The first snowflakes certainly don't deter event organisers in the canton of Vaud. On the contrary, the arrival of the snow delights local artisans who give a finishing touch to their stall at one of the region's countless Christmas markets. The magic of the Christmas holidays takes hold of Lausanne, Yverdon-les-Bains, Villars-Gryon where new activities are introduced each year.
At the beginning of the year, our good resolutions draw us toward physical efforts, by skiing, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing or jogging. Those who are in need of rest after the hectic pace of the holiday season relax while admiring the hot-air balloons at the International Hot-Air Balloon Festival in Château-d’Oex or listening to virtuosos performing at the classical music festivals in Les Diablerets and Villars.
Winter ends with a flourish with sports events and colourful carnivals. Although the latter are called “Brandons” in some towns, the spirit is the same: a warm atmosphere that is determined to melt the last remains of snow.