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

It’s official: the 🎄 Christmas season is kicking off this weekend !

The ❄️ snow has begun to fall and settle up high, ❄️ the mountain lakes are beginning to freeze, and not too far from the Pays du Mont-Blanc, 🎁 Villages & 🎄 Marchés de Noël and are soon to appear in the centre of bigger towns and villages (🇫🇷 Annecy, 🇨🇭 Montreux, 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 . . .

The larger markets in big towns and cities will be setting up from the 17th November 2022, and will last a month or more . . . and we’ll soon have our own selection of ephemeral 🎄 Marchés de Noël & 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 preparing for 🎄 CHRISTMASTIME chez vous au Pays du Mont-Blanc, see separate article here :

  • 🎄 where to buy your own Christmas tree locally;
  • where to buy your Christmas decorations locally;
  • ✉️🎅 where to post your letters to Santa locally;

and see separate MBFF article 🎄 CHRISTMASTIME & HOLIDAY SEASON au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond) here, for more information about :

  • 🎄 the lighting of town Christmas trees & 🎆 dazzling holiday light shows;
  • 🎄 BIG Christmas events and parks for families;
  • 🎅 visits from Santa and local Christmas events, spectacles and storytelling for families . . . 
  • 🎄 a CALENDAR of Christmas concerts . . . 


Colour code for listings

Pays du Mont–Blanc

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

Passy, Plateau d’Assy & environs 

Sallanches, Combloux, Cordon & Domancy

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

Megève, Praz-sur-Arly & environs 

Les Contamines-Montjoie & environs 

🇫🇷 Further France 

🇨🇭 Switzerland 

🇮🇹 Italy 


🎄 CHRISTMAS MARKETS au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and further afield) in chronological order . . .

You’ll find some of 🎄 the bigger Christmas markets set up from the end of November!

🇨🇭 (GENEVA, Jardin Anglais) Noël au Jardin from 17th November ⇒ 24th December 2022

🎄 Le Jardin Anglais in Geneva is lovely throughout the year, but this year it will be infused again with 🌟 extra magic: artisans selling their wares, warming vin chaud, street food from around the world, and the Chalet à Fondue . . . and ⭐ 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!

coup de cœur MBFF visited Noël aux Bastions (the version of this event from 2019) just before Christmas in 2019, and had a lovely day: superb food huts (we travelled the world: Argentina, Iran, Mexico . . .), FREE ice-skating access, a brilliant new playground in the Parc des Bastions . . .

when? for animations scheduled, see programme;

website & FB page
© Noël au Jardin

🇨🇭 (LAUSANNE) Bô Noël – from 17th November 31st December 2022

🎄 Lausanne’s Bô Noël is the ensemble of the🎄 Marchés de Noël de Lausanne (6 markets, a village des enfants, and illuminations from Lausanne Lumières) / Village des Enfants: children’s workshops and more on Esplanade de la Cathédrale (see here);

coup de cœur MBFF has headed to Lausanne a couple of times now 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!

🗺 where? several locations in Lausanne;

when? see here / SHUT Christmas Day;

✨ NEW for 2022: La Grande Roue in the Place du Château, and an ephemeral chambre d’hôtel in the gardens of the Musée Historique Lausanne;

website & FB page
© Bô Noël
© Bô Noël

Bô Noël runs in conjunction with 🎆 Festival Lausanne Lumières light show, which runs from 1st ⇒ 24th December 2022, every night from 18h30 until midnight;

 website & FB page
© Festival Lausanne Lumières

🇨🇭 (MONTREUX, Lac Léman) Montreux-Noël – from 18th November ⇒ 24th December 2022

🎄 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 . . .

The Montreux section of the event is a destination for the whole family, with:

  • a large🎄Christmas market along the quai (150 chalets, decorated and lit along the lakeside: artisan wares, food, vin chaud, ideas for presents;
  • the fantastic 🎡 Big Wheel;
  • le Village des Bûcherons;
  • 🎅 Santa, who with his sledge and reindeer, makes an appearance each evening above your heads at 17h, 18h and 19h;
  • l’Hôte d’Honneur : Le Chat de P. Geluck (20 statues!);

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; with small children, I’d opt for a baby-carrier!)

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

[ read about the MBFF experience here ]

website & FB page


🇫🇷 (MENTHON, Lac d’Annecy) Le Château du Père Noël – from 18th November 2022 1st January 2023

This year is the second edition of the 🎄🏰 Château du Père-Noël, created by @mllerouge.event. A 🎄 Christmas market will again set up in the magical grounds of 🏰 the Château de Menthon-Saint-Bernard. This beautiful castle, with its views over Lac d’Annecy from its hilltop location, is magical even without a Christmas market . . . and so with one, it ✨ sparkles even more!

You’ll find: Christmas decorations, food stalls, concerts, illuminations, a parcours lumineux & mapping, NEW for 2022 a patinoire, and also the royaume des enfants: every Wednesday to Sunday, from 15h to 18h, little ones can make a boule de Noël to hang on the tree, write a letter to Santa and la Recyclerie Père-Noël . . . a place where children can wrap a toy of their own (no longer used, but in a good condition!) to donate to the Secours Populaire ( more information and reservations here);

💶 price: FREE until 16h, and from 16h (when the illuminations start!) 4€;

⏰ when? 11h to 23h;

🎄 opening night on 18th November 2022 : illumination du Sapin Géant at 19h30, and various concerts and spectacles;

FB page
© Château du Père Noël

🇫🇷 (ANNECY) Noël des Alpes : marchés de Noël – from 19th November 31st December 2022

At 9 different sites around Annecy . . . and illuminations in the old town too !

FB page
© Noël des Alpes Annecy
© Marchés de Noël d’Annecy

🇨🇭 (VEVEY, Lac Léman) Vevey Noël : le Village de Noël – 19th November ⇒ 31st December 2022

Montreux’s little brother, and home once to Charlie Chaplin, Vevey also has a Christmas market, workshops for children . . . and a tunnel lumineux !

🗺 where? place Scanavin;

website & FB page
© Vevey Noël
© Vevey Noël

🇮🇹 (AOSTA, ITALY) Mercatino di Natale (Marché Vert de Noël) – from 19th November 2022 ⇒ 8th January 2023

The🎄 Mercatino di Natale (Marché Vert de Noël) is a Christmas market & village set within the Roman archaeological site of Aosta what an impressive location!

🗺 where? archaeological area of the Teatro Romano, & Piazza Arco d’Augusto;

when? every day from 10h30 until 20h or 22h (weekends) and from 15h on Christmas Day and 1st January 2023;

good to know: cheap access to the Roman ruins during the Aosta Christmas market !

website
© Aosta Turismo
© Aosta Turismo
Aosta Christmas market © Aosta Turismo
Aosta Christmas market © lovevda.it
Aosta Christmas market © Aosta nel Cuore
Mercatino Natale di Aosta © lovevda.it

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


🇫🇷 (LYON) Marché de de Noël de Lyon – from 26th November ⇒ 24th December 2022

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 about 80 stands selling artisan goods and food.

🗺 where? Place Carnot (métro Perrache);

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

coup de cœur MBFF 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!!);

website & FB page
© Marché de Noël de Lyon

good to know : over the weekend 8th to 10th December 2022 is the Fête des Lumières in Lyon (the public transport is very busy over this festival, so aim to walk!) :

© Fête des Lumières Lyon

🇫🇷 « Thonon les Féeriques » (THONON) – 1st December 2022 ⇒ 1st January 2023

Thonon les Féeriques : a BRAND NEW Marché de Noël last year, and back again this year : a patinoire de 300m2 en glace naturelle, a fôret enchantée, illuminations sur l’hôtel de ville . . .

website & FB page
© Thonon les Féeriques
© Thonon les Féerique

(SALLANCHES) « Festivités de Noël de Sallanches » : Marché de Noël – Saturday 3rd December 2022 ⇒ 2nd January 2023

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;

🗺 where? La Grenette, Sallanches;

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

website & FB page
© Noel à Sallanches

🇨🇭 (MORGES) Marché de Noël au Château Morges – from 7th ⇒ 11th AND from 14th ⇒ 18th December 2022

We visited this small Christmas market last year, and had a lovely afternoon meandering and looking at our snow-capped mountains from the other side of the lake ! It’s a great opportunity to wander around the castle !

website & FB page
© Château de Morges
© Château de Morges
© Château de Morges
 © Château de Morges

🇫🇷 (ANNEMASSE) « Bonjour l’Hiver »: Marché de Noël from 7th ⇒ 24th December 2022

🎄 « Bonjour l’Hiver » is Annemasse’s Christmas event – as well as events for the whole family, there is a 🎄 Marché de Noël (30+ stands), spectacles de la rue (26è Festival des Arts de la Rue) and a small ⛸ ice-skating rink;

website
© Mairie d’Annemasse

🇨🇭 (BULLE, near Gruyères) – Marché de Noël de Bulle – from 7th ⇒ 11th December  2022

A pretty 🎄 Christmas market that can be combined with a visit to Gruyères . . .

website
Bulle © La Gruyère Région

🇨🇭 (NYON) Marché de Noël de Nyon – 8th ⇒ 24th December 2022

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

🗺 where? Place Bel Air, Nyon;

when? 11h until 22h on weekends, and 16h to 22h weekdays;

website
Marché de Noël de Nyon © http://www.lacote.ch / Sigfredo Haro

🇨🇭 (MARTIGNY) Village de Noël – from 9th ⇒ 23rd December 2022
© Le Hameau Martigny

🇫🇷 (BONNEVILLE) Marché de Noël – 9th ⇒ 11th & 16th ⇒ 18th December 2022
© Mairie de Bonneville

🇨🇭 (COPPET) Marché de Noël du Château de Coppet from 9th ⇒ 11th December 2022

The 🎄 Marché de Noël du Château de Coppet is a lovely Christmas market to head to with small children or buggies: it is fairly small, and contained within pretty castle grounds. And you can stroll down to the lakeside and through the pretty village after the market. You’ll find gastronomic delights (to eat on-site and to buy), artisan goods, Christmas trees for sale, animations for kids and visits from Santa! There is also an ice-skating rink next door!

© Marché de Noël du Château de Coppet
© Marché de Noël du Château de Coppet

❤ coup de cœur MBFF visited this market a few years ago now, and we LOVED it! At the time, we had two small boys, one in a buggy, and it was really easy to navigate and didn’t feel overwhelming due to large crowds (which is often the case with the larger Christmas markets!). We took time to explore the pretty village and to head down to Lac Léman.

[ to read about MBFF‘s experience at this lovely Christmas market, see here ]

FB page
© Marché de Noël du Château de Coppet

🇨🇭 (GRUYÈRES) Marché de Noël de Gruyères – from 9th ⇒ 11th December AND 16th ⇒ 18th December 2022 

🏰 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.

website
© Gruyères Tourisme

(CHAMONIX) Marché de Noël des Jardins de Talèfre – Saturday 10th December 2022
© Jardins de Talèfre

(CHAMONIX) Edelweiss Yoga Chalet Christmas Market – Saturday 10th December 2022

Local artisans exposing their work at this yoga chalet in route des Nants in Chamonix !


(Plateau d’Assy) Marché de Noël – Saturday 10th December 2022

On Place Tobé . . .

© Mairie de Passy Mont-Blanc
(Combloux) Marché de Noël – Saturday 10th December 2022
© Ecole Sainte-Marie Combloux

(Pole Box, Quartier du Moulin Neuf, Megève) Marché de Noël – weekend 10th & 11th December 2022
© Megève Tourisme

🇫🇷 (THYEZ) Marché de Noël weekend 10th & 11th December 2022
© Thyez

🇫🇷 (La Rivière-Enverse) Marché de Noël Saturday 10th December 2022
© La Rivière-Enverse

🇫🇷 (THÔNES) Thô-Noël – Saturday 10th December 2022

A first 🎄 Christmas market for Thônes this year !

Thô-Noël © Thône Tourisme

🇫🇷 (Lo Garâgo, Manigod) Pop-Up Noël – weekend 10th & 11th December 2022
© Lo Garajo

🇫🇷 (Pérouges, near Lyon, AIN) Marché de Noël weekend 10th & 11th December 2022

Pérouges is a pretty medieval village, not far from Lyon, and it sparkles over the weekend of its 🎄 Christmas market, with 600 candles lit along its ruelles !

© Pérouges Patrimoine Animations

Les ruelles fleurent bon le vin chaud, la joie se ressent aux détours de chaque demeure, la musique de la fanfare fait résonner les pierres d’un air de fête, les contes enchantent petits et grands . . .Tout est réuni pour passer un beau moment même s’il faut parfois bien s’emmitoufler !​ Nous accueillons une soixantaine d’exposants au maximum. La cité médiévale reste petite. Il est conseillé de se garer à Meximieux dès 14h30 et de monter à pied car les parkings sont vite saturés selon l’affluence. Pour la sécurité de chacun et le bien être des riverains, merci de vous stationner sur des endroits réservés à cet effet. Des toilettes publiques se trouvent à l’entrée du parking des combes ou derrière l’église avant l’entrée de la cité médiévale. Celles-ci sont gratuites et ouvertes durant toute la durée du marché. Les distributeurs d’argent sont situés à Meximieux, nous vous conseillons de venir avec un peu d’espèces, ou votre chéquier, car tous les stands ne prennent pas la CB.

website

🇫🇷 (Aix-les-Bains Riviera des Alpes) Féerie de Noël : Marchés de Noël 

To see what Christmas markets are on around Aix-les-Bains (the pretty canal-side village of Chanaz, Aix-les-Bains itself, and more . . . follow this link).

© Aix-les-Bains Riviera des Alpes

🇫🇷 (Samoëns) Village de Noël de Samoëns – 10th & 11th December AND 17th ⇒ 26th December 2022

Samoëns (elected Mon Plus Beau Village de Haute-Savoie in 2021) 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. There are plenty of animations and parades, Santa’s sledge, a nativity scene, vin and chocolat chaud . . .

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

when? Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th December, from 16h to 19h30 / 17th December ⇒ 26th December, from 16h to 19h30;

website
© Village de Noël de Samoens

🇫🇷 (ABBAYE d’AULPS, Saint Jean d’Aulps) Noël à l’Abbaye – 10th December 2022
Noël à l’Abbaye © Abbaye des Aulps

(SERVOZ) Marché de Noël – Sunday 11th December 2022
© Mairie de Servoz

(Place du Triangle de l’Amitié, CHAMONIX) La Magie de Noël dans la Vallée de Chamonix-Mont-Blanc : Marché de Noël à Chamonix – 15th December 2022 ⇒ 3rd January 2023

Every day from 14h until 20h : ” De nombreux artisans, producteurs, artistes, commerçants,… feront découvrir leurs produits (décoration, produits sucrés & confiseries, artisanat, cadeaux de Noël, épices, thés, tisanes, produits salés du terroir,…). Ventes et dégustations pour le plaisir des yeux et des papilles, des petits et des grands “;

website
© Vallée de Chamonix Mont-Blanc

🇫🇷 (BONNEVILLE) Marché de Noël – 16th ⇒ 18th December 2022
© Mairie de Bonneville

🇨🇭 (CAROUGE) « Carouge Magique » : Marché de NoëlFriday 16th ⇒ Sunday 18th December 2022

As part of the winter event 🎄 Carouge Magique (from 27th November 2022), there will be a 🎄 Christmas market from Friday 16th ⇒ Sunday 18th December  the shops in Carouge are also open for business on 🗓 Sundays in December, with extra animations on these days;

website & FB page
© Carouge Magique
© Carouge Magique

(CHAMONIX, Le Vert Lodge) Marché de Noël de Créateurs – Saturday 17th December 2022
© Le Vert Lodge Chamonix

(SAINT-GERVAIS-MONT-BLANC) Noël à Saint-Gervais Mont-Blanc – weekend 17th & 18th December 2022

Marchés des artisans et produits locaux, animation maquillage, déambulations musicales et bien d’autres ” . . .

🗺 where? Promenade du Mont-Blanc, Saint-Gervais Mont-Blanc;

when? Saturday 11h to 19h and Sunday 10h to 17h;

© Saint-Gervais Mont-Blanc

(LES CONTAMINES-MONTJOIE) Marché de Noël – weekend 17th & 18th December 2022

There is an annual 🎄 Marché de Noël in Les Contamines-Montjoie, with 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? 17th December, 10h until 20h and & 18th December, 10h until 18h;

© Les Contamines-Montjoie

🇫🇷 (Excenevex, Lac Léman) Marché de Noël – weekend 17th & 18th December 2022
© Mairie d’Excenevex

🇫🇷 (SIXT-FER-à-CHEVAL) Marché de Noël à Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval – Sunday 18th December 2022 
© Sixt Fer à Cheval

(Le Pesteau, Le Bettex, Saint-Gervais-Mont-Blanc) Marchés des Créateurs – Wednesday 21st December 2022
© Le Presteau
🇫🇷 (FLUMET) Marché de Noël à Flumet – Wednesday 21st December 2022 
© Flumet / Val d’Arly

🇫🇷🇨🇭🇩🇪 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: Lugano / Lucerne / Bern / Basel / Rapperswil / St. Gallen / Fribourg;

🇩🇪🎄 GERMANY: Konstanz / Freiburg;

Strasbourg © Alsace Tourisme

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