To make sure you’ve planned the best getaway for you and your family, as well as considering the holiday dates your children get and the time you can take off work, it may be wise to think about scheduling a holiday within the French school holiday dates. There are several benefits including dedicated children/family-friendly events and activities, and special peak date deals. However, these dates are popular so resorts are likely to be much, much busier. 

French school holidays operate using a different system to the UK, different zones have their holidays at different times of the year, reducing demand for holidays.

School Holidays for 2017 - 2018

Scroll down for school holiday dates for 2018 - 2019

UK School Holidays 2017 - 2018

This year, our holidays clash with at least one French zone for each holiday. The UK holidays (though they do vary slightly between counties, and between independent and state schools) are as follows:

Christmas Holidays
18/12 – 05/01 

February Half Term Holidays
12/02 – 23/02 (1 week in this period)

Easter Holidays
26/03 – 13/04 (2 weeks in this period)

French School Holidays 2017 - 2018

Christmas Holidays 
All 3 zones are off for Christmas from 23/12 – 08/01.

February Half Term Holidays 
Zone A: 10/02 – 25/02 
Zone C: 17/02 – 04/03 
Zone B: 24/02 – 11/03

Easter Holidays 
Zone A: 07/04 – 22/04 
Zone C: 14/04 – 29/04 
Zone B: 21/04 – 06/05

School holiday dates for the whole of Europe can be found on the School Holidays Europe site

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 2017 - 2018

Christmas skiing 
23rd December 2017 (most European countries are on holiday this week too).

New Year skiing 
30th December 2017 (most European countries are on holiday this week too).

Half term week skiing 
10th February 2018 (this will be one of the main weeks for the whole of France and other European countries).

Easter skiing 
31st March 2018 

School Holidays for 2018 - 2019

UK School Holidays 2018 - 2019

Christmas Holidays
24/12 – 04/01 

February Half Term Holidays
18/02 – 03/03 (1 week in this period)

Easter Holidays
08/04 – 26/04 (2 weeks in this period)

French School Holidays 2018 - 2019

Christmas Holidays 
All 3 zones are off for Christmas from 21/12 – 06/01.

February Half Term Holidays 
Zone B: 09/02 – 24/02
Zone A: 16/02 – 03/03
Zone C: 23/02 – 10/03

Easter Holidays 
Zone B: 06/04 – 22/04
Zone A: 13/04 – 28/04 
Zone C: 20/04 – 05/05

    

Peak Dates 2018 - 2019

Christmas skiing 
22nd December 2018 (most European countries are on holiday this week too).

New Year skiing 
29th December 2018 (most European countries are on holiday this week too).

Half term week skiing 
16th and 23rd February 2019 (this will be one of the main weeks for the whole of France plus other European countries).

Easter skiing 
6th and 13th April 2019 (some cross-overs with parts of Europe).