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School holiday dates 2024/25 for the UK and France

Alpe d'Huez Ski Resort (©Laurent-Salino) Thursday, 29, February, 2024

Are you planning a family ski getaway? If you’ve got children, then you’ll know how popular school holidays, especially February half term, is with skiing families – this is also when the French are on holiday! Whilst this makes for a few busy weeks, the benefits for this time include dedicated family-friendly events and activities. The weeks of Christmas and Easter school holidays often have some special peak date deals, which we 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 very different system to the UK, with different zones of France having their holidays at slightly different dates. The dates listed below are correct at the time of writing.



UK School holidays 2024/25

Christmas and New Year Holidays 

Christmas - Saturday 21st December - Saturday 28th December 2024

New Year - Saturday 28th December - Saturday 4th January 2025


February Half-Term Holidays (One Week)

Saturday 15th February - Saturday 22nd February 2025


Easter Holidays (Two Weeks)

Saturday 5th April 2025 - Saturday 19th April 2025


Saturday 12th April 2025 - Saturday 26th April 2025

(Some private and state schools may also be on holiday w/c 29th March 2025)

French School holidays 2024/25

Christmas Holidays 

All 3 zones: Sunday 21st December 2024 - Sunday 4th January 2025


February Half-Term Holidays 

Zone B: Saturday 8th February – Saturday 22nd February 2025

Zone C: Saturday 15th February – Saturday 3rd March 2025

Zone A: Saturday 22nd February – Saturday 8th March 2025


Easter Holidays 

Zone B: Saturday 5th April – Monday 21st April 2025

Zone C: Saturday 12th April – Saturday 26th April 2025

Zone A: Saturday 19th April – Saturday 3rd May 2025

PLEASE NOTE: School holidays do vary depending on education authority, so it’s always 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


Peak Dates for the 2024/25 ski season

Christmas Skiing

The main Christmas week skiing starts Saturday 21st December 2024 and ends Saturday 28th December 2024

New Year Skiing

The main New Year week skiing starts Saturday 28th December 2024 and ends Saturday 4th January 2025

February Half-Term Skiing

February Half-Term skiing commences Saturday 15th February 2025 and ends Saturday 22nd February 2025 - as this is when some French school holiday weeks are too, these dates will get booked up very quickly!  

Easter Skiing

Easter skiing will mainly fall between Saturday 5th April 2025 and Saturday 26th April 2025 – although some private and state schools are from the week commencing 29th March 2025!

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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If you're ready to explore your options for a wonderful winter break, our expert and award-winning team can help with planning the perfect holiday for you. Call us on 023 9283 9310, email on, or you can request a quote and we'll be in touch.

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