CHRISTMASTIME & HOLIDAY SEASON au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond)

At🎄Christmastime, we are spoiled 🏔 au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond) with🎄Villages & Marchés de Noël and seasonal outdoor ice-skating rinks too . . . 

➡️ for information about🎄CHRISTMAS MARKETS (villages & marchés de Noël), see separate MBFF article;

➡️ for information about ⛸ SEASONAL ICE-SKATING RINKS, see separate MBFF article;

And also, lots of other 🎄CHRISTMAS EVENTS . . . and so, in this article, you will find a 🗓 CHRISTMASTIME & HOLIDAY SEASON EVENTS CALENDAR and then information about:

  • 🎄 the lighting of town and village CHRISTMAS TREES (illuminations de sapin) in early December;
  • 🎆 dazzling light shows & installations;
  • 🎅 visits from Santa;
  • 🎄🎅 BIG Christmas events for families (🇫🇷 Evian’s « Le Fabuleux Village ou la Légende des Flottins », Le Hameau du Père Noël at Mont-Sion, 🇨🇭 La Grotte du Père Noël in Rochers-de-Naye, « Noël à Barryland » and more . . . );
  • 🎼 seasonal ballet (The Nutrcracker, Swan Lake);
  • 🎨 creative holiday-themed workshops;
  • 🎶 Christmas concerts and church services . . .

[ ℹ️ MORE INFORMATION: be sure to check local tourist offices and their website agendas for up-to-date information! ]


Colour code for listings:

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

🏔️ Passy & environs 

🏔️ Sallanches, Combloux, Cordon & Domancy 

🏔️ Saint-Gervais-Mont-Blanc, Le Fayet, Saint-Nicolas de Véroce & environs 

🏔️ Megève, Praz-sur-Arly & environs 

🏔️ Les Contamines-Montjoie & environs 

🇫🇷 Further France 🇫🇷

🇨🇭 Switzerland 🇨🇭

🇮🇹 Italy 🇮🇹


🗓🎄 CHRISTMASTIME & HOLIDAY SEASON CALENDAR au Pays du Mont-Blanc (& beyond)🎄🗓 

[ 🗓 and for a calendar of carol singing and church concerts, see section below! ]

🗓🎄BIGGER, longer-running CHRISTMAS & HOLIDAY EVENTS🎄🗓
🇫🇷 all year round! – 🎄 Le Hameau du Père Noel (Mt Sion, SAINT-BLAISE);
🇨🇭 Wednesday 20th November ⇒ 31st December 2019 – 🎆 « Festival Lausanne Lumières » (LAUSANNE);
🇨🇭 Thursday 21st November ⇒ 31st December 2019 -🎄 « Montreux Noël » (MONTREUX);
🇫🇷 Saturday 23rd November 2019  5th January 2020 – 🎆 « La Roche, Rondes et Lumières » (La ROCHE-sur-FORON);
🇫🇷 Saturday 23rd November 2019  5th January 2020🎆 « Noël de Chambéry » (CHAMBERY);
🇨🇭 Saturday 23rd November 2019 ⇒ 5th January 2020🎪 Cirque de Noël (PLAINPALAIS, GENEVA);
🇫🇷 Thursday 28th November 2019 5th January 2020 – 🎄 « Aix-les-Bains en Fête » (AIX-les-BAINS);
🇨🇭 1st 24th December – Calendrier de l’Avent de la Terre – (GENEVA, Les Bains des Pâquis);
🇨🇭 December dates🍫 La Maison Cailler chocolate factory workshops (BROC);
🇫🇷 Friday 6th December 2019 ⇒ onwards 🎄 « Cluses fête Noël » (CLUSES);
🏔️ Saturday 7th December 2019 ⇒ 5th January 2020 🎅 « Les Festivités de Noel à Sallanches » (SALLANCHES);
🇫🇷 Friday 13th December 2019 ⇒ 5th January 2020 🎄 « Le Fabuleux Village ou la Légende Flottins » (EVIAN); 
🇫🇷 Friday 13th ⇒ 23rd December 2019 –🎄« Le Big Barouf du Père Noël débarque à Bonneville! » (BONNEVILLE);
🇫🇷 Saturday 14th December 2019 ⇒ 4th January 2020 – « Thonon fait son Cirk »  (THONON-les-BAINS);
🇮🇹 Weekend 14th & 15th December AND from 22nd ⇒ 24th December 2019 – « Château Noël » (Castello Gamba, Chatillon, AOSTA VALLEY);
🏔️ Saturday 21st ⇒ 26th December 2019 –🎄Village de Noël (MEGEVE);
🇫🇷 Saturday 21st ⇒ 27th December 2019 – 🌲« Magie de Noël »  (SIXT-FER-à-CHEVAL AND MORILLON);
🇫🇷 Saturday 21st ⇒ 27th December 2019 – 🌲« Féerie de Lumières »  (AVORIAZ);
🏔️ Wednesday 25th ⇒ 31st December 2019 🎆 « Lumières Saint-Gervais » (Saint-Gervais-Mont-Blanc);
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🗓🎄Shorter-running, ephemeral CHRISTMAS & HOLIDAY EVENTS🎄🗓
🏔️ Saturday 14th December 2019 🎄 « Illuminations de Noël » (LES PELERINS);
🇨🇭 Saturday 14th (and 21st December) 2019 – 🏰🌲 « Noël au Château pour les enfants » (at the Château de Prangins);
🇨🇭 Weekend 14th & 15th December 2019  – 🏰🎄« Noël comme au Moyen-Âge » (at the Château de Chillon);
🇫🇷 Sunday 15th December 2019 – 🌲« Venez choisir et couper votre sapin » at La Maison Pugin (REIGNIER, near ANNEMASSE);
🇨🇭 Saturday 21st December) 2019 – 🏰🌲 « Noël au Château pour les enfants » (at the Château de Prangins);
🏔️ Sunday 22nd December 2019🎅 Santa arrives in Les Houches (LES HOUCHES); 
🏔️ Sunday 22nd December 2019 – 🎅 L’Atelier du Père Noël (ARGENTIÈRE) 🎅
🇮🇹 Sunday 22nd ⇒ 24th December 2019 – « Château Noël » (Castello Gamba, Chatillon, AOSTA VALLEY);
🇫🇷 Sunday 22nd December 2019 – 🦇 « Noël avant l’heure » (Grottes de la Balme);
🇫🇷 Sunday 22nd ⇒ 29th December 2019 –🎄« La Magie de Noël dans le Val d’Arly » (VAL d’ARLY);
🏔️ Monday 24th December 2019 – various parades & 🎅 Santa arrivals au Pays du Mont-Blanc (see below) . . . 
🇮🇹 Monday 24th December 2019 – 🎅 Rhémy de Courmayeur (COURMAYEUR); 
🏔️ Friday 27th December 2019« Snow-Lanta » family adventure game (LES HOUCHES);

Au 🏔 Pays du Mont-Blanc, there are special events planned for the🎄ILLUMINATION du SAPIN in:

  • 🎄Chamonix – in town centre on Wednesday 4th December 2019;
  • 🎄Sallanches & Megève on the same evening: Saturday 7th December 2019 (so you’ll have to choose which event to attend!):
🏔 (CHAMONIX) 🏔

🎄Wednesday 4th December 2019 Chamonix had brand new Christmas lights installed last year, spread across the different quartiers . . . a 10m high 🌲 sapin now adorns the Triangle de l’Amitié, decorated with the sports folk of the town (skiers, hockey players, alpinists!) . . . and other symbols of the mountains (skis and télécabines) are placed around town / this year, strong winds toppled the Christmas tree, but it has been repaired for the illuminations event! / when? – children meet in Place du Mont-Blanc and light sticks handed out . . . parade leaving at 17h30 with Batacuda de EMDI and a fire show aNomalie CarboNique from transneptune, vin chaud and hot chocolate and papillotes for all!

© Chamonix-Mont-Blanc Tourisme

🎄Saturday 14th December Les Pèlerins (Place des Séracs) – from 16h: chorale « Les Chambelles chante de Noël », groupe folklorique « Les Rhodos », illuminations de Noël, 🎅🏼 passage du père Noël 🎅🏼, goûter et vin chaud;

© Commerçants Les Pèlerins

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🎄Saturday 7th December 2019 Sallanches’ 🎆 illumination du sapin & soirée lancement des festivités de Noël is a family affair: children are given lanterns (if you can handle the crowd to collect one!) and there is music . . . 🎄the Village de Noël also opens this same evening, so you can head there afterwards for a vin chaud! / when? from 18h next to sapin / 🗺where? sapin (Place de l’ancienne Poste) . . . then be guided by music, lights and performers to the Pré de Foire for a spectacle: « Cabaret de Noël »;

© Sallanches Evenements

🎄Saturday 7th December 2019 Megève has hosted 🎄a majestic Christmas tree in its town centre for the last 50 years . . . and there is 🎆 a special illumination event! / [ good to know – be aware that this event attracts many people and it does get very busy! ] / when? at 19h30 / 🗺 where? Place du Village;

© Megève Tourisme

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🇮🇹🎆 (COURMAYEUR) –  « Welcome Winter 2019 » 🎆🇮🇹

For information about Courmayeur’s lighting of the Christmas tree event: « Welcome Winter 2019 »(also Saturday 7th December!) – music, lights, party in the historic centre, see here;

Welcome Winter © Courmayeur Tourisme


Choosing your own 🎄Christmas tree to take home and decorate is a lovely family tradition . . . here are some options 🏔 au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and nearby):

🎄Vente de sapins de Noël (ALPES Marie-Paradis Saint-Gervais)🎄

If you are running short on time, then in Saint-Gervais-Mont-Blanc, you can order your tree through the school and then all you have to do is pick it up on 🗓 Saturday 7th December from the centre of town!

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🇫🇷🎄Choose your own Christmas tree🎄🇫🇷

Or to really make an event of 🌲choosing and cutting down your own sapin, there is the Christmas tree plantation 🇫🇷🌲La Maison Pugin, in Reignier (near Annemasse) – 🗓 the first THREE Sundays in December are reserved for families, so along with « venez choisir et couper votre sapin », there are 🎨 workshops and games organised for children, to make for a special and festive day! / you can also meet the prized 🐑 animal friends of the plantation! /🌲price of sapins: from 25€ / 🗓 when? Sundays 1st, 8th AND 15th December 2019 / 🗺 address: Maison Pugin, Arculinge, Reignier-Esery (follow signposts from centre of Reignier) / > for more information, see website / read more about La Maison Pugin in MBFF article;

© La Maison Pugin

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🌲 Eco Christmas Trees 🌲

Perhaps you are resisting buying a Christmas tree this year . . . in which case, perhaps you are looking to invest in a reusable wooden tree? The Repère des Z’Héros shop in Sallanches sells some wooden trees. Try also the garden centres au Pays du Mont-Blanc: Botanic®, Gamm Vert & Agri Sud Est (Sallanches), Jardinerie de Taconnaz, and design shop Cocktail Scandinave (Chamonix);

© Le Repère des Z’Heros
© Le Repère des Z’Heros

There are some very impressive 🎆 light shows & installations organised 🏔 au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond) over the advent and Christmas period . . .

⇒ in chronological order:

🇨🇭🎆 (LAUSANNE) – « Lausanne Lumières » (8ème édition) – from 20th November ⇒ 31st December 2019 🎆🇨🇭

(Re)discover 🎆 Lausanne in ” another light ” during this light festival . . . 10+ contemporary light installations are created in the centre of town (places: de la Gare, de la Louve and de l’Europe) / the lovely Christmas market Bo Noel runs alongside this event / website;

[ competition for Instagramers (@IGersLausanne): Festival Lausanne Lumières and the newspaper Lausanne Cités, are again organising a photo competition on Instagram. Follow @IGersLausanne and @festivalLausanneLumieres . . . then, take a photo of the 2019 edition, publish it on Instagram from 20th November until 31st December . . . then tag photos: #IGerslausannelight019 et #IGersLausanne ]

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🇫🇷🎆 (LYON) – « Fête des Lumières » – from 5th ⇒ 8th December 2019 🎆🇫🇷

🎆 « La Fête des Lumières » is an annual event in Lyon, attracting visitors from all over France (and the world) . . . in early December every year, the whole city of Lyon is transformed into a theatre of light, with many of the principal monuments lit in resplendent colour, and different districts of the city embellished with light creations. To read about this year’s themes and creations, see website / [ NOTE – Lyon is very busy for this event, so do take due care with small children & pushchairs! ]

© La Fête des Lumières Lyon

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🇮🇹 🎆 (COURMAYEUR, ITALY) – « Welcome Winter 2019 » – Sunday 7th December 2019 🎆 🇮🇹 

Music, town lights,🎄lighting of the giant Christmas tree, and 🎇 FIREWORKS . . . the official start of the winter season in this Italian ski town! / when? from 18h / where? historic centre of Courmayeur;

Welcome Winter © Courmayeur Tourisme

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🇫🇷 (AVORIAZ 1800) – « Féerie des Lumières à Avoriaz  » – 21st ⇒ 27th December 2019 🇫🇷

A 🎆 spectacles son & lumière, parades, fireworks and more . . .  / more information here;

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🎆 (SAINT-GERVAIS-MONT-BLANC) – « Lumières Saint-Gervais » – 25th ⇒ 31st December 2019 🎆

Inspired by and directed by 🎆 Lyon’s « Fête des Lumières », Saint-Gervais has hosted its own, smaller 🎆 Lumières Saint-Gervais Mont-Blanc since 2016! / 🎆 several light installations are placed around town (the church, Place du Village, Maison Forte de Hautetour, Esplanade Marie Paradis) / the centre of town is pedestrianised over the Christmas holidays, making a visit even more enjoyable! / when? evenings!

© Saint-Gervais Tourisme

❤️ coup de cœur ❤️ – MBFF visited with friends last year and we LOVED it!

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🇨🇭🎆 (GENEVA) – « Festival Geneva Lux » – 24th January ⇒ 2nd February 2020 🎆🇨🇭

« Festival Geneva Lux », the light festival, conceived and developped by conseiller administratif Guillaume Barazzone, was started in 2014: light installations from Swiss and international artists dotted around the beautiful city . . . for more information about the 6th edition of the light installation show, scheduled now for early 2020 / direction artistique de Julien Pavillard / see website and FB page;

© Ville de Genève

Whether residing 🏔 au Pays du Mont-Blanc, or visiting as a tourist over the Yuletide, there are plentiful events for the whole family . . .

🎄Bigger, longer-running CHRISTMAS EVENTS🎄 

⇒ in chronological order:

🇫🇷🎅 (SAINT-BLAISE, Col du Mont-Sion) – Le Hameau du Père Noël – all year! 🎅🇫🇷

It might be known for being 🗓 OPEN ALL YEAR-ROUND, but the festive spirit at 🎅 Le Hameau du Père Noël can truly be felt in this run-up to Christmas! You can visit: the home of Santa, the elves’ workshop, you can see Santa’s sleigh, maybe his 🦌reindeer . . . and let’s not forget La Maison du Père Fouettard (Santa’s grumpy brother, FYI anglophones!) and La Chaumière de la Mère Noël . . . and there is ✉️ a post-box for letters to Santa, and a little Christmas shop! / more information, price & opening hours: www.lepetitpays.com / address: 75 rue des Alouettes, 74350, Saint-Blaise / tel: 04 50 32 73 64;

good to know: 

  • 🎅 Le Hameau du Père Noël is probably most suited for a visit with small children, while they are still full of the magic of Christmas!  It’s possibly not the place to head if your children are edging towards the age of “disbelief”, as more questions might arise . . . “ why is Santa here sleeping and not in the North Pole? ”;
  • 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 busy times – there can often be a very long line in the morning, during the run-up to Christmas!
  • 👶 buggies – are not permitted inside the houses, for safety reasons; you will have to leave them in the buggy park;
  • 👶 Le Grenier des Totottes – if you have a toddler with a dummy, and you would desperately like to convince your youngster to stop using it, then perhaps a visit here is the opportunity? He/She can hang it in the renovated Le Grenier des Totottes!
  • ✉️ post box – get your letter ready to send to Santa!
  • 🥞 crêperie – there is a crêperie on-site, but in busy periods, do not rely on this to feed your little ones!
© Le Hameau du Père Noël
© Le Hameau du Père Noel

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🇮🇹🎅 (LAGO MAGGIORE, Ornavasso) – La Grotta di Babbo Natale – weekends from 16th November 2019 ⇒ 29th December 2019 🎅🇮🇹

🎅La Grotta di Babbo Natale is located not in the North Pole, but in Ornavasso, to the north of Lago Maggiore, and it is a well-known Christmas destination in Italy . . . visit Santa in his cave, the parc, the animations and spectacles . . . / website;

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🇨🇭🎄(MONTREUX)« Montreux Noël »: Marché de Noël, La Grotte du Père Noël and « Noël comme au Moyen-Âge » – from 21st November ⇒ 31st December 🎄🇨🇭

🎄 « Montreux Noël » is, in fact, 3 events:

  • 🥨 Montreux – Marché de Noël – for more information about this fabulous Christmas market, see MBFF article here;
  • 🎅 La Grotte du Père Noël up at Rochers-de-Naye (above Montreux);
  • 🏰 « Noël comme au Moyen-Âge » at the Château de Chillon;
© Montreux Noël
🇨🇭🎅 (ROCHERS-de-NAYE) – « Montreux Noël »: La Grotte du Père Noël (Santa’s grotto) 🎅🇨🇭

Travel on the 🚂 cogwheel rain up the mountain to 🎅 Santa’s Grotto in Rochers-de-Naye (situated at 2,042m!) . . . meet Santa, get a certificate, see the 🌟 magical decorations . . . / 🗓 opening hours: every day (except Mondays and Tuesdays) from 21st November until 24th December 2019 (open Christmas Eve and Monday 24th December!) / 🚂 the little train leaves Montreux every hour from 9h17 until 15h17 (❄️ subject to decent weather conditions!) / more information;

🇨🇭🎄🏰 (Château de Chillon) – « Montreux Noël »: « Noël comme au Moyen-Âge » – weekends 30th November & 1st December, 7th & 8th AND 14th & 15th December 2019 🏰🎄🇨🇭

There are 🧝‍♂️lutins (elves), jugglers and more medieval characters in the castle grounds, which are beautifully decorated for Christmas / plenty of Christmas aromas, workshops, storytelling, spectacles and festive music! / [ good to know – dress warmly, as a medieval castle next to a lake is extra-chilly in December! ] / 🗓 when? from 10h to 17h / price: adults CHF15, children CHF6 / see Château de Chillon website for more details;

© Château de Chillon

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🇨🇭🍫 (BROC) La Maison Cailler chocolate factory – December 2019 dates 🍫🇨🇭

Founded in 1819, you can visit this huge chocolate factory near the beautiful Gruyères and also take part in 🎨 chocolate-making workshops like: 🎄 My Christmas tree or 🎅 Here comes Santa (on Wednesdays and weekends in November and December 2019) / for 6 to 12 year olds / for more information, see here / address: MAISON CAILLER, Chocolaterie Suisse, rue Jules Bellet 7, 1636, Broc, Switzerland;

© La Maison Cailler

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🇫🇷🎄(ANNECY) – « Noël des Alpes » – 22nd November 2019 ⇒ 5th January 2020🎄🇫🇷

A visit to Annecy is lovely at any time of the year, but at Christmastime it really sparkles, with🎄« Noël des Alpes »🎄: illuminations, animations, workshops, ice-skating rink, son et lumière projected on the Hôtel de Ville (after the devastating fire here earlier this month, I’m not sure if this will happen elsewhere in town?), a🎄Marché de Noël🎄and the🎄Village des Alpes🎄/ more information & programme: see full programme here;

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🇨🇭🎪 (GENEVA, Plainpalais) – Cirque de Noël – Saturday 23rd November 2019 ⇒ 5th January 2020🎪🇨🇭

The 🎄🎪 Cirque de Noël in Geneva is run by the famille Van Gool and consists of: acrobats, clowns, horse shows and more . . . / prices, schedule & programme on website;

© Cirque de Noël Genève

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🇫🇷🎄(LA ROCHE-sur-FORON) – « La Roche Rondes et Lumières » – Saturday 23rd November 2019 ⇒ 5th January 2020 🎄🇫🇷

🎄« La Roche Rondes et Lumières » (Les Vikings à l’assaut de la Cité) is for lovers of medieval times! / with an ⛸ ice-skating rink, children’s workshops, oyster bar . . . / « Grandes Fêtes Médiévales et Vikings » on 15th December in the afternoon: Les contes d’Elaéra (storytelling), déambulations dieux et lutins scandinaves, juggling, acrobats, children’s workshops (face-painting, fairy crown-making, shields, colouring) . . . at the Château de l’Échelle: tir à l’arc, and much more!) / full programme here;

© La Roche sur Foron
© La Roche sur Foron

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

There are plenty of Christmas events planned in Chambéry, as well as the Christmas market / ⇒ for more information and a programme of events, see website!

© chambery.fr
© chambery.fr

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🇨🇭🏰 (GRUYÈRES) – « Noël à Gruyères » – Sunday 24th November 2019 ⇒ 14th January 2020 🏰🇨🇭

🏰 Gruyères is a chocolate-box quaint cobble-stoned medieval village with a crowning castle . . . and so Christmas here is féérique: a Christmas Market (13th ⇒ 15th December AND 20th ⇒ 22nd December 2019), an advent calendar in the windows of the medieval town, Christmas’ music & lights, concerts and processions, a 🎁 gift hunt for children, a Quête de Chocolat, a Christmas exhibition in the castle, midnight mass . . .  / see website or pdf programme for exact dates of activities;

© Gruyères Tourisme

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🇫🇷🎄(AIX-les-BAIN, Riviera des Alpes) – « Aix-les-Bains en Fête – 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) . . . / 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) / more information & programme: here;

© Ville Aix les Bains
© Ville Aix-les-Bains

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🎄(GENEVA, Les Bains des Pâquis) – Advent Calendar: Calendrier de l’Avent de la terre – from 1st ⇒ 24th December 2019🎄

The traditional advent calendar behind each door of the changing rooms of the Bains des Pâquis . . . at 19h each evening! Different artists this year are tackling earth issues . . .

© Bains des Paquis

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🎄(CLUSES) – « Cluses fête Noël » – from Friday 6th December 2019 🎄

Christmas illuminations, storytelling, an ice-skating rink and more . . . / see programme for more information;

© Ville de Cluses

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🏔️🎄(SALLANCHES) – « Festivités de Noël » – from Saturday 7th December 2019 ⇒ 5th January 2020🎄🏔️

The opening night for the 🎄 « Festivités de Noël » is on Saturday 7th December 2019 (see above). From then on, the 🥨Village de Noël (open every day from 15h until 21h or 22h, and weekends from 10h) 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, pain d’épices & mulled wine . . . and lots of animations for the whole family / ⇒ for further Christmas events in Sallanches see section below;

[ to have a look through the pdf programme, see here ]

© Sallanches Evenements

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🇮🇹🎄(AOSTA VALLEY, Chatillon, Castello Gamba) – 🏰 « Château Noël » – weekends 7th & 8th December AND 14th & 15th December AND from 21st December 2019 ⇒ 6th January 2020🎄🇮🇹

In the evening, 🏰 Castello Gamba and its stunning gardens become a magical Christmas park – 🎅 « Il Villaggio di Babbo Natale » – for the delight of young and old! / special opening hours of castle during 🏰🎄« Château Noël »: Thursday to Sunday 10h until 19h, Monday to Wednesday 16h to 19h, SHUT Christmas day / special LEGO® game for children at 15h / special entrance price to castle during 🏰🎄« Château Noël »: 3€ / more information here;

© Castello Gamba
© Castello Gamba

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🇫🇷🎄(EVIAN) – « Le Fabuleux Village ou la Légende des Flottins » from Friday 13th December 2019 ⇒ 5th January 2020🎄🇫🇷

If you fancy a change from Christmas markets, this event is perhaps for you? A 🏔 legend of fairy folks from the Alps (les Flottins), washed up on driftwood in Evian, and also a legend involving Santa paying them a visit . . . / over 3 weeks, Evian is filled with actors, storytellers, musicians, circus performers, sculptors and spectacles! / events: 13th December – arrival of the Flottins, with a light show! . . . 19th ⇒ 24th December – 🎅 Santa will be in Evian . . . and he leaves on the 24th December . . . and the Flottins leave Evian on the 5th January 2020! / for complete programme, see here / when? every day from 15h to 19h;

❤️ coup de cœur ❤️- highly, highly RECOMMENDED by the MBFF tribe! The flottins are so unique, and we had a FABULOUS outing last year!

© Evian
© montblancfamilyfun.com

While you are exploring Evian, you could head to the beautiful 🖼 Palais Lumière for this exhibition: 🎥 « Lumière! Le Cinéma Inventé » . . .

© Palais Lumière Evian

And, also over this festive period in Evian, a son et lumière projection on the 🖼 Palais Lumière:

© Evian Tourisme / Ville d’Evian

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🇫🇷🎄(BONNEVILLE) – 3è Le Big Barouf du Père Noël – from 13th ⇒ 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 Saturday 14th December 2019 ⇒ 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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🇫🇷🎄(SIXT-FER-à-CHEVAL & MORILLON) – « Magie de Noël » – from 21st ⇒ 27th December 2019🎄🇫🇷

In these two pretty mountain villages, you’ll find « La Magie de Noël » : spectacles, rencontres avec le Père Noël, marchés de Noël, ateliers de fabrication d’objets de Noël, soirée contes, le chalet du Père Noël, balades en calèche, descente aux flambeaux et arrivée surprenante du Père Noël “ (Morillon & Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval Tourisme) / see here for more information;

© Morillon & Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval Tourisme

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🇫🇷🎄 (LA CLUSAZ) – « Les Pestacles du Père Noël » – Monday 23rd December 2019 ⇒ 1st January 2020🎄🇫🇷

La Clusaz is a pretty mountain village and worth a visit over the festive season!

© La Clusaz Tourisme

🎄🏔 Shorter-running, ephemeral CHRISTMAS EVENTS (Pays du Mont-Blanc) 🏔🎄

🏔 CHAMONIX VALLEY & VALLORCINE 🏔
🏔 Chamonix Mont-Blanc 🏔

🏔 programme December 2019:

🎨 La Pharmacie des Artistes – Christmas art workshops . . .

Monday 16th December 2019The Chambelles Pub Quiz, Christmas no1s – at 19h30 at the Hotel les Aiglons;

© The Chambelles, Chamonix

🎅 24th December 2019 (Christmas Eve) « La Parade de Noël » – there will be festive, light-filled déambulations (parades) on Christmas Eve through the streets of Chamonix . . . and an appearance from 🎅 Le Père Noël himself . . . / see chamonix.com for more details / when? Monday 24th December, from 18h / where? departure Place Balmat, to arrive under the enourmous sapin of la place du triangle de l’Amitié;

24th December 2019 Christmas Eve Service (Culte de la Veille de Noël) – at 18h30 at the Eglise Réformée in Chamonix AND Culte de Noël on 25th December at 10h30 (en français, with English translation);

🎨 Le Musée Alpin – there will be workshops & guided tours for children and families over the holidays . . . / see FB page or Chamonix Tourist Office AGENDA for more details;

🏔 Chamonix guided tours (town) – on Thursdays, from the Office de Tourisme;

© Chamonix Tourisme

[ ⇒ Chamonix Tourist Office AGENDA for more details ]

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🏔 Les Houches 🏔

🎅 Sunday 22nd December 2019 – L’Arrivée du Père Noël – the bearded fella’ arrives in the place du village at 18h, so don’t be late! / warm drinks and festive papillotes and also animation musicale with l’Harmonie Municipale des Houches;

© Les Houches Tourisme

Sunday 29th December 2019 « Le Roi Lion » by Jon Favreau (USA) – at the Salle d’Animation at 17h30;

© Cinébus Les Houches

🎅 Friday 27th December 2019 « Snow-Lanta » – a family event (like the TV adventure game – six different tasks, like making a cabane) / organised by Office de Tourisme and ESF Les Houches / where? top of Télécabines du Prarion / when? from 14h (sign up!) to 16h (with prizes and goûter offered by Office de Tourisme);

© Les Houches Tourisme

🎨 Le Musée Montagnard – there are guided visits and workshops for children and families over the holidays . . . see FB page or Les Houches Tourist Office website agenda for more details;

© Musée Montagnard

🎨Tuesdays 24th & 31st December 2019 Ateliers Pop-Up creative workshops at the Médiathèque des Houches / you must reserve (see flyer);

© Médiathèque Les Houches

29th December – Le Roi Lion

🗺 Thursdays of school holidaysJeu de Piste at the top of the 🚡 Télécabine du Prarion;

© Les Houches Tourisme

🛷 Fridays of the school holidays paret runs on the ski pistes, from 16h at the 🚡 Télécabine du Prarion;

© Les Houches Tourisme

LES HOUCHES has a busy winter holiday schedule for families: sledging, Nocturnes Givrées at the patinoire, treasure hunts, spectacles – ⇒ see Les Houches Tourist Office website agenda for more information ]

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🏔 Argentière 🏔 

© La Pharmacie des Artistes

© L’Etape / Chamonix

 🔥 flambeaux, and head all the way to the place du Village! / 🍬 papillotes and Santa opens his letterbox and reads a few ✉️ letters !

© Chamonix Mont-Blanc

Thursday 26th December 2019 – children’s concert: « Emily chante Disney » – disney songs to sing along with! /Salle Communale, 74400, Argentière;

© Mairie d’Argentière

28th December 2019Une Touche de Magie at Sportech – from 16h – with Mam’Zelle Pastel!

© Sportech

Friday 3rd January 2020 – last year, there was a talk about 🐺 wolves, and this year is: 🌏 

© Chamonix Mont-Blanc

[ ⇒ see Argentière Tourist Office website agenda for more family activities ]

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🏔 Servoz 🏔 

🎄 Sunday 15th December 2019 – there is a🎄Marché de Noël;

🎵 Thursday 26th December 2019 -🎄children’s spectacle: «

© Chamonix Mont-Blanc

[ ⇒ see Servoz Tourist Office website agenda for more family activities ]

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🏔 Vallorcine 🏔 

🎄Sunday 1st December 2019 – there is a 🥨 Marché de Noël;

🔥 Thursday 26th December 2019 « La Poya en Fête »: Descente aux Flambeaux from 18h – by the moniteurs ESF and music from Chap’s;

© Vallorcine / Chamonix Mont-Blanc

[ ⇒ see Vallorcine Tourist Office website agenda for more family activities ]

🎵 Monday 30th December 2019 concert spectacle en famille: « Tommy La Guitare » – at 17h30;
© Chamonix Mont-Blanc

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🏔 Passy 🏔 

🎄Saturday 30th November & Sunday 1st December 2019 Marché de Noël at the Parvis des Fiz;

🎅 8th December 2019 – spectacle de Noël (Cinéma, Plateau d’Assy)l’Amicale de l’école and le P’tit Panier d’Assy present at 15h: « Le grand petit cabaret de Mozzarella et Rosalie » and 16h a goûter (bring cake to share!) at 16h at the Marché de Noël du Plateau d’Assy, sur la Place Tobé, en compagnie du Père Noël !

© Amicale du Plateau

🎅 Christmas Evearrivée du Père Noël à Plaine-Joux – on Christmas Eve, from 14h to 17h / the Office de Tourisme and le Village Vacances Guébriant offer you a goûter;

🐺 « les mercredis des p’tits loups » – every Wednesday at Plaine-Joux from 26th December – from 14h to 16h;

🦌 Animations Vacances de Noël Réserve Naturelle de Passy – there are lots of different nature activities (cinema, creative workshops and nature outings at the Réserve Naturelle de Passy at Plaine-Joux) / see FB page for more details;

[ ⇒ for more information about family activities over the holidays, see Passy Mont-Blanc Tourist Office WEBSITE AGENDA ]

Plaine-Joux in the snow! © montblancfamilyfun.com

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🏔 Domancy 🏔 

Saturday 21st Decemberspectacle de Noël – from 17h at the bibliothèque;

© Commune de Domancy

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🏔 Combloux 🏔 

🗻 Combloux is really festive over the holidays, with plenty of family events planned!

📚 Sunday 22nd December 2019 Contes d’Hiver 17h – at the Office de Tourisme;

Combloux

📚 Monday 23rd December 2019storytelling: Contes de Noël pour les Enfants at 17haddress: Bibliothèque Municipale;

© Mairie de Combloux

🐓 La Ferme les Montagnards GAEC (Ormaret) – there are visits for FAMILIES (with a reblochon-making atelier) over the Christmas holidays / see FB page / be sure to book!

[ ⇒ to see all of the family events planned for families in 🎄 Combloux over the Christmas holidays, see Combloux Mont-Blanc Tourist Office WEBSITE AGENDA ]

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🏔 Cordon 🏔 

🎅 Tuesday 24th December (Christmas Eve)Le Père Noël stops off in Cordon on the 24th December at 17h30 . . .

🌟 Thursday 26th December 2019 & 2nd January 2020« Balade aux lampions »– a magical lantern-lit walk with stories / about 45mins / for children 3+ years (with accompanying adult) / FREE! / weather-permitting! / reservations: +33 (0)4 50 58 01 57;

Thursdays of school holidaysAnimations sur les pistes de ski – treasure hunt and animations;

Cordon in winter © montblancfamilyfun.com

[ ⇒ see Cordon Tourisme website agenda for more ideas (ski piste entertainment, dog-sledding . . .) ]

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🏔️🎄(SALLANCHES) – « Festivités de Noël » & more🎄🏔️

There is heaps going on for the 🎄« Festivités de Noël »:  to have a look through the pdf programme, ⇒ see here;

  • 🎨 Wednesdays & Saturdaysspectacles and creative workshops;
  • ✉️ letterbox – to post your letter to Santa on the place Charles Albert;
  • 🎅 calèche with Santa and photos too;
  • 🏛 opening of the advent calendar at the l’Hôtel de Ville every Saturday evening (with chocolat chaud!);
  • ⛸ ice-skating events – La Boum des Enfants on Friday 27th December, 15h until 17h;
  • NEW – an ice-sculpting event on Sunday 15th December, in the afternoon from 15h!
Posting a letter to the Père Noël in Sallanches © montblancfamilyfun.com
© Sallanches Evenements

🎨 Wednesday 11th December 2019 atelier créatif: Noël enchanteur pour les petits bricoleurs – 15h30 to 16h45 – at the Médiathèque Ange Abrate / FREE! / reservations: 04 50 93 95 49;

© Médiathèque Ange Abrate

🎨  Saturday 14th & Wedesday 18th December 2019 Les Petits Créateurs at Pom’Canelles – Christmas workshops . . . reservations required!

© Pom’Canelle

🎹 Friday 20th & Saturday 21st December 2019 Karaoké de Noël – 17h until 19h – at the Médiathèque Ange Abrate / FREE!

© Médiathèque Ange Abrate

🎭 Saturday 21st December 2019 concert-spectacle: « Il était une fois Sallanches » – from 19h at the Salle Léon Curral, with En Visite Simone and l’Harmonie Municipale de Sallanches / FREE! 

© Harmonie Municipale de Sallanches

🎭 Sunday 22nd December 2019 spectacle: « Raconte Moi Noël » – 2x sessions: 10h30 and 15h – at the Médiathèque Ange Abrate / FREE! / reservations: 04 50 93 95 49;

© Médiathèque Ange Abrate

🖼 exhibition at the Médiathèque Ange Abrage« Ange Abrate: chemins de traverse » (until 4th January 2020);

🗺 Wednesday 18th & Friday 27th December and 2nd January 2020 Jeu de piste du lutin 14h30 to 15h30 (18th Dec and 2nd Jan) and 10h (27th Dec), RDV OT Sallanches / reservations: 04 50 58 04 25 / follow your guide to discover the incontournables de Sallanches (the “not-to-be-missed spots”) / puzzles and games!

🌈 Le Parc en Folie softplay – there will be Christmas workshops on offer at this softplay centre in Sallanches / see FBpage

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🏔 Saint-Gervais-Mont-Blanc 🏔 

A busy Christmas schedule awaits in the pretty Saint-Gervais-Mont-Blanc!

🎄 weekend 21st & 22nd December 2019Marché de Noël;

🎄 Tuesday 24th December 2019Spectacle Lumineux de Noël at 17h, along the promenade du Mont-Blanc;

© Saint-Gervais Tourisme

⛸ Le Jardin des Glaces – ice-skating for children (3 to 10 years) with Charlotte la Marmottewhere? patinoire, 77 impasse de la Cascade / when? from 24th until 31st December 2019, every day, between 10h and midday;

Charlotte la Marmotte © Saint-Gervais-les-Bains

🎇 « La Fête des Lumières » – see above, from 25th ⇒ 31st December 2019;

🎨 « mercredis des enfants » – workshops and spectacles (at different locations), every Wednesday during the school holidays;

🎨 « Les Ptits Créateurs » – workshops for children at La Maison Forte de Hautetour / see Saint Gervais les Bains WEBSITE AGENDA for more details;

🎨 Chalet des Créateurs – creative workshops / where? 900 route de Megève, Lieu-dit Le Robinson, 74170, Saint-Gervais-les-Bains  / when? during the school holidays / see website for more or Saint-Gervais AGENDA for more details;

[ ⇒ for more ideas, see Saint-Gervais-Mont-Blanc Tourisme WEBSITE AGENDA ]

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🏔 Megève 🏔 

As well as the 🌲🌟 Illumination du Sapin in Megève on Saturday 7th December 2019, you will find . . .

Saturday 14th Decemberspectacle musicale: « Chaud Froid » – at Le Palais! / 10+ years;

© Megève Tourisme

Weekend 14th & 15th DecemberNoël avant l’Heure at Le Palais!

© Le Palais

🎄21st ⇒ 26th December 2019 🎄Village de Noël  next to the outdoor patinoire, from 15h to 19h / you can sign up for the 🎨 creative workshops on-site / see here for more information;

⛸ Sunday 22nd December 2019 Gala de Noël – at the patinoire in le Palais! / FREE!

© Club des Sports Megève

27th December 2019 CinéBalnéo  at Le Palais, watch film La Deuxième étoile, in water heated to between 32° and 34°C / doors open at 19h30, for film at 20h / price: adults 10€ and children 6€ / reservations: 04 50 21 15 71;

⛸ outdoor ice-skating rink . . . Megève’s outdoor ice-skating rink is a lovely place to skate due to its size and location . . . it is very atmospheric, with all the Christmas workshops and decorations in the 🎨 Village de Noël next door / see here for more information;

Patinoire à Megève © montblancfamilyfun.com

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🏔 Praz-sur-Arly – « Noël au Pays du Mont-Blanc » – from 22nd December 2019 ⇒ 3rd January 2020 🏔 

The theme for this holiday season’s decoration in Praz-sur-Arly is snowmen! Expect:chants de noël, descente aux flambeaux, du virtuel (jeux vidéos et drone battle) et l’exceptionnel (spectacle d’hypnose).” (Praz-sur-Arly Tourisme)

🎆 Tuesday 31st December 2019New Year’s Eve party – on the place de l’église, enjoy a giant dancefloor and fireworks!

[ ⇒ programme: see Praz-sur-Arly Tourist Office WEBSITE AGENDA for more information about family activities over the holidays ]

© Praz-sur-Arly Tourisme
© Praz-sur-Arly Tourisme

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🏔 Les Contamines-Montjoie 🏔 

Here are the 🗓 big Christmas dates for your diary:

🌈 Friday 14th ⇒ Sunday 16th DecemberLa Ruée des Fadas – 8km obstacle course over a weekend (ski, fiesta, race . . . in fancy dress!) see Les Contamines-Montjoie website to sign up; / with a Soirée Blanche on 14th December;

© Les Contamines-Montjoie Tourisme

🎄weekend of 22nd & 23rd December Marché de Noël – in the Espace Animation;

🎅 24th December 2019arrivée du Père Noël and parade – at 18h / spectacle de Noël, with parade aux flambeaux de l’ESF, followed by an appearance from Santa / where? place du Village;

🎄Christmas Day and NYs day – spectacles . . .

🦌 animations vacances de Noël Réserve Naturelle des Contamines-Montjoie – there are lots of different nature activities (cinema, creative workshops and nature outings at the Réserve Naturelle de Passy in Les Contamines);

[ ⇒ for more information about holiday events, see Les Contamines-Montjoie Tourist Office WEBSITE AGENDA ]


🎄🇨🇭🇫🇷🇮🇹 Shorter-running, ephemeral CHRISTMAS EVENTS (FURTHER FRANCE & SWITZERLAND & ITALY) 🇫🇷🇨🇭🇮🇹🎄

⇒ in chronological order:

🇫🇷🎄(Les Cabanes du Salève)« Noël aux Cabanes du Salève » – from 13th ⇒ 15th December 2019🎄

The Cabanes du Salève transform into a magical Christmas village over three days, with pretty lights, music, local artisans and their wares . . . also for families: animations de marionnettes, pony rides in the woods, and Santa! Food on offer: giant tartiflette, raclette and local diots! / more information on website and FB page;

when? Friday 17h until midnight and Saturday 11h until midnight and Sunday 11h until 17h;

note: no parking on-site, FREE navette service from local car park: Parking Tennis, Collonges-sous-Salève;

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🇨🇭🎄(CHÂTEAU de PRANGINS, Musée National Suisse) – « Noël au Chateau pour les enfants » – Saturday 14th & 21st December) 2019🎄🇨🇭

On the programme at this delightful castle: guided visit, creative bricolageSilhouettes de Noël “, a goûter de Noël au Café du Château / when? from 14h until 16h30 / for children 6 to 12 years / price: CHF 20 / see FB page or website for more details

© Château de Prangins

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🇫🇷🎄(VAL d’ARLY)« La Magie de Noël dans le Val d’Arly » – from 22nd ⇒ 29th December 2019🎄🇫🇷

Christmas markets, spectacles, animations Parades de Noël, descentes aux flambeaux, crèche vivante, Christmas market, spectacles . . / see here;

🎭 spectacle: « Nuit de Noël » – interactive spectacle with storytelling, puppets and magic! / ” Dans une forêt enchantée du Pôle Nord, les contes et légendes de l’hiver prennent vie dans les pas d’un petit garçon pas comme les autres. Edgar Nicolas Noël a une grande qualité : il est très généreux. Un destin extraordinaire l’attend et il vous sera conté en compagnie des personnages qui font la magie de Noël / écriture et jeu Gwendoline Meunier, d’après une idée originale de Delio Fusco / Mise en scène Gwendoline Meunier et Delio fusco / lumières et scénographie Delio Fusco;

  • 🎭 Tuesday 24th December – at 18h in La Giettaz en Aravis – Salle de cinéma;
  • 🎭 Wednesday 25th December – at 18h in Notre Dame de Bellecombe – Salle polyvalente;
  • 🎭 Thursday 26th December – at 18h in Flumet – Salle polyvalente;
© Val d’Arly Tourisme

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🇫🇷🎄🦇(Grottes de la Balme) – « Noël avant l’heure » – Sunday 22nd December 2019 🦇🎄🇫🇷

From 14h onwards inside the caves, with Santa and papillotes artisanales from the Chocolaterie Gohier in Lagnieu / 📚storytelling at 15h and at 16h15 with Stéphane OLIVIER / price (entrance to caves and animations) – children 5,50 €, adults 8,00 € and children under 4 years FREE / see website for more details / reservations: 04 74 96 95 00 or info@grotteslabalme.com;

© Grottes de la Balme

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🇮🇹 (COURMAYEUR) – Rhémy de Courmayeur – Tuesday 24th December 2019 🇮🇹

RDV with Rhémy de Noël, le Père Noël de Courmayeur – Rhémy de Noël is a folkloric character in Courmayeur: ” Rhémy de Noël est un ramoneur, né le jour de Noël. On raconte qu’il s’est aventuré vers les glaciers du Mont-Blanc pour comprendre pourquoi la neige, la veille de Noël, n’avait pas encore blanchi le village. Quand il atteignit le sommet, il trouva la neige piégée par un géant souffrant de solitude. Rhémy décida de rester avec lui et la neige retomba sur Courmayeur. Depuis lors, le ramoneur ne descend dans la vallée que le 24 décembre pour offrir des cadeaux aux enfants qui allument une lanterne pour lui indiquer le chemin de Courmayeur. ” (http://www.lovevda.it) / where? Jardin de l’Ange, Courmayeur / when? at 17h;

© Loveda

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🇫🇷📷 (CLUSES) – photography festival: Images & Neiges – 17th ⇒ 19th January 2020 📷🇫🇷

This 📷 photographic exhibition is an annual fixture in Cluses, at the Parvis des Esserts / 2020 (10th edition): the parrain for this 10th edition is the fabulous black and white photographer Laurent Baheux! / more information on FB page;

© Festival Images & Neiges
© Laurent Baheux – Stronger together
© Images et Neiges 2020

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🇨🇭 ⛸ (GENEVA, Arènes de Genève) – Disney sur Glace: « La Magie Eternelle » – 17th ⇒ 19th January 2020 ⛸🇨🇭

Once the Christmas decorations have been stowed away, there is . . . Disney sur Glace: « La Magie Eternelle » in Geneva from 17th to 19th January 2020 / tickets;

© Disney sur Glace

Seasonal Ballet near le Pays du Mont-Blanc

(GENEVA) – « Casse-Noisette » (The Nutcracker) at Le Théâtre du Léman on Saturday 30th November 2019;

(LYON) « Casse-Noisette » (The Nutcracker) – at L’Amphithéatre, from 10th ⇒ 12th January 2020;

(CLUSES) « Le Lac des Cygnes » (Swan Lake) – at Théâtre des Allobroges on 28th January 2020;

🇫🇷 (CLUSES, Théatre les Allobroges) – ballet: « Le Lac des Cygnes » – Thursday 28th January 2020 🇫🇷
© Théatre des Allobroge, Cluses

A 🎶 Christmas concert is a fine way to get into the spirit of the holidays . . . there are lots of concerts and choir singing events planned in churches and chapels 🏔 au Pays du Mont-Blanc in December . . .

[ please also check with local Tourist Offices, as I won’t manage to list them all! ]

⇒ in chronological order:

Sunday 1st December 2019 – (DOMANCY) concert de Noël (Savoie Harmonica) – 18h – address: Eglise de Domancy;
© Commune de Domancy
Saturday 7th December 2019 – (PASSY, Parvis des Fiz) concert de Noël (Ecole de Musique de Passy) – 17h;
© Ville Passy Mont-Blanc
Saturday 7th December 2019 – (DOMANCY) concert de Noël (Ecole de Musique) – 18h – address: Eglise de Domancy;
© Commune de Domancy
© Passy Mont-Blanc
Saturday 14th December 2019 – (SAINT-GERVAIS-les-BAINS, Espace Mont-Blanc) – Concert de Noël from Harmonie de Saint-Gervais – L’Echo du Mont-Blanc – 20h30;
© Harmonie Saint-Gervais
Sunday 15th December 2019 – (SALLANCHES) – Concert de Noël from La Chœur de Sallanch’Ante – 18h – address: Eglise St-Jacques, Sallanches;
© Sallanches Tourisme

[ from 19h at the Salle Léon Curral, with En Visite Simone and l’Harmonie Municipale de Sallanches / FREE!  ]

© Harmonie Municipale de Sallanches
 address: Médiathèque Ange Abrate, 74700, Sallanches;
© Médiathèque Ange Abrate
Sunday 22nd December 2019 – (CHAMONIX) – The Chambelles: Christmas Carols – address: Eglise Reformée, Chamonix;

[ ” Come and join the Chambelles for their annual festive Christmas Carols! The 22nd December at 18h, at the Eglise Reformée (the small church opposite Chamonix train station). Enjoy some ‘home-from-home’: traditional carols, some things modern, mulled wine, mince pies and general good cheer. ]

© The Chambelles, Chamonix
Sunday 22nd December 2019 – (ARGENTIERE) – concert: « Christmas Blue Room » (Blue Room Trio chante Noël)– 18h until 19h30 – address: Eglise Saint Pierre, ARGENTIERE);

[ typical English Christmas carrols, French songs and some swing . . . from Broadway to Las Vegas, covers of: Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald, Dean Martin, Diana Krall, Michael Bubble . . . ]

© Blue Room Trio
Monday 23rd December 2019 – (COMBLOUX) – concert: Noel avec les Satin Dolls Sisters – at the Eglise Saint-Nicolas at 18h30;
© Combloux Tourisme
Friday 27th December 2019 – (LES CONTAMINES-MONTJOIE) – Concert de Noël – at the église at 18h;

© Combloux Tourisme

[ Chamonix-Mont-Blanc Tourisme: Le CHŒUR d’HOMMES ALEXANDRE NEVSKY est issu du chœur du Monastère Saint-Alexandre Nevsky de Saint-Pétersbourg, un des plus importants monastères de Russie, fondé par le Tsar Pierre Le Grand, au début du XVIIIe siècle, au moment de la création de sa nouvelle Capitale Impériale. Dirigé par Boris SATSENKO, qui assura la direction du Chœur du Monastère durant six ans, le CHŒUR d’HOMMES ALEXANDRE NEVSKY est aujourd’hui une référence dans l’interprétation des chants religieux russes de la tradition monastique mais aussi des chants orthodoxes écrits par de nombreux compositeurs russes à travers les siècles. Son répertoire comprend également un florilège de chants populaires de Russie dans des arrangements originaux continuant ainsi la tradition des plus prestigieuses formations de voix d’hommes comme le Chœur Synodal de Moscou ou le Chœur du Patriarcat Russe. Le nouveau programme « NOËL en RUSSIE » présenté par le chœur en cette fin d’année, illustre la Nativité à travers les extraits de la liturgie de Noël et les chœurs orthodoxes du XVIe au XXe siècle. Il inclut les « koliadkys », miniatures musicales racontant le mystère de Noël avec la verve des mélodies populaires et plusieurs chants traditionnels russes choisis pour cette atmosphère si particulière d’un « NOËL en RUSSIE » servi par des voix d’exception. ]

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