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Christmas & New Year 2019/20 in Courchevel

Highlights of the festive season in resort

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| Rachel Wilson, Courchevel Reporter | Published
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Courchevel is a really special place to be in around the festive period as you can really feel a buzz of excitement on the slopes, especially when dusk falls and the lights start to twinkle around the resort.

Skiing on Christmas Day is a great experience as everyone is in a jolly mood and you may even spot Father Christmas and his elves on the piste. There is a magical feeling with loads of festive vibes for what has been dubbed ‘A Magical Christmas Week’ by Courchevel Tourism.

Santa Claus is Coming to Courchevel

Here is the definitive guide to when Father Christmas will be popping by each resort and where you can join in with all the festivities in date order:

Le Praz: On December 21st, there will be a Christmas themed party with free snacks and hot drinks being served between 17:30 and 19:30. You can take the children to meet Father Christmas at 18:15 where he will be giving out free gifts.

Courchevel Village: There will be another Christmas party on December 21st from 17:30 to 19:30 and Santa will be dropping by at 18:15 to give out presents to any lucky children attending. Hot drinks and free snacks will be served too.

Courchevel Moriond: Father Christmas comes to Moriond twice over the Magical Week on December 23rd and 26th. On December 23rd, there will be a festive party with free snacks and hot drinks being served between 17:30 and 19:30, after which you can meet and greet Father Christmas at 18:15 where he will be giving out free gifts to children. On December 26th, there will be Christmas snacks and hot drinks served from 18:30 and 20:00.

Courchevel 1850: All the festivities kick off in the biggest resort in Courchevel on Christmas Eve, on December 24th, where a Gospel choir will get you feeling warm and festive between 14:00 and 16:00 around the streets of 1850. From 17:00, there will be a torchlit descent down the Saulire and Verdons piste and then Father Christmas will arrive to give out gifts to children followed by a spectacular firework display. The Gospel concert will also continue into the evening until 20:30.

La Tania: On Christmas Day, Santa will be dropping by La Tania to visit his grotto from 10:00 to 15:00 and again from 15:00 to 18:00. Santa will be giving out gifts for children and hot drinks will be served, all free of charge. At 18:00, there will be an exciting torchlit descent down the Folyeres piste followed by a Christmas firework display.

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A foodie's Christmas in Courchevel

If you want to experience a French-style Christmas, make the most of all the gourmet goodies on offer. Foie gras, oysters, smoked salmon, caviar, scallops and snails are common starters, and the main dish is as likely to be quail, goose or guinea fowl as turkey. If you still have room, try a “bûche de noel” (chocolate log) to finish your feast.

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Where to party in Méribel for New Year's Eve?

Get ready to dance your socks off at one of the many New Year parties that Courchevel Tourism has organised – a great way to end the year surrounded by the amazing mountains and being 2020 with a bang. The major bashes take place in La Tania and Courchevel 1850 snow front. It kicks off in La Tania at 21:00 with a concert from the band Phat Lip, followed by fireworks at 22:30 then a DJ dance set from DJ Nico Loco right after the fireworks until 00:30. The party starts a little later in Courchevel 1850, at 23:00, with music and a DJ set then the main fireworks at midnight then the party continues until 01:30. Extra buses will be put from Courchevel to the lower resorts but be prepared the wrap up warm as you will be standing in the snow and it’s forecast to be a cold one.

Alternatively, spend the evening high in the mountains at Méribel’s famous high altitude club, La Folie Douce. Arrive by lift, then enjoy a night including dinner, a show, cabaret and clubbing ‘til late…

Whatever you get up to during the Magical Christmas week in Courchevel, we would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all of the SeeCourchevel team!

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