NYE in Chamonix : Where to Celebrate New Year’s Eve

Joyeux Noel! We hope you had a fantastic Christmas, whether here in Chamonix or elsewhere…

Where will you be seeing in the New Year? There are loads of options here in Chamonix, from champagne and oysters in a cosy restaurant to dancing the night away in a packed nightclub.

The big news this year is that GORILLAZ Sound System will be coming to Chamonix! They’ll be playing a fantastic 2 hour set, supported by the famous video graphics of Jamie Hewlett. The iconic British DJ crew will be bringing the whole experience to the Salle Olca in Les Houches, tickets are just 45€ and there will be shuttle buses running back and forth between Chamonix and Les Houches.

It’ll be the biggest night in the valley, with the beats dropping until 6am – other guest DJs lined up to keep us going until morning include Stereoheroes, Epic Empire and Chamonix’s very own Mister Pop. Make sure to buy your tickets in advance, this will be a sell-out for sure.

New Years Eve Chamonix party at Monkey BarKeeping it more local is the NYE Dirty Disco at Monkey in Chamonix Sud – no dress code, no entry fee, just come along and be prepared to party hard and late. There’ll be no first lift for you the next day.

If you fancy more of a pub crawl then start your night with apres-ski at Chambre Neuf, calling in at Elevation, MOO Bar and Pointe Isabelle as you make your way to the clock tower in time for the midnight countdown and firework display. From here you can either pop into The Pub on your way to Chamonix Sud, or call into La Terrasse on your way to Rue des Moulins – for a small town there’s plenty of places to party!

 

Chamonix Christmas LightsChamonix also has a massive choice of wonderful restaurants to choose from – you can enjoy gourmet French cuisine such as truffles and oysters or go traditional Alpine with an oozing pot of fondue and a bottle of Genepi. Many restaurants are offering special festive menus and will be lovely places to cosy up for the evening with friends or family. For more ideas of where to eat in Chamonix, take a look at our Chamonix Restaurants Guide for our favourite recommendations.

Chamonix activities, ice climbing in winterIf you’re looking for a special way to see in the New Year then how about trying something new and exciting for 2016?

Ice climbing, ski touring and glacier hiking are all open at the moment and are fantastic experiences that you’ll remember long after you’ve gone home and back to work.

Have a look at our Chamonix Winter Activities page for inspiration and tick a few more things off your bucket list before 2015 is through!

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Happy New Year, Bonne Année, Gott Nytt År, Buon Anno, С Новым Годом, Glückliches Neues Jahr…!

Chamonix Weather Snow Forecast
Snow Forecast in Chamonix for this weekend!

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.

New Year's Eve in Chamonix
New Year’s Eve Party at La Terrasse

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!

New Year's Eve in Chamonix
New Year’s Eve in Chamonix

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.

La Caleche Restaurant Chamonix
Restautant La Caleche looking very festive

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.

Spa Pre Saint Didier in Courmayeur
Spa Pre Saint Didier in Courmayeur

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.

cropped-5.jpgSo, 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!