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Christmas in the mountains

Discover the magic of Christmas in the snow

Christmas magic in the mountains

Christmas is coming ! Enjoy the magic of Christmas in the mountains and book your stay from Saturday December 20th to Saturday December 30th. Dinner by the fire, illuminations, torchlight descents, entertainment in the resort. everything will be gathered to make you spend a magical moment with your family. 

Experience the magic of Christmas in the heart of the Alps from Monday 23/12 to 30/12.  


celebrate christmas in the mountains

Christmas is coming! And with it its lot of promises, promises of shared happiness and moments of conviviality. Winter is coming, but already the golden lights of the end of year festivities are lighting up like a signal. Everyone, young and old, is looking forward to the magic of this time of the year; to relax and enjoy family time: this is a good program for the holidays!

How about celebrating Christmas in a chalet in the mountains? Savor Christmas illuminations in a postcard decor, walk in the snow, ski, enjoy a chimney fire and the atmosphere of the chalet, drink spiced mulled wine, go for a walk among the pine trees or take part in a snowball fight with the children: then it's decided, this year we go to the mountains in a chalet for Christmas!

Where can you spend Christmas in the mountains in France?

The best of the Alps

Where to go on Christmas in a chalet to be sure to find the snow and the postcard decor that everyone is expecting on arrival? In the Alps of course!

In December as in February or March, the Alps offer altitudes that guarantee the presence of snow. Cimalpes offers a great selection of Christmas accommodation in a chalet in our prestigious destinations. We will meet your expectations and even go beyond to ensure you a wonderful Christmas in every way for you and your family and friends!

Discover our chalets and apartments in Courchevel, Megeve, Meribel and Val d'Isere: these 4 resorts benefit from an exceptional ski area combined with a range of services and activities for the whole family. Cimalpes presents you chalets and apartments of character offering an atmosphere and an ideal level of comfort to live the magic of Christmas and to make the most of your holidays. Discover them now!

Courchevel, Méribel, Saint Martin de Belleville, Megève and Val d'Isère: 4 resorts renowned internationally where Cimalpes is happy to offer you a very complete catalog of chalets and apartments of great standing, each more unique than the other.

Rent a chalet to celebrate Christmas in the mountains with your family


Are you planning to travel with your family? Discover our collection of family-friendly chalets, these properties with a capacity of 4 to 16 people were designed for you: parental suites and children's rooms, large common areas, game room, ski room, multimedia equipment. Everything is there for a successful family Christmas, including services that make the difference: housekeeper, cook, maid, and many others. Tell us your wishes, this year Cimalpes puts on its Santa Claus costume and makes all your wishes come true!

Some of the mountain villages have been awarded Famille Plus status. These include Courchevel Village, La Clusaz, Les Gets, Alpe d'Huez, Morzine and Val Thorens, where Cimalpes offers a selection of family chalets to rent for Christmas Eve.

Each of these locations offers a special atmosphere and holiday experience. Val Thorens welcomes reindeer to recreate a Scandinavian Christmas in the ski resort, while Les Gets invites the kids to discover Santa's workshops and the stories of his elves. The forest takes on an enchanting look, and the streets are decked out with lights. 

The highlight of the show is, of course, the fireworks, which can be seen from your balcony or, if you're feeling daring, from the summits of the Alps with a thermos of mulled wine or hot chocolate.

A sporty Christmas with friends


Priority to skiing? Discover our collection of ski-in ski-out chalets. Enjoy an ease of access to skiing at any time of the day with our collection of chalets located at the foot of the slopes, exceptional locations for direct access to the ski slopes. Take your time to equip yourself in the comfort of your ski room and open the door: the trail is right there, the landscape is offered to you, that's it you can take off on your skis! And if you want to give your Christmas holidays a resolutely sporty character, discover our ski-in ski -out chalets equipped with their own fitness room and swimming pool.

For spending Christmas with friends, our apartments for rent in ski resorts are located at the foot of the slopes. They will enable you to travel all over the ski areas and down the slopes without having to take a car or the shuttle. In order to fully enjoy this 100% ski in/ski out experience, we advise you to filter our holiday rental apartments by ski in/ski out location. Boot-warming equipment is also a must on the coldest days of the year. 


Beyond the pleasures of skiing, Méribel has managed to bring together the ingredients that make it a great alpine resort. Cultural leisure activities, aquatic activities, wellness centers, are all little après-ski pleasures that add to the joys of alpine sports shared with family or friends.



Where the first ski lift of Courchevel was installed in 1946 and where many families or friends meet each winter for a stay all schuss.



In the heart of the Three Valleys, sheltered from the frenzy of the big resorts, the most coveted Savoyard hamlet in the Tarentaise region continues to attract the attention of many families!



Where the first ski lift of Courchevel was installed in 1946 and where many families or friends meet each winter for a stay all schuss.



During a magical week, between two ski sessions, live a unique experience by staying in one of our sublime avalin chalets.


Experience Christmas in a picture postcard setting


The magic of Christmas with Cimalpes' offer of traditional ski apartments and chalets. What better way to transcend the magic of Christmas than a chalet built and decorated in the purest Savoyard tradition? 

The village and hamlets of Saint Martin de Belleville offer an authentic and unspoilt Haute-Savoie experience. The old chalets and even the more modern ones are built with respect for age-old traditions, using local materials.

Discover our interiors where wood and stone dominate, enjoy a large central fireplace and a warm atmosphere created with traditional furniture and quality decoration. A unique collection of chalets that Cimalpes is proud to offer is our contribution to a truly exceptional Christmas for you and your loved ones!

Gourmet chalets in Haute-Savoie

The chalets in the Cimalpes range offer you stunning décor. During the Christmas holidays, lights and candles illuminate the table, a few branches of mistletoe and holly are skilfully arranged along the table runner, and glasses of champagne wait to be savoured a stone's throw from the ice bucket. Can you picture it yet?

On New Year's Eve, our luxury chalets offer the best of both worlds. Among the à la carte services offered by Cimalpes, you will be delighted to discover the possibility of booking a private chef for lunch or dinner. Most of the chalets have an open-plan kitchen with everything you need to prepare an exceptional New Year's Eve meal and share delicious Alpine food with your family and friends. The raclette or fondue machine will, of course, be part of festive dinners, allowing you to enjoy the local cheeses in the most agreeable way possible!

An idyllic Christmas in a chalet for a New Year's Eve with your loved one


To be able to get together at this time of year over an exceptional dinner. This is the dream for many couples who wish to treat themselves to a luxury chalet with champagne, roses and a jacuzzi, making it possible to savour every moment with their other half.

The sensuality of the French Alps is enhanced by the winter. When the chill of the icy wind bites your cheeks and your muscles are tensed up from the exertion of skiing, the comfort of a chalet with a fireplace, beds with fresh sheets and soft armchairs is perfectly conducive to relaxation. 

Take to the mountains and reach for the sky. Your love deserves a worthy setting.

The wilderness and long evenings by the fire have given rise to many a romance. How about savouring yours on a timeless New Year's Eve?

Due to our local implantation in the Alps and the work of Cimalpes teams, we offer the finest collections of chalets. Looking for a chalet with privative Jacuzzi, or fully-catered chalets? Discover also our selection of luxury chalets accommodation for rent: surprises await!

Concierge services that match your needs

With family or friends, you want to find a service offering that meets all your needs for a successful Christmas holiday in every way. The resorts of Courchevel, Meribel, Val d'Isere and Megeve have forged their reputation by offering an exceptional ski area and setting and by developing a complete range of services and activities. Cimalpes completes this offer with its own range of hospitality services to ensure you a smooth and stress-free stay.

Some traditions of the Hautes-Alpes worth trying in preparation for Christmas in the mountains

Outdoor activities

Like any region in France, the high-altitude ski resorts have developed their own Christmas traditions over the years. These winter activities will delight young and old. They all have one thing in common: bringing guests together to share unforgettable moments.

Christmas decorations

Christmas tree decoration is an established tradition in many French regions. In the mountains, this home decoration leads to a walk in the mountain pastures and the snowy forests. Children gather holly branches and pine cones that the adults then arrange to decorate the Christmas table and the fireplace.

Out of respect for the surrounding forests, fir trees are bought from a garden centre or a specialised shop. 


Bonfires in the Hautes-Alpes

On Christmas Eve, the villages of the Hautes-Alpes had a custom of lighting large bonfires, which young people then enjoyed jumping over. This is a dying tradition in the Alpine resorts, but you can reproduce the warmth of the flames at home by lighting candles on the Christmas table or around the fireplace. 

But remember, it is essential to extinguish them before Santa comes. 


Santa's visit by horse-drawn carriage

The legendary Santa Claus graces many resorts with his arrival in a horse-drawn carriage. Pulled by reindeer, he travels the old streets of ski resorts and Alpine villages, offering gifts (sweets, chocolates) to children passing by.


The Christmas ice rink

Every winter, elegant couples and whole families gather on the ice rink set up for the occasion. You can rent ice skates on-site and enjoy the traditional music of Christmas or tunes from Tchaikovsky's ballets.

Some people in the Alpine villages prefer to go skating in the evening or at night when there are fewer tourists and the lights are reflected on the ice. This makes an ideal setting for taking souvenir photos. 


Activities to do in alpine chalets

All the chalets in the Cimalpes range have cosy areas where you can enjoy a glass of mulled wine and a delicious mountain biscuit.


Typical Christmas dishes from the Alps

On 24 December, families and friends prepare a Yule log that will take centre stage on the festive table. In the Southern Alps, Christmas dinner comes with 13 desserts, including nougats, dried fruit, almonds, figs, grapes and a "pompe à huile", a creamy dessert made with olive oil from Provence and orange blossom. 

Closer to Lyon, in the 3 Valleys area, the "pompe à huile" is replaced by Merveilles (fritters) sprinkled with icing sugar.


Storytelling by the fire

When the snow falls on the resort, and the travellers return to their winter chalet, the atmosphere becomes conducive to gathering in small groups. From time immemorial, gatherings by the fire have been an opportunity to tell stories of yesteryear, share memories and invent stories.

The magic of Christmas is above all about being together. So let's never lose the memory of these precious moments.

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