Merry Christmas from Chamonix!

Chamonix lift pass

The snow dances have paid off, prayers have been answered and bizarre weather rituals have been rewarded – it’s snowed!!!

Just as the Compagnie du Mont Blanc was surely starting to get a bit twitchy about this weekend’s scheduled lift openings, the clouds thickened and the skies whitened. Granted, it’s been a bit wet down in the valley but the mountains are now covered with a lovely blanket of crisp fresh snow – just in time! Have a quick peek at the webcams to see what conditions are like right now.

Lift openings have been confirmed for tomorrow, but with some open for pedestrians only. Les Grands Montets and Flegere will definitely be open to skiers and snowboarders – see here for details of where to go.

Christmas in Chamonix
Christmas trees & sparkly lights in Chamonix

It’s starting to feel a lot more like winter now and to get right into the festive mood we’ll be popping along to the Chambelles Christmas Concert tonight. The lovely ladies will be leading us in song at La Lucarne (next to the ice rink) for an evening of dinner and drinks, carols and cheer.

Dinner is served from 7pm with a 2 course set menu for just 12€, or you can choose “à la carte” – visit the Chambelles website for more details on menu and reservations. The concert is due to start at 8:30pm, followed by (and most likely preceded by) drinks and merriment. The concert part of the evening is free, but donations on the door are very welcome and will be given to Community Action Nepal.

Also coming up this week is the Christmas Market, also at La Lucarne, on Saturday and Sunday. Local artisans and traders will have lots of goodies to tempt you with, perfect for last-minute Christmas shopping (or just for treating yourself…).

Christmas in Chamonix
Chamonix Christmas Celebrations

The big man himself will be in town on Tuesday, just to check we’ve all been good before he does the rounds on Christmas Eve. The arrival will begin with something a bit different – a giant mechanical figure striding the streets and leading a parade from Place Balmat (by the post office) to Place Mont Blanc (by the Galerie Alpina). There will be entertainment from 5pm to 6pm, culminating in the arrival of Father Christmas!

Remember, if you’re visiting Chamonix for Christmas or New Year there is plenty to do to make your holiday special. From ice climbing, to paragliding, to husky dog sledding – just drop us a line or visit our website to find out more. It’s also one of our busiest times of year though, so don’t hang about!

Have a fantastic Christmas and, if you see him, remember to ask Santa for some more snow x

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