January Agenda au Pays du Mont-Blanc

January au Pays du Mont-Blanc¬†is . . . ūüéÜBonne Ann√©√© 2018 and¬†Galettes des Rois¬†. . . the start of ski lessons for some, still more¬†‚õĄsnowmen to build,¬†‚õłÔłŹice-skating on the seasonal ice rinks, more sledging and¬†some snow-shoeing too . . .

Further afield in Geneva, two FABULOUS exhibitions will come to an end on 7th January 2018:¬†¬ęFourmis¬Ľ at the¬†Mus√©um (Natural History Museum) and¬†¬ęL’effet boomerang. Les arts aborig√®nes d‚ÄôAustralie¬Ľ at the MEG:

¬ęFourmis¬Ľ¬†at the Mus√©um in Geneva¬†¬©¬†Mus√©um / Ville de Gen√®ve

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 for family/children’s events and activities that you are organising – or that you know of – that are missing from the list; I shall be happy to add them to the list!

If you scroll down beyond the AGENDA, then you will find more lists detailing current exhibitions at nearby museums, rainy/white-out day suggestions 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!*

ūüéÜ‚ĚĄÔłŹHappy January!‚ĚĄÔłŹūüéÜ


Colour code 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 19th January

© Une Montagne de Spectacles
Friday 19th January¬†Talk:¬†¬ęFuniculaire de l’Aiguille du midi¬Ľ¬†¬†– Salle du Bicentenaire¬†– Chamonix18h¬†–¬†address:¬†Place du Mont-Blanc,¬†74400, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc /¬†more information: +33(0)4 50 55 94 67;
© chamonix.com

20h30¬†–¬†“Dans le cadre de la 5√®me √©dition du festival ¬ę Remballe ta haine ! ¬Ľ
La pi√®ce Djihad donne un visage √† ces jeunes qui rejoignent les rangs en Syrie, persuad√©s de faire partie des √©lus qui sauveront l‚ÄôIslam et ses fr√®res. C‚Äôest l‚Äôhistoire de Reda, Isma√ęl et Ben, trois ¬ę musulmans d‚Äôici ¬Ľ, qui s‚Äôembarquent dans ce qu‚Äôils croient √™tre leur meilleur moyen d‚Äôexister et qui finissent par faire face √† une r√©alit√© violente et obscurantiste bien loin de l‚Äôidylle valeureuse qu‚Äôils s‚Äô√©taient imagin√©e.” chamonix.com;

© chamonix.com

Friday 19th January Hockey Match: Les Pionniers de Chamonix v Epinal РLe PatinoireCentre Sportif Richard BozonChamonix20h30;

until March 2018 –¬†Outdoor ice-skating rinks¬†Les Houches & Vallorcine – in Les Houches,¬†FREE FRIDAYS¬†¬ęNocturne Givr√©e¬Ľ¬†during the school holidays from 20h to 22h (5th January, 16th & 23rd February and 2nd & 9th March 2018);

Patinoire Les Houches © OT Les Houches

Friday 19th January Course de Ski Randonn√©e: ¬ęCr√®ve-Coeur¬Ľ¬†– Combloux¬†– see combloux.com for more details;

until March 2018Outdoor ice-skating rinkPatinoire de Comblouxin front of Mairie/Office de TourismeCombloux;

© combloux.com

Friday 19th JanuaryMegève Market 8h to 13h;

until March 2018Outdoor ice-skating rink Meg√®ve –¬†Meg√®ve – with¬†FREE ice-hockey demonstrations for children aged 6 to 9 years¬†every Tuesday from 18h15 during the French school holidays! see here for more details;

Patinoire à Megève © montblancfamilyfun.com

from Friday 19th until Sunday 21st JanuaryCoupe d’Europe de Ski de Bosses Stade de la Cote 2000 Meg√®ve¬†–¬†the best of young, promising skiers;

© megeve.com

Friday 19th, Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st JanuaryFestival Images & Neige 2018Parvis des EssertsCluses10h to 19h – photo exhibition / free entry;

© Festival Images et Neiges

weekends from 15th DecemberWinter activities at T√©l√©ph√©rique du Sal√®ve –¬†T√©l√©ph√©rique du Sal√®veraquettes hire for snow-shoe circuits, luges, ice-skating rink . . . / until March 2018;

© Téléphérique Salève

from Friday 19th¬†to Sunday 21st JanuaryDisney on Ice: “Le Voyage Imaginaire¬†– Arena de Gen√®veGeneva –¬†19h30 – tickets here¬†/¬†address: route des Batailleux 3, 1218 Le Grand-Saconnex, Geneve, Switzerland;¬†samedi 10h15, 14h¬†et 18h, dimanche 10h15 et 14h price

© Disney

Saturday 20th January

Saturday 20th January РChamonix MarketChamonix from 7h30 to 12h30  address: Place du Mont-Blanc, 74400, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc;

Saturday 20th January¬†– Jardin 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 20th January РPetits 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

until March 2018 –¬†Outdoor ice-skating rinks¬†Les Houches & Vallorcine – in Les Houches,¬†FREE FRIDAYS¬†¬ęNocturne Givr√©e¬Ľ¬†during the school holidays from 20h to 22h (5th January, 16th & 23rd February and 2nd & 9th March 2018);

Patinoire Les Houches © OT Les Houches

Saturday 20th January РSallanches MarketSallanches Рfrom 8h to 13h  a bustling market up and down the quais, and in the Pré de Foire;

until March 2018Outdoor ice-skating rinkPatinoire de Comblouxin front of Mairie/Office de TourismeCombloux;

© combloux.com

until Sunday 21st JanuaryCoupe d’Europe de Ski de Bosses Stade de la Cote 2000 Meg√®ve¬†–¬†the best of young, promising skiers;

© megeve.com

until March 2018Outdoor ice-skating rink Meg√®ve –¬†Meg√®ve – with¬†FREE ice-hockey demonstrations for children aged 6 to 9 years¬†every Tuesday from 18h15 during the French school holidays! see here for more details;

Patinoire à Megève © montblancfamilyfun.com

Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st JanuaryTelemoose (Telemark Weekend)Piste des Loyers (centre of town)Les Contamines9h30 to 12h AND 13h30 to 16h Рinitiation for free, for all / sign up before 17th January: 06 30 25 49 86;

© lescontamines.com

Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st JanuaryFestival Images & Neige 2018Parvis des EssertsCluses10h to 19h – photo exhibition / free entry;

© Festival Images et Neiges

weekends until March 2018Winter activities at T√©l√©ph√©rique du Sal√®ve –¬†T√©l√©ph√©rique du Sal√®veraquettes hire for snow-shoe circuits, luges, ice-skating rink . . .¬†

© Téléphérique Salève

Saturday 20th January –¬†Workshop:¬†¬ęFoulard √† la folie¬Ľ part of new exhibition ¬ęLe Chic Fran√ßais¬ĽPalais Lumi√®reEvian –¬†10h to 12h – workshop for 3+ years / make a scarf, in collaboration with Carole Joann√®s (from Lulu factory in Evian)¬†/ price: 5‚ā¨ children and 8‚ā¨ adults / sign up at ticket desk;

Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st JanuaryDisney on Ice: “Le Voyage Imaginaire¬†– Arena de Gen√®veGeneva10h15, 14h¬†AND 18h¬†– tickets here¬†/¬†address: route des Batailleux 3, 1218 Le Grand-Saconnex, Geneve, Switzerland;¬†

© Disney

Sunday 21st January

until March 2018 –¬†Outdoor ice-skating rinks¬†Les Houches & Vallorcine – in Les Houches,¬†FREE FRIDAYS¬†¬ęNocturne Givr√©e¬Ľ¬†during the school holidays from 20h to 22h (5th January, 16th & 23rd February and 2nd & 9th March 2018);

Patinoire Les Houches © OT Les Houches

Sunday 21st January¬†–¬†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;

until March 2018Outdoor ice-skating rinkPatinoire de Comblouxin front of Mairie/Office de TourismeCombloux;

© combloux.com

until March 2018Outdoor ice-skating rink Meg√®ve –¬†Meg√®ve – with¬†FREE ice-hockey demonstrations for children aged 6 to 9 years¬†every Tuesday from 18h15 during the French school holidays! see here for more details;

Patinoire à Megève © montblancfamilyfun.com

Sunday 21st JanuaryTelemoose (Telemark Weekend)Piste des Loyers (centre of town)Les Contamines9h30 to 12h AND 13h30 to 16h Рinitiation for free, for all / sign up before 17th January: 06 30 25 49 86;

© lescontamines.com

weekends until March 2018Winter activities at T√©l√©ph√©rique du Sal√®ve –¬†T√©l√©ph√©rique du Sal√®veraquettes hire for snow-shoe circuits, luges, ice-skating rink . . .¬†

© Téléphérique Salève

Sunday 21st JanuaryDisney on Ice: “Le Voyage Imaginaire¬†– Arena de Gen√®veGeneva10h15 et 14h¬†– tickets here¬†/¬†address: route des Batailleux 3, 1218 Le Grand-Saconnex, Geneve, Switzerland;¬†

© Disney

Monday 22nd January

until March 2018 –¬†Outdoor ice-skating rinks¬†Les Houches & Vallorcine – in Les Houches,¬†FREE FRIDAYS¬†¬ęNocturne Givr√©e¬Ľ¬†during the school holidays from 20h to 22h (5th January, 16th & 23rd February and 2nd & 9th March 2018);

Patinoire Les Houches © OT Les Houches

Monday 22nd January¬†– ¬ęM√©li M√©lo¬Ľ 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;

until March 2018Outdoor ice-skating rinkPatinoire de Comblouxin front of Mairie/Office de TourismeCombloux;

© combloux.com

until March 2018Outdoor ice-skating rink Meg√®ve –¬†Meg√®ve – with¬†FREE ice-hockey demonstrations for children aged 6 to 9 years¬†every Tuesday from 18h15 during the French school holidays! see here for more details;

Patinoire à Megève © montblancfamilyfun.com

Tuesday 23rd January

Tuesday 23rd January¬†Guided Tour: ¬ęLes Sombres Histoires Chamonix¬Ľ with Simone¬†– Chamonix RDV: Eglise Saint-Michel¬†–¬†20h30¬†/ l’affaire Stavisky, les r√©sistants in battle at 4000m altitude, a treasure under the ice? And more sombre tales from Simone / price: adults 8‚ā¨, children (12 to 18 ans) 5‚ā¨¬†/¬†reservations: +33¬†(0)7 68 55 50 86 / more details: www.envisitesimone.com¬†/ until April, every Tuesday;

© chamonix.com

Tuesday 23rd JanuarySoir√©e 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

until March 2018 –¬†Outdoor ice-skating rinks¬†Les Houches & Vallorcine – in Les Houches,¬†FREE FRIDAYS¬†¬ęNocturne Givr√©e¬Ľ¬†during the school holidays from 20h to 22h (5th January, 16th & 23rd February and 2nd & 9th March 2018);

Patinoire Les Houches © OT Les Houches

Tuesday 23rd January Les Promenades Photos de Teresa: ¬ęTr√©lechamps – Un milieu sauvage et prot√©g√©, ses toits enneig√©s¬Ľ¬†– Tr√©lechampsRDV: Montroc Le Planet¬†–¬†13h20¬†– photographic guided tours with Teresa Kaufman / this tour also on Tuesday 23rd January / price:¬†30‚ā¨¬†/¬†reservations: +33 (0)6 08 95 89 42;

© Les Promenades Photo de Teresa

Tuesday 23rd JanuaryMarkets in Chedde in Passy (8h to midday) and Les Contamines (8h to midday);

Tuesday 23rd January¬†–¬†Le P’tit March√© 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 √† Savon, and the¬†L√©gumes 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

until March 2018Outdoor ice-skating rinkPatinoire de Comblouxin front of Mairie/Office de TourismeCombloux;

© combloux.com

Tuesday 23rd January Guided Visit: ¬ęD√©couverte de l’architecture du d√©but du XX√®me si√®cle¬Ľ¬†– Combloux¬†–¬†16h30¬†/ RDV Tourist Office / price:¬†7‚ā¨, children (7 to 14 years) 5‚ā¨ and free for under 7s /¬†reservations: +33 (0)4 50 58 60 49¬†/ the old hotel palaces, villas, hotel clients and the simple country life of locals;

© combloux.com

Tuesday 23rd JanuaryFamily visits to the farm –¬†La Ferme les Montagnards GAECOrmaretCombloux10h to midday¬†–¬†visit the animals (65 milking cows, 40 pigs, some goats, rabbits and chicken), watch rebolochon fabrication and even taste some cheese! Delphine will show you the farm, the milking area . . . /¬†reservations:¬†+33 (0)7 78 26 32 49¬†or +33 (0)6 21 02 18 99 / price:¬†adults¬†8‚ā¨, children (3 to 12 years) 6‚ā¨ and FREE for under 3s¬†/ address:¬†Ferme les Montagnards, 74 chemin des Poses, Village d’Ormaret, Combloux / until end of March, every Tuesday morning and Thursday afternoon;

© La Ferme les Montagnards

until March 2018Outdoor ice-skating rink Meg√®ve –¬†Meg√®ve – with¬†FREE ice-hockey demonstrations for children aged 6 to 9 years¬†every Tuesday from 18h15 during the French school holidays! see here for more details;

Patinoire à Megève © montblancfamilyfun.com

Wednesday 24th January

Wednesday 24th JanuaryMarch√© 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 (G√©rard BERRUX), route du Pont, 74310, Les Houches;

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© Le Pain de Chibon

Wednesday 24th January¬†–¬†Le Grand Soir Cin√©bus Children¬† ¬ęPaddington 2¬Ľ film from Paul King (USA, 2017) Espace Animation –¬†Les Houches17h30 –¬†price:¬†from 4,50‚ā¨ to 5,50‚ā¨, children 3,50 ‚ā¨ / duration: 1h47;

Wednesday 24th January –¬†Le Grand Soir Cin√©bus ¬ęLes Gardiennes¬Ľ by Xavier Beauvois (France, 2017) Espace Animation –¬†Les Houches20h30 –¬†price:¬†from 4,50‚ā¨ to 5,50‚ā¨, children 3,50 ‚ā¨ / duration: 2h14;

Wednesdays 24th JanuaryFamily outing:¬†Sortie nature √† la d√©couverte des adaptations de la faune face √† l‚Äôhiver –¬†Maison de Village d’Argenti√®reArgenti√®re14h to 16h – head out to discover nature in winter with Alex /¬†address:¬†101 rte du village,¬†74400, Argenti√®re / reservations:¬†+33(0)4 50 54 03 06;

© Argentière Tourisme

Wednesday 24th January – Animation Snowtubing – Passy Plaine-Joux – from 14h;

© Passy Tourisme

Wednesday 24th January¬†– March√© de Combloux¬†–¬†Combloux8h to 12h¬†¬†in front of Tourist Office/Mairie;

until March 2018Outdoor ice-skating rinkPatinoire de Comblouxin front of Mairie/Office de TourismeCombloux;

© combloux.com

Wednesday 24th January Wednesday Afternoon Games РCombloux Рsee combloux.com for more details;

Wednesday 24th January РLe Fayet Market 8h to 13h, in front of the Gare SNCF;

until March 2018Outdoor ice-skating rink Meg√®ve –¬†Meg√®ve – with¬†FREE ice-hockey demonstrations for children aged 6 to 9 years¬†every Tuesday from 18h15 during the French school holidays! see here for more details;

Patinoire à Megève © montblancfamilyfun.com

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 Cr√©ativit√© 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 . . . see here for more details / 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 dr√©sienne!) / price: 3CHF for children and adults 2+ years / open Wednesdays 24th & 31st January, 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th February (14h30 to 17h30), Saturday 17th February 9h30 to 12h and 14h30 to 17h30, and the February holidays 12th to 16th February, 14h30 to 17h30;

Wednesdays at¬†the¬†Natural History Museum (Mus√©um Gen√®ve) &¬†Mus√©e d’histoire des sciences

Wednesday 24th January¬†– Mercredis des Sciences Nouvelle Formule:¬†¬ędu nuage √† la goutte d’eau, √ßa va rincer!¬ĽMus√©e d’histoire des sciences¬†–¬†15h¬†– open to all / no reservations needed / address: Parc de la Perle du Lac,¬†128 rue de Lausanne, Geneva, Switzerland / also 31st January and 14th February;

¬© Mus√©e de l’histoire des Sciences
¬ęMercredi Family¬Ľ &¬†¬ęVisites √† Petits Pas¬Ľ¬†at¬†the¬†MAH¬†(Mus√©e d’Art et d’Histoire)
© MAH
© MAH

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 / see here for more details:

Wednesday 24th January¬†– Mercredi Family:¬†¬ęQui est le plus beau?¬ĽMAH (Mus√©e d‚Äôart et d‚Äôhistoire)¬†15h30 ¬†for children 6 to 10 years, accompanied by adult / FREE and no reservations needed;

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


Thursday 25th January

Thursday 25th January¬†– ¬ęChamCats Carers, Mums n Tots¬Ľ –¬†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
© montblancfamilyfun.com

Thursday 25th January¬†– Guided Visit: exhibition ¬ęGay-Couttet¬†un si√®cle de photographies¬ĽMaison de la M√©moire et du Patrimoine14h30 – photos from 1880 to 1980 from the Gay-Couttet family – price:¬†adults 4‚ā¨, reduced 3‚ā¨ and children under 18 years FREE! / every Thursday until May;

© chamonix.com

Thursday 25th January¬†Guided visit of Chamonix¬†– Office de TourismeChamonix¬†14h to 15h30¬†/ discover some of Chamonix’s secrets: “famous visitors, mountain folklore, architectural heritage . . . and the pioneering men and women who have forged the valley’s history across the centuries.” – Office de Tourisme / price:¬†adults¬†8‚ā¨, children 5‚ā¨ and FREE for under 5s¬†/¬†reservations: +33(0)4 50 53 00 24;

© chamonix.com

Thursday 25th January Nocturne Ski de Fond Maison NordiqueChamonix 

© chamonix.com

Thursday 25th January¬†Guided tour: En visite Simone!RDV: Mairie¬†Chamonix¬†20h30 – discover the “ordinary heroes” of the valley: those who constructed the first t√©l√©cabines, those who dug the Mont-Blanc tunnel / price: 15‚ā¨ and children 8 to 18 years 10‚ā¨/ more information: http://www.en-visite-simone.com /¬†every Thursday until April;

© chamonix.com

Thursday 25th January¬†Film: Nuit de la GlisseCin√©ma Vox Chamonix – last in the trilogy – every Thursday until end of April /¬†price: 10‚ā¨ and 5‚ā¨ for under 14s;

© chamonix.com

until March 2018 –¬†Outdoor ice-skating rinks¬†Les Houches & Vallorcine – in Les Houches,¬†FREE FRIDAYS¬†¬ęNocturne Givr√©e¬Ľ¬†during the school holidays from 20h to 22h (5th January, 16th & 23rd February and 2nd & 9th March 2018);

Patinoire Les Houches © OT Les Houches

until March 2018Outdoor ice-skating rinkPatinoire de Comblouxin front of Mairie/Office de TourismeCombloux;

© combloux.com

Thursday 25th January –¬†Family visits to the farm –¬†La Ferme les Montagnards GAECOrmaretCombloux14h30 to 16h30¬†–¬†visit the animals (65 milking cows, 40 pigs, some goats, rabbits and chicken), watch rebolochon fabrication and even taste some cheese! Delphine will show you the farm, the milking area . . . /¬†reservations:¬†+33 (0)7 78 26 32 49¬†or +33 (0)6 21 02 18 99 / price:¬†adults¬†8‚ā¨, children (3 to 12 years) 6‚ā¨ and FREE for under 3s¬†/ address:¬†Ferme les Montagnards, 74 chemin des Poses, Village d’Ormaret, Combloux / until end of March, every Tuesday morning and Thursday afternoon;

© La Ferme les Montagnards

Thursday 25th January Saint-Gervais-les-Bains Market 8h to 13h;

Thursday¬†25th January¬†– Thursday Night Cinema MJC Saint-Gervais:¬†¬ęLa Villa¬Ľ by Robert Guediguian (France, 2017)¬†– Th√©atre MontjoieSaint-Gervais-les-Bains20h30duration: 1h47 /¬†price: 5‚ā¨ / see full January schedule on the MJC website;

until March 2018Outdoor ice-skating rink Meg√®ve –¬†Meg√®ve – with¬†FREE ice-hockey demonstrations for children aged 6 to 9 years¬†every Tuesday from 18h15 during the French school holidays! see here for more details;

Patinoire à Megève © montblancfamilyfun.com

Thursday 25th to Sunday 28th January Winter Golf CupGolf du Mont-d’ArboisMeg√®ve –¬†Philippe Guilhem, a golf enthusiast, thought up this unique way to play golf 18 years ago . . . in the snow! / more information:¬†www.bmwwintergolf.com;

© megeve.com

Friday 26th January

Friday 26th January Les Vir√©es culturelles de Christine: ¬ęVallorcine et ses hameaux cach√©s: Vir√©e magnifique tout en douceur particuli√®rement en hiver¬Ľ¬†– Vallorcine¬†–¬†13h30¬†/ RDV: Gare du Buet / price:¬†15‚ā¨ /¬†reservations: +33(0)6 07 21 51 90 / also 23rd February and 16th March;

© chamonix.com

until March 2018 –¬†Outdoor ice-skating rinks¬†Les Houches & Vallorcine – in Les Houches,¬†FREE FRIDAYS¬†¬ęNocturne Givr√©e¬Ľ¬†during the school holidays from 20h to 22h (5th January, 16th & 23rd February and 2nd & 9th March 2018);

Patinoire Les Houches © OT Les Houches

until March 2018Outdoor ice-skating rinkPatinoire de Comblouxin front of Mairie/Office de TourismeCombloux;

© combloux.com

Friday 26th January Megève Market 8h to 13h;

until March 2018Outdoor ice-skating rink Meg√®ve –¬†Meg√®ve – with¬†FREE ice-hockey demonstrations for children aged 6 to 9 years¬†every Tuesday from 18h15 during the French school holidays! see here for more details;

Patinoire à Megève © montblancfamilyfun.com

until Sunday 28th January Winter Golf CupGolf du Mont-d’ArboisMeg√®ve –¬†Philippe Guilhem, a golf enthusiast, thought up this unique way to play golf 18 years ago . . . in the snow! / more information:¬†www.bmwwintergolf.com;

© megeve.com

Saturday 27th January

Saturday 27th January РChamonix MarketChamonix from 7h30 to 12h30  address: Place du Mont-Blanc, 74400, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc;

Saturday 27th January¬†– Jardin 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 27th January РPetits 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

until March 2018 –¬†Outdoor ice-skating rinks¬†Les Houches & Vallorcine – in Les Houches,¬†FREE FRIDAYS¬†¬ęNocturne Givr√©e¬Ľ¬†during the school holidays from 20h to 22h (5th January, 16th & 23rd February and 2nd & 9th March 2018);

Patinoire Les Houches © OT Les Houches

Saturday 27th JanuarySallanches MarketSallanches Рfrom 8h to 13h  a bustling market up and down the quais, and in the Pré de Foire;

until March 2018Outdoor ice-skating rinkPatinoire de Comblouxin front of Mairie/Office de TourismeCombloux;

© combloux.com

until March 2018Outdoor ice-skating rink Meg√®ve –¬†Meg√®ve – with¬†FREE ice-hockey demonstrations for children aged 6 to 9 years¬†every Tuesday from 18h15 during the French school holidays! see here for more details;

Patinoire à Megève © montblancfamilyfun.com

until Sunday 28th January Winter Golf CupGolf du Mont-d’ArboisMeg√®ve –¬†Philippe Guilhem, a golf enthusiast, thought up this unique way to play golf 18 years ago . . . in the snow! / more information:¬†www.bmwwintergolf.com;

© megeve.com

weekends until March 2018Winter activities at T√©l√©ph√©rique du Sal√®ve –¬†T√©l√©ph√©rique du Sal√®veraquettes hire for snow-shoe circuits, luges, ice-skating rink . . .¬†

© Téléphérique Salève

Saturday 27th Januaryr – Saturday at Maison de la Cr√©ativit√©Conches (near Geneva)Switzerland9h30 to 12h and 14h30 to 17h30 –¬†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 Cr√©ativit√© 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 . . . see here for more details / 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 dr√©sienne!) / price: 3CHF for children and adults 2+ years;

Saturday 27th January ¬†Siestes Musicales Fo(u)rmidables! ¬†Mus√©um d’histoire naturelleGeneva –¬†14h30 to 15h30 – for all public / also 3rd February, 10th March, 28th April;

¬© Mus√©e d’Histoire Naturelle Gen√®ve

Sunday 28th January

until March 2018 –¬†Outdoor ice-skating rinks¬†Les Houches & Vallorcine – in Les Houches,¬†FREE FRIDAYS¬†¬ęNocturne Givr√©e¬Ľ¬†during the school holidays from 20h to 22h (5th January, 16th & 23rd February and 2nd & 9th March 2018);

Patinoire Les Houches © OT Les Houches

Sunday 28th January¬†–¬†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;

until March 2018Outdoor ice-skating rinkPatinoire de Comblouxin front of Mairie/Office de TourismeCombloux;

© combloux.com

until March 2018Outdoor ice-skating rink Meg√®ve –¬†Meg√®ve – with¬†FREE ice-hockey demonstrations for children aged 6 to 9 years¬†every Tuesday from 18h15 during the French school holidays! see here for more details;

Patinoire à Megève © montblancfamilyfun.com

until Sunday 28th January Winter Golf CupGolf du Mont-d’ArboisMeg√®ve –¬†Philippe Guilhem, a golf enthusiast, thought up this unique way to play golf 18 years ago . . . in the snow! / more information:¬†www.bmwwintergolf.com;

© megeve.com

weekends until March 2018Winter activities at T√©l√©ph√©rique du Sal√®ve –¬†T√©l√©ph√©rique du Sal√®veraquettes hire for snow-shoe circuits, luges, ice-skating rink . . .¬†

© Téléphérique Salève

until 25th February 2018Exhibition: ¬ęPlan√©tarium Allumez les Etoiles¬Ľ La Turbine Sciences¬† Cran Gevrier (near Annecy) from 7+ years (recommended age for this exhibition)¬†/ opening hours: ¬†Wednesday and Sunday afternoon 14h30 to 16h30 and during the school holidays Tuesday to Friday and Sunday 14h30 to 16h30 /¬†price:¬†5,50‚ā¨, children¬†3‚ā¨ and under 6 years FREE;

© La Turbine

Monday 29th January

until March 2018 –¬†Outdoor ice-skating rinks¬†Les Houches & Vallorcine – in Les Houches,¬†FREE FRIDAYS¬†¬ęNocturne Givr√©e¬Ľ¬†during the school holidays from 20h to 22h (5th January, 16th & 23rd February and 2nd & 9th March 2018);

Patinoire Les Houches © OT Les Houches
© Maison de la Petite Enfance / sallanches.fr

Monday 29th January¬ęM√©li M√©lo¬Ľ 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;

until March 2018Outdoor ice-skating rinkPatinoire de Comblouxin front of Mairie/Office de TourismeCombloux;

© combloux.com

until March 2018Outdoor ice-skating rink Meg√®ve –¬†Meg√®ve – with¬†FREE ice-hockey demonstrations for children aged 6 to 9 years¬†every Tuesday from 18h15 during the French school holidays! see here for more details;

Patinoire à Megève © montblancfamilyfun.com

Tuesday 30th January

Tuesday 30th January¬†Les Promenades Photos de Teresa: ¬ęChemins peu connus + gouter dans un palais-h√ītel¬Ľ¬†– ChamonixRDV: ¬†–¬†14h¬†– photographic guided tours with Teresa Kaufman / this visit:¬†discover 19th century villas facing Mont-Blanc, the tradition of taking an English afternoon tea / this tour also on Tuesday 30th January / price:¬†30‚ā¨ /¬†reservations: +33 (0)6 08 95 89 42;

© Les Promenades Photo de Teresa

Tuesday 30th January¬†Guided Tour: ¬ęLes Sombres Histoires Chamonix¬Ľ with Simone¬†– Chamonix RDV: Eglise Saint-Michel¬†–¬†20h30¬†/ l’affaire Stavisky, les r√©sistants in battle at 4000m altitude, a treasure under the ice? And more sombre tales from Simone / price: adults 8‚ā¨, children (12 to 18 ans) 5‚ā¨¬†/¬†reservations: +33¬†(0)7 68 55 50 86 / more details: www.envisitesimone.com¬†/ until April, every Tuesday;

© chamonix.com

Tuesday 30th JanuarySoir√©e 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 30th January¬†– Yoga pour les EnfantsL’EtapeArgenti√®re16h15 – for 7 to 11 year olds, but the teacher is open to organising a class for younger children, details below;

¬© L’Etape Argenti√®re

until March 2018 –¬†Outdoor ice-skating rinks¬†Les Houches & Vallorcine – in Les Houches,¬†FREE FRIDAYS¬†¬ęNocturne Givr√©e¬Ľ¬†during the school holidays from 20h to 22h (5th January, 16th & 23rd February and 2nd & 9th March 2018);

Patinoire Les Houches © OT Les Houches

Tuesday 30th JanuaryMarkets in Chedde in Passy (8h to midday) and Les Contamines (8h to midday);

Tuesday 30th January¬†–¬†Le P’tit March√© Paysan de Produits Locaux¬†– GAEC Les Armaillis –¬†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 √† Savon, and the¬†L√©gumes 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 30th JanuaryTalk about chiens de traineaux competitions¬†– Mairie/Office de Tourisme –¬†Combloux18h – discover husky racing with world/European champion Sandrine¬†MUFFAT / FREE!

© combloux.com

Tuesday 30th January¬†– Family visits to the farm –¬†La Ferme les Montagnards GAECOrmaretCombloux10h to midday¬†–¬†visit the animals (65 milking cows, 40 pigs, some goats, rabbits and chicken), watch rebolochon fabrication and even taste some cheese! Delphine will show you the farm, the milking area . . . /¬†reservations:¬†+33 (0)7 78 26 32 49¬†or +33 (0)6 21 02 18 99 / price:¬†adults¬†8‚ā¨, children (3 to 12 years) 6‚ā¨ and FREE for under 3s¬†/ address:¬†Ferme les Montagnards, 74 chemin des Poses, Village d’Ormaret, Combloux / until end of March, every Tuesday morning and Thursday afternoon;

© La Ferme les Montagnards

Tuesday 30th JanuaryGuided tour of Combloux in cal√®che (horse-drawn carriage) –¬†Combloux14h30 to 16h30 – learn all about Combloux’s patrimoine and history seated in a horse-drawn carriage, cosy under blankets (farms, plan d’eau biotope, bread oven, PLM, church, Ferme √† Isidore, history of skiing in Combloux) / duration: 1h30 / price: adults¬†22‚ā¨, children 3 to 7 years 10‚ā¨, children 8 to 12 years 14‚ā¨ and FREE for under 3s /¬†reservations:¬†04 50 58 60 49 / Tourist Office Combloux / other dates: 16th & 30th January and 13th & 27th February and 13th and 27th March;

© combloux.com

until March 2018Outdoor ice-skating rinkPatinoire de Comblouxin front of Mairie/Office de TourismeCombloux;

© combloux.com

until March 2018Outdoor ice-skating rink Meg√®ve –¬†Meg√®ve – with¬†FREE ice-hockey demonstrations for children aged 6 to 9 years¬†every Tuesday from 18h15 during the French school holidays! see here for more details;

Patinoire à Megève © montblancfamilyfun.com

Wednesday 31st January

Wednesday 31st January –¬†March√© 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 (G√©rard BERRUX), route du Pont, 74310, Les Houches;

575395-le_pain_chibon
© Le Pain de Chibon

until March 2018 –¬†Outdoor ice-skating rinks¬†Les Houches & Vallorcine – in Les Houches,¬†FREE FRIDAYS¬†¬ęNocturne Givr√©e¬Ľ¬†during the school holidays from 20h to 22h (5th January, 16th & 23rd February and 2nd & 9th March 2018);

Patinoire Les Houches © OT Les Houches

Wednesday 31st January¬†–¬†Les Vir√©es culturelles de Christine: ¬ęVisiter Argenti√®re. Balade dans un village charg√© d‚Äôhistoire et visite d‚Äôune √©glise baroque magnifique¬Ľ¬†– Argenti√®re¬†–¬†14h¬†/ RDV: SNCF Argenti√®re / price:¬†10‚ā¨ /¬†reservations: +33(0)6 07 21 51 90 / also 23rd February and 16th March;

© chamonix.com

Wednesday 31st JanuaryCin√©-Conf√©rence: “Le Tour de France √† Pied” by Granier¬†Cin√© Mont-BlancSallanches14h30 & 20h – a new escape in the Haute-Savoie . . . this week, head out on a Tour de France! /¬†http://www.connaissancedumonde.com¬†/ address:¬†561 avenue de Gen√®ve, 74700, Sallanches;

Wednesday 31st January Р Combloux MarketCombloux9h to midday;

Wednesday 31st January¬†– Afternoon Jeux d’Adresse¬†–¬†Combloux – see combloux.com for more details;

until March 2018Outdoor ice-skating rinkPatinoire de Comblouxin front of Mairie/Office de TourismeCombloux;

© combloux.com

Wednesday 31st January РLe Fayet Market 8h to 13h, in front of the Gare SNCF;

until March 2018Outdoor ice-skating rink Meg√®ve –¬†Meg√®ve – with¬†FREE ice-hockey demonstrations for children aged 6 to 9 years¬†every Tuesday from 18h15 during the French school holidays! see here for more details;

Patinoire à Megève © montblancfamilyfun.com

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 Cr√©ativit√© 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 . . . see here for more details / 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 dr√©sienne!) / price: 3CHF for children and adults 2+ years / open: Wednesdays¬†31st January (14h30 to 17h30), and more dates in February;

Wednesdays at¬†the¬†Natural History Museum (Mus√©um Gen√®ve) &¬†Mus√©e d’Histoire des Sciences

Wednesday 31st January¬†– Mercredis des Sciences Nouvelle Formule:¬†¬ęLa tete dans le ciel, l’astronomie sans chichis¬ĽMus√©e d’histoire des sciences¬†–¬†15h¬†– open to all / no reservations needed / address: Parc de la Perle du Lac,¬†128 rue de Lausanne, Geneva, Switzerland / also 31st January and 14th February;

¬ęMercredis Family¬Ľ¬†at¬†the¬†MAH
© MAH
© MAH

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:

Wednesday 31st January¬†¬†¬ęMercredis Family¬Ľ:¬†¬ęPour qui sont ces serpents qui soufflent sur nos tetes?¬Ľ¬†15h¬†–¬†interactive visit for children 6 to 10 years (accompanied by an adult) / FREE! / no reservations required / see here for more details;¬†


Ongoing winter activities (Villages de No√ęl, ice-skating . . .)

until March 2018Outdoor Ice-Skating in Vallorcine Patinoire Residence Vallorcine Mont-Blanc (opposite bubble lifts) РVallorcinefrom 15h to 19h30;

© montblancfamilyfun.com
© montblancfamilyfun.com

until March 2018Outdoor Ice-Skating in Les Houches¬†–¬†in Les Houches,¬†FREE FRIDAYS¬†¬ęNocturne Givr√©e¬Ľ¬†during the school holidays from 20h to 22h (5th January, 16th & 23rd February and 2nd & 9th March 2018);

Patinoire Les Houches © OT Les Houches

until 7th January 2018Les Festivit√©s de No√ęl √† Sallanches¬†– Sallanches¬†the Village de No√ęl (pretzels, pain d’√©pices & mulled wine) / ice-skating at La Grenette / spectacles on Wednesdays, rides around town in the cal√®che, creative workshops on Saturdays;

© Office de Tourisme, Sallanches

until March 2018Outdoor ice-skating rinkPatinoire de Comblouxin front of MairieCombloux;

© combloux.com

until 11th March 2018Outdoor ice-skating rinkEsplanade de la PatinoireMegève13h30 to 19h30;

Patinoire à Megève © montblancfamilyfun.com

???until March 2018 –¬†Outdoor ice-skating rink¬†– Les Contamines

until March 2018 –¬†La Patinoire de ClusesCluses – 600m2 of ice to skate on, with lots of special themed events . . . / see here for more details . . . / Good to know: it is obligatory to wear gloves! /¬†address: Place des Allobroges in¬†Cluses¬†;

© patinoire-cluses.com

weekends (and some Wednesdays) until March 2018Winter activities at T√©l√©ph√©rique du Sal√®ve –¬†T√©l√©ph√©rique du Sal√®veraquettes hire for snow-shoe circuits, luges, ice-skating rink at top of t√©l√©ph√©rique . . . / Wednesday 3rd January;

© Téléphérique Salève

until 7th January 2018No√ęl des Alpes¬†– Annecy – illuminations, March√©s de No√ęl, ice-skating rink . . . / more information & programme: here;

© Annecy Noel

until¬†7th January 2018 –¬†Le Fabuleux Village ou la L√©gende des Flottins –¬†Evian lots of activities/spectacles for families and the Flottins depart again on the 7th January/ see here¬†for more details!

¬†until 7th January 2018Cirque de No√ęl¬†– PlainpalaisGeneva 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 14th January 2018¬†¬ęGeneva Lux¬Ľ Festival de Lumi√®res¬† Ile de Rousseau –¬†Geneva – this light festival debuted in 2014 / Swiss and international light artists, with installations made for Geneva during this festive period / FREE / website;

© Geneva LUX

until 7th January 2018 –¬†Mercatino di Natale¬†(March√© Vert No√ęl)Aosta –¬†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 post Christmastime for photos);

© Aosta Noel
© Aosta Noel

On-going Exhibitions & New Openings

until Sunday 29th April¬†2018 –¬†¬ęL’alpage de Pormenaz¬Ľ exhibition¬†– La Maison du Lieutenant¬†– Servoz ¬†address:¬†Maison du Lieutenant,¬†2231 Le Mont,¬†74310, Servoz;

until 31st March 2018¬†– Exhibition: ¬ęLes Rois de la Yaute¬ĽCombloux15h30 to 18h30 (shut Sunday and Thursdays) – pastels of animals of Haute-Savoie from T√©ta N√®r;

© 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 Рa whole new concept in how to integrate art into urban life! / FREE;

2KM3 Saint-Gervais-les-Bains car park © montblancfamilyfun

until 1st AprilExhibition: Paysages du 21√®me Si√®cle – que fabriquons-nous aujourdh’hui? –¬†Maison forte de HautetourSaint-Gervais-les-Bains;

© Saint-Gervais-les-Bains Tourisme

until 1st April 2018Exhibition: De soie, de laine et de coton, les √©toffes sacr√©esMus√©e d’Art Sacr√©eSaint Nicolas de V√©roce;

© Saint-Gervais-les-Bains Tourisme

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 5th March 2018New exhibition: ¬ęPaul Cabaud, Amoureux d’ici¬Ľ Ch√Ęteau d’Annecy –¬†Annecy – a painter and photographer from 19th century Annecy;

¬© Chateau d’ Annecy

until 21st January 2018¬†– Exhibition:¬†¬ęLe chic fran√ßais, image de femmes 1900 – 1950¬Ľ Palais Lumi√®re √Čvianevery day from 10h to 19h address:¬†Espace d‚ÄôExposition, quai Albert Besson,¬†74500, Evian /¬†tel:¬†+33 (0)4 50 83 15 90;

¬ęLe chic fran√ßais, image de femmes 1900 – 1950¬Ľ¬†– Palais Lumi√®re¬†¬©¬†Palais Lumi√®re

until¬†7th January 2018 ¬†Exhibition: ¬ęFaune & Fer¬Ľ by Atelier Pyrite¬†¬†temporary exhibition¬†¬†Barryland¬† Martigny¬† Switzerland –¬†more information: www.fondation-barry.ch;

© Atelier Pyrite/ Barryland

until¬†7th January 2018 ¬ęFourmis¬Ľ ¬†temporary exhibition¬†¬†Mus√©um (Natural History Museum)¬† Geneva ¬†Tuesday to Sunday crom 10h to¬†17h /¬†CLOSED¬†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;

¬ęFourmis¬Ľ¬†– the new temporary exhibition at the Mus√©um in Geneva¬†¬©¬†Mus√©um / Ville de Gen√®ve

until¬†7th January 2018 ¬†¬ęL’effet boomerang. Les arts aborig√®nes d‚ÄôAustralie¬Ľ ¬†current¬†temporary exhibition¬†¬†MEG¬†– Geneva –¬†Tuesday to Sunday from 11h to 18h¬†/ CLOSED Mondays / price: 9/6 CHF;

until 4th February 2018 New exhibition:¬†¬ęWilliam Leavitt, R√©trospective¬ĽMAMCOGenevaaddress:¬†Mus√©e d‚Äôart moderne et contemporain,¬†10 rue des Vieux-Grenadiers,¬†CH‚Äď1205, Geneva /¬†www.mamco.ch;

© MAMCO

until 14th January 2018Exhibition: ¬ęJourneys without arrivals¬Ľby Qui Zhijie¬†Centre d’Art Contemporain Gen√®ve¬†– Geneva – open Tuesday to Sunday, 11h to 18h / price:¬†5 CHF; students¬†2 CHF; FREE for under 18s / shut from 24th to 26th December and 31st December to 1st January 2018 / workshop for children: see website;

¬ęJourneys without arrivals¬Ľ –¬†Qui Zhijie¬†¬© Centre d’Art Contemporain Gen√®ve

until 7th January 2018¬ęBody Worlds: Le Cycle de la Vie¬Ľ 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 28th January 2018Exhibition ¬ęAi Wei Wei: d’ailleurs c’est toujours les autres¬Ľ Mus√©e¬†Cantonal des Beaux-ArtsLausanne;

© Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne

until 30th June 2018New exhibition: ¬ęToulouse-Lautrec et son √©poque¬Ľ –¬†Fondation Pierre Gianadda – 90 prints by¬†Toulouse-Lautrec, from 1891 to 1899, his more famous works, but also the lesser-viewed / also works by¬†Pierre Bonnard, Jules Ch√©ret, Paul Cesar Helleu, Pablo Picasso;

© Fondation Pierre Gianadda

since 21st October 2017the new Aquatis aquarium/vivariumLausanne Рnow open to the public / see website for more details, opening hours;

© Aquarium Vivarium Aquatis Lausanne

Weekly Markets au Pays du Mont-Blanc
  • Saturday Chamonix (8h to midday) and Sallanches (8h to 13h);
  • Tuesday Chedde in Passy (8h to midday)¬†and Les Contamines¬†(8h to midday);
  • Tuesday –¬†Le P’tit March√© Paysan de Produits Locaux¬†(Sallanches;¬†16h30 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 √† Savon, and the¬†L√©gumes 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 March√© Paysan (from 15h), Combloux (8h to midday)¬†and Le Fayet Market (8h to13h, in front of the Gare SNCF);
  • ThursdaySaint-Gervais-les-Bains (8h to 13h);
  • FridayMeg√®ve (8h to 13h);

Parks open in January au Pays du Mont-Blanc & environs

all year-roundLe Parc ThermalLe Fayet Рplayground, grass for games, hiking trails / 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!* / good to know Рwe visited this park in December, and it was magical;

Zoo Les Marécottes © montblancfamilyfun

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


Rainy Days/ Snowy White-Out 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 Chamonix, Sallanches, Marlioz (Passy), Saint-Gervais-les-Bains and Megève . . . further afield, there is Vitam in Neydens.

Indoor ice-skating rinks – see MBFF post for more details;

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