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Christmas festivities in Meribel and La Tania

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in the 3 Valleys, with twinkling lights on every street and Christmas trees up in all our chalets. There really is no place more festive than the French Alps at Christmas.

Meribel Village
Meribel Village

Chalet guests are currently enjoying an Alpine Christmas, spending their days carving up the pistes, followed by a spot of Apres Ski. Then heading back to their beautiful chalet to refuel with a home cooked dinner. Evenings are spent snuggled up on the sofa next to the warmth of a roaring log fire and playing board games with their family and friends.

Resort entertainment is in full swing this time of year and we have brought you the lowdown on what events and activities are happening in and around the resorts of Meribel and La Tania.



Meribel has got a huge schedule of activities so we have plucked the very best to keep you in the know…

Saturday 24th

Father Christmas will be cruising around town in his sleigh, starting at La Chaudanne from 4:30pm and finishing up in the centre of town next to the tourism office. Christmas Carols will be sung in the same location from 5:30pm onwards.

Vin Chaud: credit to Savoie Mont Blanc
Vin Chaud: credit to Savoie Mont Blanc



Free Vin Chaud and Hot Chocolate will be handed out to all who attend.






In the evening there will be a Christmas Mass held at the Olympic Ice Rink, doors will open from 6pm – don’t forget to wrap up warm!

If you want to boogie your way into Christmas day… Evolution bar and restaurant will be featuring “The Mardy Johnny Depps” from 10pm and Jack’s Bar will be hosting “Shameless” from 10:30pm.

Sunday 25th CHRISTMAS DAY!

From 4:30pm Father Christmas will be saying his farewells and a magical torch lit decent will light up the piste down at La Chaudanne – free hot drinks will be served to keep you warm.

Meribel Chapel: credit to Merinet.com
Meribel Chapel: credit to Merinet.com



An English speaking church service will be held at the beautiful Notre-Dame des Neiges chapel at 6pm.





If you can pull yourselves off the sofa after a fine Christmas feast, then Evolution will be hosting an open mic night at 10pm.

Doron Pub will have DJ Kaya dropping some beats for any Christmas Day ravers and O’Sullivans will be starting off Boxing day with the “Slope” from 12am.

Boxing Day

Himalaya by night, tobogganing: sledging at night up in Meribel Mottaret, 5 euros for one go or 10 euros for the evening, this is a lovely family activity.

Jack’s Bar will be hosting Monday Apres Ski with “Rob Cross” and Evolutions will be featuring “The Mardy Johnny Depps” from 10pm.

La Tania

Saturday 24th

Families can arrange for Father Christmas to visit their chalets by registering the chalet at the Tourism office in the centre of La Tania.

Father Christmas: Credit to Courchevel.com
Father Christmas: Credit to Courchevel.com

Pub Le Ski Lodge, will be celebrating Christmas Eve with live music from LES DEUX ROUES at 10pm.

Sunday 25th December

8.30-10am – Father Christmas continues his chalet visits around La Tania don’t forget to register at the Tourism Office.

5.20pm – Christmas Evening, a Children’s torch lit decent will commence down into the centre of La Tania. If your child would like to participate, head down to the Tourism Office to register.

During the evening festivities you can warm up with FREE Vin Chaud and hot chocolate in front of Tourism Office.

The evening celebrations will continue with local ski instructors performing their own torchlight descent at 6pm.

Christmas celebrations will end with some fabulous FIREWORKS to light up the resort.

Keep checking our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter: @AlpineActionSki and @AlbertAction for what our staff and guests are getting up to over the holiday period – don’t forget to join in by liking our pages, following us and sharing the fun!

From all the Alpine Action team in the UK, Meribel and La Tania we wish you a VERY MERRY and (fingers crossed) SNOWY CHRISTMAS!

Christmas in the Alps

Christmas in the Alps

Regular blogger and experienced season worker Jim, tells us why he loves Christmas in the Alps…

I love Christmas in the Alps. And if I am truly honest I am not the world’s biggest Christmas fan. Don’t get me wrong Christmas is Ok, but I wouldn’t miss it if someone cancelled it. Anyway this blog isn’t about that it is about why I love spending Christmas in the mountains.  I would say that I have probably spent 80% of my adult Christmases in the mountains, which basically means that ever since I have had a choice I have tried to spend Christmas in the snow.

For those armchair psychoanalysts amongst you I would like to point out that I have happy memories of Christmas as a child and currently enjoy my family’s company. So that is not the reason I run to places like Meribel to spend Christmas.

We all associate snow with Christmas and based on the above statistic it would be safe to assume that I have seen more white Christmases than many of you readers. Instead of dreaming of a white Christmas like Bing Crosby does every year, I make sure I have a white Christmas. Although for me to claim that I only head to the mountains for the aesthetical reason of a snowy festive season would be false.

When you work in the Alps you can escape much of the festive build up, which I find tiresome, especially as this year there were chocolate Santa’s on the shelves of supermarkets at the beginning of October. You miss out on the TV hype, the songs in the shops and the endless marketing that comes with it all. However, I am now retired from seasons so this no longer applies to me.

If you are regular visitor to Meribel, and not just in the Christmas period, you will notice that it, like most ski resorts, it feels a little bit festive all season long. This has the effect that during the Christmas weeks there is little change in décor. There are always Christmas lights and it does represent what we imagine a winter wonderland to look like. So my point is that without trying it feels Christmassy without trying too hard.

Another reason is Christmas day its self. I personally find the actual day quite claustrophobic. Tied to an agenda and routine that doesn’t involve much at all. My Ideal Christmas day is, wake up, eat breakfast, put on ski clothes, go skiing, après ski, eat a lovely roast, then some evening entertainment. Obviously I haven’t included the opening of present section but you can insert it where you normally would. My preference would be just before hitting the slopes as the chances are there will be a new pair of ski socks wrapped up.

And the mention of gifts neatly brings me on to my next point. You can genuinely spend too much on presents, especially gifts that you don’t really need. It is for that reason that a holiday can help reduce the gifts due to packing space if for no other reason. That is unless you travel to the mountains in a Transit Van. The ski holiday could even be part of the present. Or this could just be a bitterness on my behalf as on average I only get two presents every Christmas.

These are a few of the reasons that I enjoy spending Christmas in the mountains. They may be slightly humbug and not full of good cheer reasons, but they are valid reasons. Let me know if you thing I am Ebenskizer Scrooge or if you have some better reasons for spending Christmas in the Mountains.