The festive period in Samoëns is an unforgettable experience, a special time with an atmosphere unlike any other.
The picture-perfect village comes alive during the festive period, captivating visitors with its twinkling lights and festive decorations. The heart of the village beats with excitement as locals and tourists alike gather around the Christmas Village, creating a warm and celebratory atmosphere.
The Christmas market is a sensory delight, offering an array of local crafts, delectable treats, and unique gifts. Stroll through the market stalls adorned with handmade ornaments and regional delicacies, perfect for finding that special Christmas present.
Feel the rhythm of the season as live music fills the air, the village resonating with the sounds of joy. Join in the dancing, adding a touch of merriment to your holiday experience.
For the little ones and the young at heart, meeting Santa and his cheerful elves is a highlight of Christmas in Samoëns. Witness the excitement in children's eyes as they interact with Santa, creating cherished memories that last a lifetime.
The night sky above Samoëns illuminates with dazzling fireworks displays, painting a vivid tapestry of colours. Gather with friends and family to watch the skies come alive, marking the festive celebrations in grandeur.
Warm your hands and heart with a cup of Vin Chaud, a traditional French mulled wine. Let the cosy atmosphere envelop you as you savour this festive beverage, adding to the overall charm of the Christmas festivities.
Perhaps you would prefer a more laid back Christmas holiday experience? Your own private chalet or apartment, maybe a hot tub, a sauna, or even a swimming pool? A Christmas morning ski, long lunch, family games and then a nap in front of a crackling fire!
And don’t forget the usual activities and amenities are still available throughout the festive period including a wide range of non-ski activities, cafes, bars, restaurants, and stunning scenery. And of course, the Grand Massif ski area which is generally quieter throughout the Christmas week in comparison to other peak weeks, particularly Christmas Day morning!
We can generally offer some flexibility throughout the festive period, so if you have special requirements such as non-standard arrival day or length of stay then get in touch!
Each year Samoëns welcomes its Christmas Village which runs throughout the Christmas and New Year holiday period. Hugely popular with locals and visitors, it occupies a large part of the village with nativity scene, Santa's chalet, music, activities, food, drink, fire shows and much more every single day.
Enjoy a wonderful atmosphere and it's perfect for apres-ski with a twist.
In addition, there is a great selection of scheduled events throughout this period.
- The Christmas CORRIDA, a fancy dress foot race through the village centre with 2 routes - 3km (for children aged 12 to 16) and 10km (for 16+ years old).
- The race is followed by a competition for the worst Christmas jumper.
16 & 17 December:
- A highline and aerial fabric show above the village square.
- Music concert - Mozart's REQUIEM at Samoëns Church with over 120 soloists and 40 musicians.
- A Tombola for shopkeepers in the Halle de la Grenette with lots of prizes to be won. Tickets can be collected from participating retailers when you make your purchases and placed in the ballot box at the Tourist Office.
- Santa's Parade - a highlight for young children, Santa passes through the village centre on his sleigh accompanied by Mother Christmas and her elves.