To make sure you’ve planned the best getaway for you and your family, 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 accommodation does sell quickly.
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. The dates listed below are correct at time of writing.
UK school holidays 2020/2021 season
Monday 21 December 2020 - Friday 1 January 2021
February Half-term Holidays
Monday 15 February - Friday 19 February 2021
Thursday 1 April - Friday 16 April 2021
(Easter weekend 2nd - 5th April 2021)
Easter holidays can vary across the UK so do check with your chid's school before booking.
French school holidays 2020/2021 season
All 3 zones are off for Christmas from Monday 21 December 2020 - Friday 1 January 2021
February Half-term Holidays
Zone B: 05/02/21 – 24/02/21
Zone A: 12/02/21 – 28/02/21
Zone C: 19/02/21 – 07/03/21
Zone A: 09/04/21 – 25/04/21
Zone B: 16/04/21 – 02/05/21
Zone C: 23/04/21 – 09/05/21
School holiday dates for the whole of Europe can be found on the School Holidays Europe site.
In France, 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 2020/21 ski season
Christmas week skiing will start Saturday 19th December 2020 (most European countries are on holiday this week too).
New Year skiing
New Year ski week commences on Saturday 26th December 2020 (most European countries are on holiday this week too).
Half-term week skiing
The week commencing 13th February 2021 (February half-term for most of the UK) is also a holiday for some of France, as well as school holidays in other European countries.
Easter Sunday is 4th April 2021 and Easter ski weeks are weeks commencing the 27th March and the 3rd and 10th April. (Some cross-overs with parts of Europe).
All of 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.
If you're ready to explore your options for a wonderful winter break, then our expert and award-winning team can help with planning the perfect holiday for you. Call us on 023 9283 9310, chat with us online, or you can request a quote and we'll be in touch.
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