We LOVE Xmas and New Year in Les Gets! With snow on the ground, twinkling fairy lights and the air perfumed with vin chaud there’s such a cosy, traditional feel to the village over the festive period. It’s a very special place to celebrate Xmas and welcome in the New Year.
With the holiday season fast approaching, we’ve been checking out what Les Gets has planned to entertain visitors to the village both on and off the slopes:
Pere Noel – From 18th to 30th December, Father Christmas lives in Les Gets! Visitors can take the petit train to the Enchanted Forest, where lots of cheeky Elves will provide a warm welcome and introduce you to Santa. This is a magical experience – even the Grinch can’t help but feel Christmassy after a visit to Santa!
Santa’s Torchlit Descent – on XMAS EVE, Santa will come down from his enchanted forest to wave goodbye before he sets off on his rounds. This is our absolute favourite ‘animation’ of the year and the reason why we always try to have Xmas Eve off! The spectacle starts at sundown with a torchlit descent by the ESF instructors. Then, the bottom of the Chavannes is lit up as the comedy Elves descend by sledge. Santa will then ski down to the village, before taking the button lift up to his sleigh! It’s a thoroughly unique experience and draws a big crowd – we recommend watching it from L’Apres Ski bar with a hot apple cider in hand :> This event is always followed by……
Fireworks – Les Gets really knows how to do an amazing firework display and the best ones are always on XMAS EVE and NEW YEARS EVE, just after sundown so everyone can enjoy them.
The Milka Cow! Every afternoon in the holidays, the Milka Cow will be showing off her ski skills on the Chavannes. If you want some free chocolates, all you have to do is catch him :>
Craft activities – The village square by the ice rink will regularly host participation craft activities during the festive period, including decoration making, face painting and wood carving. On Tuesdays, you can also play traditional wooden games such a skittles and shuffle puck.
Treasure Hunts in the Indian Village – Every Friday and Saturday this children’s ski area on the Chavannes hosts a treasure hunt, to reach the end you’ll need to get your face painted, negotiate slalom gates, duck under obstacles and do some sweet jumps. It’s fun for all the family – designed for little ones to enjoy, so everything is pint sized and therefore hilariously difficult for grown ups!
In addition to all of the above, throughout the 2 weeks of holidays, there’ll be regular street performances (singing / dancing / magic) and also ice sculpting demonstrations. And of course, there’s always the ice rink which will be pumping out festive tunes.
So, lots to keep everyone entertained after a day on the slopes – come and join us!
Jen & Craig