There’s nothing more enchanting than a white Christmas spent up in the mountains! It’s a magical time for everyone of all ages - whether you’re looking for traditional, charming, romantic or family orientated.
The festive season in the snowy Alps is always illuminated with brightly decorated Christmas trees and sparkling fairy lights for the entirety of December. Every year there is an abundance of Christmas celebrations and activities to enjoy for all the family.
We’ve researched the top 5 most magical ski resorts for an enchanted French Alps Christmas;
*Check with resorts for Covid-19 restrictions this Christmas.
1. Les Gets
This traditional, centuries-old village nestled in the Portes du Soleil area has an authentic charm. Les Gets is an amazing destination for families and non-skiers with an abundance of entertainment for your Christmas holiday.
The Magical Forest Kingdom
Families can enjoy a sleigh ride with the elves to visit Santa Claus in his grotto in the heart of the magical forest kingdom. There are storytelling sessions, workshops, arts and crafts to immerse children in the magic of Christmas.
Santa’s Torchlit Ski Descent & Fireworks Display
On Christmas Eve, you can see Santa off on his way to deliver presents around the world, as he takes part in an incredible torchlit ski descent under a sky of fireworks.
Christmas Markets and Fairs
A Christmas market boasting unique and traditional gifts and treasures to give to your loved ones will take place in December. Ice sculptures will be displayed around the village alongside shows and Christmas fairs.
- Post your Letter to Santa in the Special Postbox
- Ice Skating on the Outdoor Ice Rink
- Hot Chocolate infused Mountain Walks
Read our definitive guide for more information on the Portes Du Soleil resort and ski area.
Tignes is a high altitude resort in the heart of the ski country, located in the Tarentaise Valley. The snow doesn’t get much better than in the resort of Tignes, which makes this winter wonderland the ideal location for Christmas skiing.
Christmas Lights and Music
Tignes officially starts at the beginning of December when the Christmas lights are switched on. The night is fuelled with vin chaud, hot chocolate and music.
Ice Disco during Christmas Week
You can enjoy Christmas music, ice-skating, mulled wine and hot chocolate.
On Christmas eve enjoy a magical après-ski consisting of torchlight descents, a Father Christmas parade, distribution of festive chocolates, shows and fireworks.
Delicious Christmas Dinners
Many hotels and catered chalets in Tignes serve a hearty Christmas dinner so you can spend Christmas day in the most traditional way.
Other activities include:
- The tour of Santa Claus and his distribution of papillotes
- Christmas music and decorations in the shopping streets
- La banquise (Igloo, Curling, snow play structures)
- Ice diving
3. Val D’Isere
Val d’Isère is a village nestled amidst the mountain tops on the border of the Vanoise National Park. You can enjoy Christmas concerts, festive markets, parades, carol services and live music throughout December as the resort prepares for Christmas and New Year’s Eve.
Giant Snow Sculptures
Impressive four metre-tall snow sculptures take form in the Avenue Olympique. The talented ice sculptors will use hand saws to carve their festive designs.
Ski Instructors will perform a torchlit descent down the Face de Bellevard whilst you enjoy Vin Chaud and a magical Christmas fireworks display.
Enchanted Christmas Village
Father Christmas’s elves will take you on a guided tour of their magical Christmas village. Activities in the village include the Christmas igloo in Margherio Square, Christmas shows, storytelling, face painting and Christmas carols.
Christmas Magic Show
A fantastic Christmas magic show guaranteed to be full of fun for all the family!
Skiing on Christmas Day
The best part of spending Christmas in Val d'Isere is unlike many resorts, you’re able to ski on the big day. The ski lifts are open as normal and you'll be sure to see a few skiing Santas!
New Year’s Eve Fireworks
New Year in Val d’Isere showcases the impressive Airstar Night Light event. This includes a huge fireworks display, live music, fire shows other incredible displays.
4. La Rosière
On the Italian border, the beautiful resort of La Rosière is the ideal choice for beginners and families discovering the joy of skiing this December. With this ski resort boasting one of the Alps’ best snow records, you’re guaranteed a white Christmas.
The Enchanted Christmas Forest
Discover a magical world in the Enchanted Christmas Forest. With a wishing tree, a letterbox delivering letters to Father Christmas and a chocolate treasure hunt.
A mesmerising torchlit descent down the mountains.
This soulful Gospel trio will truly get you in the Christmas spirit.
Meet Father Christmas
Greet Father Christmas as he arrives at the bottom of the slopes in La Rosière under an illuminating firework display and after, pose for a photo in Santa’s special photo studio.
Take a look at our recently completed Le Hameau de Barthelemy ski development in La Rosière. This impressive residence has an ideal location close to the ski lifts and shops and features stunning apartments, with a wellness area, parking, kids’ playroom, ski lockers and private cellars.
Bursting with history culture and heritage, the first purpose-built ski resort has breath-taking views of nearby Mont Blanc. Megève at Christmas is the iconic winter scene. With the centre of Megève being completely pedestrianised, you will find horse-drawn carts and sleigh rides.
Lighting up the Christmas Tree
The festive fun begins in December with the lighting ceremony of the majestic Christmas tree and the opening of the enchanted Christmas Village. Seeing over 1000 lights become illuminated is not one to be missed!
Take a Magical Sleigh Ride
Enjoy a sleigh ride through the pretty cobbled streets and soak up the magical atmosphere for the picture-perfect Christmas.
Glaçons de Megève
Visit the traditional shop to taste the delights of the 110-year old recipe of delicate praline coated with a fine meringue.
The Sliding Garden
The Jardin de la Glisse is the ultimate family moment. The ice rink is stocked with assistance sleds, play structures, blocks and hoops for apprentice skaters, young and old.
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