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Winter holidays

Winter Holidays in France

France remains one of the world's most popular winter sport destinations, and it's easy to see why - the towering peaks of the Alps and Pyrenees guarantee months of snow and some of Europe's most spectacular scenery, and the Massif Central and pre-Alpine ranges offer quieter, gentler conditions with their own beauty and appeal.

France offers winter holidays for all tastes and ability levels, including cross country skiing across the spectacular Jura Mountains, a fun filled week of dog sledding, ice-skating, horse sleigh riding and winter walking or off-piste lessons in Chamonix, the site of the 1924 Winter Olympics, where you’ll explore the untracked powder of the challenging and exhilarating backcountry.

For a unique experience, why not explore the Chamonix Valley on snowshoes and rest at the world renowned Grand St Bernard Monastery. But of course, there are countless ski resorts in the Alps to enjoy a week of traditional downhill skiing and relaxing stays in lovely winter chalets.

For an idea of what the Pyrenees have to offer snow lovers, read about Anna Shepard’s snowshoeing adventure. The choices for a fantastic winter holiday in France are countless: there really is something for everyone wanting to enjoy the snow. Featured below are some of the best winter holidays on offer in France, all of which are easy to reach by train or ferry:

Mont Blanc Snowshoe Winter Wonderland

Mont Blanc Snowshoe Week - Chamonix Winter Walking

Based in charming Chamonix, this week-long tour is suitable for beginners to Alpine snowshoeing. Stay in a superb chalet in the Chamonix valley and be led by a professional, friendly team. Top of off with a night in the Grand St. Bernard Monastery.
£995 Land Only
Christmas gingerbread

Lille Christmas Market

Enjoy a short break before Christmas and visit Lille's large Christmas market by train. Stock up on gifts, decorations, sip some mulled wine and take a spin on the 50 metre big wheel.

Depending on holiday package

Trips tailor made
Annually changing November and December dates
Mountain Holidays with KE Adventure - The Haute Route

One Week Haute Route - Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn

Classic alpine walking holiday along the Haute Route from Chamonix in France to Zermatt in Switzerland in just one week. Includes sections of scrambling, snow-slope climbing and glacier travel, where ropes, crampons and an ice-axe will be used.

£1295 land only

8 days
23 Jul, 20 Aug, 3 Sept 2016
The massive Christmas tree at the centre of the market

Strasbourg Christmas Market

One of France’s longest established markets, the first in Strasbourg was in 1570, with picturesque stalls offering Alsace specialities and crafts, decorations and delicious mulled wine. You can't miss the giant Christmas Tree on Place Kleber.

Depending on holiday package

Trips tailor made
Annually changing November and December dates
Budget New Year Family Ski Yoga and Circus Holiday

Budget New Year Family Ski Yoga and Circus Holiday

If you are looking for an unusual family skiing holiday over New Year, our Family Ski Holiday is the best possible value New Year Family Ski Trip! You have free access to the best skiing in Europe, ice caves, the highest cable car in Europe etc.

£655 12 and up £525 7-11 (Chamonix Unlimited Ski pass included!) £395 3-6

Saturday the 27th Dec 2014 to Saturday 3rd Jan 2015
27th December 2014