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School holiday dates 2023/24 for the UK and France

Image Thursday, 02, March, 2023

Are you planning a family ski getaway? Read on to help plan the best getaway for you and your family! If you've got children, then you'll know how popular February half-term is with skiing families, this is also when the French are on holiday. Whilst this makes for a busy few weeks, the benefits include dedicated child/family-friendly events and activities, The weeks of the Christmas and Easter school breaks often have some special peak date deals so keep an eye on these, which we'll update regularly in the run up to the season. All school holiday dates tend to be popular so it's best to get booked in quickly before accommodation sells out! 

French school holidays use a different system to the UK, with different 'zones' of France having their holidays at slightly different times of the year. The dates listed below are correct at the time of writing. 


UK School holidays 2023/24

Christmas and New Year Holidays 

Christmas - Saturday 23rd December - Saturday 30th December 2023

New Year - Saturday 30th December - Saturday 6th January 2024


February Half-Term Holidays (One Week)

Saturday 10th February - Saturday 17th February 2024


Saturday 17th February - Saturday 24th February 2024


Easter Holidays (Two Weeks)

Saturday 30th March - Saturday 13th April 2024


Saturday 6th April - Saturday 20th April 2024

(Some private and state schools may also be on holiday w/c 23rd March 2024)

French School holidays 2023/24

Christmas Holidays 

All 3 zones: Sunday 24th December 2023 - Sunday 7th January 2024



February Half-Term Holidays 

Zone C: Sunday 11th February - Sunday 25th February 2024

Zone A: Sunday 18th February - Sunday 3rd March 2024

Zone B: Sunday 25th February - Sunday 10th March 2024 


Easter Holidays 

Zone C: Sunday 7th April - Sunday 21st April 2024 

Zone A: Sunday 14th April - Sunday 28th April 2024

Zone B: Sunday 21st April - Sunday 5th May 2024

PLEASE NOTE: School holidays do vary depending on education authority, so it's best to check with your children's school before booking anything!

French Zones include the following cities: 

A: Caen, Clermont-Ferrand, Grenoble, Lyon, Montpellier, Nancy-Metz, Nantes, Rennes, Toulouse
B: Aix-Marseille, Amiens, Besançon, Dijon, Lille, Limoges, Nice, Orléans-Tours, Poitiers, Reims, Rouen, Strasbourg
C: Bordeaux, Créteil, Paris, Versailles

Please note: school dates are subject to change. Please check with your child's school before booking.

Peak Dates for the 2023/24 ski season

Christmas Skiing 

The main Christmas week skiing starts Saturday 23rd December 2023 until Saturday 30th December 2023.

New Year Skiing 

The main New Year week skiing starts Saturday 30th December 2023 and ends Saturday 6th January 2024. 

February Half-Term Skiing

February Half-Term commences either Saturday 10th February 2024 and Saturday 17th February 2024 - as this is also when some French holiday weeks are too, these dates will get booked up very quickly!

Easter Skiing 

Easter skiing will mainly fall between Saturday 30th March 2024 and Saturday 20th April 2024 - although some private and state schools are from the week commencing 25th March 2024!

These dates are increasingly popular times to ski and with other European countries also on holiday these weeks will book up very quickly. To avoid disappointment, get in touch with us today to check availability and get your ski holiday booked! 


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