Merry Christmas! We hope you had a lovely day filled with fun and surprises! It wasn’t quite the white Christmas that we’re used to out here, but that looks set to change very soon with quite heavy snowfall forecast for this weekend – bring it on!
So Christmas may be over for another year but there’s still plenty going on in Chamonix. The biggest night of the year is just around the corner and there’s so many parties to choose from that it’s just as well most places will be taking advantage of the all-night license that is granted every New Year’s Eve.
The biggest party will be at La Terrasse, right in the centre of town. With 5 DJs playing across 2 floors it looks set to be a great night; funky party vibes downstairs, house and techno upstairs – tickets cost 25€ each and can be bought in advance at La Terrasse.
If something a bit more chilled is more your style then why not check out the chic new lounge bar at Hotel Heliopic where Erik, Mollie & Thibaud will be playing laid-back jazz and blues classics. They have a great cocktail menu and big cosy armchairs to nestle back into, not to mention the absolute forest of Christmas trees that they have decked the place out with – it’s like Narnia in there!
There’ll be plenty going on in all the bars and restaurants so if you don’t want to tie yourself to just one event then take a stroll round town and soak up the atmosphere. Rue du Moulin always has a good carnival vibe going on, with people milling in and out of all the hip bars on the tiny old backstreet. There is a little Chamonix tradition of gathering at the clock tower just before midnight to count in the New Year, it’s crowded and chaotic but lots of fun. If you’ve got children then put them on your shoulders so that they can get a good view of the firework display that follows the countdown.
Many restaurants are offering a special New Year’s Eve menu with such decadent treats as champagne, scallops and truffles. Booking is highly recommended if you want to be sure of a table, have a look at our restaurants guide to see which ones are our favourites.
Don’t forget that if you want to enjoy a delicious feast at home without the hassle of shopping, cooking and cleaning we can organise private catering for you – anything from a full dinner party to dropping off some freshly cooked heat-and-serve meals prepared by one of our talented chefs. Visit our website for all the various catering options and prices.
If you need a bit of downtime to recover from all the partying then you can’t beat a trip to the spa at Pré Saint Didier over in Italy. Housed in a beautiful old villa, it’s a labyrinth of treatment rooms and relaxation suites with every hot, cold, soothing, exfoliating, invigorating, relaxing sensation you can imagine. We’ve been a few times and still keep discovering new rooms every time we go back! Our partner company, Haute Transfer, run regular bus trips there and back from just 44€ per person – read more about Pré Saint Didier and other nearby spas here.
So, what will 2015 bring for you? Do you have any unfulfilled ambitions that you want to achieve in the New Year? How about skiing the world-famous Vallée Blanche with a mountain guide? Or ice climbing on frozen waterfalls? Flying over the peaks perhaps and getting a bird’s eye view of Mont Blanc with a parapente flight or helicopter ride? You can do all these things right here in Chamonix, as well as plenty more besides. Have a look at our winter activities page to find out more about all the fantastic experiences you can have and don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
In the meantime, we wish you a very happy New Year and all the best for 2015!