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If you want to keep track of Santa Claus/Father Christmas this month you must add this website (www.noradsanta.org) to your favorite’s list! On the 24th December check the website on a regular basis to see where Santa has been sighted. Your kids will bubble with excitement! Don't forget that there is still a lot to see on the website before Christmas.

Note: The website also has delightful stories about Santa, full explanations about how they do it (NORAD uses four high-tech systems to track Santa - radar, satellites, Santa Cams and jet fighter aircraft), a countdown from now until Christmas eve, videos, games, and songs.

Based on historical data and more than 50 years of NORAD tracking information, we believe that Santa Claus is alive and well in the hearts of children throughout the world.

Santa Claus is known by many names, including Saint Nick. Historians claim that the history of Santa starts with the tradition of Saint Nicholas, a 4th century Christian priest who lived in the Middle East in an area of present-day Turkey who became famous for his kindness. He was known for giving gifts to the less fortunate, sprinkling gifts of gold down people's chimneys and hiding surprises in their stockings.

Track Santa on the fly with mobile apps for Apple and Android telephones as well.


© all photos Lisa Cirieco

Being in Europe, we are spoiled by the amount of castles on every hilltop and town center. How lucky we can just have so many at our doorstep around Lac Léman, Lac de Neuchâtel, and Thunersee. Whether with guests or your own family, you will surely find a few on this small list that we have taken out of our latest ©Know-it-all passport®!

Abbaye de St Maurice
Av. d’Agane 15
1890 Saint-Maurice
Famous for its Mero­vingian treasure and 1,500 years of history. Augustine monks are still active as teachers here. Guided tours only (1.5 hours), at set times. You may request a tour in English. Price Fr. 16.-/adult, Fr. 10.-/children 6-16. Open Tuesday to Friday 10h-17h30, weekends 11h30-17h30. Check website before going.

Château d’Aigle and the Musée de la Vigne, du Vin et de l’Etiquette 
Place du Château 1 
1860 Aigle
024 466 21 30
Aigle Castle was built at the end of the 12th century and is situated in the middle of vineyards. It harbors a wine museum with old wine-making traditions and tools, as well as a terrific collection of wine labels. Note: It’s fun to go to Swiss Vapeur Parc (see below) in the morning through lunch (there is a mini Château d’Aigle there!), then drive over to the life-size Château d’Aigle in the afternoon. Price: Fr 11.-/adult, Fr. 5.-/age 6-16. Family and group packages available. Open daily during summer 10h-18h.

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It is another hot summer so we thought that a few local outdoor swimming pools will keep you cool over the holidays if you remain in the area. Remember to call ahead to check if these outdoor pools are open when the weather is threatening. If you are a resident of the commune where the pool is located you may be eligible for a special discount.

In order to avoid queues at the ticket counter, most places have set up an instantaneous attendance warning system on their website and/or online ticket sales. We strongly recommend that customers take note of this information before visiting pools.

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Outdoor Swimming Pools in Canton Geneva

La Plage Publique des Eaux-Vives
022 546 76 00
This free beach is twice as big as that of the Bains des Pâquis. This public beach was opened in 2020 and is beautifully located in the heart of Geneva and accessible to all. The swimming site, about 400m, goes right up to the Baby Plage and can accommodate 6,000 to 8,000 people on beautiful summer days! Take advantage of the excellent quality of Lake Geneva's waters following the many efforts made to clean it over recent years.
The beach is not made of sand but rather small pebbles so no need for shovels and pails. Shower stalls and toilets are onsite. A drink stand will be open all summer.

Bains des Paquis
30, quai du Mont-Blanc
1201 Genève
022 732 29 74 main
022 738 16 16 restaurant
Lake beach offering sunbathing platforms, a life guard, warm showers, changing rooms, toilets, and towel rentals. Hammams are open over the summer Fr. 10.- includes towel rental. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Usually open during summer daily 10h-18h30. However the beach is accessible 24h/7. There are 2 sandpits for toddlers and kids as well as 2 wading areas (50cm deep) and 2 cordoned-off areas for swimmers. Price: Fr. 2.-/adult, Fr. 1.-/child. The Restaurant Buvette des Bains is open year-round 7h-23h.
NOTE: Les Aubes musical start to the day - from 17 July through 20 August 2023 from 5h30 (am), see schedule and weather permitting.

Imagine Roussillon

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Imagine a place where you can holiday with your family in a cosy, intimate resort, but still enjoy the kind of leisure activities you would normally associate with a much larger holiday center. How perfect would that be?

Located near Perpignan in the south of France, Imagine Roussillon is a small, child-friendly resort, which does just that!

Operating uniquely for families with young children up to the age of 10, Imagine Roussillon combines a fabulous location in Canet-en-Roussillon just 8-minutes drive from the Mediterranean sea, with a huge package of included services, all provided with the personal care of owners, Phil and Emma Davies.

Imagine Roussillon kids club

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Free family photo session for knowitall.ch readers who stay in April or May!

It’s not often that we repeat articles on our site, but one company which does keep reappearing on our news pages is Country Kids! That’s because they have a beautiful country estate set amongst the vineyards and olive groves of Southern France, and they keep offering our readers great deals on holidays for families with young kids!

Just in case you haven’t heard of them before, here is a quick summary:

Country Kids is situated on an old French farm just a few hours drive from Geneva, in the Heirault (Langeudoc/Roussillon) region of France. There are 7 luxury apartments on the estate, each catering for 4 to 12 people. A cosy ambience prevails throughout the holiday accommodation, which has been styled with a rustic-chic décor, including stone walls, fully-equipped kitchens, private terrace and a whole host of family-friendly features. Click here to see each of the apartments in detail, with lots of photos to help you make the best choice for you!