The Most Magical Christmas
Family Twist and the Oetker Collection, the inspiring selection of Masterpiece hotels, have conspired to create the most extraordinary family Christmas one has ever experienced.
Over eight days, it is a privilege to present an exclusive festive experience beyond imagination, promising magical family memories forever.
The magic starts 18th December and ends 26th December 2016. From the snowy slopes of our alpine retreat at the top of Courchevel to the height of elegance at Le Bristol Paris, your family will ski with champions, mush huskies through snow laden pines, have a personal fashion experience, make a movie, be painted by a professional portrait artist and enjoy entirely private parties in 18th century mansions and magical museums.
Musicians, actors and artists will bring the history and atmosphere of Paris to life, constantly delighting all your family.
Needless to say that you will be staying in luxury suites of Le Bristol Paris and l’Apogée Courchevel, and the Christmas dinner on December 24th will take place at the 3 Michelin Star l’Epicure restaurant.
Ski with a champion in Courchevel
The magic of Christmas begins on December 18, with three days at l’Apogée Courchevel, a cozy alpine resort, with spectacular views down the old Olympic ski jump. Learners will love the hotel’s gentle ski in ski out facilities, and all will enjoy the ski lessons with a world class champion. This experience combines motivation and personal challenge, but most importantly, it is all about having a wonderful moment outdoors with your family.
Mush, mush and away on your husky sled
On December 19, you will mush through Méribel on your dog sled. After hearing the tips and safety measures from the professionals, what to shout to your dogs and when, and how to hold the reins, it is time to drift away through the beautiful alpine scenery. A pleasant experience, with just the right amount of thrills to make it extra special and unforgettable.
Le Bristol Paris
December 21 is the day your family will have to say goodbye to the ski slopes of the Alps and welcome Paris with open arms. A helicopter hop and a private jet will bring you swiftly to Le Bristol Paris where you will spend four glittering nights of glamour, magic and artistry. This Parisian palace is a legend for its historic grandeur and elegance, a bastion of gastronomy with 4 Michelin stars split between Epicure and 114, Faubourg, and the most prestigious location at the top of rue Saint-Honoré.
Film your ‘Midnight in Paris’ and dine at The Museum of Fairground Arts
As soon as the sun will rise on December 22, your whole family will become movie stars, for on this day, each member of your family will be the starring cast of an adaptation of Woody Allen’s ‘Midnight in Paris’. After all, the original was filmed at Le Bristol Paris. A private make-up artist and hair dresser will scoop up your young ones and prepare them for their movie debut, wardrobe is by Tartine & Chocolat, the luxury kids clothing brand. Then, you’ll just have to follow the director’s indications, and the professional film crew will work the magic. Within a couple of hours, you will have filmed your very own professional short movie!
In the evening a vintage car will take you to the Museum of Fairground Arts which will be entirely at your family’s disposal, for a magical dinner. With the help of real musicians, you will make the old 19th century merry-go-rounds come to life on this magical and enchanting night.
Elegance, L’Opéra, horse drawn carriages and etiquette
The second day in Paris is all about discovering Paris, it’s history and elegance. The day will start with a search for Santa, in the 18th century ‘covered passageways’, where boutiques are filled with a the most beautiful Christmas decorations; actors will recreate a special atmosphere, to delight and surprise your family.
The afternoon is spent at Opéra Garnier, one of Paris’ most beautiful monuments, where your family will have privileged behind the scenes access. A horse drawn carriage will then wait for you in front of the Opera’s steps and take you to the Musée Jacquemard André, home of a wealthy 19th century couple and their priceless collection.This beautiful mansion will be privatized just for your family. In keeping with the surrounding elegance, the children will have a lesson in traditional etiquette. As night falls, we will recreate all the splendor of the 19th century with a dinner and ball, including live musicians and costumed dancers. Your children will be the most honored guests.
Portraits, patisserie, home movie screening and gastronomy
The third day in Paris, December 24, is all about art in many forms. Explore the charming neighborhood of Montmartre, the iconic Sacré Cœur Basilica and typical French cabarets. The charm and history of the area are brought to life with costumed artists and fortune tellers. Lunch completes the creative experience, in a private mansion with a garden beautiful enough to inspire Renoir. To immortalize this moment, an extremely talented local artist will sketch out the portraits of each member of your family.
On to another magnificent private apartment in the heart of Paris for a patisserie class with a private chef and tasting session.
Then it is movie time, a first night private screening of your own movie filmed 2 days earlier, with popcorn and drinks.
And just before the Christmas dinner, there will be another collection presentation by Tartine & Chocolat to dress you up for the special occasion. The exceptional gastronomy of Epicure, Le Bristol’s 3 Michelin star restaurant, will be a consummate pleasure for parents.
A day at leisure in Paris
After an enchanted Christmas Eve, all of Paris will be at your fingertips on Christmas Day December 25. A chauffeur and private guide will be at your disposal for the remainder of your stay, to take you wherever you please. A made-to-measure day in the capital, punctuated by a refined lunch at Café Antonia.
Nine joyful, dreamlike days to share with your children, during which everything is designed to make each minute of your stay an awe inspiring moment, as if a magical and wonderful Christmas tale came to life.
As the whole program is completely à la carte, we are at your disposal to create a tailored trip. Please contact us for more details.