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 is a resort for every need. 

So if you are thinking of heading to the mountains this Christmas, here’s our top 5 festive resorts.

1. La Rosiere – Magical forest in a traditional village

On the Italian border, the beautiful resort of La Rosiere 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.

What’s on for Christmas?

In an ephemeral forest, settle at the heart of the resort for end of year celebrations. Come and listen to tales and legends by the fire while eating Christmas candies, chocolates and other local and traditional sweets.

The whole family will be amazed by the stroll of the elves and the splendid arrival of Santa on 24th December.

Find out more about La Rosiere

Where to stay?

Les Cimes Blanches

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, Jacuzzi and steam room.

2 - Valmorel – Perfect for families 

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.

What’s on for Christmas?

Christmas Parade: A huge show from Saturday 19 December 2015 until Saturday 2 January 2016, daily.

Atelier Cirque: Introducing the circus show led by three Santa’s elves: acrobatics, makeup and juggling!

Christmas yule log: taste testing a huge traditional yule log, home baked by the local artisan of Valmorel village.

Find out more about Valmorel

Where to stay?

La Grange aux Fees

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 – A wintery fairy-tale 

Enjoy a magical and festive week in the mountains of Les Saisies, for the young and old.

In an enchanting setting, Les Saisies offer shows, games, entertainment for everybody in a fairytale village of Christmas. Get a photo with Santa for lifelong memories.

What’s on for Christmas?

Opening of Santa’s village : On Monday 21st, first day of Christmas week, you can taste and enjoy a traditional meal of raclette, followed by a gingerbread workshop. Plus a number of evening shows. 

Les Chalets d'Emeraude

Recently built in a typical mountain style with extensive use of wood and stone, Les Chalets d’Emeraude is close to the main amenities including ski lifts and resort centre. 

The luxurious facilities such as indoor heated pool, Jacuzzi and sauna are perfect to relax after a long day of skiing.

4 - Les Gets – Magical Christmas in the enchanted Forest 

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.

What’s on for Christmas?

Visit the Enchanted Forest: Definitely not to be missed! From 19th to 27th December, you are invited to visit the Enchanted Forest and discover the wonderful world of Santa and his elves.

Find out more about Les Gets

Where to stay?

Les Fermes Emiguy

Les Fermes Emiguy offers fully equipped apartments decorated in a contemporary style. Situated 300m from the resort centre, and 400m from the main gondola, the residence has a perfect location especially for families with young children. A visit to the indoor pool makes an ideal end to a day on the slopes.

5- Tignes – Highest level of festivities 

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.

What’s on for Christmas?
New Years Eve: Don’t miss the highest party in France! Join the crowd on the 31st December to celebrate New Year’s Eve with your boots and ski jacket! Fireworks, music…welcome the new year in style.

Find out more about Tignes

Where to stay?

Kalinda Village

Recently built by the acclaimed mountain architect MGM, this luxury residence is ideally located at the foot of the slopes. An ESF ski school office, boulangerie, and mini supermarket are within the residence, as well as indoor pool and spa.

Christmas Traditional Sightseeing Tour

Don’t forget all the traditional and local activities that will make your Christmas stay unforgettable…

Les 2 Alpes offers horse-drawn sleigh rides for young and adults, perfect for a stroll through an idyllic setting, especially during Christmas time.

For the dog-loving families, the Chamonix Valley offers the chance to sit in a sled and discover the amazing peak and landscapes. For those who want more, they even teach you to mush a team!

And for those who are looking for more original activities, 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!

What better way to spend the best time of the year than under the first snowflakes of winter with your family or your friends?