Christmas in Evian-Les-Bains, France
For my family, the holidays are truly the most magical time of the year. They’re times spent with family creating wonderful memories. Last December we chose to spend the holiday in Europe exploring new places and traditions. Our Christmas holiday was spent in a quaint town called Évian-les-Bains, on the French side of Lake Geneva. The town sits between the Swiss Alps and the gorgeous Lake Geneva, and the sights couldn’t be more stunning. It is also home to the Evian spring water source.
As we drove into Évian we immediately felt like we were in a different time and place, where life moved slower and people enjoyed life. Just arriving from the hustle and bustle of Paris, it was a welcome feeling for our family of five.
Le Fabuleux Village des Flottins
We were greeted by several giant sculptures made of driftwood and our excitement began to rise. During the holiday season, Évian puts on a festival called Le Fabuleux Village des Flottins.
The festival features an abundance of carefully crafted driftwood sculptures that can be found all around the city and in the town square, where the bulk of the festival takes place. These driftwood sculptures are meticulously created using gigantic pieces of driftwood and are lit up in the evenings. It is truly a unique sight to see, and the kids loved exploring the inside of each sculpture.
In the town square, after dark, you will find traditional Christmas market foods, mulled wine as well as games and activities for the kids to play. The games were a huge hit; they were nothing like the kids have ever played. My husband and I snacked on sausages and mulled wine while the kids enjoyed some of the Flottin’s apple juice.
Perhaps the most magical part of Christmas in Évian was sending Santa on his journey on Christmas Eve. Everyone in town watched as Santa paraded through the festival on his final send off. Bubbles appeared from the sky and fell down around our heads. Every last child and adult in the street had a twinkle in their eye as Santa made his way out of town.
We capped off our evening with some French pastries from a local bakery and headed back to our hotel, where the children wrote letters to Santa and drifted off to sleep. Our first Christmas away from home was something we would never forget. If you are looking for a unique holiday experience, Évian is your ideal destination. Évian offered the most unique European Christmas markets we have ever seen and made us feel right at home, even when we were thousands of miles away.
Our Évian-Les-Bains Hotel
If you are looking for a great hotel to call home for the holiday, Hilton Evian-Les-Bains is a superb choice. Our accommodations were warm and inviting, and we loved having a balcony off of our rooms. The Executive Lounge offered wonderful snacks and beverages, and the staff throughout the hotel were some of the best we have experienced. From check in to check out, we were treated like family. Our kids had a blast in the kids club where they played video games and made clay sculptures. The staff were always willing to take pictures for us, and we always had fresh water from the Evian water source. We were offered wine and snacks daily, as well as juice and treats for the kids.
Our stay in Évian was one of our favorites of our two-week adventure through Europe. Between Le Village Fableux, the gorgeous surroundings and the top notch hospitality, our Christmas will always be a vivid memory for our entire family.
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Michelle and her family reside in a small town outside of St. Paul. They love the quiet their little city affords them, but enjoy being just minutes…