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Posted on Tuesday 06th September 2016 | Lesley Thomas

The best Christmas markets in the French Alps

The children have returned to school, autumn is in the air and thoughts start to turn to how to celebrate the festive season ahead. There are plenty of reasons to make a pilgrimage to the French Alps this Christmas; it’s a delightfully picturesque part of the world in which to celebrate the festive season, and as the season of eating, drinking and making merry, there’s plenty of that to be done in the region too.

The French Alps also happen to boast some of Europe’s most charming Christmas markets; the perfect place to while away a crisp winter afternoon shopping for last minute gifts and sipping on delicious hot drinks.

Check out our picks for some of the best Christmas markets in the French Alps:


As a classy and exclusive resort, it should come as no surprise that Courchevel has a small but perfectly formed Christmas market for visitors and residents alike to enjoy.

Stalls selling items made locally by artisan craftsmen and women are nestled in the town centre, where beautiful lights and decorations really help to set the mood.

St Martin de Belleville

If you’ve got little ones in tow, then the market at St Martin de Belleville should certainly make it onto your trip itinerary.

In addition to the customary stalls, there’s also a convincing Father Christmas in residence, free hot chocolate (and mulled wine for the adults!) and entertainment for the youngsters for the week preceding Christmas day.


Close to the resort of Chamonix, the Servoz Christmas market is also an option that’s fun for the whole family, with festive storytelling and movie screenings taking place in the town while the market is going on.

You’ll also find a wide selection of unique, handcrafted gifts and toys, as well as tasty traditional treats; there’s enough going on to keep you busy all day.

Chalets in the French Alps

If Christmas in the Alps sounds like your idea of heaven, then a ski chalet holiday home could be a brilliant way to indulge your fantasy. We’ve got homes in our portfolio in Courchevel, St Martin de Belleville and Chamonix as well as many other ski resorts around France & Switzerland.

If you’d like to hear more, get in touch with us today to hear how we can help you find your dream chalet or apartment in time for Christmas 2016 !

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