Meet Santa in possibly the most scenic Grotto outside Lapland.
Montreux’s Christmas entertainment is a big deal in these parts. In addition to the mammoth Christmas market lining the lake, the town offers kids possibly one of the best places to meet Father Christmas outside his native Lapland. In conjunction with the Golden Pass train line, families can ride to the summit of local mountain Rochers-de-Naye, at 2,042m, where they’ll find Santa lounging in a truly scenic grotto. Once there, kids can have their faces painted, be photographed sitting on Santa’s knee, take part in a treasure hunt and generally be wowed by the festive decor and Santa’s friendly elves. That’s besides the already impressive experience of visiting Rochers-de-Naye, particularly if it’s snowing.
The ticket includes entry to the village of Caux, about a third of the way up, which is transformed into a Village de Noël during the same period. With an enchanted forest, various animals to pet, a candle-making workshop and children’s games, it’s another boon for families.
Back on the lakeside, Montreux Noël also includes a medieval fair held inside the grounds of stunning Chateau Chillon near Montreux. Jugglers, musicians and dancers in medieval costumes will entertain families, who can tuck in to warming food and drink.