Main Events in Chamonix
Discover the main Chamonix events in the year
There are numerous events in Chamonix organised year-round. From quirky local affairs to large scale sporting spectacles there is always something worth seeing.
We've listed the the major annual Chamonix events below, but you can also check our Events Calendar for the latest updates.
January Events in Chamonix
Whilst there are no major events planned, this is the month the locals get their town (and slopes) back, for a little while anyway. January is a great time to visit the resort, as generally it's quieter on the mountain and the cold temperatures keep the snow nice and crisp.
February Events in Chamonix
February is school holidays time and the resort is full of families enjoying their Spring half-term break. There will be lots of activities and events put on by the ski companies and the tourist office, so be sure to keep an eye on our Events Calendar.
Kandahar World Downhill Ski Championships
Watch the best downhill ski racers compete on the La Verte piste in Les Houches. This event takes place every couple of years and except when the Winter Olympics is being held. Dates & details.
There will be no shortage of places to go to celebrate with your loved one whilst in the land of romance. Be sure to book early if there's that certain spot you would like to go with your special someone. Dates & details.
March Events in Chamonix
Always a busy month in terms of events happening locally, take a look at the Events Calendar for updates.
April Events in Chamonix
As we get close to the end of the Winter season, in Chamonix the music scene becomes the focus as dance music fans flock to the resort to dance the day and night away, both up the mountain and around town. Look out for stages with live music and DJs on the piste, in the bars over après and be sure to snap up tickets to the various evening events.
Chamonix Unlimited Festival
Chamonix comes alive with six days of parties on and off the mountain to celebrate winter sports and electronic music artists. Dates & details.
May Events in Chamonix
Always an event to draw the crowds, join the fun by heading up the lifts to enjoy the Spring weather, skiing in a t-shirt and one final foray before putting away those skis and snowboards for another year.
Celebrating the end of another winter season in Chamonix, Freeride Days is held at Grands Montets ski area in early May, just before the lifts close. Expect wingsuiters to jump out of helicopters, ski joering, DJ's, dancing and the infamous waterslide to ski over. Dates & details.
June Events in Chamonix
Summer arrives with an array of festivities, whether it's running in and around the mountains or enjoying the French national day of music.
Mont Blanc Marathon
This is a series of trail running races that attract international level and amateur trail runners from around the world. Races take place at the end of June each year and include the 42km Marathon, the 23km Cross, the 80km Ultra Marathon, the Vertical Kilometre, the 10km and the mini cross (one for the kids). If you want to compete in the event, registration takes place in the preceding autumn. Dates & details.
Fête de la Musique
This is a French national celebration of all things music, taking place on the same date every year. The bars and streets of Chamonix hold various parties and the whole valley comes to life. Normal licensing laws are softened and if you've got the stamina you can party till the wee small hours. Dates & details.
July Events in Chamonix
As the weather ramps up so do the number of events and you'll find the town is buzzing with activity with so many sporting and musical events.
Climbing World Cup
Watch some of the world's fastest and most agile climbers compete in technical and speed climbing. Teams from around the world descend on Chamonix's Place du Mont Blanc and battle it out, to the delight of the crowds. Dates & details.
Cosmo Jazz Festival
This nine day Jazz & International music festival starts at the end of July and rolls over into August. You'll find music being played in various mountain top locations around the Chamonix Valley, and then back down on the valley floor in bars, restaurants and on the streets. Dates & details.
Tour des Fiz
This trail running competition attracts around 1,000 people every year with three different courses to choose from, of different lengths and vertical gain. Set just down the Chamonix valley it passes through the heights of Servoz and follows a circuit around the Rocher des Fiz mountain. Dates & details.
Celebrated across the whole of France with a bang...well, several in fact, fireworks always feature heavily. And the residents of Chamonix celebrate this national holiday with as much enthusiasm as the rest of the country. Various activities are held across the country on the 14th, in memory of the storming of the Bastille on the same date in 1789. Traditionally the fireworks display normally starts off between 22:00-23:00. Dates & details.
Tour de France
The Alps have played a large part in the race over the years with the gruelling mountain climbs providing some of the most exciting spectacles of the event. The route changes slightly each year, taking in different towns, villages and cols along the way. Even if the race doesn't pass near to where you are this summer you can guarantee that it will still be avidly watched in bars and cafés around the country with everyone joining in to cheer on the famous yellow jersey! Dates & details.
August Events in Chamonix
August is always a busy month in the mountains, made even more frenzied by arguably the biggest sporting event of the year.
Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc
The biggest trail running event of the Chamonix calendar brings trail runners from around the world to the valley to compete in one of the most prestigious and toughest running races there is. Taking place at the end of August each year around 2,300 competitors sign up to take part, with those that complete it running 170km, achieving 10,000m altitude gain and running through the night to return to the Chamonix finish line where it all began the day before. Dates & details.
Fête des Guides
Each year during the middle of August the Chamonix valley celebrates the history of its mountain guides and their courageous achievements with the Fête de Guides. It's a chance to raise funds for fallen professionals and their families and is always a big get together, with food, drinks and a light show or fireworks to end the night. Dates & details.
September Events in Chamonix
As the summer crowds dissipate, don't worry there are still plenty of things going on around town.
Classic Car Tour of Mont Blanc
A two-day event showcasing some stunning classic cars as they tour the area, coming to rest in the Place du Mont Blanc. Expect to see highly polished, much-loved motors and their enthusiastic owners lined up showing off their vintage wheels. Dates & details.
October Events in Chamonix
The summer months may seem a distant memory, but during the Toussaint holidays that usually fall towards the end of the month there's always plenty going on. Some of the lifts reopen allowing the possibility for an autumnal hike, bike ride or the last chance to tick off the Vertical K (with a lift down to spare your knees) before the first snows fall. Take a look at the Events Calendar for more ideas of what's on and where.
November Events in Chamonix
A very quiet month in terms of events, usually a time when everyone is taking a well-earned break before December arrives and the opening of the Winter season.
December Events in Chamonix
December is always a busy month, the Christmas and New Year brings a flurry of social and sporting events, so take a look at our Events Calendar for more details.
The festive season in the snowy Alps is always magical and every year there is some sort of celebration in resort to mark the occasion. Christmas in Chamonix officially starts at the beginning of December when the Christmas lights are switched on. The night is marked with vin chaud, hot chocolate and music. From then on you can expect torchlit descents by the ski schools, festive concerts, markets and live music throughout town as the resort gears up for Christmas and New Year. Dates & details.
New Years Eve
Come midnight the hoards of merry revellers head towards the centre of town for the big countdown – not an official event as such, more of a long-held tradition. On the stroke of midnight you are advised to duck as champagne corks and unofficial fireworks are unleashed in celebration! Planning ahead is advised if you have your heart set on ringing in the New Year in a particular bar or club – some of them are ticket-only, so enquire in advance to avoid disappointment! Dates & details.