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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Santa Claus is comin’ to town! Christmas in Chamonix

Apparently patience is a virtue. If that’s true then our stockings will be chock-full of goodies from Santa this year after all the patience we’ve shown waiting for the ski season to open. Hopes were high earlier this week after some fresh snowfall and temperatures have definitely dropped but, alas, there’ll be no lifts open this weekend.

Webcam in Chamonix Mont Blanc
Fresh snow & blue skies on the Flegere webcam

You can keep an eye on upcoming weather forecasts on our new Snow & Weather page, as well as checking lift openings and webcams for the latest real-time information.

Christmas in Chamonix
Visit Father Christmas at Montenvers

So, the snow may not be here yet but Santa is! He’s set up his Christmas workshop beside the Mer de Glace and you can find him there every weekend from 2pm to 4pm in the run-up to Christmas. Entry to his workshop is included in your Montenvers train ticket.

Chamonix is getting very festive this weekend; the Christmas lights go on this evening at 5pm in the centre of town. There’ll be carolling and hot drinks to warm your cockles, as well as entertainment for the children.

Christmas in Chamonix
Christmas trees & sparkly lights in Chamonix

Tomorrow evening the Chamonix ice skating club are putting on a free display at the ice rink, just turn up at 6:30pm and enjoy the show.

You’ll also find Santa in Servoz this Sunday (don’t know how he’s finding time to make all those toys) at the annual Christmas Fair. There will be Christmas trees on sale, mulled wine, cakes, various stands and the all important visit from Santa himself at 15.30pm. Excellent prizes will up for grabs in the raffle, tickets are 2€ each or 6 for 10€ and all proceeds are in aid of the local school.

Christmas Carol Concert in Chamonix Mont Blanc
Christmas Carols with the Chambelles

To round off the weekend the lovely Chambelles ladies choir will be holding a carol concert at the Protestant church near to the train station on Sunday evening. Entry is free with donations being welcomed for Restos du Coeur, an excellent charity that provides food for those who can’t afford it. Starting from 6pm with mulled wine afterwards, everyone’s welcome to come and join in – get there early if you want a seat, Chambelles concerts are always packed out!

Husky sledding in Chamonix
Husky sledding in Chamonix

If you’re coming to Chamonix for the festive season then make it extra special with one of our fantastic family activities – fly over the snowy peaks on a parapente, drive your own team of huskies, or sledge down the slopes after dark on a paret ride. All great fun but don’t leave it too long as they’re booking up fast! Take a look at our Winter Activities page or contact us for more information.