Updated for Christmas 2018! The festive period is a great time to visit the French Alps. Whether it’s for a Christmas stay in a beautiful chalet with a log fire or a New Year’s celebration in a charming French ski village, there's a resort for every winter whim!
Are you thinking about spending the holidays in the mountains? We have some fantastic festive deals on at the moment but if you need some inspiration here are five of our best resorts for Christmas in the Alps...
1. La Rosière
On the Italian border, the beautiful resort of La Rosière is an amazing choice for beginners discovering the joy of skiing and families who want to spend precious time together at this special time of the year.
Christmas in La Rosière oftens sees... the transformation of the magical forest (part of the resort, a beautiful short walk that seperates the two villages). There's plenty of festive-themed, family-friendly activities such as story telling with Christmas candies, chocolates and other local and traditional sweets! The resort also welcomes Santa Claus every Christmas Eve.
We'd recommend staying in Les Cimes Blanches. It's close to all the main amenities (ski school, ski lifts, shops etc) this recently built luxury residence is perfect for your family holiday. What better way to make the most of it than relaxing after a long day of skiing in the amazing spa with heated pool, hot tub and steam room.
This pretty village in the Tarentaise valley is the ideal location for a family Christmas on the slopes. Valmorel has a car-free centre and the majority of its residences are built next to the return runs, thus taking full advantage of the ski-in/ski-out potential. On top of that, the resort has plenty of entertainment and activities arranged for Christmas time.
Christmas in Valmorel often sees... a Christmas Parade! There's a huge daily circus-themed shows complete with accrobatic Santa’s elves! The holidays have also seen a yule log tasteing event with a huge traditional yule log, home baked by the local artisan of Valmorel village.
We'd recommend staying in La Grange aux Fees. It's ideally located in a quiet, elevated and sunny position in the Hameau des Lanchettes, this splendid residence offers ski-in/ski-out and all the conveniences only five minutes’ walk away.
3. Les Saisies
Enjoy a magical and festive week in the mountains of Les Saisies. The enchantingly-set resort offer shows, games, entertainment for everybody in a fairytale village of Christmas - and there's plenty of opportunities for a photo with Santa for lifelong memories!
Christmas in Les Saisies often sees... a big family-style resort welcome meal! For the opening of the Christmas Village, taste and enjoy a traditional meal of raclette followed by a gingerbread workshop!
We'd recommend staying in Les Chalets d'Emeraude. It's close to the main amenities including ski lifts and resort centre, and has luxurious facilities such as indoor heated pool, Jacuzzi and sauna - perfect to relax after a long day of skiing and seeing Santa!
4. Les Gets
This charming village nestling in the Portes du Soleil area has a delightfully traditional character. One of the most easily accessed resorts from the UK by car, Les Gets is an amazing destination for families and non-skiers and has plenty of entertainment at the end of the year.
Christmas in Les Gets often sees... the enchantment of the local forest! In December the forest is enchanted by Santa's visit - definitely one to visit with little ones.
We'd recommend staying in Les Fermes Emiguy. It's 300m from the resort centre and 400m from the main gondola, perfectly located for families with young children. A visit to it's on-site indoor pool makes an ideal end to a day on the slopes!
No need to introduce one of the best-known European resorts, famous for its huge ski area and the superb pistes! Tignes is an amazing destination for a family ski holiday, with a wide range of amenities, activities and with the pedestrianised village.
The holidays in Tignes often sees... the biggest New Years Eve party in France! This high-altitude ski resort celebrates the new year in style with a huge fireworks display and plenty of après-ski partying!
We'd recommend staying in Kalinda. It's a luxury residence, ideally located at the foot of the slopes. There's an ESF ski school office, boulangerie and mini supermarket within the residence, as well as indoor pool and spa.
Don’t forget all the traditional and local activities that will make your winter holiday unforgettable...
- Some resorts, such as Les 2 Alpes, offer horse-drawn sleigh rides which are perfect for taking in those idyllic mountain views, especially during Christmas time.
- For the dog-loving families, some resorts such as Chamonix offer the chance to sit on a sledge and discover the amazing peak and landscapes. For those who want more, they even teach you to mush a team!
- If you're looking for something truly unique, why not go for a walk with the friendly llamas in Valloire? An unforgettable moment for the whole family and one you’re unlikely to forget!
Is there a better way to spend the best time of the year than under the first snowflakes of winter with your family and friends?