Did you know that you don't need to travel to Lapland to visit Father Christmas? That's one of the things that makes him so magical - he has the gift of being in more than one place at once! From the end of November to 24 December you can also find him in the charming town of Montreux, in Switzerland, just over one hour by train from Geneva Airport (allow a little more if you're travelling by flying sleigh).
For a few days, the little town of Montreux on the banks of Lake Geneva, at the foot of the snow-covered Alps, is transformed into a magical place that dazzles everyone, not just children. For the occasion, the houses are decked with Christmas decorations, the streets leading up to the medieval Chillon Castle are filled with fairytales and music, and a great ferris wheel presides over the Christmas market.
And where does Father Christmas hide out? To reach his house at the top of Rochers-de-Naye you'll need to climb aboard a rack train. Up there, at an altitude of 2,025 metres, Father Christmas waits to welcome his visitors with open arms and a sleigh packed with surprises that we're not going to reveal here. On the way back down, you can stop at the mountain village of Caux, where Father Christmas's reindeers and elves live. Caux is also home to the post office that performs the amazing task of sending gifts to destinations all over the world!
As well as experiencing a fairytale Christmas, you can also explore a variety of nearby places of interest:
- Take a stroll along the lakefront between Chillon Castle and Clarens, renowned as one of the most beautiful villages in Switzerland.
- Sail across Lake Geneva to visit some of the picturesque villages along the shores.
- Climb aboard the Golden Pass Line, a panoramic train that runs through green valleys and vineyards to Lucerne.
Whether you're travelling with children or not, you can be sure this will be a Christmas to remember.