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Festive goings-on in Val d'Isere

Festive goings-on in Val d'Isere It is perhaps the most famous ski resort in the world, but there is more to Val d'Isere than meets the eye.

This is because, during the run-up to Christmas, the Alpine resort is aiming to show off its versatility, which could mean that the ski boots are left behind for the day.

Holidaymakers will be able to learn how to bake the perfect croissant at one of Val d'Isere's quaint patisseries, while cheese tasting is available at one of the local farms.

Travellers will be able to kill two birds with one stone and combine their Christmas holiday with some festive shopping, with Val d'Isere's Christmas Market the perfect place for seasonal gifts.

Father Christmas is also expected to pay a visit. While the children give Santa their Christmas lists, parents can sample roasted chestnuts and a mug of fresh gluhwein.

Holidaymakers can also marvel at Val d'Isere's illuminations, take a ride in a horse-drawn sleigh and attend concerts and magic shows. The more creative can help build one of the resort's giant snow sculptures, which amaze visitors every year.

Meanwhile, winter sport enthusiasts will be well catered for in December when the town plays host to the Alpine Skiing World Cup.

The elite men of the sport are scheduled to compete on December 11th to 13th, with the women due a week later from December 18th to 20th.

Looking further ahead, January 14th to 17th will see some of the world's best polo players arrive in Val d'Isere for the Polo Masters Cup, and the annual Val d'Isere Carnival - featuring a parade, shows and concerts for children - will take place on February 18th.

Written by Chris Smith


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