If you are staying home au Pays du Mont-Blanc (or visiting us) during the 🍂🍁🎃 Toussaint holidays 🎃🍁🍂, then you are in for a treat as there are plenty of family-friendly activities a-happening!
Below, you will find some of the family and children’s festivals, Halloween activities and more on offer au Pays du Mont-Blanc and beyond during the holidays . . .
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
Télécabines and Téléphériques
Don’t forget that some of the télécabines / telepheriques will still be operating during the Toussaint holidays, allowing for some higher-altitude walks (weather permitting):
- Flégère – open until 4th November, 9h to 16h;
- Montenvers – Mer de Glace – SHUT until 5th November;
- Aiguille du Midi – open until 4th November . . . (NOTE: only first cable-car to Plan de l’Aiguille functioning, as renovation work being carried out on second one);
A few of our local accrobranches ® will be open over the holidays, with some Halloween specials . . . / check individual websites and FB pages . . .
Parks, Gardens, Castles, Playgrounds and Amusement Parks
Don’t forget our parks on fine weather days – le Parc Thermal in Le Fayet is a wonderful spot for the whole family (playground, duck and fish pond, green space to picnic, kick a ball, ride a bike or draisienne, short walks . . .) / or, a short train ride away, les Marécottes animal park . . . and also further afield, the Botanical Gardens in Geneva.
For some more park, playgrounds, castle and gardens options a bit further away, see here (do check autumn opening hours).
The Parc d’Attractions in Chamonix has some Halloween 🎃 activities planned (see below).
For those rainy days, with no clear plans, we have:
- a host of wonderful museums au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond) / see post Museums & Exhibitions;
- public swimming pools;
- ice-skating rinks (with some special Toussaint holiday events; see below);
- bowling alleys;
- indoor climbing walls;
- and softplay and indoor play centres;
Children’s festival Les Petits Asticots (Pays du Mont-Blanc)
This much anticipated festival for children au Pays du Mont-Blanc (Chamonix, Les Houches, Servoz, Vallorcine, Passy, Sallanches & Saint-Gervais-les-Bains) will take place from 20th to 26th October – a week of theatre, music, dance, circus, puppets and workshops for little people and their families (and some for older children)! / price: all spectacles 5€ and workshops from FREE to 15€ / booking details: les-petits-asticots.com;
Les Petits Princes de l’Automne (Megève)
In Megève, from Monday 22nd October to 4th November, there will be a children’s festival: Les Petits Princes de l’Automne / two weeks of activities (cabane-making, woodwork, face-painting, manège . . . ) for families and children under 13 years / address: Place du Village, Megève;
Urban Art Festival #3 (Cluses)
The 3rd edition of the Urban’Art Festival in Cluses will be taking place from the 25th to 27th October. Thought up by young clusiens, Cluses decided to support this project, whose intention is to inform the wider public about urban culture, while also getting young people involved (of particular interest, perhaps, to teenagers?). This autumnal 3-day festival will comprise: concerts, spectacles, workshops, initiations in urban art, hip hop dance competitions, exhibions, film . . see website for more information about the events and workshops.
Festi’Môm children’s festival (Annemasse)
Festi’Môm will be taking place in Annemasse from 20th to 28th October / organised by the MJC Annemasse, this a festival for 0-99 year olds and families / spectacles, workshops, cinema, ludothèque, café des enfants / for the programme, see website (see flyer below);
Centres Loisirs (MJC Chamonix & Saint-Gervais, FJEP Passy, MEG’Loisirs, etc . . .)
Check with your local centres loisirs for special Toussaint holiday and Halloween-themed activities . . .
Kids’ Party (Le Palais, Megève)
Tuesday 23rd October – from 16h to 17h30 / Salle des Congrès du Palais / for under 6s, accompanied by an adult / go in costume!
Halloween au Domaine des Planards (Chamonix)
from Saturday 27th to Wednesday 31st October – 13h30 to 17h30 (later opening on 31st!) / animations, surprises, costumes, presents;
Halloween Party (Saint-Gervais-Les-Bains)
Saturday 28th October – witches, vampires and zombies will make an appearance at this party! / from 18h30 / costume competition / buvette on-site;
Bowling du Mont-Blanc (Sallanches)
Halloween party on ice (Megève)
Wednesday 31st October – a party on ice for older children, at the indoor patinoire in the Palais des Sports in Megève / from 20h to 22h / price: 4€;
Halloween au Signal de Bougy (Switzerland)
Saturday 28th October – a 🎃 Halloween special at this fabulous park/playground in Switzerland 🇨🇭 (the other side of Lac du Léman);
MAH – family visit: “FAIS-MOI PEUR!” (Geneva)
Wednesday 31st October – interactive mercredi family visit for 6 to 10 year olds, accompanied by an adult / FREE / no reservations required / 15h30 / more information here / also, see Des vacances qui donnent la patate below . . .
Globule Radio workshops for older children (Chamonix Valley)
Globule Radio is offering two radio journalism workshops during the Toussaint holidays: one during Festival des Petits Asticots (a chance to get behind the scenes of this festival, to interview the actors and the teams involved in the production, and to interview the public too) and one called la «Family Franglais Atelier» / for children 8 to 15 years / more information: http://www.globule-radio.fr/inscriptions-ouvertes;
SHOOT photography festival (Chamonix Valley)
Headed up by photographer Laure Maugeais from Image Temps, the 3rd edition of this festival will run into the Toussaint holidays (from 5th to 28th October) / more than 500 children will be involved / two creative workshops, animations, exhibitions, visits / website;
See MUSEUM section below for creative activities and visits scheduled during the Toussaint holidays at the Musée Alpin in Chamonix and at the Musée Montagnard in Les Houches;
Couleurs et Sens (Sallanches)
Lots of exciting art activities over the Toussaint holidays in Sallanches . . . / for children 6 to 17 years / to sign up, see flyer below . . .
Lydie’s Cake (Sallanches)
Cupcake-making workshops for children in Sallanches . . .
Stage Céramique Boutique du Bout des Doigts (Saint-Gervais-les-Bains)
A pottery course from 23rd to 27th October / 13h to 14h30 and 14h30 to 16h / reservations: 06 24 59 08 32 / price: 70€;
Maison de la Créativité (Conches, Geneva, Switzerland)
The MBFF family are huge fans of this centre of creativity for families in Conches, Geneva . . . we discovered the house and grounds of the Maison de la Créativité one sunny day two years ago, and have been back since / a house and gardens full of treasures for children, incredible (and always changing) workshops, an outdoor “kitchen”, a playground, incredibly welcoming staff . . . / Toussaint opening: from 22nd to 26th October and Wednesday 31st October from 14h30 to 17h30 and Saturday 27th October from 9h30 to midday and from 14h30 to 17h30 / 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 / parking: on route de Florissant, and then a short walk (or bring draisienne!) / price: 3CHF for children and adults 2+ years (bring Swiss cash if possible) / more information: website and MBFF post;
Musée Alpin (Chamonix)
The wonderful Musée Alpin in Chamonix has some activities/workshops planned for children/families during the Toussaint holidays . . .
Le Musée Montagnard (Les Houches)
Check FB page, for information . . .
Espace Tairraz-Musée des Cristaux (Chamonix)
Check FB Page for information about guided visits at the Espace Tairraz – Musée des Cristaux, during the Toussaint holidays;
Les vacances qui donnent la patate (Musée d’Art et d’Histoire, Geneva)
A Toussaint holiday programme from 23rd to 26th October for little ones and older ones at this fabulous museum in Geneva! / see website for more details;
For more ideas for exhibitions and museum visits, see post Museums & Exhibitions au Pays du Mont-Blanc and beyond . . .
Softplay and Indoor Play
For more information, see MBFF post Softplay & Bouncy Castles au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond) . . .
Remember that La Petite Folie softplay, in Chamonix, has now permanently shut its doors.
Le Parc en Folie softplay Toussaint activities (Sallanches)
Le Parc en Folie in Sallanches will be celebrating its 2nd birthday during these Toussaint holidays and there will be lots of activities scheduled / see the flyer below:
Le Palais Megève Toussaint swimming events
Friday 26th October – Megève Piscine Pool Party! – from 20h to 22h / for 12+ years / parents NOT invited! / price: 4€;
Sundays 28th October & 4th November – Megève Piscine – La Balnéothérapie Cocon de Lily / massages and luminosensorielle / price: 22€ adults, children (5-14 years) 8€ and FREE for under 5s / 10h until noon;
La Réserve Naturelle de Passy
Centre de la Nature Montagnarde (Sallanches)
The fabulous Centre de la Nature Montagnarde in Sallanches is currently SHUT for renovations / website;
La Foire Froide (Sallanches)
This annual Sallanches event will be taking place this year from the 26th until the 28th October / see here for more details;
«Les Petits Fermiers» farmyard workshops and visits at Ferme Les Montagnards GAEC (Ormaret, Combloux)
The Ferme les Montagnards, in Ormaret in Combloux, often offers farm workshops and visits for children and families during the holidays / highly recommended by MBFF / see FB page for more details;
Réserve Naturelle des Contamines-Montjoie
Les Contamines-Montjoie’s nature reserve often organises nature-inspired activities for children over the holidays / see FB page for more details;
Foire Agricole (Saint-Gervais-les-Bains)
This year, the 41st Foire Agricole in Saint-Gervais will take place at the start of the Toussaint holidays, on Sunday 21st October / a great day out for the family (MBFF recommended!) / farm animals, market stall, activities for children, plentiful food! / parking: you will be directed to car parks, and some a fair distance away, so with poor walkers it is a good idea to drop them off!
Maison du Salève (Présilly)
La Maison du Salève in Présilly is organising a nature workshop on Sunday 28th October, from 9h to 18h / in Charly d’Andilly / fruit picking and pressing, demonstrations and animations, bat nest making for children / FREE!
Ice Skating Holiday Specials (Le Palais, Megève)
Sunday 28th October – Jardin de la Glisse – at the indoor patinoire in Megève rom 10h to midday / for children under 10 years / price: 4€;
See above for Halloween ice-skating special for older children . . .
Holiday workshops at Le Palais in Megève
There are some great workshops for children on offer at the Palais in Megève over the Toussaint holidays: pottery, climbing, tennis, tout en équilibre, stylisme et création . . . / see here for more details / reservations for all classes/stages: at the Caisse at the Palais de Megève / tel: +33 (0)4 50 21 15 71;
Médiathèque Ange Abrate (Sallanches)
There will be workshops from Les Petits Asticots, and also on . . .
Saturday 27th October – Les Racontines storytelling / at 16h / for all ages;
L’Heure du Conte (Saint-Gervais-les-Bains)
On Thursdays 25th October and 1st November at 11h / for children 5 to 11 years (parents welcome) / FREE!
Spectacle Jeunesse at Le Palais, Megève
Wednesday 24th October – Les Graines du Désert – Auditorium du Palais – Megève – 17h – for children 4+ years / reservations required;
Ciné-Goûter (Le Palais, Megève)
Tuesday 30th October – 16h / in auditorium / for families, 6+ years;
If you are planning a weekend (or long day!) away, but not wanting to head too far, the following places in the départements of Isère and l’Ain have some Halloween activities planned for the family: Parc Walibi amusement park (cheaper if booked online), le Parc des Oiseaux, les Grottes du Cerdon, les Grottes de la Balme . . .
🍂🍁🎃 Bonnes Vacances de Toussaint!!! 🎃🍁🍂