Events Calender - What's on in Chamonix?

There are events going on in Chamonix all year-round, from small local events to large sporting adventures, we are here to keep you up to speed with the action and bring you information about all the major annual Chamonix events in resort.

December 2017

Friday 1st

The Chamonix Ice Hockey team, Les Pionniers, meet Lyon at the ice rink Richard Bozon de Chamonix

Friday 8th

The Chamonix Ice Hockey team, Les Pionniers, meet Mulhouse at the ice rink Richard Bozon de Chamonix

Friday 15th - Sunday 17th - Chamonix Christmas Market

Three days of Christmas markets and craft workshops at the Salle Eugénie at the Casino de Chamonix.

23 Artists and Artisans d'Art will exhibit their creations in  for three days, simultaneously at the Christmas Market in the adjacent streets.

Wednesday 27th

The Chamonix Ice Hockey team, Les Pionniers, meet Grenoble at the ice rink Richard Bozon de Chamonix

January 2018

Wednesday 3rd

​The Chamonix Ice Hockey team, Les Pionniers, meet Strasbourg at the ice rink Richard Bozon de Chamonix

Torchlight Descent

Come watch the instructors of ESF Chamonix at the torchlight parade !

7PM Telesiege des Planards

​Sunday 7th

The Chamonix Ice Hockey team, Les Pionniers, meet Gap at the ice rink Richard Bozon de Chamonix

Friday 12th

The Chamonix Ice Hockey team, Les Pionniers, meet Nice at the ice rink Richard Bozon de Chamonix

Friday 19th

The Chamonix Ice Hockey team, Les Pionniers, meet Epinal at the ice rink Richard Bozon de Chamonix

Tuesday 23rd

The Chamonix Ice Hockey team, Les Pionniers, meet Rouen at the ice rink Richard Bozon de Chamonix

Tuesday 30th

The Chamonix Ice Hockey team, Les Pionniers, meet Angers at the ice rink Richard Bozon de Chamonix

February 2018

Tuesday 6th

The Chamonix Ice Hockey team, Les Pionniers, meet Amiens at the ice rink Richard Bozon de Chamonix

Wednesday 14th - Torchlight Descent

Come watch the instructors of ESF Chamonix at the torchlight parade !

7PM Telesiege des Planards

Saturday 24th - Skate and Run

Original run individually or in teams combining two great endurance sport disciplines : Cross Country Ski and Trail !

Maison Nordique - between 08:45 and 13:00

March 2018

Wednesday 7th - Torchlight Descent

Come watch the instructors of ESF Chamonix at the torchlight parade !

7PM Telesiege des Planards

April 2018

Wednesday 4th to Sunday 8th - Chamonix Unlimited Festival

5 days of events !

In the shadow of the Mont Blanc and its 4810 vertical meters, Chamonix is one of the most visited natural sites in the world.

At the foot of Mont Blanc, Chamonix is ​​one of the most visited natural sites in the world. Cradle of skiing and mountaineering, Mecca of the freeride, the capital of the Alps is also a unique place, offering everyone an exceptional setting at the gates of the high mountain. A journey like no other, the incredible cable car of the Aiguille du Midi which propels you to 3842m to the mythical Montenvers train that overlooks the Mer de Glace, passing by the superb views over the whole chain of Mont Blanc since The Brevent.

www.chamonix-unlimited.com​

Thursday 19 to Saturday 21- Musilac Festival

Musilac & Chamonix-Mont-Blanc have joined forces to create a new Pop-Rock festival in the most exceptional location!

15 000 spectators will be expected each evening to listen to artists of international renown along with up and coming talents and young revelations. www.mont-blanc.musilac.com

May 2018

Freeride Days, Les Grands Montets. End of the ski season party at GM, early May.

June 2018

Thursday 28th June - Sunday 1st July - Marathon du Mont Blanc

Participants from all over the world come to race at altitude in 8 Races of various distances and vertical challenges.

www.montblancmarathon.net

July 2018

Wednesday 11th - 13th

Climbing World Cup

Late July

Cosmo Jazz Festival

August 2018

Monday 27th August - Sunday 2nd Sept - UTMB

World summit of trail running

http://utmbmontblanc.com

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Cosmo Jazz Festival

The Cosmo Jazz Festival is a fantastic music event with concerts set around some of Chamonix's most amazing locations, such as the top of the Aiguille du Midi, Lac Blanc and Grand Montets. Down in the valley it is all about Apérojazz with the streets of Chamonix resonating to the jazzy sounds of brass bands scattered all around town. In the evening musicians gather and play at Cham jam sessions until late in the night.

This summer: Dates TBC July / August 2018

The Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc

Over the course of three days, participants of the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc cover a total of 168kms, 3 countries, 7 valleys, experiencing a difference in altitude of 9600 meters. A race that tests endurance, fitness, mental and physical strength. Chamonix is the start and finish line but you can cheer on the competitors as they pass through various areas of the course.  Each of these areas celebrate the achievement of the runners by holding a fete with concerts, BBQ's and general encouragement.

There is no prize money for the winner because in these types of events everyone who enters is a winner - to enter you need an accumulation of points, which can only be gained by entering various marathons and adventure races in the mountains.

Due to the popularity of this event you must first gain enough points from other endurance events before you can be accepted as an entrant. During the same time there are 3 other trail running events on in and around Chamonix

CCC: Courmayeur - Champex - Chamonix (100km + 5950m elevation gain)

TDS: sur les Traces des Duc de Savoie (119km + 7250m elevation gain)

PTL: La Petite Trotte a Leon (300km + 24000m elevation gain - yes that is nearly 4 Mt Everests!)

This summer: 27th August to 2nd September 2018

End of ski season party – Les Grands Montets

The event that formally says good bye to winter and welcomes in the summer. Les Grands Montets skiing area hosts the event that provides music entertainment, free ride demonstrations, wing suit flying, BBQ and drinks.  A great event that gets everyone together for their last few turns.

Fete de Guides de Chamonix – 15th August 2018

Every year the Chamonix valley celebrates the history of its mountain guides and their outstanding achievements.  The festival is usually a 4 day event and is put on by the La compagnie des Guides and other event sponsors to raise money and awareness for the guides.  It is also a chance to celebrate and remember those who lost their lives on the mountain.

Fete de la Musique

Fête de la Musique is a celebration that takes place every summer on 21st June in cities, towns and villages across France.  A free event that is more than a music festival, the Chamonix Fête de la Musique spills out on to the street from every bar and restaurant and encompasses every type of music imaginable, from local amateur teen bands to professional classical musicians, from club DJ’s to traditional folk bands.

Bars get all night licenses as well!

Marathon du Mont Blanc – Last weekend of June

If you love hiking in the mountains and enjoy running then the Marathon du Mont Blanc is your ultimate challenge.  Various races ranging from 90kms to 10kms with an altitude gain of over 1000 meters, this high-altitude race takes you on a journey up and around the beautiful mountains that surround Chamonix.  An annual event that is full every year, attracting thousands of competitors and encouraging spectators.  There is also the Cross du Mont Blanc (half the distance), KM Vertical and 10KM du Month Blanc enabling everyone to be involved in the weekend event.

Ice Hockey matches

A fantastic winter sport with high intensity and great atmosphere, an ice hockey match is definitely an event not to miss while in Chamonix.  The Chamonix Hockey Team are strong competitors and the matches can get quite rough... There is a bar and snack area in the arena and good viewing areas so you can get right up close to the action.  It is cold inside so don’t forget to dress warm!

Outdoor Climbing Championships 

An incredible event where some of the worlds finest speed and technical climbers battle it out for the title.   A 3 day action packed event with lots of climbing and extra activities going on all day and into the evening. The finals are usually held at night, under flood lights, with Mont Blanc as an inspirational backdrop.

Some years this is a World Cup event, some a European Championship event and others both - whichever it is on the year you visit the climbers and their feats will impress.