What could be more exciting than spending Christmas in a snow-covered chalet, complete with a cosy log fire and real Christmas tree? You want to spend time together as a family, so why not make the most of the Christmas break and book a ski holiday with kids?
There are still Christmas deals to be had so you can enjoy a winter holiday in the Alps, skiing with your family and children of all ages.
A family ski holiday is certainly an adventurous, yet traditional way to enjoy your Christmas break. There are family-friendly resorts with tour operators who specialise in families with young children, thinking of every last detail so you know you will be in good hands.
Here are a few destinations in the French Alps you should consider for a fun family Christmas holiday.
A beautiful Alpine town which transforms into a village of twinkling lights at Christmas time. A truly magical experience, especially for the children. Les Gets is home to the Enchanted Forest where Father Christmas and his Elves are working hard making toys and presents.
During your Christmas week stay, you can take a guided tour of Santa’s home and workshop and meet the big guy himself! Tour operators and Chalet staff understand how important a family stay is at this time of year and they certainly pull out all the stops.
You’ll find beautifully decorated Chalets, Christmas dinner with all the trimmings and you don’t have to lift a finger, everything is taken care of.
Les Gets is always an excellent choice for a family ski holiday with kids, but at Christmas, it transforms into a pretty winter wonderland.
Whether you choose the traditional villages of Reberty 2000 and Les Bruyeres or the resort centre of Les Menuires, Christmas in this area is fantastic. Les Menuires probably offers the best Christmas experience for children as you are in the heart of all the action. Throughout the week you can enjoy shows and entertainment, carol concerts and Christmas crafts such as decoration making. Unique to the area is the visit from Santa with a twist on Christmas Eve. Santa and his Elves will ski down the pistes into the village holding flaming torches to light the way as they ski. Probably a sight you never expected to see! This fabulous spectacle is followed by fireworks and local drinks to finish off the evening nicely. Then on Christmas day, you get to enjoy a home cooked roast dinner provided by your hosts. Perfect.
Another pretty Alpine town that glows and sparkles at this time of the year. Skiing here is excellent for beginners so the kids can have some lessons while you enjoy the slopes too. In the town, you’ll see Christmas lights and decorations everywhere and hear live music and carols almost all around. Christmas markets are set up for you to browse and explore and there are lots of activities for the little ones to try. La Plange is especially great for those who want to attend church at Christmas time as there’s a church in the centre of town where Christmas Mass services are held on Christmas Eve. The Ski lifts operate on Christmas day so you can enjoy a Christmas morning Ski before settling down for dinner and gifts. That will certainly work up your appetite.
A lovely car free town that is an excellent choice for family skiing. Most of the places to stay here are right on the slopes, so you can enjoy ski-in ski out chalets stepping right out onto the snow. It is a small purpose-built resort which is centred around a single street. But there are plenty of amenities and entertainment to keep you busy as well as excellent skiing. Due to the draw for family holidays, there are lots of Christmas activities to enjoy here too. Throughout the holiday period, you can see the amazing daily show of the Christmas parade in Valmorel. Other highlights include the Atelier Cirque which is a circus show by three of Santa’s elves performing acrobatics and juggling and the Yule log tasting of an enormous dessert made by a local artisan.
A popular resort at any time of the year, Chamonix is a well-known family ski destination. There are many different accommodation and entertainment options that as a family you will be spoiled for choice. But at Christmas time the fun and entertainment increases with the arrival of the Christmas Village. You’ll find a market made up of small wooden chalets, selling local produce including sweets, spices, teas, cheeses and array of Christmas gifts. There are also many stalls selling food and drinks so you won’t go hungry this Christmas period. For entertainment, there’s ten days of shows parades and activities for the whole family to enjoy. Write letters to Santa, watch dancing magical fairies, and of course, see Santa and his reindeer driven sleigh. There are other special events going on around the town and your chalet tour operator will most likely provide you with further details.
This fairy tale village close to Mont Blanc is the typical postcard picture of the Alps at Christmas. The resort has excellent snow conditions for skiers and still has a traditional feel that some of the bigger resorts lack nowadays. The landscapes are breath-taking and the perfect setting for a Christmas holiday. During Christmas week there are shows games and entertainment including the opening of Santa’s Christmas Village. Here you can try the traditional Savoyard dish of raclette, meet Santa and take part in a Gingerbread house making workshop. There are also Christmas market stalls to browse, carol singers to join and also enjoy the plentiful après ski, this large village resort has to offer. Christmas is not just for children so enjoy – make sure you enjoy yourself too. Chalet stays are the best here and if you take a catering option then even better.
If you love the traditional idea of Christmas, then a ski resort can give you a home from home environment. You still get all of the things you hope for in a family Christmas, open fires, snowy scenery, beautiful decorations and a visit from Father Christmas, but you don’t have to organise it yourself. The beauty of a Christmas ski holiday with kids is that you can sit back, relax and enjoy a fabulous family Christmas without having to do the hard work. No squabbling about doing the washing up or forgetting a certain item on the list. Everything is taken care. One more bonus is you have the time to burn off the overindulgence by spending quality time on the slopes.
Well, there you have it six amazing destinations in France where you can enjoy a Christmas ski holiday as a family. Now all you have to do is choose which resort, not so easy that part with! With so many options available which one would be your favourite for a ski holiday with kids?
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