If you’re still not convinced, here are the top 5 things you can be sure you won’t do at Christmas in La Clusaz!
1. Watch the same Christmas films you have been watching for the last 15 years on TV
This winter, the best film you’ll see will be the one you make on the slopes. The call of the snow on the mountains will drag you off your sofa and onto the 125km of skiable terrain. Whatever your level, there is a huge snowy playground just crying out to be explored with its snow park, family run and extensive freeride area! Fill your evenings watching the hilarious exploits of your family or friends on the slopes, downloaded onto the TV in the lounge.
2. Buy your last-minute presents on Christmas Eve surrounded by thousands of others in a packed shopping centre
Loin de la ville et de ses grandes zones commerçantes, un séjour à La Clusaz pour les fêtes, c’est l’occasion de découvrir de jolies petites boutiques au cœur du village. Oublie les interminables queues à la caisse de ton hypermarché préféré et profite plutôt d’une petite dégustation chez un producteur, visite des boutiques spécialisées ou déniche des cadeaux uniques dans des adresses originales.
3. 3. Spend hours in the kitchen preparing Christmas dinner and the endless meals…
Why spend hours slaving in the kitchen when there are great restaurants within easy walking distance?! After a day on the slopes working up a healthy appetite, the many restaurants in the village offer a mouth-watering selection ranging from fine dining experiences to delicious local specialities. From the heart of the village to the Col des Aravis, not forgetting the high mountain restaurants there really is something for everyone. Nothing better than sharing a delicious « reblochonnade » with your family for a festive and unique moment together. You won’t need to lift a finger!
4. 4. Get dressed up as Santa Claus and hope the children won’t recognise you
Getting into character by stuffing cushions in your costume, finding a pretend beard that looks as natural as possible and practising your deep voice…what a palaver! We’ve got it covered in La Clusaz with the Pestacles du Père Noël from 23rd December to the 1st January, the biggest street theatre festival organised in the Alps in winter. For one week, magicians, story tellers, singers, jugglers, musicians, dancers and all sorts of artists transform the centre of the village into a entrancing stage. Free of charge, it’s the perfect opportunity to share the magic of Christmas with the whole family, and of course Father Christmas will appear on the 24th December to greet the children!
5. Feel guilty about that extra slice of cake
It can be said that fondue, raclette and tartiflette are not the lightest of dishes, but they are so delicious and anyway, Christmas comes but once a year! If despite this you still have a slight tinge of guilt, the mountains are the ideal place to forget it all and get rid of the extra calories. There is the choice of winter sports to work off the second helping of cake and get some fresh air and there also the Aravis aquapark. Perfectly located above the village, the exterior pool has a stunning view over the summits, and you can fully relax and let it all go in the wellness suite, complete with sauna and Turkish steam room. Why not go all out and indulge in a treatment in one of the many spas and wellness institutes in the village. Sport or zenitude, or both, it’s up to you!