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Christmas & New Year 2019 in Val d'Isere - What weather to expect & what to do

All the best events in resort this festive period

Featured in: | Ana Hernández, Val d'Isere Editor | Published
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Winter is here and the lifts in Val d'Isere have opened. The Christmas lights are twinkling and we feel well and truly festive and ready for the season.

It's that time of year again and the resort is looking particularly Christmassy with all the snow that has fallen. So what are the best events taking place in resort this festive period?

What are the snow & weather conditions like in Val d'Isere over Christmas?

Be prepared for a white Christmas in Val d'Isere this year. After a very snowy start of the season, there's a very healthy base layer of a metre in town and well over 2.5m at the top. Last weekend's huge dump, which continues this morning, has only increased those snow depths and brought a nice, fluffy layer of fresh snow on top of the pistes. The forecast is for a wonderfully sunny day on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, followed by some more snow on Friday and then sunshine again next weekend. Temperatures will fluctuate below the 0ºC mark, perhaps reaching -15ºC at altitude on Friday, so remember to pack your thermals!

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Where to meet Santa Claus in Val d'Isere?

The Christmas Village runs until December 28th in Val d'Isere with a whole host of festive events. From giant snow and ice sculptures to torchlit descents, concerts, pageantry and the arrival of Father Christmas – get down and join in the fun in the centre of resort. Father Christmas will arrive outside the Tourist Office in Val d'Isere on December 24th at 17:00. You can pay him a visit – he'll be in the company of his little helpers so you can hand him your Christmas wish list or have your photo taken. Santa also likes to ski and can be spotted out on the slopes earlier in the day. From 10:00 to noon, he can be found on the snow front (Village and Savonnette lifts) and, from 13:00 to 14:00, at the top of the Solaise.

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How to celebrate Christmas Day in Val d'Isere?

For some Christmassy après-ski fun head to La Folie Douce from 14:00. Their famous WTF party will have a distinctive festive flavour on December 25th. Expect lots of Santa and elves costumes, plenty of bubbles flowing and the Folie's signature live entertainers performing on the tables. Families are also well catered for at La Folie Douce – this holiday season the little ones will be given drawings to colour during lunch at one of their restaurants with which they can win special gifts.

After the après fun, experience the magic of Christmas in the Alps with entertainment and fireworks on the slopes of Val d'Isere. The ESF ski instructors will treat you to a torchlit descent and ski show while you enjoy a glass of mulled wine. The party starts from 18:00 at the Savonnette nursery slope and entry is free.

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Family fun in Val d'Isere this Christmas season

On December 26th and 30th there are a couple of interesting sledging activities you and the family can take part in. On the 26th, you can take on the Yooner sledge on the floodlit Savonette slope. Light, manoeuvrable and very comfortable, Yooner sledges offer fun and excitement right from the very first turn. Come along from 17:45, suitable for children over six accompanied by an adult. Then, on the 30th, try your hand at the Snake Gliss, the sledging of the future. A group of two to 10 people are linked together in a chain to try and snake your way down the slopes. Snake Gliss takes place on the Savonnette piste and children must be over four and be accompanied by an adult. From 17:45.

For the keen skiers, on December 27th discover the joy of racing head to head with your rival on parallel slalom courses on the floodlit Savonette piste with the Dynastar Trophy. This competition is open to all who wish to take part, although places are limited (children born in 2006 and after only). To sign up, visit the Tourist Office from Monday onwards. Winners in each category will receive a pair of Dynastar skis. From 17:45 at the Savonnette run.

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Where to party on New Year's Eve in Val d'Isere?

Sparkles and snow go together very well and this season Val d'Isere has decided to bring the two together. On New Year's Eve, the village will be transformed into a pedestrianised zone and lit up with thousands of different colours. Hot chocolate, vin chaud, ice sculptures, DJs, live music and sparkly lights are a winning combination, don't you think? The event takes place between 18:00 and 19:30 and the main road will be closed between the two roundabouts.

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For more goings-on in Val d'Isere over the Christmas and New Year period, check out our events calendar here.

Events Calendar for Val d'Isere