Experience the magic of Christmas with children in Meribel ?

September 08, 2022

If there is one thing that children talk about 12 months of the year, it is the magic of Christmas... Whether they believe in Father Christmas or not, whether they are young or old, it is a moment they look forward to.

What better way to fully experience the magic of Christmas than with snow-covered fir trees, snowflakes twirling in the night and garlands on the wooden chalets?

In Méribel, the typical mountain chalets and the surrounding nature are the ideal setting for a Christmas holiday in the mountains. Would you like to give your children a Christmas they will never forget? To help you organise your holiday, we have tested for you 3 wonderful experiences to enjoy with children in Meribel for Christmas.

Noël avec des enfants à Méribel

A feast in an igloo in the heart of the snow covered Altiport forest

Traditionally associated with the Inuit of the Canadian Far North, the igloo is an ephemeral construction that will immediately take you on a journey through time and space. This snow dome with its cosy and welcoming shape is the ideal shelter for a family evening at the end of the year.

During the Trapper’s Night, the programme is simple

  • start with a short snowshoe hike in the heart of the Altiport forest led by an instructor; 
  • then relax and enjoy a special Savoyard fondue in the igloo

As a bonus, if you keep your eyes open as you weave between the snow-covered fir trees of the Altiport forest you may come across Father Christmas and his sleigh.   

Noël avec des enfants à Méribel

Experience the atmosphere of the Great North on a horse-drawn carriage or sleigh

Animals are often a popular focus for children. In Méribel, sled dogs and horses await you for a ride through the snowy landscape. The atmosphere of the Great North is guaranteed during a dog-sled ride, a sleigh ride or a carriage ride. Escaping everyday life has never been so easy and this type of experience has the power to make time fly by… 

All you have to do is choose, with your children, a vehicle for new sliding sensations and enjoy the natural setting located at the gates of the village. Choose between

  • mounted ski-joering, where a rider guides the horse and pulls a person on a sledge or on skis; 
  • carriage rides for 4 people around the beautiful Lake Tueda; 
  • dog sledding excursions where you will learn how to drive a dog team

Experience with your family a real moment of sharing and fun in the most beautiful spots of the country.

Take part in the torchlight descent during the night shows

When night falls and the village lights up, the magic of Christmas casts its spell on Méribel. During the Christmas holidays, many entertainments and events are on offer make each evening special. It is the perfect time and place to be filled with wonder with your family and to immerse yourself and your children in the carefree spirit of Christmas. 

If your child has his 2nd star, he can even take part in the activities by participating in a torch-lit descent from Méribel-Mottaret or La Chaudanne. Registration is made at the ski schools. 

Once the torchlight descent is over, head to the village streets for a family stroll during the night-time processions. The show is participative and you’ll be amazed at what you see. Why not take a break for hot chocolate and mulled wine, and, while the steam from your glass rises into the air, savour this unique moment with your loved ones.

Christmas Holiday Events

These moments shared with the family are the ones we remember for years. From laughter on the ski slopes to moments of relaxation by the fire at the end of the day, find out about all the atmospheres and experiences to share with your famil