Chamonix Winter Events – 2016-17

Posted: 2nd December 2016

Chamonix Christmas Village!


Daily from 16th December to 30th December 2016

From 16th to 30th December from 10am to 8pm

The Christmas village has moved to Chamonix. Many craftsmen, producers, artists and traders will introduce their products, from decoration, jewellery and Christmas gifts to sweets & confectionery, spices, teas, and savoury local products.

This market is delight to the eyes and taste buds for all ages!

With the 10 days leading up to Christmas including, parades and shows for the happiness of all to make wonderful memories, in this incredible place.

Events include:

Sunday  18th December: Magic Umbrella Parade at 5:30 pm – Walk “Umbrella”

A ballet of colorful umbrellas. This is a musical and luminous spectacle that is a must see!

Monday, December 19: Carousel “l’Orgarêve and its Merry Clouds” from 14:30 to 19:00 at Place des Alpes


The Orgarêve and its Merry Clouds are three machines in one: an organ, a merry-go-round and a kinetic machine, it eco-rides with parental propulsion, reminiscent of the antique carousels.”L’Orgarêve and its Merry Clouds” conceals an extraordinary organ. Children from ages 6 months to 6 years can fly away aboard clouds and around this fantastic dream machine.

Tuesday, December 20th from 17:30 – “Les Lutins à la neige”


The elves are busy with a lot of pranks, pretty songs, and dances, to show you all a good time and a little madness in the streets through the Christmas Village.

Saturday, December 24th from 17:00 –  The Christmas Parade


A white, magical and luminous parade of soft, light and aerial characters through the streets of the Christmas Village

Get the full list of events here:

Santa’s Grotto at Montenvers!


17th and 18th December

Trains departing at 14:00 and 15:00

Take the Montenvers train on Saturday or Sunday and meet Father Christmas in his Grotto at the Mer de Glace for a truly magical Christmas experience. There will be fairy-tales, games and two specially decorated trains to take children of all ages up to the winter wonderland.

All of this is included in your Mont Blanc Unlimited ski pass or you can purchase a return Montenvers train ticket at the station. From Saturday 20th December the ice cave will also be open, so there will be lots to explore. No pre-booking is required, just take the train and enjoy the Christmas magic at France’s largest glacier.

For further details please click here:

Ice Skate Night in Les Houches


December the 23rd, the 30th, February the 10th, 17th, 24th, March 3rd

From 8pm to 10pm come down to Les Houches Ice Rink to skate with your friends and family. There will be entertainment, cultural quizzes, music and mascots. A good atmosphere is guaranteed and refreshments on site with  Free access to the ice rink!!

For more information on opening times and costs outside the special evening events click here:,28-145098,en.html


Torchlight Ski Descents in Chamonix


The French Ski Schools in Chamonix, Les Houches and Argentière organise this event several times each month during the winter, so there’s no reason for you to miss it!

Head to the nursery slopes in Chamonix town centre and watch the instructors of the French Ski School of Chamonix (ESF) taking part in a torch-lit ski descent.

18:30 to 22:00 on:

21st, 28th December at Planards

8th, 22nd February at Planards

1st March at Planards

Free of charge – donations to ESF’s chosen charity are welcome

Directions to Planards:,6.879738,17z

Chamonix En Rouge


17th February @ 17:00

Take part in a great parade through the centre of town to the rhythm of music. Share in the excitement as the Maison de la Montagne is illuminated. Kids of all ages can share a giant tartiflette and enjoy hot chocolate (with mulled wine for the adults!). Buy tickets for the tombola where proceeds go to the guides’ rescue fund and prizes include gifts and skis!,42-260112,en.html

Chamonix Carnival


4th March

Dust out your fancy dress outfit to accompany Mister Carnival through the streets of Chamonix. The children of Chamonix will parade through the streets. You won’t be able to miss them, as the sound of the drums passes through the streets.

Swatch Freeride World Tour 2017


28th January

The world’s top riders face off with a clean slate among the razor-sharp alpine needles of Mont-Blanc Massif in Chamonix, the home of all that is extreme in ski and snowboard world.

The competition will be even more intense this year as the most promising generation of up-and-coming talent from the Freeride World Qualifier will showcase their skills against the top riders of the elite tour.

For a good watching point, spectators are advised to take Brevent cable cars. Don’t miss the competition not just between participants but also against the mountain!

More information here:

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