausanne Lumières (6ème édition)Lausanne – discover Lausanne in “another light” – light installations in the centre of Lausanne / website: http://www.festivallausannelumieres.ch;

© Festival Lausanne Lumières

until 3rd DecemberMarché de Noël de Coppet ❤️Coup de Cœur!❤️Château de CoppetCoppet – 14h to 21h – we went to the Marché de Noël de Coppet at the Château de Coppet a couple of years ago . . . it is lovely!  Set within the castle grounds, there are all sorts of festive stands indoors and outdoors (food huts, mulled wine, Christmas decorations and gifts), a yurt with workshops for children, an ice-skating rink . . . and you can wander through the little village of Coppet down to the water’s edge.  Highly recommended! / website;

© Marché de Noël de Coppet

On-going Exhibitions & New Openings

until 31st December 2017Exhibition: «Sur les Chemins de Chamouny» – Maison de l’Alpage – Servoz – the Association Servoz Histoire et Traditions is offering a journey into the olden days: transport and communication in the Chamonix Valley / exhibition opening hours in accordance with Servoz Tourist Office and Post Office hours / CLOSED Sundays / address: Maison de l’Alpage, Le Bouchet, 74310, Servoz; tel: +33(0)4 50 47 21 68;

«Sur les Chemins de Chamouny» © chamonix.com

until 31st December 2017«Agriculture et paysages, les grandes mutations», as part of «2017 Alpages en Fête» – Maison de l’Alpage – Servoz – address: Maison de l’Alpage, Le Bouchet, 74310, Servoz; tel: +33(0)4 50 47 21 68 / exhibition opening hours in accordance with Servoz Tourist Office and Post Office hours / CLOSED Sundays;

until 31st December 2017 «L’Agriculture de montagne, coeur du territoire», as part of «2017 Alpages en Fête»  Maison du Lieutenant  Servoz  the Chamonix Valley has been moulded by man, invested in over the centuries.  From the first shepherds to the farmers of today, those working the land remain the historical witnesses to change to the land: natural spaces, architecture, urbanism, transport; the delicate balance between man and environment / address: Maison du Lieutenant2231 Le Mont, 74310, Servoz;

until Sunday 29th April 2018 – «L’alpage de Pormenaz» exhibition – La Maison du Lieutenant – Servoz  address: Maison du Lieutenant2231 Le Mont, 74310, Servoz;

until 4th November Exhibition: «Là-haut» by Pierre Witt (1017 Alpages en Fête) – Maison du VillageArgentière – opening hours of Maison du Village – address: 101 route du Village, 74400, Argentière;

from 25th November to 31st March 2018 – Exhibition: «Les Rois de la Yaute»Combloux15h30 to 18h30 (shut Sunday and Thursdays) – pastels of animals of Haute-Savoie from Téta Nèr;

© combloux.com

permanent exhibition2KM3 street art in the underground car park  Saint-Gervais-les-Bains  12 French and international artists have transformed all 11 floors of the underground car park in Saint-Gervais into a unique work of art – a whole new concept in how to integrate art into urban life! / FREE;

2KM3 Saint-Gervais-les-Bains car park © montblancfamilyfun
until 11th November 2017 «L’Autre» exhibition  Open-air museum in the Parc Thermal  Le Fayet  the artist Kaviik + other artists have about 40 prints on show in the Parc Thermal;
«L’autre» © saintgervais.com

from Wednesday 25th October to 10th NovemberExposition: «Pop-Up, les livre en 3D de Philippe Ug»Médiathèque in Le PalaisMegève;

© megeve.com

all year-roundLe Jardin de Samivel Chemin de P’Tou – Les Contamines-Montjoie – an open-air museum, dedicated to Samivel – watercolour painter, poet, romance writer, film-maker, explorer;

Le Jardin Samivel © les contamines.com

until 22nd December – temporary exhibition: «Réparer la vision» by Danilo Dueñas Villa du Parc Centre d’Art Contemporain – Annemasse – the first exhibition of Danilo Dueñas, important figure in the contemporary art scene of Colombia for three decades, in France address: 12 rue de Genève, Parc Montessuit, 74100, Annemasse;

© Villa du Parc Annemasse

from 28th October 2017 to 21st January 2018 – Exhibition: «Le chic français, image de femmes 1900 – 1950» Palais Lumière Évianevery day from 10h to 19h address: Espace d’Exposition, quai Albert Besson, 74500, Evian / tel: +33 (0)4 50 83 15 90;

«Le chic français, image de femmes 1900 – 1950» – Palais Lumière © Palais Lumière

from 24th November until 7th January – Noël des Alpes – Annecy –  illuminations, Marchés de Noël, ice-skating rink . . . / more information & programme: here;

© Annecy Noel

until 15th January 2018Exhibition: Vendre au Marché Palais de l’IleAnnecy – history/memories of a profession from 19th century to present day;

© Annecy Patrimoine

from 24th November until 7th January 2018Cirque de NoëlPlainpalaisGeneva price: CHF 25 to 55 (all tickets for show at 18h CHF 25)  / more information: +41 (0)22 321 22 41 079 318 40 50 or www.cirque-de-noel.ch or info@cirque-de-noel.ch;

© Cirque de Noel Genève

until 7th January 2018  Exhibition: «Faune & Fer» by Atelier Pyrite  temporary exhibition  Barryland  Martigny  Switzerland – more information: www.fondation-barry.ch;

© Atelier Pyrite/ Barryland

until 7th January 2018 «Fourmis»  temporary exhibition  Muséum (Natural History Museum)  Geneva  Tuesday to Sunday crom 10h to 17hCLOSED Mondays / price: 9/6 CHF and under 18s FREE; after the tremendously HUGE dinosaur exhibition, it’s time to put the spotlight on little ANTS! / among other things, the giant anthill Atta, which was on show at the museum back in 1977! / see here for more details;

«Fourmis» – the new temporary exhibition at the Muséum in Geneva © Muséum / Ville de Genève

until 7th January 2018  «L’effet boomerang. Les arts aborigènes d’Australie»  current temporary exhibition  MEG – Geneva – Tuesday to Sunday from 11h to 18h / CLOSED Mondays / price: 9/6 CHF;

from 10th October 2017 to 4th February 2018 New exhibition: «William Leavitt, Rétrospective»MAMCOGenevaaddress: Musée d’art moderne et contemporain, 10 rue des Vieux-Grenadiers, CH–1205, Geneva / www.mamco.ch;

© MAMCO

until 7th January 2018«Body Worlds: Le Cycle de la Vie» by Opus OnePalexpoGeneva10h to 19h – shut every Monday – price: 16CHF to 25 to 25 (with audioguide included) / the mysteries of the human body revealed! / see here for more details;

© Body Worlds / Opus One / Palexpo

until 19th Novembre 2017«Cézanne: Le Chant de la Terre» exhibition temporary exhibition Fondation Pierre GianaddaMartigny every day 9h to 19h Switzerland every day from 9h to 19haddress: Fondation Pierre Gianadda, rue du Forum 59, 1920 Martigny, Switzerland; tel: +41 (0)27 722 39 78 / see here for more details;

«Cézanne: Le Chant de la Terre» © Fondation Pierre Gianadda

from 21st Octoberthe new Aquatis aquarium/vivariumLausanne – now open to the public / see website for more details, opening hours;

© Aquarium Vivarium Aquatis Lausanne

 

from 23rd November until 24th DecemberMontreux NoëlMontreux – from the lakeside of Lac Léman, up to the mountainside above in Rochers-de-Naye, Montreux Noël is a festive destination for the whole family (MBFF went last year and loved it!) / the Christmas market, the Village des Lutins and the Big Wheel on the water’s edge, and the house of Père Noël up above in Rochers-de-Naye / Santa, with his sledge and reindeer, makes an appearance each evening above your heads at 17h, 18h and 19h / Portugal as guest of honour this year / more information: www.montreuxnoel.com;

© Montreux Noel

from 22nd November to 31st DecemberFestival Lausanne Lumières (6ème édition)Lausanne – discover Lausanne in “another light” – light installations in the centre of Lausanne / website: http://www.festivallausannelumieres.ch;

© Festival Lausanne Lumières

until 28th January 2018Exhibition «Ai Wei Wei: d’ailleurs c’est toujours les autres» Musée Cantonal des Beaux-ArtsLausanne;

© Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne

until 26th November 2017 «Steve McCurry, Mountain Men» photo exhibition – Forte di BardBard, Aosta Valley Italy10h to 18h Tuesday to Friday and Saturdays and Sundays until 19h (shut Mondays) – photo exhibition (77 photos from Afghanistan, India, Brazil, Ethiopia, the Philippines, Morocco . . .) about men and mountains from international photographer Steve McCurry / address: Forte di Bard, 1020 Bard (AO), Valle d’Aosta, Italy; tel: +39 0125 833811 / price: 9€ and free for under 5s / see here for more details about the exhibition and workshop on offer in September;

until 1st November 2017 «Le Sommet de l’Arti Sanat Valdotain de Tradition» – Forte di BardBard, Aosta Valley Italy10h to 18h Tuesday to Sunday – organised by Assessorato alle Attività Produttive della Regione Valle d’Aosta address: Forte di Bard, 1020 Bard (AO), Valle d’Aosta, Italy; tel: +39 0125 833811;

© Forte di Bard

Weekly Markets au Pays du Mont-Blanc
  • Saturday Chamonix (8h to midday) and Sallanches (8h to 13h);
  • Monday Les Houches (8h to 13h);
  • Tuesday Chedde in Passy (8h to midday), Combloux (8h to midday) and Les Contamines (8h to midday);
  • Tuesday – Le P’tit Marché Paysan de Produits Locaux (Sallanches16h30 to 19h30) – support local producers & local economy, local agriculture and their short growing seasons, and help to create a social link / each week there will be several local producers: le GAEC d’Arpennaz, La Ferme Victorine, Le Pain de Chibon, Le Safran du Mont-Blanc, La Roulotte à Savon, and the Légumes des Coteaux de Passy; the vin d’Ayze and l’Association Passepoils & Cie will also be present from time to time / address: GAEC Les Armaillis, 74700, Sallanches; tel: 06 63 04 32 35 / see here for more details;
  • WednesdayLes Houches Marché Paysan (from 15h); Le Fayet Market (8h to13h, in front of the Gare SNCF);
  • ThursdaySaint-Gervais-les-Bains (8h to 13h);
  • FridayMegève (8h to 13h);

Parks open in November au Pays du Mont Blanc & environs

all year-roundLe Parc ThermalLe Fayet – playground, picnic areas, grass for games, hiking trails, accro-branche, rock-climbing, duck pond, Clubhouse restaurant/café, open-air museum, le Petit Train du Parc Thermal, Les Thermes de Saint-Gervais-les-Bains spa, indoor swimming pool and tennis courts . . . and a bit of a fresh breeze on hot summer days! / FREE / see MBFF post for more details;

all year-roundLes Marécottes Animal ParkSwitzerland  April 2017 saw the birth of a baby black bear (Mirus) and marcassins (baby sangliers) . . . see the Marécottes Facebook page or website for more details / getting there: see here / *you can take the train from the Chamonix Valley to Les Marécottes!*

Zoo Les Marécottes © montblancfamilyfun

all year-roundBotanical Gardens (Conservatoire et Jardins Botaniques de Genève CJBG) – Geneva Switzerland – see here for special events / FREE!


Rainy Days

There are a host of museums au Pays du Mont-Blanc and beyond for rainy days . . . see Chamonix museums post, the Centre de la Nature Montagnarde in Sallanches, and the museums in neighbouring Geneva, Annecy, Martigny . . .

Softplay for rainy days: La Petite Folie in Chamonix and Le Parc en Folie in Sallanches . . . for more ideas for indoor play centres, see MBFF post Softplay & Bouncy Castles au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond);

Swimming pools are another great option for rainy days; au Pays du Mont-Blanc, we have indoor pools in ChamonixSallanches, Marlioz (Passy), Saint-Gervais-les-Bains and Megève . . . further afield, there is Vitam in Neydens.

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