It seems that for many people, countless years go by and the New Year’s resolution is always the same- I want to do something extraordinary this year. Some people want to get fit, or learn a new sport, or even spend New Year’s Eve in a different country.
Inghams have the perfect solution: instead of celebrating New Year’s Eve in grey England, why not allow us to transport you to the Alps where you can combine a day of skiing with amazing après? There is really nothing like standing outside in the cold, crisp mountain air while wrapped up warm, and enjoying the spectacular sights of the fireworks reflecting off the white snow on the mountains. Smile, laugh, sip mulled wine and raise your glasses to the New Year.
Here’s to a joyous and prosperous New Year from Inghams! Cheers!
1. La Plagne, France
To begin our list, we have the resort of La Plagne, part of the extensive Paradiski area, there is absolutely no shortage of pistes for skiers and snowboarders of all abilities. Every year when the calendar resets itself, the inky night skies above the resort come to life with a hundred brilliant fireworks.
La Plagne on the 31st December is the host to the amazing Nuit du Pompon Rouge, or Night of the Red Pompoms as it literally translates, where guests are treated to a stunning, contemporary and avant-garde display of lights, floats and puppetry.
Like many other places in the UK and abroad, everyone gathers for the traditional New Year countdown to midnight, which takes place in the town centre.
Inghams recommends: At the Chalet Sarsonnet guests are in for a real treat. Enjoy a New Year’s Eve special menu before you countdown to midnight either in the warm or outside waiting for the fireworks. This chalet is only a stone’s throw from the base of the ski slopes, and five minutes walk from the centre of La Plagne 1800, guests can enjoy panoramic views from the terrace.
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2. Grindelwald, Switzerland
The New Year’s Eve party in Grindelwald is definitely the place to be for those of you who want to feel part of the warm and welcoming community. At 10:00pm the streets of the town are cordoned off to prevent vehicles from entering, and the parties in the restaurants and bars can spill out onto the street.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a family, couple or simply enjoying the festive season with some friends, Grindelwald has bars and restaurants specially catered to all and some put on themed evenings for the occasion.
Expect lots of dancing, plenty of laughter and music and of course, beautiful fireworks! In Switzerland, New Year’s Eve is traditionally known as ‘Silvesterabend’ and is usually celebrated across Switzerland with yodelling and the ringing of cow bells to drive the evil spirits out of the New Year.
Inghams recommends: The beautiful Hotel Belvedere is perfectly situated in the village of Grindelwald, only a three minutes walk away from the centre and the ski train. The hotel also serves up a delicious New Year’s gala dinner (so don’t forget your nice shoes and suits!) and also has an indoor swimming pool. Perfectly located so that you can venture down into the village for the night after dinner.
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3. Tignes, France
Arguably one of the biggest and best New Year’s Eve parties, Tignes is back again for another one of its famous Fire Mix Parties! The resort has seen a line up of some amazing guest DJ acts over the years including David Guetta, and features an amazing pyrotechnics display when the clocks strike 00:00.
Definitely the resort to be in if living it up on New Year’s Eve is your thing with hundreds of people dancing and celebrating on the snow front.
Last year also saw the arrival of the Cirque Eloize from Canada who put on a brilliant display of circus acts and acrobatics for an hour in front of the open air night club that is created at the base of the slopes.
Tignes Val Claret also makes the event very easy for you to get to with shuttle buses running from the nearby resorts before and after the event (10pm-2am)
Inghams recommends: You can enjoy the superb facilities on offer in the Inghams Chalet Camille and Chalet Isabelle. Chalet Isabel sleeps 8 and is perfectly suited for smaller groups, whereas Chalet Camille, which sleeps 18, is best for larger groups of people. Both chalets boast a hot tub, are 30 metres to the pistes and central Tignes, and with delicious homemade cuisine being served by your Inghams host you can really kick back and celebrate New Year properly.
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4. Val Thorens, France
The event takes place at Caron Place and is free to all; Val Thorens prides itself on this friendly and welcoming event for all.
A great one for those of you who like to see the year out with a bang, the ‘Val Tho Crazy Night’ party will keep you dancing up until the big countdown.
Everyone in Val Thorens embraces the New Year’s Eve spirit, you can expect to see a live DJ, a visual treat of projection mapping and pyrotechnic display until 1am. And, of course, don’t forget the customary fireworks that go off at midnight!
There is also a torchlight descent of the mountain organised and run by the ski school instructors, a freestyle show of skiers and snowboarders and allocated entertainment for children.
Inghams recommends: Stay at the Chalet Maryse & Chalet Michelle in Val Thorens and make the most of the indoor swimming pool and sauna after a day of skiing and snowboarding. The chalet is situated only five minutes away from the bottom of the ski lifts, but you can ski within 200m of the building. Perfect for making the most of the empty slopes first thing on New Year’s Day!
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5. Courchevel, France
The New Year’s festivities in Courchevel really do go above and beyond the call of duty! The resort organises a four day event, including the famous New Year’s Eve Dance Party which is guaranteed to give you plenty of things to do in that gap between Christmas and the New Year’s bank holiday.
The four day festival starts on the 28th December and celebrates the end of the year with numerous performances including theatre, music, dance and a fabulous ice skating show on December 29th. The New Year itself is ushered in with a party at the bottom of the ski slopes, with a live DJ and fireworks at midnight.
The four day event is free, and a perfect way to start a New Year and focus on those New Year’s resolutions!
Inghams recommends: One of the best chalet hotels that we offer in one of the most prestigious resorts, the Chalet Hotel Les Anémones at Courchevel 1850 is perfectly located for those who simply want to ski-in and ski-out again! One minute walk to the Croisette ski lifts and delicious buffet breakfast and 5 course evening meal, you can celebrate New Year’s Eve in style and comfort from this hotel.
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6. Klosters, Switzerland
When the headaches of the night before have subsided and you can laugh about the events over breakfast, we suggest heading out for just one last excursion. On New Year’s Day in Klosters, Switzerland, the locals have a quirky tradition that’s guaranteed to put a smile on your face...
The Hotsch Race... or, better put, the pig race is an annual tradition in Klosters that sees 10 snubbed-nosed and curly tailed competitors line up and race each other to the finish line. The winner of the race really does bring home the bacon (excuse the pun!) and becomes the town’s lucky mascot for the year!
Perfect event for families and anyone who loves to laugh, there is also lots of local food and drink on offer and live music during the show. Thousands of spectators turn up ever year to watch the piglets race and it is a fabulous tradition that everyone can enjoy.
Inghams recommends: The Hotel Silvretta Park enjoys a quiet location with easy access to the skiing with the Gotschna cable car just 2 minutes’ walk away. All rooms have their own private balcony and there is a spa with an indoor swimming pool.
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