Christmas and New Year in Les Gets
Did you know that Father Christmas lives in Les Gets? It is one of the best kept secrets in the Portes du Soleil. He and his faithful elves live together in their grotto, a log cabin hidden deep in the middle of an enchanted forest high above the village.
In this magical place they work all year round making toys and presents for Christmas. If you are lucky you may catch a glimpse of him with his elves as you stroll through the village. Should you miss him in the village, there is still a unique chance to meet him and his elves in the enchanted forest. This is something the whole family can enjoy. Take the shuttle bus from the Santa station in the village centre to his grotto in the Enchanted forest. Take a guided tour and follow the magic trail dotted with Christmas stories and sprinkled with surprises. If you are lucky the elves will let you into all sorts of secrets about their life with Santa.
The atmosphere is magical, the village is buzzing and there is excitement in the air. The festivities also include an ice rink in the village square - the whole family can rent skates and spend time on the ice. The village is adorned with Christmas lights and hot chocolate and hot wine are on offer to warm you up.
On Christmas Eve there is an exceptional torchlit descent with Santa and his elves arriving in a sleigh and ending up in the heart of the village.
Les Gets has all the authentic charm of a Savoyard family resort with activities to suit young and old.
Celebrating the New Year in Les Gets is another exciting celebration. On New Year’s Eve there is a huge fireworks display over the main piste after a rousing speech by the mayor. The sky above the village is lit up with a spectacular display of fireworks and the atmosphere is electric. The village is bathed in light and the fairy lights sparkle against the snow. It is a magical sight, never to be forgotten. New Year’s day is just as exciting and the centre of the village is a buzz with activities.
Live music plays in the street and children can make wooden decorations. The village slopes are open for sledding and the crisp, cold air is scented with the smell of delicious food and drink. The restaurants are buzzing and the village streets are bustling with people. There are stalls selling live oysters - a particular favourite of the French at New Year. The atmosphere reaches fever pitch as people prepare to welcome the New Year. The shops abound with local produce and treats, all part of the celebrations.
Les Gets offers an ideal area for mixed ability family friendly ski holidays and the special atmosphere in the village during the festive makes for a memorable holiday that will create memories for years to come and keep you coming back for more.