Christmas in the mountains can be really special. If you’re lucky enough to get a white Christmas (fingers crossed!), the mountain scenery and a day of skiing truly tops it off.
And unlike many other places in the world, it’s business as usual in the Alps on Christmas day. The slopes are open and so are all the shops and restaurants. And as it’s a popular time to visit, La Tania and Courchevel put on a few Christmas activities for the kids.
When you arrive in resort, expect Courchevel and La Tania to already be lit up with Christmas lights across all the villages. It will be sure to feel Christmasy from the time you arrive.
If you’re looking for something a bit different, head up to Courchevel 1850. They’ll be having a gospel street performance going on between 14:00 – 16:00, followed by a concert at 17:00 and then a torchlight descent and fireworks display – however, you might want to wait to see these both in La Tania on Christmas Day.
If you’re looking for a party in the evening, the Ski Lodge will have their annual Christmas party. Expect live music and a bustling atmosphere. We recommend going lightly on the toffee vodka though!
Christmas Day in La Tania
Head out for a ski! The best part about going on a ski trip over the Christmas break is being able to head out for some fresh mountain air and a fun activity with the whole family on Christmas day. Your chalets will also be decorated and if you’re staying in one of our catered chalets, you’ll be sure to have a delicious Christmas meal prepared for you with all the trimmings. And no washing up for you either!
Most importantly, you can meet Father Christmas in resort! He’ll arrive in a sleigh along with some of his friends. You can see him in La Tania from 10:00 – 13:00 and 15:00 – 18:00. Hot drinks will be on offer, and you can even reserve for Father Christmas to give presents to your child in person. Note you must reserve at the La Tania tourist office in advance, spaces are limited.
After a day of skiing, presents, food, and hopefully meeting Father Christmas – head down into the village at 18:00 for a torchlight descent. Each year a number of the local ski instructors, and sometimes the local school children, do a torchlight descent down Folyeres – the blue piste that runs into resort. You can watch them wind down the mountain carrying flames. And as they arrive, there will be a fireworks show!
We have to say, it’s not your typical Christmas day – but it’s definitely one to remember.
Overall don’t expect over the top Christmas decor and numerous events, as you would back at home. Here in the mountains, the focus is skiing, with a side of holiday cheer. Embrace it and make the most of a unique family holiday in the French Alps.