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Chamonix Christmas and Winter Events

Keep up to date with all the Christmas and winter events in Chamonix with our events calendar.

2018-19 dates coming soon, some of the dates listed below are for the 2017-18 season!

Christmas Events


Chamonix Christmas Market

For two weeks the town of Chamonix will become an authentic Christmas market. The central streets will be lined with over 30 decorative stalls with local, regional and international crafts and specialties. There will also be live entertainment every evening, a Christmas train and fairytale illuminations. There may even be a special visit from Santa himself...

The perfect atmosphere for a family holiday!

Find out more here!

Events at the Christmas market

Santa's Grotto

From 16th December to 24th December 2018 - 3PM - 7PM - Come and meet Father Christmas in his house, have your picture taken together and give him your letters and wish lists!

Christmas Parade

Sunday 24th December 2018 - 6PM

A Christmas parade full of community spirit! You are all invited to come and take part in the performance alongside professional artists. Families are welcome (adults and children over 7 years old). Enroll at the tourist office (limited number of places) and meet up at 4 pm to get dressed up and rehearse.

The parade will include three professional performances:
The 25d - They look a bit like Father Christmas, if you imagine Father Christmas as a rapper, with swagger!
The toy soldiers - These well-trained toy soldiers on parade will obey every order.
Deer of love parade - Forming a spectacular fresco of light, these three herds of deer will be performing astonishing dances such as an ode to love and a tribute to nature.

Other Festive Parades

Friday 22nd December 2018 - 5PM - Djacque le notaire - A burlesque marching band with natural energy which will take you sailing through an ocean of music (Jazz, Eastern music, not forgetting a few famous Christmas tunes for children)!

Monday 25th December 2018 - 5PM - The Elves - Gracious and mischievous luminous dancers… A wacky party packed with eccentric elves, a little cheeky but so full of magic…

Friday 29th December 2018 - 5PM - The Poppins - A thrilling adventure featuring actor musicians, acrobats, stilt-walkers, a smooth-talking vocalist, a singer, and a tap dancer...

For the full schedule visit the website here!

Skiing Events

Torchlight Descents

Wednesday 3 January 2018 at 7 PM, Wednesday 14 February 2018 at 7 PM, Wednesday 7   March 2018 at 7 PM.

Come along and watch the instructors of ESF Chamonix put on a torch light spectacle on the slopes of the Savoy! The torchlight parades are a tradition in Chamonix with entertainment, vin chaud and hot chocolate to be enjoyed by all!

Night Skiing

From 11th January to 08th February 2018, every Thursday between 8.30 PM and 10 PM.

Night skiing at the Tourchet piste in Les Houches has a fun and friendly atmosphere, enhanced by some music and a bar serving hot chocolate and vin chaud.

Access to the Tourchet draglift is free of charge for those that wish to ski or snowboard under the stars. On certain nights there may also be the opportunity to try out “snow toys” such as the snowscoot, or “vintage” equipment, such as old fashioned skis and télémarks.

Music Events

Musilac Du Mont Blanc

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After the success of the fist Musilac-Mont-Blanc festival last year, Musilac is back in Chamonix for round two this April!

Find out more here

Chamonix Unlimited Festival

Five days of dance music and ski events across the most iconic local sites.

The Chamonix Unlimited Festival is back again! The best of electronic music in an exceptional setting turns five years old in 2019.

Find out more here

Montagne de Spectacles

Friday 15th December 2018 18:30 at the Majestic

Le P'tit Bal Bonumeur,  a cultural event full of entertainment and music.

Tickets cost €12 full price, or you can buy a family pack for €31.00

Full details of the event can be found here in french only:

Weekly Events

Latin Party at the Maison des Artistes

 the heart of Maison des Artistes will be beating to the rhythm of Latino Music, your first dance moves will be guided by professional dancer Paola Ballart from 9:30 pm.

Chamonix Pioniers Hockey Matches

4th, 23rd, 26th, 30th December 2018 / 4th, 8th, 15th, 25th, 29th January 2019 / 3rd, 24th February 2019 - Games start at 20:30

Tickets are 14€ for adults and 8€ for children (free for children under eight years) for league matches. For friendly matches the prices are 8/5€. Tickets can be purchased on site.

There is a bar so you can get a drink whilst you watch the game, they also serve hot food and snacks. At certain matches the school bake sales are something to look forward to, so make sure you have small change for a good cause, and great cake.

Also remember to take some warm clothes and shoes, hats and gloves - you are going to be sitting in a large freezer in a ski resort for a while!

Cross country skiing by night

Every Thursday this winter from Thursday 6th December you can enjoy the green loop through the Bois du Bouchet from 18:00-20:00

Access is free, you just need to bring your own equipment and a headtorch. 

Other Events

Chamonix En Rouge

Friday 1st March 2019

Join the ski instructors of the ESF Chamonix in celebrating one of their oldest traditions, and one of the biggest nights of the year!

The Place du Triangle de l'Amitié, facing the Maison de la Montagne, is "party central" as the ESF crew "paint the town red"!

Full program coming soon!

Outdoor Ice Skating


The ice rink of Les Houches is an outdoor artificial ice rink, situated in the heart of the village and is open throughout the winter months from late December to the end of March.

The ice rink has a coffee shop where you can enjoy a hot drink!

Rates: Admission: €2,00 / Skate rental: €3,00

Opening times:

Events: 29th December, 5th January , 16th and 23rd February, 2nd and 9th March - Ice Skate Nights from 8pm to 10pm offer free access and skates rental.

From 23rd December 2017 to 7th January 2018, daily between 2pm and 8pm.
Thursday and Friday from 2pm to 10pm non-stop.
Depending on weather conditions.

From 8th January to 9th February 2018, daily between 2pm and 6pm.
Depending on weather conditions.

From 10th February to 11th March 2018, daily between 2pm and 8pm.
Thursday and Friday from 2pm to 10pm non-stop.
Depending on weather conditions.