New Year Holidays

Of all the different departure dates across the winter ski season in the Alps, few match the festive excitement and celebratory atmosphere than New Year – and with firework displays, live music and piste-side parties to enjoy, Alpine ski resorts certainly know how to ring in the New Year in style. And if you’re looking for something a little less lively, there are plenty of more relaxed resorts to choose from – where your New Year celebrations can still go with a bang.

How do your favourite resorts celebrate the New Year?

Across the peaks and valleys of France, Austria, Italy and Switzerland, alpine destinations of all sizes celebrate New Year on the snow. Guests visiting the Alps over the popular New Year week typically enjoy a special celebratory menu in their catered chalet or hotel. And once the Champagne is popped and the vin chaud is flowing, the party starts. Then, on New Year’s Day, start the year as you wish to go on by zooming down the snowy slopes.

Here are a few ways in which our favourite alpine destinations ring in the New Year on the slopes.

In France, Courchevel’s 4-day New Year celebrations can start as early as 28th December, with an eclectic programme of live theatre, performance, and open-air dance parties to get involved with. New Years in Tignes sees the resort recreating it’s famous open-air nightclub in Le Lac village, with a roster full of talented DJs for the annual New Year’s Eve Pop Rock Party. In the neighbouring resort of Val d'Isère, bars and clubs across town host party-going revellers for New Year’s celebrations with a swing. And up in high-altitude Val Thorens, New Year’s Eve is celebrated with the ‘Val Tho Crazy Night’ – featuring a live concert, a torch-lit descent from the resort’s ski instructors, a freestyle show and children's entertainment in Place Caron. 

In Switzerland, Verbier celebrates New Year’s Eve with live DJs in the Place Centrale from mid-afternoon until the wee hours. Festivities often include live concerts into the evening, and when the clock strikes 12, the skiesilluminate in a dazzling show of sound and fireworks.

Over in Austria, St Anton leads the way in New Year's celebrations, with crowds gathering in the heart of town for DJs, fireworks and a Champagne countdown. Afterwards, revellers can take their pick from St Anton’s many legendary après ski spots. The charming town of Ischgl takes a traditional approach to New Year’s Eve celebrations, with a live broadcast of the pealing of Vienna's Pummerin Bell at midnight followed by the Danube Waltz. As the clock strikes midnight, fireworks explode from five different spots around town as live music fills the streets.

Book ahead for the best New Year ski deals

Understandably, New Year is a busy time of year to go skiing. If you're planning a holiday for a large group of people - perhaps with one or two specific resorts in mind - options can become limited very quickly. We advise early research and booking, as properties sell out fast - especially catered chalets. 

Have a look at some of our best deals for New Year ski holidays below and get the ball rolling. For more advice on your New Year’s celebrations in the Alps, we’re here to help on 0203 0800 202.

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