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Annecy's top 5 winter activities

November 2023

Annecy's top 5 winter activities

Famous in summer for its natural setting and its many activities, Annecy also has some wonderful surprises in store in winter. From the end of November, the town is bathed in light and offers plenty to do and discover. If you're staying at the Boutik Hôtel, in the heart of the old town, you're in the perfect place to make the most of this exceptional season. 
Discover our top 5 winter activities.  

Annecy's Christmas markets

Every year, from the end of November to the beginning of January, Annecy's Christmas market comes to life in the heart of the old town, with enchanting stalls offering handcrafted creations, local delicacies and a festive atmosphere around every corner. Next to the lake, immerse yourself in this magical world.
Annecy has several Christmas markets. They are located in different places. The main Christmas markets is at the entrance of the old town, just 2 minutes from the Boutik Hôtel.
During your stay or holiday as a couple, with friends, on your own or with your family, you can discover the city, enjoy the festive atmosphere and marvel at the illuminations that dress up the night.

Skiing and snowboarding at Le Semnoz

Just a few kilometres from Annecy (25 minutes), the Semnoz, ideal for hiking in summer, offers a white paradise for winter sports enthusiasts. Discover the nature that surrounds us on an excursion to Le Semnoz. This family-friendly ski resort offers a wide range of activities. Children love it for the toboggan runs, and adults appreciate it for its accessible hikes with magnificent panoramic views... Le Semnoz is ideal for a family day out, whatever your skiing ability.
And 45 minutes away, La Clusaz, with its 5 massifs, offers 5 different ways of experiencing the mountains, with an immense and varied playground to delight novices and thrill-seekers alike. The ski area reaches an altitude of 2600m and offers one of the highest vertical drops in the world, with over 1500m of downhill runs. Ski and snowboard fans will love it!
Another winter must-see is the Grand-Bornand resort, which will once again host the Biathlon World Cup in 2024!
Haute-Savoie, in the heart of the Alps, is a great place to enjoy a wide range of winter sports.


A walk on the shores of Lake Annecy and unforgettable boat trips

Lake Annecy retains its splendour in every season. Enjoy a peaceful atmosphere, the calm offered by this natural jewel.
For a memorable experience, enjoy a local fondue or a hot drink in a boat in the middle of the lake.
Board at the nearest pontoon to the Boutik Hôtel, a 2-minute walk away, and set off with Annecy Lounge Boat, to discover the wonders that surround us.
It's a timeless experience that adults and children won't forget.
We invite you to book your excursion as soon as you book your stay, and we'll be delighted to accompany you when you make your reservation with our partner.
If you're visiting Lake Annecy in January, don't miss the Glagla Race, a paddle race starting in Talloires, a charming village just a few minutes from Annecy. 

Annecy and Menthon Saint Bernard castles

Overlooking the old town, Annecy Castle invites you to take a trip back in time. We recommend that you hire a guide to tell you all about its history.
The panoramic view over the mountains is a sight not to be missed.
The Château de Menthon Saint Bernard, 15 minutes from Annecy, becomes Santa's castle, welcoming everyone from the end of November. It's a fun, cultural concept, with lots of things to do for children. Whether you're a couple, a family or a group of friends, this stopover is sure to add a dreamy touch to your trip.

Visit Annecy's museums

Annecy is home to some unmissable cultural treasures, and winter is the perfect time to discover some of them. Immerse yourself in the captivating world of animation at the Musée du Film d'Animation, an ideal getaway for visual art lovers. Annecy hosts the international animated film festival every year, so don't miss the chance to find out more about this world. The museum is just a 3-minute walk from the Boutik Hôtel. 
You can also discover the fascinating history of the region at the Palais de l'Île museum, housed in an emblematic medieval building in the heart of Annecy's old town, just a few steps from our house.  
As you can see, Annecy is a real invitation to marvel in winter. With its magical panoramas, numerous festivities and cultural treasures to explore, each day promises to be rich and authentic.
At the Boutik Hôtel, in the heart of the old town, we look forward to sharing this magical season with you in Annecy.
Come and experience precious moments during a memorable and emotional stay.