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Christmas Tree Bonfire St Cergue

The SDIS Firefighters of St. Cergue-Arzier are once again holding their annual Christmas Tree Bonfire, at the Centre Communal du Vallon in St. Cergue.

Festivities will take place from 17:30-19:00 Saturday night, 7 January 2012. If you haven’t yet discarded your tree, bring it along to throw on the fire.

The municipality will be offerring an aperitif to participants.

For more information about events in St. Cergue visit their website. Tourism information on the Tourist Board’s Website.

For other Christmas Tree burning events or collection points:

Geneva – Collecte des Sapins
Nyon – Collecte des Sapins
Gland – Collecte des Sapins
• Genolier – Bonfire
• Rolle – Collecte des Sapins
Morges – Fete des Rois
Lausanne – Collecte de Sapins (see also LausanneMom.com)

Listings are also include in the La Cote newspaper and in the flyer Collecte de Vos Dechets 2012 that was distributed to many towns/cities in mid-December.


Santa Photos

Expatriate Parents often ask, their first Christmas in Switzerland, whether there are Santa’s Villages or places where they can go to have their child photographed with Santa.

We all know Christmas markets are aplenty, but Santa photography? It does exist here, but it’s not at all like the North American ovariety where every indoor mall/shopping centre opens a Santa’s village, as early as mid-November, staffed with elves, a full-time Santa, and a professional photographer, and you cue, sometimes ages, to get that time with Santa and the requisite photo. No, it’s not like that at all.

Instead, many indoor malls have a few days/times when there is a Santa on the premises, and where photos can be taken, and often the photos are FREE, you just cannot pick them up right away.

For Western Switzerland, the places that have Santas visiting this year include:

Centre Littoral – Allaman
Saturday 17 December from 10:00-12:00 & 13:30-18:00
Wednesday, 21 December from 14:00-18:30
Friday, 23 December from 15:00-20:30
Saturday, 24 December 2011 from 9:00-12:00 & 13:30-17:00
http://www.littoralcentre.ch/littoral/content-littoral.aspx?main=74&navi=150&eid=0&event=126

Signy Centre
Wednesday, 14 December from 14:00-18:00
Saturday, 17 December from 10:30-17:00
Wednesday, 21 December from 14:00-18:00
http://centres.ch/evenements-chavannes/animations-chavannes/arrivee-du-pere-noel

La Combe/Migros Nyon
From 17-24 December 2011
http://www.lacombe.ch/fr/pere-noel.html

Chavannes Centre (Coppet Exit)
Wednesday, 14 December from 14:00-17:00
http://centres.ch/evenements-chavannes/animations-chavannes/arrivee-du-pere-noel

Balexert
From 6 – 24 December 2011
http://www.balexert.ch/fr/actualites/agenda/detail/agenda/noel/