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What’s on Verbier Christmas & New Year 2018/19

All the best events in resort this festive period

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| Barnaby Bos, Verbier Reporter | Published

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What’s on Verbier Christmas & New Year 2018/19

As far as they go, Christmas and New Year celebrations don’t get much better than in Verbier.

The festive season brings an amazing atmosphere into resort, with plenty of interesting and fun activities to do in addition to the world-renowned skiing that the mountain offers. Whether you’re visiting Verbier these holidays for a charming alpine escape or something more upbeat and nocturnal, there is something for everyone.

Verbier welcomes Father Christmas

Prior to his epic round-the-world trip, Father Christmas is stopping off in Verbier on December 24th. This year he’s arriving in a beautiful horse-drawn carriage, and if you want to meet him he’ll be in the main square of Place Centrale from 15:30. If you’ve been nice this year, you could even receive a small present. Fear not parents, there’ll be a nice glass of mulled wine or Christmas tea compliments of the tourist office to keep you warm while you wait. The Boulangerie de la Poste and the Boulangerie des Creux will also be handing out tasty sweet treats, so be sure to head down for an afternoon of

Snow sculpture competition

The ‘Taille ta Neige’ is an annual event in Verbier, taking place this year on December 28th between 16:30 and 17:30. If you fancy yourself as a hotshot snow sculptor, or just think it would be a nice thing to do with the family, book a snow block at the Verbier tourist office and come down to Place Centrale to take part for free. Every year the finished sculptures are a sight to behold, and all participants can be sure of a fun and creative evening.

Ice silent disco

Taking inspiration from the classic 80s roller disco, on December 27th, you can dance away the night while skating at the Verbier outdoors ice rink. The best part of it is that you’re not even limited to just one type of music. This is a silent ice disco, meaning you wear headphones and can switch between three different DJ channels to suit your preferred music taste. Switch from disco, electro and groove, and then to rock’n’roll and Brazilian dance music. This is a free event, and only a deposit of a form of ID is needed to borrow a set of headphones. Ice skate rental is only 5.-CHF from Medran Sport, which makes the whole event great value for money.

Christmas concert

For a wonderful evening of classical music, the ‘Association of the Friends of the Verbier Festival’ will be presenting a concert in the Eglise de Verbier to celebrate Christmas. Verbier has a rich history of classic concerts, hosting the annual ‘Verbier Festival,’ a month long classical music festival showcasing many of the best musicians from around the world. This Christmas classical music concert offers a glimpse into the summer event, this year presenting rising stars of the Verbier Festival Academy, such as Adèle Charvet (mezzo-soprano), Luis Gomes (tenor), and Martin James Bartlett on piano. It takes place on December 30th, and costs 60.-CHF for a full price adults ticket and 10.-CHF for children under 16 years old.

Torchlit descent

If you’re coming to Verbier during the Christmas and New Year period and want an unforgettable nocturnal experience, then look no further than a torch lit descent led by a qualified ski instructor. On Wednesdays, the evening begins by meeting at the bottom of the Savoleyres lift station at sunset. From there you’ll head to the top of the bubble lift to then follow your ski instructor back down into Verbier, torch in hand. The cost is only 10.-CHF per person, which is fantastic value for money and even includes one beverage. Head into the Verbier tourist office to sign-up.

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Verbier New Year’s celebrations

Verbier’s reputation for throwing a party is legendary. To finish off the festive season with a bang, every year Verbier puts on what is possibly one of the best street parties in Europe. At around 23:30, thousands of people make their way towards Place Centrale, with heavy electronic dance music filling the streets played by a DJ above Farinet Apres. Two years ago world famous DJ Martin Garrix played in the New Year, and this year will no doubt see another incredible atmosphere, culminating in an epic fireworks display on the strike of midnight. Following the street party, those who want to carry on the party can pre-book a ticket to one of the local clubs’ after parties. Make sure you book early though, as these are almost always sell out events.

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For more goings-on in Verbier over the Christmas and New Year period, check out our events calendar here.