CHRISTMAS MARKETS au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond)

It’s official: the🎄CHRISTMAS SEASON is truly kicking off this week . . .

The ❄️ snow has begun to fall and settle up high and not too far from 🏔️ le Pays du Mont-Blanc, 🎁 Villages de Noël & 🎄Marchés de Noël are beginning to appear in the centre of bigger towns and villages (🇫🇷 Annecy, Lyon, 🇨🇭 Montreux, Château de Coppet, Lausanne, 🇮🇹 Aosta . . .), bringing warming winter magic: mulled wine and 🥨 pretzels, 🎆 beautiful illuminations, sometimes a chance to do some ⛸ ice-skating and some Christmas shopping too . . . and we’ll soon have our own selection of ephemeral 🏔️🎄 Marchés & Villages de Noël au Pays du Mont-Blanc (from early December), with lots of artisanal and gastronomic goods made au Pays du Mont-Blanc . . .

➡️ for more information about ⛸ SEASONAL OUTDOOR ICE-SKATING RINKS, see separate article here;

➡️ and for more information about:

  • 🎄 the lighting of Christmas trees;
  • 🎄 BIG Christmas events for families Evian’s « Le Fabuleux Village ou la Légende des Flottins », 🎅 Le Hameau du Père Noël at Mont-Sion, 🎅 the Grotto du Père Noël in Rochers-en-Naye . . . ;
  • 🎆 dazzling light shows;
  • 🎅 visits from Santa;
  • 🎄 a CALENDAR of Christmas concerts, spectacles and storytelling for families . . . 

. . . see separate MBFF article🎄CHRISTMASTIME au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond) [ being prepared right now! ]


Colour code for listings:

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

🏔️ Passy & environs 🏔️

🏔️ Sallanches, Combloux, Cordon & Domancy 🏔️

🏔️ Saint-Gervais-les-Bains, Le Fayet, Saint-Nicolas de Véroce & environs 🏔️

🏔️ Megève, Praz-sur-Arly & environs 🏔️

🏔️ Les Contamines-Montjoie & environs 🏔️

🇫🇷 Further France 🇫🇷

🇨🇭 Switzerland 🇨🇭

🇮🇹 Italy 🇮🇹


🎄🗓 CHRISTMAS MARKET CALENDAR 🗓🎄

🎄 CHRISMAS MARKETS starting end of November (or early December) and running throughout December:🎄
🇨🇭 Wednesday 20th November ⇒ 31st December 2019 –🎄Bô Noël (LAUSANNE);
🇨🇭 Thursday 21st November ⇒ 24th December 2019 –🎄Marché de Noël de Montreux (Montreux-Noël, LAC LEMAN);
🇫🇷 Friday 22nd November 2019 ⇒ 5th January 2020 –🎄« Noël des Alpes »: Le Marché de Noël & Le Village des Alpes (ANNECY);
🇫🇷 Saturday 23rd November ⇒ 24th December 2019 –🎄Marché de Noël de Lyon (Place Carnot, LYON);
🇫🇷 Saturday 23rd November ⇒ 5th January 2020 –🎄« Noël à Chambéry »: Marché de Noël (CHAMBERY);
🇮🇹 Saturday 23rd November 2019 ⇒ 5th January 2020 –🎄Mercatino di Natale (Marché Vert de NoëlAOSTA);
🇨🇭 Saturday 23rd November ⇒ 31st December 2019 –🎄Marché de Noël de Vevey (Vevey, LAC LEMAN);
🇫🇷 Thursday 28th November 2019 ⇒ 5th January 2020 –🎄Le Village d’Hiver (AIX-les-BAINS);
🇨🇭 Wednesday 4th December ⇒ 31st December 2019 –🎄« Noël aux Bastions » (Parc des Bastions, GENEVA);
🇫🇷 Friday 6th December ⇒ 24th December 2019 –🎄« Bonjour l’Hiver » (ANNEMASSE);
🏔️ Saturday 7th December ⇒ 5th January 2019 –🎄« Les Festivités de Noël à Sallanches » (SALLANCHES);
🇨🇭 Thursday 12th December ⇒ 23rd December 2019 🎄Marché de Noël: Le Hameau (MARTIGNY);
🇫🇷 Friday 13th December ⇒ 23rd December 2019 –🎄« Le Big Barouf du Père Noël »: Marché de Noël (BONNEVILLE);
🇨🇭 Friday 13th December 24th December 2019 🎄Marché de Noël de Nyon (NYON);
🇫🇷 Saturday 14th December ⇒ 4th January 2020 –🎄« Thonon fait son Cirk »: Marché de Noël (THONON);
🏔️ Saturday 21st ⇒ 26th December 2019 –🎄Village de Noël (MEGÈVE);
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🎄 CHRISTMAS MARKETS set over shorter period:🎄
🇨🇭 Wednesday 11th ⇒ Sunday 15th December 2019 –🎄Marché de Noël au Château de Morges (MORGES, LAC LEMAN);
🇨🇭 Friday 13th & Saturday 14th December 2019 – 🎄Marché de Noël à la Ferme de Budé (GENEVA);
🇨🇭 Friday 13th, Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th December 2019 –🎄« Marché de Noël à Carouge » (CAROUGE); 
🇨🇭 Friday 13th ⇒ Sunday 15th December AND Friday 21st ⇒ Sunday 22nd December 2019 –🎄« Noël à Gruyères »: Marché de Noël (GRUYÈRES);
🏔️ Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th December 2019 –🎄Rusc Marché de Noël du Casino (CHAMONIX);
🇫🇷 Saturday 14th December 2019 –🎄Marché de Noël aux Carroz (LES CARROZ);
🏔️ Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th December 2019 –🎄Marché de Noël du Casino (LE FAYET);
🇫🇷 Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th December (AND 20th until 26th December) 2019 –🎄Village de Noël (SAMOËNS);
🇫🇷 Sunday 15th December 2019 –🎄Marché de Noël (MAGLAND);
🏔️ Sunday 15th December –🎄Marché de Noël (SERVOZ);
🇨🇭 Sunday 15th December 2019 –🎄Marché de Yule (2è édition) (CHÂTEAU d’AIGLE);
🇫🇷 Friday 20th until 26th December 2019 🎄Village de Noël (SAMOËNS);
🏔 Saturday 21st & Sunday 21st December 2019 – 🎄2è Marché de Noël Artisanal Zéros Déchets (Le Repère des Z’Héros, SALLANCHES);
🏔 Saturday 21st & Sunday 21st December 2019 – 🎄Marché de Noël (SAINT-GERVAIS-MONT-BLANC);
🏔️ Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd December 2019 – Marché de Noël (LES CONTAMINES-MONTJOIE);
🇫🇷 Sunday 22nd December 2019 –🎄Marché de Noël (SIXT-FER-à-CHEVAL);
🇫🇷 Sunday 22nd December 2019 –🎄Marché de Noël (NOTRE DAME de BELLECOMBE, VAL d’ARLY);
🇫🇷 Sunday 22nd December 2019 –🎄Marché de Noël (LA GIETTAZ);
🇫🇷 Sunday 23rd December 2019 –🎄Marché de Noël (HAUTELUCE, BEAUFORTAIN);

🎄🗓 CHRISTMAS MARKETS – larger ones running from November through December 🗓🎄

In chronological order . . .

🇨🇭🎄(LAUSANNE) – Bô Noël – from 20th November ⇒ 31st December 2019🎄🇨🇭

🎄Lausanne’s Bô Noël is the ensemble of the🎄Marchés de Noël de Lausanne (5markets, a village des enfants, two squares lit up and illuminations from Lausanne Lumières) / 🌟 ending on 31st December, with Silent Party du Nouvel An (bring in the New Year with YOUR choice of music; tickets needed!) / Village des Enfants: children’s workshops on Esplanade de la Cathédrale, every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 23rd November until 31st December 2019, 13h until 19h / 🌟 NEW for 2019 🌟 La Place des Flottins – with the Le Fabuleux Village ou la légende des flottins  / website;

🔸The different markets:🔸

Le Grand Marché – place Saint-François;
Le Marché des Créateurs – place Pépinet;
Le Marché du Terroir – place de l’Europe;
La Terrasse des Amis – terrasse Bel-Air (*Le 2020);
• 🌟 La Place des Flottins – place Centrale;
🎄 Le Sapin Géant et l’Horloge – place de la Palud;
L’Avent à la Cité – rue Cité-Devant;
🌟 Le Village des Enfants – esplanade de la Cathédrale;

© Bô Noël

🗺 where? Lausanne – several locations; see here for more information about what to find and where;

when? Monday & Tuesday 11h30 until 21h30; Wednesday to Saturday 11h30 until 22h30 (boutiques shut at 20h) and Sunday midday to 20h / SHUT Christmas Day, 25th December 2019;

🎆 Bô Noël runs in conjunction with 🎆 « Lausanne Lumières » light show;

coup de cœur – MBFF’s experience ❤ – we headed to Lausanne two years ago to experience 🎄Bô Noêl . . . we arrived to a magical flurry of snowflakes! There was a very festive spirit, the lights were stunning and the food markets were lovely (I was in food paradise when I discovered a Latin American stall . . . memories) . . . we even discovered some children’s workshops, glowing swings and Santa too!

© Bô Noël
Bô Noël © Bô Noël
© Bô Noël

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🇨🇭🎄(MONTREUX, Lac Léman) – Marché de Noël de Montreux – from 21st November ⇒ 24th December 2019🎄🇨🇭

🎄Montreux-Noël stretches from the lakeside of Lac Léman, up to 🎅 Santa’s grotto in Rochers-de-Naye (at 2042m altitude, you can reach this by cobble train!), and across to the Château de Chillon (la Féerie Médiévale) too . . . it is a festive destination for the whole family. There is a large🎄Christmas market along the quai (160 chalets, decorated and lit along the lakeside, artisan wares, food, vin chaud, ideas for presents), the fantastic 🎡 Big Wheel, La Place des Lutins (workshops for children: candle-making, chocolate-making) . . . le Village des Bûcherons. 🎅 Santa, with his sledge and reindeer, makes an appearance each evening above your heads at 17h, 18h and 19h and 🎆 the façade of Fairmont Le Montreux Palace is lit in 3D from 17h every evening / website;

🗺 where? for parking & transport information, see here;

❤ coup de cœur – MBFF’s experience ❤ I had been wanting to go to the 🎄Marché de Noël de Montreux for a long time, and a couple of Decembers ago we finally managed a visit en famille . . . it was FABULOUS! We decided to NOT be too ambitious on our visit, and we kept to the Christmas market along the quai, and there was definitely enough to do there to keep us busy . . . the stalls, the lights, an appearance from Santa up above, 🎡 the Big Wheel (the boys loved this! Wrap up warmly, brrr!) . . . there are plenty of huts serving food along the way! / read about the MBFF experience here;

[ good to know – the market does get very busy in the evenings, so do take due care with children and pushchairs! (personally, I would not have enjoyed an evening visit with a pushchair!) ]

© Montreux Noël 2019

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🇨🇭🎄(VEVEY, Lac Léman) – Marché de Noël de Vevey – from 23rd November ⇒ 31st December 2019🎄🇨🇭

Montreux’s little brother, and home once to Charlie Chaplin, Vevey also has a Christmas market . . . and a tunnel lumineux / see here for more information;

🗺 where? place Scanavin;

© Vevey Noel
© Vevey Noel

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🇫🇷🎄(ANNECY) – « Noël des Alpes » : Le Marché de Noël & Le Village des Alpes – from 22nd November 2019 ⇒ 5th January 2020🎄🇫🇷

[ After the devastating fire at the historic Hôtel de Ville in Annecy, I’m unsure of the impact on the🎄Marché de Noël, which is normally located right next to it, with a 🎆 a son et lumière on its façade (every day, from 17h until 22h) ]

A visit to Annecy is lovely at any time of year, but at Christmastime it really sparkles – the🎄Marché de Noël is located in the Old Town, next to many of the emblematic historic buildings of Annecy and the🎄Village des Alpes et Patinoire is located in Place François de Menthon, opposite the Centre Commercial Courier. The ⛸ patinoires are located in the heart of the            🎄Village des Alpes; there is a small rink for little ones and their parents (30 m2) and a larger one (430m2) for more experienced skaters (this one is even bigger this year!). At the🎄Marché de Noël and the🎄Village des Alpes, you’ll be treated to: illuminations, animations, workshops, and 🎆 a son et lumière on the façade of the Hôtel de Ville in the Old Town (every day, from 17h until 22h) / more information: website;

© Lac d’Annecy Tourisme

🎆 opening night and son & lumière show: 22nd November 2019, from 17h;

© Lac d’Annecy Tourisme

🗺 where? two different locations in Annecy: 🎄Marché de Noël opposite Hôtel de Ville in the Vieil Annecy, and 🎄Village des Alpes in the Place François de Menthon, opposite Centre Commercial Courier;

⏰ opening hours: see here;

© Lac d’Annecy Tourisme

[ good to know: in Annecy, you will also find🎄Le Marché de Noël des Créateurs de l’Impérial Palace from 20th ⇒ 22nd December 2019 ]

© Imperial Palace Annecy

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🇫🇷🎄(LYON) – Marché de de Noël de Lyon – from 23rd November ⇒ 24th December 2019🎄🇫🇷

Lyon is particularly atmospheric at Christmastime, and the🎄Marché de Noël de Lyon (the largest in the area) is lively, taking over Place Carnot . . . there are more than a hundred stands selling artisan goods and food / website;

🗺 where? Place Carnot (Métro Perrache);

when? 10h to 20h (with nocturnes Friday & Saturday until 22h);

coup de cœur – MBFF’s experience ❤ We headed to Lyon for a weekend in late November a few years ago, and managed to fit in a visit to the Christmas Market, a walking tour of Vieux Lyon, and also a visit to the beautiful village of Pérouges (lots of Christmas magic throughout the city, but sooo COLD . . . do wrap up warmly, as the winter wind bites in Lyon and Pérouges!!);

[ good to know: a visit can be combined with Lyon’s famous and sparkling 🎆 « Fête des Lumières », from 5th to 8th December (see website) / Mini World Lyon also has its own spectacular Fête des Lumières ]

© Marché de Lyon

and also, in the beautiful and historic quarter of Croix-Rousse . . .

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🇫🇷🎄(CHAMBERY) – « Noël de Chambéry » – Saturday 23rd November 2019 ⇒ 5th January 2020;

Chambéry has a Christmas market, part of the larger event: « Noël de Chambéry » / for more information and a programme of events, see website!

🗺 where? place St Léger;

© chambery.fr
© chambery.fr

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🇮🇹🎄(AOSTA, ITALY) – Mercatino di Natale (Marché Vert de Noël) – from 23rd November 2019 ⇒ until 6th January 2020🎄🇮🇹

The🎄Mercatino di Natale is a Christmas market & village set within the Roman archaeological site of Aosta (what an impressive location!) / more information here;

🗺 where? archaeological area of the Teatro Romano, city centre of Aosta;

⏰ when? every day from 10h30 until 20h or 22h (weekends) and from 15h on Christmas Day and 1st January 2020;

Mercatino Natale © lovevda.it
Mercatino Natale © lovevda.it
© Aosta nel Cuore

[ good to know: if you head to Aosta for its Christmas market, there is a wonderful playground in the streets behind the Roman theatre! ]

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🇫🇷🎄(AIX-les-BAIN, Riviera des Alpes) – « Aix-les-Bains en Fêtes » : Village d’Hiver from Thursday 28th November 2019 ⇒ 5th January 2020 🎄🇫🇷

Aix-les-Bains has a🎄Village d’Hiver in December, part of the larger Christmas event 🎄« Aix-les-Bains en Fêtes », with about 20 small chalets selling artisanal goods and serving local food (oysters, salmon, tapas, fondue & raclette, charcuterie, vin chaud and hot chocolate, gaufres, crêpes, churros) . . . / more information & programme: here;

🗺 where? Square Alfred Boucher and rue de Genève for the market;
when? 11h to 21h;
[ good to know: as part of the animations, there is a 🌟 Village des Enfants on Place Carnot, from 14th until 24th December 2019 from 15h to 18h – with workshops (like make a stocking . . .), a carrousel, wooden games, face-painting and more . . . / and on 21st December: a grande parade, a spectacle pyrothechnique and a mapping vidéo on the façade of the Hôtel de Ville (see poster below) ]
© Ville Aix les Bains
© Ville Aix les Bains

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🇨🇭🎄(GENEVA, Parc des Bastions) – Noël aux Bastions – from 4th ⇒ 31st December 2019 🎄🇨🇭

Le Parc des Bastions in Geneva is lovely throughout the year, but it will be infused with 🌟 extra magic again this year, with the second edition of 🎄Noël aux Bastions: artisans selling their wares, warming vin chaud, street food from around the world, and the Chalet du Fondue . . . / and ⭐ NEW for this year, Le Christmas Pub, with drinks from around the world! / and for the little ones: the 🌟 Monde des Enfants, a yourte with workshops, storytelling and more, and a carrousel and ⛸ ice-skating rink too! / website;

when? see here for programme;

© Noel aux Bastions
© Noel aux Bastions
© Noël aux Bastions

coup de cœur – MBFF’s visit ❤ – MBFF visited just before Christmas last year and had a lovely day: superb food huts (we travelled the world: Argentina, Iran, Mexico . . .), FREE ice-skating access (so take your own skates if you have any!), a brilliant new playground in the Parc des Bastions . . .

Noël aux Bastions © montblancfamilyfun.com

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🇫🇷🎄 (ANNEMASSE) – « Bonjour l’Hiver »: Marché de Noël from 6th ⇒ 24th December 2019 🎄🇫🇷

🎄« Bonjour l’Hiver » (24è Festival des Arts de la Rue) is Annemasse’s Christmas event – as well as events for the whole family, there is a 🎄Marché de Noël (35 stands) &🎄Village de Noël (on place de l’Hôtel de Ville) and a small ⛸ ice-skating rink / see here for more details;

© Ville d’Annemasse
Patinoire Bonjour l’Hiver Annemasse © Ville d’Annemasse

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🎄(SALLANCHES) – « Festivités de Noël de Sallanches »: Marché de Noël – Saturday 7th December 2019 ⇒ 5th January 2020 🎄

As part of 🎄« Les Festivités de Noël à Sallanches » a 🎄Village de Noël sets up next to the ⛸ seasonal ice-skating rink at La Grenette – this is a lovely, atmospheric little Christmas market, with little wooden cabanes, selling vin chaud, 🥨 pretzels and ginger bread . . . and lots of animations for the whole family / to have a look through the pdf programme, see here;

🗺 where? La Grenette, Sallanches;

when? every day from 15h until 21h or 22h, and weekends from 10h;

© Sallanches Evenements

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 🇨🇭🎄(MARTIGNY) Marché de Noël Le Hameau – from Thursday 12th ⇒ 23rd December🎄🇨🇭

This year is 🌟 Martigny’s 9th edition of its Marché de Noël Le Hameau: artisan goods, food and animations . . . / see website or pdf programme for more details;

🗺 where? La Place Centrale, Martigny;

when? from 14h (or 11h at the weekend) until 19h to 22h;

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🇨🇭🎄(NYON) – Marché de Noël de Nyon – Friday 13th ⇒ 24th December 2019🎄🇨🇭

Little chalets selling products and food from the region . . .

🗺 where? Place Bel Air, Nyon;

when? 11h until 22h;

© Nyon Ville

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🇫🇷🎄(BONNEVILLE) – 3è Le Big Barouf du Père Noël – from 13th to 24th December 2019🎄🇫🇷

The 3rd edition of the festival, even more féerique! Little cabanes and sapins, and the Gardiens de l’Esprit de Noël : magical spectacles, creative animations, dégustations gourmandes, a carrousel, a concert with children’s singer Xavier Stubbe . . . and a bigger Christmas market too . . . / to see the whole programme, see here;

© http://www.ocabonneville.fr/ Bonneville

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🇫🇷🎪 (THONON-les-BAINS) – « Thonon fait son Cirk » – from 14th December 2019 until 4th January 2020 🎪🇫🇷

Parades, circus acts and a 🎄Christmas market in this pretty town on Lac Léman! / more information here;

© Ville de Thonon

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🎄(MEGÈVE) – Village de Noël – from Saturday 21st ⇒ Thursday 26th December 2019🎄

The🎄Village de Noël in Megève, offering workshops for children, sets up next to the outdoor ice-skating rink / you can sign up for the workshops on-site: photos with le Père Noël, animation gravure, animation cuisine, jeux en bois and déambulations;

🗺 where? Esplanade de la Patinoire, Megève;

when? afternoons, 15h to 19h;

© Megève Tourisme

🎄🗓 CHRISTMAS MARKETS – smaller and more ephemeral ones 🗓🎄

🇨🇭🎄(MORGES, Lac Léman) – 🏰 Marché de Noël au Château de Morges – Wednesday 11th ⇒ Sunday 15th December 2019 🎄🇨🇭

The little chalets of the 🏰🎄Marché de Noël au Château de Morges spill out into the gardens, the courtyard and the basement of this 13th century castle . . . food, wine and more! And 🎅 Village du Père Noël on 1st December!

🗺 where? rue du Château, Morges;

when? from Wednesday 4th ⇒ Sunday 8th December AND Wednesday 11th ⇒ Sunday 15th December 2019 (Thursdays & Fridays 16h to 21h, Saturdays 11h-21h, and Sundays 11h-19h);

© Marché de Noël de Morges

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🇨🇭🎄(CAROUGE) – « Carouge Magique »: Marché de NoëlFriday 13th ⇒ Sunday 15th December 2019🎄🇨🇭

As part of the winter event 🎄« Carouge Magique » (from 1st December 2019), there will be a 🎄Christmas market from Friday 13th ⇒ Sunday 15th December / more information here / the shops in Carouge are also open for business on 🗓Sundays in December: 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd, with extra animations on these days / head to article 🎄Christmastime au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond) for more information about 🎄« Carouge Magique »;

🗺 where? along rue St-Joseph, Place du Temple, Place du Marché (in front of Mairie);

when? Friday 11h until 20h, Saturday 10h until 20h and Sunday 10h until 18 / December Sundays 2019 (1st, 8th, 15th & 22nd) – and shops open in Carouge on Sundays of the avent;

coup de cœur ❤ If you have never visited Carouge, then Christmastime is a lovely time to head there . . . Carouge is considered as the “Greenwich Village” of Geneva, with architecture showing its Sardinian roots (terraces, passageways) and boutique shops, lovely cafés and restaurants / as part of 🎄« Carouge Magique », there is also an ⛸ice-skating rink for children; see separate article here).

Carouge Magique © Ville de Carouge
© Ville de Carouge

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🇨🇭🎄(GENEVA) – 4è Marché de Noël à la Ferme de Budé – Friday 13th & Saturday 14th December 2019🎄

Artisan and bio goods at this farm’s Christmas market / see here for more details;

🗺 where? Ferme de Budé, Chemin Moïse-Duboule 2, 1209, Genève (Petit-Saconnex);

when? Friday 13th December from 15h until 20h and Saturday 14th December from 9h until 16h;

© La Ferme de Budé

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🇨🇭🎄(GRUYÈRES) – « Noël à Gruyères »: Marché de Noël – from Friday 13th ⇒ Sunday 15th December AND 20th ⇒ 22nd December 2019🎄🇨🇭

🏰 Gruyères is a chocolate-box quaint, cobble-stoned medieval village with a crowning castle . . . and so Christmas here is even more magical! There is a 🎄Christmas Market and much, much more . . . an advent calendar in the windows of the medieval town, concerts and processions, a Quête de Chocolat, a Christmas exhibition in the castle, midnight mass . . . / see website or pdf programme for exact dates of activities;

when? the Marché de Noël is from the 13th ⇒ 15th December AND 20th ⇒ 22nd December 2019 (and 🏰 « Noël à Gruyères » is from 24th November 2019 ⇒ 14th January 2020 – read more about this in MBFF article 🎄Christmastime au Pays du Mont-Blanc and beyond);

© Gruyères Tourisme

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🎄(CHAMONIX, Studio Rūsc) – RŪSC Marché de Noël – Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th December 2019🎄

Offer cards, or a creative experience as a gift: drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramic, jewellery, photography, naturopathy and more . . . mingling with a glass of home made mulled wine you may even get an impulse to buy yourself a Christmas present “;

© Studio Rusc

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🇫🇷🎄(LES CARROZ) – Marché de Noël aux Carroz – Saturday 14th December 2019🎄🇫🇷

L’APECAF organises the Christmas market in Les Carroz . . . a spectacle too!

🗺 where? place de l’Ambiance, 74300 Les Carroz-d’Arâches;

when? 15h30 until 19h;

© Les Carroz Tourisme

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🎄(LE FAYET) – Le Casino de Saint-Gervais fait son Marché de Noël – weekend 14th & 15th December 2019 🎄

The casino’s first Marché de Noël! Local artisans and creators: jewellery, book designers, Christmas decorations, eco goods and more . . . / adults only (as it is a casino!);

🗺 where? Salle de Réception du Casino Tranchant, Le Fayet;

when? from 11h until 19h;

© Casino Saint-Gervais

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🇫🇷🎄(SAMOËNS) – Le Village de Noël – weekend 14th & 15th December AND Friday 20th until Thursday 26th December 🎄🇫🇷

Samoëns has a🎄Village de Noël, with fifteen chalets setting up in the main square around La Grenette and in the main streets of the village. This year, the theme is wool: “Tricote moi Noël” (in partnership with Bergère de France) . . . plenty of animations and parades, Santa’s sledge, a nativity scene, vin and chocolat chaud . . . / see here for more details;

[ good to know on 24th December, 🎅 a visit from Santa and 🎆 fireworks from summit of Jardins Botaniques Jäysinia . . . ]

🗺 where? Place du Gros Tilleul & La Grenette, 74340, Samoëns;

when? Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th December, from 16h to 19h30 / Friday 20th until Thursday 26th December, from 16h to 19h30;

© Samoëns Tourisme

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🎄 (SERVOZ) – Marché de Noël – Sunday 15th December 2019🎄

Local artisans and associations, 🎄Christmas trees for sale, 🎅 a visit from Santa at 15h30 . . . and buvette;

🗺 where? Salle Jean Morel and outdoors (address: 142 rue de l’Église, Le Bouchet, 74310, Servoz);

when? 

© Servoz Tourisme

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🇫🇷🎄(MAGLAND) – Le Marché de Noël – Sunday 15th December🎄🇫🇷

🗺 where? Salle des Fêtes, Magland;

when? 10h until 18;

© Magland

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🇨🇭🎄(AIGLE, Château d’Aigle) – « Marché de Yule » – Sunday 15th December 2019🎄🇨🇭

The 🏰 Château d’Aigle will be hosting its second edition of the 🎄« Marché de Yule » / about 30 stands of Swiss creators & artisans / petite restauration (hot and cold), holiday gourmets goods and vin chaud / a theme this year that is a mix of medieval & fantasy, hosted by La Stryx and La Stryx Emporium / 📚 storytelling: 11h: Les Contes de Marie (Les Dragons); 13h: Les Contes de Marie (Les Lutins); 15h: Les Contes de Marie (La Sagesse); 17h: Les Contes de Marie (Les Fées) / more information on website;

🗺 where? Château d’Aigle (address: Place du Château, Aigle, Vaud, Switzerland);
when? 10h to 18h;
© Château d’Aigle 
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🇨🇭🎄(GRUYÈRES) – « Noël à Gruyères »: Marché de Noël » – from 20th ⇒ 22nd December 2019🎄🇨🇭

See above for more details!

© Gruyères Tourisme

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🎄(SALLANCHES, Le Repère des Z’Héros) – Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd December 2019 🎄 

The second edition of this artisanal zéros déchets Christmas market!

© Repère des Z’Héros
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🎄(SAINT-GERVAIS-MONT-BLANC) – Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd December 2019 🎄 

🗺 where? Espace Mont-Blanc;

 when? 10h until 19h;

© Saint-Gervais-Mont-Blanc

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🎄 (LES CONTAMINES-MONTJOIE) – Marché de Noël – Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd December 2019🎄

There is an annual🎄Marché de Noël in Les Contamines-Montjoie / 30 artisan stands, hot chocolate, mulled wine, oyster tasting, folkloric dancing, Santa Claus photos;

🗺 where? l’Espace Animation des Contamines-Montjoie (address: 74 chemin des Ecoles, Les Contamines-Montjoie);

when? Saturday 21st December, 10h until 20h and Sunday 22nd December, 10h until 18h;

© Les Contamines-Montjoie Tourisme

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🇫🇷🎄 (SIXT-FER-à-CHEVAL) – Marché de Noël à Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval – Sunday 22nd December 2019 🎄🇫🇷

The lovely Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval has a🎄Christmas market, showcasing local artisans.

🗺 where? in the heart of the village, in Place du Tilleul, Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval;

when? from 15h to 21h;

© Sixt Fer à Cheval Tourisme

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🇫🇷🎄(NOTRE DAME de BELLECOMBE, VAL d’ARLY) – « Magie de Noël »: Marché de Noël – Sunday 22nd December 2019🎄🇫🇷

🗺 where? Salle Polyvalente;

when? 15h until 19h;

© Notre Dame de Bellecombe Tourisme

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🇫🇷🎄 (LA GIETTAZ) – « Magie de Noël »: Marché de Noël – Sunday 22nd December 2019🎄🇫🇷

where? 15h until 19h;

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🇫🇷🎄 (HAUTELUCE, BEAUFORTAIN) – Marché de Noël – Monday 23rd December 2019 🎄🇫🇷

You’ve perhaps been skiing in Hauteluce (the ski station that links up with Les Contamines!), but have you ever visited the traditional Beaufortain village, located in 🇫🇷 Savoie?

when? 16h until 20h;

© Hauteluce Tourisme & Mairie

 [ good to know – Hauteluce also has a traditional crèche vivante (human nativity) on the 24th December 2019 ]

© Hauteluce Tourisme & Mairie

🇩🇪🇨🇭🇫🇷 EVEN FURTHER AFIELD CHRISTMAS MARKETS 🇫🇷🇨🇭🇩🇪

If you decide to head off even further afield for a weekend of🎄Christmas market charm (but not too far away!), then here are some suggestions for some beautiful🎄Christmas markets in 🇫🇷 Alsace & Lorraine, in 🇨🇭 Further Switzerland, and in 🇩🇪Germany:

🇫🇷🎄 ALSACE & LORRAINE: the lovely village of Riquewihr, nestled among the vineyards / the village of Kaysersberg / Colmar / Obernai / Éguishelm / Mulhouse / Strasbourg / Metz;

🇨🇭🎄 FURTHER SWITZERLAND: Bern / Basel / Rapperswil / St. Gallen;

🇩🇪🎄 GERMANY: Konstanz / Freiburg;

© Strasbourg Alsace Tourisme

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