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Christmas in Tignes

Annual Christmas celebrations in Tignes

Christmas week in Tignes includes a parade through the streets with Father Christmas, a torchlit descent and a fireworks display

Enjoy a parade and fireworks in Tignes wherever you're staying.  There is a Father Christmas Parade, torhclit lantern descents, fireworks display, free mulled wine and hot chocolate.

With so many families visiting the valley for the festive season, there is a real child-like excitement as the big day draws ever closer, and usually there's an opportunity to spot the main man himself meeting and greeting people on 24th December in Tignes Le Lac, along with a torchlit descent, fireworks and chocolate party. When the twinkly lights and animations are switched on at the Maison de Tignes le Lac, it's hard to ignore that Christmas is nearly here.

To prepare you for your French Christmas, here are a few festive facts that make the French Santa Claus a little different:

  • Rather than a red hat, Père Noël wears a red cloak with a hood trimmed in white fur - a small difference easily unnoticed.
  • Children do not wake up to presents under the tree on Christmas morning, because traditionally le Père Noël brings toys to good little boys and girls after evening Mass on Christmas Eve.
  • Children do not leave milk and cookies for Papa Noël, but at the very least they'll leave him a glass of Calvados or wine.
  • Children do not hang stockings, but rather leave their shoes and slippers out and if they have been good Père Noël will fill them with treats.
  • Children in France behave around the holidays out of fear of Le Père Fouettard, who follows Père Noël to discipline naughty children.

Where & when

Throughout the resort of Tignes



Dates for this event

December 2022

Map of the surrounding area