Christmas festival in the valley of Villé, Alsace.
Christmas festival in the valley of Villé, Alsace.

A wounderful Christmas event out of the beaten track

This event is one among the few which are not very well-known by tourists but which are prepared by locals for locals. Every year, thousands of Alsatian families are attending. In the year 2012 it was happening in the village of Lalaye. This year, in 2013, it will be in the village of Fouchy on Dec 7-8.

Every year, the valley of Villé organizes in early December, a weekend on the Christmas theme. Each year, one of the 18 villages in the canton of Villé is doing the job on behalf of all the others. Illuminations, scenes, and concerts illustrate and revive Christmas as it was in the past. The village Lalaye-Charbes held this festival in 2012. In 2013 it will take place in Fouchy. As usual everyone will find – according to his desires and spread over different places – exclusive animations, storytellers, choirs and church music groups, exhibitions, tours with original discoveries, but also many Alsatian catering places.

Some pictures taken on Saturday night Dec 8, 2012

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The village of Lalaye was divided into “bubbles” or areas, each typically and specifically decorated. The visitor discovered the world’s forests, wood crafts, local wildlife and follow the minor’s track through the silver mines and the magical forest. The village of Lalaye-Charbes is rich in history and was specially decorated at the occasion of this Christmas festival. There was live Christmas music in the streets, live workshops, stalls of objects made by local residents, church concerts (choral and instrumental), gourmet catering dishes. Get into the Christmas spirit that has been prepared by the inhabitants of Lalaye-Charbes throughout the year.

Christmas in the Valley, Dec 7-8, 2013, Park and ride

Saturday, 16:00 to midnight
Sunday, 14:00 to 20:00

For 2013, the village of Fouchy (just nearby Lalaye) will host the event December 7 and 8. Fouchy is near the small city of Villé. Access through motorway A35, exit #17, follow sign post St Dié on N59 until the round about of Val de Villé. Then right on D424 until Villé. Free parking is available in the commercial area of Villé (sign posted). From there, bus shuttles will take you to the village and the event (direct access by car forbidden). Cost for the shuttle is 1 € per person, children free.
Access to the event is free of charge.

Link to the website of the 2013 event in the village of Fouchy (in French only)

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