Celebrating Christmas in Val d’Isère: Activities to Elevate Your Luxury Ski Holiday

Nestled in the heart of the French Alps, Val d’Isère is a luxury ski resort that offers an array of exclusive activities promising to transform your Christmas celebrations into unforgettable memories. Elegantly set against a stunning mountain backdrop, the luxury chalets and best hotels of Val d'Isère promise the ultimate setting for your next luxury festive ski holiday. From exhilarating outdoor adventures to cosy indoor indulgences, here's a guide to the top activities you can enjoy when celebrating Christmas in Val d'Isère.

Skiing and Snowboarding

Val d'Isère has one of the most extensive ski resorts in the world. The lift company has consistently endeavoured to keep ahead of the curve with updating to state of the art telecabines like the Solaise and La Daille, but also more importantly for the Christmas skier, the snow production. Val d’Isère’s snow machines are able to cover 70% of the trail area with 40cm of light fluffy snow in just five days. They don't just rely on technology to keep the mountain white; two snow sure glaciers and the natural steep sides of the main valley mean December temperatures stay significantly cooler than the surrounding resorts proving Val d'Isère is one of the best places for a luxury Christmas ski trip.

Ice Skating

Experience the festive spirit at the outdoor ice skating rink in the centre of Val d'Isère. The twinkling lights, the crisp winter air, and the sound of skates on ice create a magical ambiance. Whether you're a graceful skater or a wobbly beginner, ice skating is a delightful activity for all ages. Don't forget to warm up with a cup of chocolat chaud afterwards.

Winter Hiking and Snowshoeing

Being all together at Christmas time is what makes it special. For those guests seeking slower-paced activities, winter hiking and snowshoeing are perfect options. There are five beautifully carved and prepared walking circuits in and around the village. The Manchet valley is a 3 km loop that follows the valley floor past an offpiste paradise passing the summer stables, the derelict farming village and right up to the waterfall gorge. On your return you can stop for a coffee at the Au Bout Du Monde yurt. If views are what you are looking for then head up to the Lac de l'Ouillette loop. Here you will find a dog walking paradise and families walking off their slumber after Christmas lunch at one of Val d’Isère’s top mountain restaurants, their reason? The spectacular views of the Vanoise high trails and down to the Lac du Chevril.

Dog Sledging

Cherish your inner child this Christmas and embark on an unforgettable snowy dog sledge ride this Christmas; fun for all those over two in your family enjoy. Located in the stunning Manchet Valley, take in the breathtaking views of the Vanoise national park whilst you wait to be greeted by your experienced musher and his pack. Board the sled, cosy up and sit back to let yourself be glided through the snow-covered trails whilst absorbing the beauty of your surroundings and local landscape. Staying in one of our luxury chalets? Let us pack you off with hot cocoa or vin chads for that little extra festive magic.

Festive Markets

What European festive holiday wouldn’t be complete without wandering through a quaint and charming festive market? Take a stroll through the Val d’Isère village soaking up the festive atmosphere; warm up with a vin chaud, savour local cheeses or saucisson and take home a selection of locally handcrafted gifts or artisan products. Throughout the festive period the central village comes alive and these beautiful markets are complimented with carol concerts, ice carvings, live music, shows and general festivities for children and adults to enjoy.

Father Christmas’ Arrival

The arrival of Father Christmas, known as "Père Noël" in French, is a cherished tradition in Val d’Isère that adds an extra layer of joy to the holiday season and takes place on the 24th December. Weather dependent, his arrival can be via helicopter, on a sleigh, or even on skis and is followed by a festive parade through the village. Children will be able to have their faces painted, hand Father Christmas their list or just have a photo taken. Father Christmas' arrival in Val d'Isère adds an enchanting touch to the holiday season, making it a special time for families, children and everyone who gathers to celebrate.

There is no doubt that spending Christmas in Val d'Isère is a magical experience that combines the thrill of winter sports with the warmth of holiday traditions. Whether you're seeking adventure, relaxation or simply a festive atmosphere, Val d'Isère has something special to offer every traveller. So, embrace the holiday cheer, get in touch and let us help create cherished memories for your party this Christmas.