Noël des Alpes ● Christmas Festivities in Annecy 2008

By   November 24, 2008

We received a booklet explaining all of the Christmas festivities in Annecy and I was extremely excited to see that the Brasserie des Rennes is offering la cuisine québécoise this year! And there will be traditional Quebecois music AND a Cabane à Sucre where I will be able to eat maple toffees!!!  Here’s the official Impérial Palace website for the Quebecois goodness. Other Christmas festivities include:

Les lumières will be turned on Friday night, November 28th, at 5 pm starting at the Hôtel de Ville. Shops downtown (including Courier mall) will also remain open on two Sundays in December, the 14th and 21st.

For the second year, a free skating rink will be open directly across from the Courier mall from December 6th to January 4th, everyday from 10am-7pm. The children’s rink at Imperial Palace will also be open.

La Foire de la Saint-André will take place dans tout le centre-ville Tuesday, December 2nd, 8am-8pm.

The official Marché de Noël will be open December 5th to 31st everyday on the quai de Vicenza. Open 2-8pm on Mondays; 10:30am-8pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays; and 10:30am-9pm on Fridays and Saturdays. On Monday, December 8th, it will be open at 10:30am (apparently this is a jour férié in Italy?)

The Marché de Noël in the Impérial Palace Hotel will be open November 29th to December 21st; 2-7pm during the week and 10am-7 pm on weekends. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays. This is also where you can see Père Noël’s reindeer resting in their enclos.

Le Petit Train de Noël will run November 29th to December 31st (except December 2nd) 1:30-6:30pm. Cost is 3 € for the day. Runs from Impérial Palace through old town, downtown, Courier and back to the hotel in 45 minutes.

Le Hameau du Père Noël is actually located in Saint Blaise, about 20 km from Annecy, but le Père Noël will be arriving in Annecy on Saturday, December 22nd. Parade at 2:30pm. For the Orthodox, Saint Nicolas visits le Père Noël on November 29th and December 6th; and for the Italians, la Befana will be here on January 3rd & 4th, as well as les Rois Mages on January 4th.

I won’t be putting up my decorations until Friday (I have to wait until Thanksgiving is over!), but I am very happy that I will have some sort of North American Christmas this year. I was feeling a little sad about staying in France for Christmas, so a Quebecois dinner and maple toffees should cheer me up.