Archive for the christmas Tag

What’s On in December 2016

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The countdown to Christmas has begun and we have a fab list of events coming up in the area during the festive season: from ice-skating to fabulous Xmas markets, this is wonderful time of year in French-speaking Switzerland. Remember to keep checking these listings regularly as we will be updating this post with more events each week! KEEP ACTIVE THIS DECEMBER: 2nd-3rd December 2016: 39th edition of the Course de l’Escalade in Geneva. The […]

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What’s On in December 2015

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The countdown to Christmas has begun and we have a fab list of events coming up in the area during the festive season: from ice-skating to fabulous Xmas markets, this is wonderful time of year in French-speaking Switzerland. Remember to keep checking these listings regularly as we will be updating this post with more events each week! KEEP ACTIVE THIS DECEMBER: 4th-5th December 2015: 38th edition of the Course de l’Escalade in Geneva. […]

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Free Christmas Activities

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Here’s a brief list of fun Christmas activities you can enjoy with your little ones in the coming weeks, and they are all free of charge! There will be plenty more to come, so remember to check this post and our facebook page regularly for the latest updates.   16th November 2015-2nd January 2016: Joyeux Noël at the Balexert shopping centre. Visit the « Chalet du Père Noël » on the first floor and […]

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What’s On in December 2014

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The countdown to Christmas has begun and we have a fab list of events coming up in the area during the festive season: from ice-skating to fabulous Xmas markets, this is wonderful time of year in French-speaking Switzerland. Remember to keep checking these listings regularly as we will be updating this post with more events each week! KEEP ACTIVE THIS DECEMBER: 5th-6th December 2014: Geneva’s 37th Course de l’Escalade. The Christmas spirit is spreading […]

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Christmas Sparkle

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With snow-capped mountains, world-renowned Xmas markets and cozy wooden chalets so close to home, Switzerland is one of the best places in the world to enjoy the festive season. If you’re lucky enough to be spending Xmas here, take a look at our festive listings for the coming weeks and remember to check for all last minute events and New Year’s celebrations that will be added to the list very […]

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The Botanic Experience

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Is your Xmas clock ticking fast or have you just run out of groceries and didn’t manage to get your shopping done on Saturday? If so, you may want to pay a visit to home & garden-centre-cum-organic-supermarket Botanic in St-Genis Pouilly (France). I’ve been to Botanic a few times already, following the advice of a very wise friend and absolutely loved it but didn’t have my camera with me until this weekend, when I […]

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What’s On in December 2013

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The countdown to Christmas has begun and we have a fab list of events coming up in the area during the festive season: from ice-skating to fabulous Xmas markets, this is wonderful time of year in French-speaking Switzerland.   Visit Santa: Don’t forget you can visit Santa’s house in nearby Andilly (France) during the holidays  or enjoy the magnificent celebration of the Noël des Alpes in Annecy. Check out the official website of […]

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Step Up for Human Rights This Christmas

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With the holidays fast approaching, the World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA) offers a gift that keeps on giving for your family, friends and employees. The WFUNA is delighted to partner with Favarger and Manor for a limited edition box of 100% pure and natural Swiss chocolates, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting their human rights program. By purchasing WFUNA’s Chocolate Boxes, you can show your appreciation with a delicious gourmet […]

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Xmas Market at the Castle

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You know the holidays are around the corner when Christmas markets start showcasing their festive wares. And there are few better ways to get into the yuletide spirit, while also crossing a few items off your gift list, than strolling through a spice-scented market complete with handmade candles and advent wreaths. Very soon there will be an abundance of such markets to choose from, but if there’s one in the […]

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Christmas Wonderland

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This might not be a new find, as Schilliger is one of the best-known garden & home-decor stores in canton Vaud, but the Xmas displays at Schilliger Gland get more sumptuous every year so I really can’t stop myself from posting the photos I took this weekend. The official purpose of our visit was to find a turtle or tropical fish for my boys, but – needless to say – Mum got […]

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What’s On in December

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The countdown to Christmas has begun and we have a fab list of events coming up in the area during the festive season ! Take a look at our previous posts for more info about Geneva’s Escalade (7th-9th December 2012); Noël à Carouge (Xmas market 14th-16th December 2012, boutiques open every Sunday); Montreux Noël (until 24th December 2012) as well as Christmas tales under the tree at the Ariana Museum (Sunday 16th December 2012) […]

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Ski Schools for Children

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This is probably the best time of the year in Geneva (and Vaud of course!): what can be more iconic and exhilarating than waking up to the sight of those glorious white peaks encircling the city like a glittering crown ? As I drive towards Nyon every morning, I love to follow the fleecy outline of the Jura range with my eyes, so refulgent and pearl-white even when the lowland is clouded in grey.   This […]

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Xmas at the Ariana Museum

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The Ariana Museum (Musée suisse de la céramique et du verre) in Geneva houses one of grandest Ceramics and Glass collections in Europe. You might have spotted the museum’s beautiful building, built at the end of the 19th century, nestled in an elegant garden just a few steps away from the Palais des Nations. The agenda of family-friendly events during the month of December at the Ariana Museum is fantastic, so if you’re here […]

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Fave Stocking-Fillers from Little Home

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Now it’s the time to start thinking about little presents for the kids’ teachers and stocking-fillers for my nearest & dearest. Luckily, our new sponsor LittleHome.ch is a treasure trove of cute and stylish little finds (& very reasonably priced too!) Here’s a selection of our favourite Xmas stocking-fillers – what are yours ?                             Last, but by no means […]

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It’s a Chocolate Xmas !

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We’ve already blogged about how much we love the Château de Prangins (VD) but this time I think they’ll truly knock our Xmas socks off ! If you love chocolate and you have little buttons who just can’t wait for the 25th to come, mark this free family event on your diary – I have a feeling there will be plenty of chocolate-moustached little faces walking around…   Sunday 9th of December […]

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St Nicolas Nicked My Chocolates

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On the night of the 6th of December, French children leave their shoes by the chimney for St Nicolas. The hero saved three little children from their death, the poor souls having been chopped into pieces by a forest butcher and put to marinate in salt for seven years. Every year St Nicolas comes back for the children, leaving chocolates in their little slippers.   My parents didn’t use to follow this tradition until […]

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Christmas in Montreux

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Christmas markets are an essential part of the festive build-up in Switzerland and you will find many of them organised in and around Geneva in the next few weeks. However, if you want to be swept off your feet then you should head to the Montreux Christmas Market (VD), which runs from the 23rd of November to the 24th of December 2012. A visit to the lakeside city of Montreux is worth […]

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‘Tis the Season to Be Jolly !

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I know Autumn has only just started, so it feels quite surreal to be thinking about Christmas already but I have always been a sucker for a bit of Yuletide celebration, and now – entrusted with the making of childhood memories for three little ones – I feel it’s my duty, and somehow perfect excuse, to go a little bonkers about it all. Luckily, there’s plenty going on in Geneva […]

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