Hobby. Music, snow, nursery… Ten ideas for outings in our department this weekend

Rhône: extend Christmas with the most beautiful nativity scenes in the department

Proven crèche Bernard Reynier at Chabanière. Photo Progress Archive/Richard MOUILLAUD

From Fourvière to Chambost Longessaigne, in the green Beaujolais, there are still nativity scenes in the department. Mounted in a church or private home, we have selected some striking Christmas scenes for you.

From the 1350 sanctuary of the Reynier family in Chabanière to the papier-mâché characters in the church of Saint-Pierre-de-Chandieu, past the oriental decoration of Chambost-Longessaigne, you will have something to admire the work of the saint-maker, a true profession of art.

>> Our selection of Christmas beds in the Rhône

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Loire: celebrate the 20th anniversary of Poly’Sons

The Montbrison Festival celebrates its 20th this wintere candle by following his first ambition. Namely highlighting the new talent emerging from the new French scene as well as giving the headliner a place of pride.

After Ours, son of Alain Souchon, who opened the ball on Thursday, Lougarouve is offering a tribute show this weekend to singer Anne Sylvestre, who passed away at the end of 2020. Mickey 3d, Renan Luce or even Toulouse contour will mark the coming weeks, between Montbrison, Andrézieux-Bouthéon, Feurs, Marcoux and Saint-Just-Saint-Rambert.

From January 5th to February 10th. Price: from 4 to 26 €. Detailed program and ticket office on www.theatredespenitents.fr

Haute-Loire: building an igloo as a family

Le Progress/Robert GONTHIER Photo Illustration

For half a day of fun, come with family or friends to learn the basics of building an igloo. With the tools and advice from your mountain guide, you will (almost) become a real little Inuit!

Snacks and hot drinks are provided at the end of the activity. Alternate activities will be offered if there is insufficient snow cover: CO’Lanta, a family orienteering contest.

Saturday January 7th at 2pm. Estables Tourism Office. Single price: €15. Mandatory reservation. Information: or

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Rhône: dance with your fingers

A performance of the nano dance performed by twenty fingers and two pairs of feet, is broadcast on a screen installed above the stage. On paper, the proposal is part of the news of this enigmatic time. But on stage, we find a bit of dance magic, full of inventiveness, emotion and magic.

Gabriella Iacono & Grégory Grosjean, two authors inspired by At your fingertips, take a wonderful journey into the history of dance and much more. With a bonus this Saturday: “finger dance” workshops offered free for the whole family.

Saturday January 7th at the Maison de la danse. Price: 11 to 21 €. Reservation at or at maisondeladanse.com

Ain: even without snow, don’t ignore the mountain

Le Progress/Guy DOMAIN’s photo

Snowless central mountains in the dead of winter, this is a panorama that should, with climate change, become commonplace. In the highlands of Hauteville, instructors in this sector are reinventing themselves and adapting to find alternatives to winter activities.

Nordic walking, mountain biking, biathlon with laser gun, bicycle park or… Scandinavian baths: sports enthusiast or well-being lover, you will find something suitable for you. And no need for moon boots.

Contacts and information on the website www.hautbugey-tourism.com or on for Flochon Sport Outdoor (mountain biking, Nordic walking), on for Denis Raynaud, instructor and mid-mountain guide, and at for mountain bike rental.

Loire: explore the Forez mountains at dusk

Forez Mountains in moonlight… Led by a mid-mountain guide, this semi-nocturnal hike (from 5.30pm to 8pm) will allow you to learn more about the local fauna and flora, see animal tracks and enjoy mysterious views.

The walk will be followed by a glass of wine and mountain food. If there isn’t enough snow, snowshoeing turns into hiking.

Saturday, January 7th at 5pm. The meeting place is provided upon registration. Price: €38 (board + meal). Snowshoe rental as an add-on: 4€/person to be paid locally. Information: Website: www.loireforez.com/veillees-nocturnes/

Near you: follow La Grande Odyssée

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Mystical race in the majestic Alpine scenery. The Grande Odyssée VVF, the sled dog race, starts this Saturday 7 January in Megève and ends on Thursday 19 January in Villard-de-Lans. It brings together more than 65 mush and their 600 dog athletes and will cross Haute-Savoie, Savoie and Isère.

Each year, more than 50,000 spectators enjoy this unique experience in the heart of the region’s 20 resorts, towns and villages, dressed in festive attire for the occasion. Many activities are prepared: introduction to dog sledding, building an igloo, trapping workshop.

The full program of events at www.grandeodyssee.com

Le Progress /Maxime JEGAT's photo

Lyon: follow the guide

Unusual, classic, historic or sporty… Many guided tours allow you to explore the city all year round. And it’s not just for passing travelers.

From the essential to the most sophisticated, we’ve looked at several ideas for taking a stroll through the city, from Old Lyon to the OL stadium, from the courthouse to the rooftops of the Fourvière, from Lyon of the Resistance to the bucolic bank of the Rhône.

>> Lyon: our selection of guided tours

Ain: admire the beautiful mechanic

Le Progress/Gilles GAILLARD’s photo

Fine car lovers will be satisfied this weekend, in Ain. At Treffort, the organizing committee S offers its first meet of the year, with historical and recent mechanical parts, such as Ferraris, Audi R8, Ford Mustang, Alfa Romeo, new Alpine berlinetta…

Club Tacot Ain organizes its monthly meeting in Bourg-en-Bresse for classic cars, motorcycles and utility vehicles, reserved for vehicles over 30 years of age.

At Treffort, the fair will take place in the village square Sunday from 8am to noon. In Bourg, the meeting was set for a car park along a covered market Sunday from 9am to 1pm. Free admission in both cases.

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Jura: discover the secrets of Fort Saint-André in Salins-les-Bains

Its ramparts are a constant reminder of how rich and coveted the city of salt was. For decades, Fort Saint-André, situated on the heights of Salins-les-Bains, was rarely accessible to the public.

Belonging to a long and prestigious list of buildings built by Vauban, it reopened this winter, in the framework of guided tours that are at the same time enriching, enchanting, and gourmet (tasting local wines, cheeses, and regionally cured meats).

Wednesday and Saturday 10:30 and Sunday 18:00. Reservations by email at info@fort-st-andre.com or by telephone at €12.50 for a 1.5 hour visit, including tastings.

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