From the start of the winter season, Megève puts on its festive clothes. With its alleys sparkling with a thousand lights and its delicious smells of cinnamon, the village becomes the scene of magical moments that delight young and old. Festive evenings, musical interludes, unusual mountain activities: between tradition and a change of scenery, escape and wonder, the most magical village in the Alps has everything to wrap gifts and visitors.

The Fir Tree Fairy in Megève

No need to wait until December 25 to enjoy the magic of Christmas in Megève: it takes over the village from the first weekend of December during the traditional Fir Tree Lighting festival. An unmissable event at the start of winter, this incredible show brings together thousands of spectators every year who come to admire the majestic conifer light up, the promise of a festive and snowy season.

In its wake, a myriad of picturesque and poetic events surround the cobbled streets with delicious magic: a good-natured atmosphere in Santa's village, a festive atmosphere thanks to the numerous activities, wonder at the fascinating parades and sparkling illuminations. Between dream and reality, we marvel, stars in our eyes when suddenly, an “advent” taste of Christmas tickles our nostrils: cinnamon, gingerbread and hot chocolate intertwine, sometimes awakening sweet memories of yesteryear.

Twinkling with lights, teeming shopping ideas, full of pleasures and abundant in magical activities, Megève is a wonderful village where the magic of Christmas comes to life and takes you into a dizzying whirlwind of magic.

Find out more about the illumination of the Christmas tree
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Meet in Santa’s Village

For more than 100 years, Megève has delighted snow sports enthusiasts, epicurean gourmets and lovers of the Alpine lifestyle. But, at the time of the end-of-year holidays, the magic of Christmas takes over the entire village with its traditional activities, its wanderings and its festive spirit for a tenfold enchantment of the senses.

From the village square where the majestic Christmas tree sits to the illuminated streets, the decor exudes a magic that invites you to dream and escape.

While waiting for the big evening to distribute the gifts, Santa Claus takes little visits to the village. Dressed all in red, he then trades his workshops in Lapland to meet the wisest children of Megève. The opportunity for the little ones who are late to give him their Christmas wish list!

Discover The Magic of Christmas

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At Christmas, fill up on activities!

Are you tired of traditional family Christmas meals that drag on and you want to escape into the great outdoors? Break the routine and order Santa a big bouquet of unusual activities, sprinkled with a thick layer of conviviality! Hike on snowshoes in the moonlight, visit a reindeer herd, go dog sledding or sledding on rails, skate under the stars in the heart of the illuminated village, dine under a yurt or have an aperitif in an igloo … In Megève, there is something for all tastes and for all budgets. Whether you are with family or friends for the end-of-year holidays, share unusual experiences where the magic of Christmas is experienced by taking a step aside!

Discover all the winter activities

Gaëlle Le Boulicaut

Savor the aroma of hot chocolate

Some like it with lots of milk, others with a large dose of cocoa. Fine palates prefer it with a little touch of cinnamon, while the most gourmands dress it with a thick layer of whipped cream. But, whatever the recipe, hot chocolate awakens all taste buds, it is the perfect drink to enjoy a Christmas with delicious combinations.

Always popular although very often revisited, in Megève, hot chocolate can be enjoyed at any time of the day. All you have to do is open the doors of a restaurant or tea room to discover a wide choice of chocolate pleasures with flavors that are sometimes classic and sometimes new. Even if some recipes offer original flavors, traditional hot chocolate remains everyone's favorite drink from the first frost.

Also, whether it is enjoyed between two ski slopes on a sunny terrace, during a shopping session or a cocooning moment at the spa, après-ski after a well-deserved day or in the evening in front of a fireplace. watching the snowflakes fly in the sky, hot chocolate offers you much more than a gourmet break, it offers you unforgettable memories.

Discover the tea rooms of Megève

For Christmas, spoil your loved ones

Every year, it's the same show. There are the embarrassed ones who run everywhere to find a last minute gift, the perfectionists who look for the exceptional gift by visiting each of the stores, the efficient ones who know exactly what they want and the latecomers who wander around all the shops with the hoping to find a last minute idea… 

Don't panic, in Megève, gift ideas fall from the sky like snowflakes! Preciously distributed along the cobbled streets, the shops of the village of Megève offer you a mountain of gift ideas. Ready-to-wear, accessories, decoration, beauty care and products, accessories or equipment for winter sports, tableware, books or even local products: let yourself be inspired by our numerous boutiques whose salespeople will be able to advise you perfectly. So, whether you are looking for a gift for a seasoned sportsman, a little boy who loves board games or a big decoration lover, you will always find the ideal gift for an unforgettable Christmas.

Discover the shops of Megève

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