About Main Events in Chamonix
There are loads of events in Chamonix organised year-round. From quirky local events to large scale sporting spectacles there is always something worth seeing. In this section we bring you information about the major annual Chamonix events in resort and don't forget to check out our Events Calendar for the latest updates.
Kandahar World Downhill Ski Championships
Watch the best downhill ski racers compete on the Verte piste in Les Houches. This event takes place every couple of years.
Chamonix Adventure Festival
A series of workshops for budding film makers and photographers, as well as a series of film screenings, this 4 day festival brings together International adventurers from around the world.
Chamonix comes alive with 4 days of parties on and off the mountain to celebrate winter sports and fresh new music artists.
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.
Arc'Teryx Alpine Academy
Alpine enthusiasts from around the world meet in Chamonix to hone their technical skills and learn from Europe’s top mountain guides. The event takes places over a weekend and it's possible to sign up for more than 1 course. Registration to take part happens in mid March, and is definitely one worth keeping a note of in your diary!
Mont Blanc Marathon
This is actually a series of 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).
Fete 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 til the wee small hours.
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.
Cosmo Jazz Festival
This 9 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.
Tour des Fiz
This trail running competition attracts around 1000 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 circuits the Rocher des Fiz mountain.
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 toughest running races there is. Taking place at the end of August each year around 2300 competitors sign up to take part and run through the night!
Fete 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 Fete 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.
Classic Car Tour of Mont Blanc
A two day event showcasing some stunning classic cars as they tour round the area and then come to a rest in the Place du Mont Blanc. Expext to see highly polished, much loved motors and their enthusastic owners, lined up showing off their vintage wheels.
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 enjoy Christmas concerts, festive markets and live music throughout town as the resort gears up for Christmas and New Year.
New Years Eve
Come midnight the hoards of merry revellers head 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 fireworks are unleashed in celebration! Likewise, 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!
Location: Chamonix / Mont Blanc Valley