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Embracing the Holidays in and around Grenoble

Updated: Dec 6, 2019

“Tis is the season again”! Have you recently moved to Grenoble and want to know how to fully embrace the holidays in and around the city? We have selected some fun and interesting activities to enjoy with friends and family during the month of December:

Dog Sledding is a unique adventure, closer to nature and animals. Copyright @ThomasHytt

Les Marchés de Noël / Christmas Markets:

Two Christmas markets are organised this year in Grenoble and are a great opportunity to go for a stroll and taste some delicious local specialties. Located in the heart of Grenoble, the Place Victor Hugo and the Square Docteur-Martin gather local artisans and restaurateurs as well as carrousels, bouncy castles and of course pictures with SantaProgram: Click Here

  • More information: Click Here

  • You can see a list of all the Christmas Markets taking place in Isère: Click Here

Grenoble's Christmas Market - Poster by @Grenoble Tourist Office

Cinema and theatre

With the cold weather and shorter days, why not enjoy some movies or plays? We have listed some good options for children and adults:


Wonderful journey into the snowy world of Slava the clown with the Snow Show in Voiron


  • Movies : Le Pathé Grenoble and La Nef screen most of their movies in their original language: - Pathé Grenoble Allo Ciné Pathé - La Nef Allo Ciné La Nef Last Christmas and The Addams Family are the season’s movies this year, but make sure you choose to see it in VO (Version Original), unless you want to improve your French and prefer to see the dubbed version!

  • Christmas Carols with L’Alliance Française awaits you on December 13th with singing, mulled wine and Christmas delicacies: Grenoble-Oxford Christmas carols

  • The Nutcraker is also playing on January 14th at the Summum, it is definitely a Christmas must see: Summum - The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker is playing on January 14th at the Summum in Grenoble

Christmas in the mountains

Restaurants accessible by foot

The following restaurants are easy to get to by foot (1 to 2 hours)

  • L’Auberge des Allières at Lans-en-Vercors: It is a cozy place to enjoy a 'gratin' (baked dish). Come hungry as the owners refill your plate with cheese and potatoes endlessly Auberge des allieres

  • Le Refuge des Feneys at Autrans: Memorable dishes will please your palate after a 2-hour walk to the refuge. It is open during the Christmas holidays and it is important to note that you will enjoy some breathtaking views of Grenoble from the 'Plateau de la Molière'. Refuge des Feneys

Raclette au feu de bois at L’Auberge des Allières at Lans-en-Vercors

Walking with snowshoes in the mountains

Snowshoeing is the best way to immerse yourself during the winter and holiday season! Lots of areas offer rentals as well as food:

  • Col de Porte in the Chartreuse : You could snowshoe from the Col de Porte to the Bergerie de Chamechaude

  • Col de Barioz in the Belledonne: Enjoy some breathtaking views during your hike and stop by the refuge for a hot chocolate

  • Les Hauts Plateaux du Vercors: Experience some real wilderness in this natural reserve which is easily accessible from Corençon: Vercors - Raquettes

More information about snowshoeing in Isère: Alpes - Raquettes

You can also rent snowshoes from the Espace Montagne in Grenoble Snowshoe rentals

Snowshoeing above Grenoble

Pulka (dog sledding) :

Dog sledding is a unique adventure, which brings you closer to nature and animals:

  • Meaudre and Autrans (Vercors) : The mountain range of Vercors offers a wide plateau that is the perfect playground for dog sledding. It is a memorable experience to share with children or friends but you need to book well in advance. Dog sledding Vercors

  • Chamrousse: In a decor worthy of the Taiga, come and enjoy a dog sled baptism. You can let yourself be driven by a team in a sled around the Nordic Park. Dog sledding Chamrousse

  • Entremont: Right at the border between Isère and Savoie, le Desert d’Entremont also offers dog sledding baptism Dog sledding Entremonts

More information about dog sledding in Isère: Dog Sledding Isère

If you need more ideas for your Christmas Holidays in December and January, make sure to visit the Isere Tourism or Grenoble Tourist Office’s websites as well as the site Minizou for activities with children.

The Breeze Relocation's team wishes you the greatest of holidays in and around Grenoble!


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