Hobbies. Music, snow, kindergartens… Ten ideas for outings in our departments this weekend

Rhône: Extend Christmas with the department’s most beautiful nativity scenes

Bernard Reynier Provence Nursery in Chabanière. Photo Progress Archive/Richard MOUILLAUD

From Fourvière to Chambost Longessaigne, the green Beaujolais department still has nativity scenes to see. Set in churches or private homes, we have selected some stunning Nativity scenes for you.

From the 1350 santons of the Reynier family in Chabanières to the papier-mache characters of the church of Saint-Pierre-de-Chandieu, through the oriental decorations of Chambost-Longessaigne, you will be amazed at the santon’s work. true profession of artisans.

>> Our selection of Christmas cribs in the Rhône

Photo by DR

Loire: Celebrate the 20th anniversary of Poly’Sons

The Montbrison festival celebrates its 20th this wintere candle following his first ambitions. It prides itself on highlighting the emerging talents of the new French scene and making headlines.

After Alain Souchon’s son Ours, who opened the ball on Thursday, Lougarouve offers this weekend a memorial show for the singer Anne Silvestre, who died at the end of 2020. Mickey 3d, Renan Luce or even Outline of Toulouse Montbrison will punctuate the coming weeks between Andrézieux-Bouthéon, Feurs, Marcoux and Saint-Just-Saint-Rambert.

From January 5 to February 10. Prices: between 4 and 26 €. Detailed program and ticket office at www.theatredespenitents.fr

Haute-Loire: build an igloo as a family

Photo Illustration Le Progrès/Robert GONTHIER

Come with your family or friends for a fun half day to learn the basics of igloo building. With the equipment and advice of your mountain guide, you will be (almost) a real little Inuit!

Snacks and hot drinks are served at the end of the activity. In case of insufficient snow cover, a substitute activity will be offered: CO’Lanta, a family orienteering race.

Saturday, January 7 at 2:00 p.m. Estables Tourism Office. Single price: €15. Mandatory reservation. Information: or

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Rhone: dance with your toes

A nano-dance show performed by twenty fingers and two pairs of feet, broadcast on a screen installed on the stage. This proposal on paper is part of this mysterious message of the time. But on stage we discover a little dance wonder full of ingenuity, emotion and magic.

Gabriella Iacono and Grégory Grosjean were inspired by two authors At your fingertips, embark on an epic odyssey through dance history, and more. With a bonus this Saturday: free finger-dancing workshops for the whole family.

Saturday January 7 at Maison de la Danse. Prices: 11-21 €. Reservations at or at maisondeladanse.com

Ain: even if there is no snow, do not neglect the mountain

Photo Le Progrès/Guy DOMAIN

Mid-mountains without snow in the middle of winter, here is a panorama that should become commonplace with climate change. On the Hauteville plateau, instructors in the sector are reinventing themselves and adapting to find alternatives to winter activities.

Nordic walking, mountain biking, laser rifle biathlon, Bike park or…Scandinavian baths: sports lovers or well-being lovers, you will find something to suit you. And they don’t need moon boots either.

Contact and information at www.hautbugey-tourisme.com or for Flochon Sport Outdoor (mountain biking, Nordic walking), for mid-mountain instructor and guide Denis Raynaud and 06.59 for mountain bike rental .on 94.61.53.

Loire: explore the Forez mountains at dusk

The Forez mountains in the moonlight… This half-night walk (from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.) led by an Orta mountain guide will allow you to learn more about the fauna and local flora, and discover animal tracks. enjoy the enigmatic views.

After the hike there will be a glass of mulled wine and mountain food. If there isn’t enough snow, snowshoeing will become hiking.

Saturday, January 7 at 5:00 p.m. The meeting place is given during registration. Prices: €38 (drive + food). Additionally, snowshoe rental: 4 €/person to be paid on site. Information: Website: www.loireforez.com/veillees-nocturnes/

Nearby: Watch La Grande Odyssée

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A mythical race in the magnificent scenery of the Alps. The Grande Odyssée VVF, a sled dog race, starts this Saturday January 7 in Megève and ends Thursday January 19 in Villard-de-Lance. It brings together more than 65 mushers and their 600 dog handlers and will cross Haute-Savoie, Savoie and Isère.

Every year, more than 50,000 spectators enjoy this unique experience in the center of the region’s 20 resorts, towns and villages, and dress up in party clothes for the holiday. Many activities are organized: access to sled dogs, construction of igloos, trappers’ workshops.

Full event program at www.grandeodyssee.com

Photo Le Progres /Maxime JEGAT

Lyon: follow the guide

Unusual, classic, historical or sports… Many guided tours allow you to explore the city all year round. And they’re not just for travelers passing through.

From Old Lyon to the OL stadium, from the courthouse to the rooftops of Fourvière, from Lyon de la Résidence to the east coast, we have found some ideas for city walks. Rhône.

>> Lyon: our selection of guided tours

Ain: admire the beautiful mechanics

Photo Le Progrès/Gilles GAILLARD

Fine car enthusiasts will have their fill this weekend in Ain. The S organizing committee at Treffort offers the first meeting of the year with historic and newer mechanicals such as Ferraris, Audi R8s, Ford Mustangs, Alfa Romeos, the new Alpine berlinetta…

The Ain Tacot club holds its monthly meeting in Burg-en-Bresse for classic cars, motorcycles and utility vehicles, reserved for cars over 30 years old.

In Treffort, the fair will be held in the main village square on Sunday from 8am to midday. In Bourg, the meeting takes place on Sunday from 9am to 1pm in the car park along the covered market. Admission is free in both cases.

Photo Le Progrès/Philippe TRIAS

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

Its castles are a reminder of how rich and greedy the city of salt was. For several decades, Fort Saint-André, located 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 reopens this winter on guided tours that are at once enriching, dazzling and delicious (tasting local wine, cheese and regional cured meats).

Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. and Sundays at 6:00 p.m. Reservation by e-mail info@fort-st-andre.com or €12.50 for a 1.5 hour visit, tasting included.

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