Christmas & New Year
Christmas and New Year is a magical time in Kandersteg, and here at KISC there is a special programme for this week of festivities. We invite you to join in the fun and celebrations.
The fun begins on December 24, Christmas Eve, with a special dinner, followed by the chance to join KISC Staff, your fellow guests, and Kandersteg residents for the Christmas Service in the village church. Christmas Day will see you celebrating with a festive spirit and a special Christmas meal at the Centre.
Many of our guests will spend the days heading onto the snow slopes for some skiing and snowboarding or out into the Winter Wonderland of Kandersteg for Winter Activities. So there will be plenty going on around the Scout Centre.
Make sure you also check out our Winter Weekly Activities that will also take part during this week! Some organised evening activities that is your chance to mix with all of our other guests at this special time.
2017 is approaching fast, and can still greet it with over a hundred Scouts and guests from around the world. We have a full evening of exciting activities available for you to take part in, split into two section: an apéro and dinner, and the New Years Eve event. If you would like to book onto either or both of these, please inform us by the 26th December.
Here is what will happen on the night.; please read carefully as there are a couple of things we would like you to prepare for!
Enjoy some warm Glühwein at the chalet
Share a meal with us in our decorated dining hall
Challenge your knowledge against the staff and other guests
After this, we will move across to the KanderLodge for an exciting evening of activities. These require some help from you all!
What you can do
A chance to showcase your country and show what makes your land special
Bring something from your country: Some food or sweets, memorabilia, or photos perhaps. You will get a table to put your items out on
It wouldn’t be New Years without some dancing! Join and share dances and traditions from around the world
Prepare with your group a dance to show to the rest of the guests (for example Line Dancing, a Ceilidh, or a waltz). Contact our Programme team so we can put you in the schedule
Enjoy a glass of champagne from our ice bar and welcome the New Year in style
Enjoy the celebrations!
Remember you need to book your meals and/or activities in advance. Of course, all our regular winter activities are available too.
Special Christmas Eve Dinner CHF 23.- Special Christmas Day Dinner CHF 23.- New Years Eve Dinner and Apero at the Ice Bar CHF 26.- New Years Eve Party CHF 5.- New Years Eve Dinner and Party CHF 30.-
Please email to book these meals and activities.
Christmas and New Year's Schedule 2016/17
The Schedule below lists our evening activities during the holiday week. These all need to be booked in advance (with the exception of the church services and movies). During the day we have a wide range of activities available to be booked. Please see our Winter KanderActive (pages 12-19) for the full list of options, or pick any from the list on the winter section of our website. Make sure to book in advance to ensure availability.
International Christmas Eve Dinner - CHF 23.00
Enjoy a special evening of food and festivities with lots of international flavours.
Church service - Catholic - Free
Join the Christmas Service at the catholic church in the village.
Church service - Protestant - Free
Join the Christmas Service at the protestant church in the village.
Swiss Christmas Dinner - CHF 23.00
Celebrate Christmas with a dinner full of Swiss tradition and a visit from the local monsters, the “Pelzmartiga”!
Christmas Movie - Free
To round the evening off, a family Christmas movie will be shown in the Main Hall.
Winter Olympics - Free
Take part in this evening of fun races and challenge scouts from around the world. A great way to unwind after a hard days skiing!
Evening Sledding or Snowshoeing – CHF 5.00
Choose one of these fun Winter sports for an exciting Tuesday evening. Why not go sledding on Kandersteg’s illuminated sled run? Or try snowshoeing, a fun activity for scouts of all ages to enjoy.
Light Trail – CHF 5.00
Follow a torch trail through our campsite, stopping for inspiring messages and reflective activities, ending with a campfire where you can share stories and refreshments.
Glaciers, alps & Avalanches – Free
Learn about our exciting alpine environment in this interactive presentation, finding out many new interesting facts along the way.
International Campfire - Free
A KISC classic. Scouting tradition and an unforgettable night of any stay here in Kandersteg. We invite each group to share a skit, song or dance.
Special New Year’s Dinner - CHF 26.00
Start the celebrations by having some Glühwein outside the Chalet. You will then be invited in to enjoy our special New Year’s Buffet in the Dining Hall.
New Year’s Party - CHF 5.00
Celebrate and showcase the best things from your country, and learn about other countries in our International Evening. Then we will move onto our New Years Carnival where you can show and join in with dances from around the world! Come midnight, move outside, enjoy a drink from our Ice Bar and welcome the New Year in style.
Flag Break & Leaders' Gathering - Free
An official scout ceremony. Wear your scout uniform and share a song or chant. Leaders gather afterwards.
New Year's Movie - Free
Looking for a quiet evening? At the end of this week packed with activities, join us for a family movie night in the Main Hall.