Christmas 2018 at the Pont d’Arc Cavern

Lucky enough to be in the Ardeche during these holidays ? 


Make the most of the Ardèche Christmas atmosphere : roasted chestnuts eating and sitting by the fireplace…

And a family day out at the Pont d’Arc Cavern!

From December 23 – January 6, meet the discoverers of the Chauvet cave, try your hand at cave art, go back in time and discover the secret of fire with Naly …

Jean-Marie Chauvet, Christian Hillaire et Eliette Brunel, les 3 inventeurs de la grotte Chauvet.

An afternoon with the Chauvet cave discoverers


December 27 and 28, January 3 and 4, come and meet the discoverers of the Chauvet cave, Eliette Brunel, Jean-Marie Chauvet and Christian Hillaire.

A specially created film made to mark the 24th anniversary of the original discovery will allow you to relive the emotion of that eventful day in the company of the 3 discoverers.

If you’re looking for an original and personalized Christmas gift, the discoverers will be present for book signing.


December 27 and 28, January 3 and 4 from 2p.m to 5p.m.


Cave Workshop

Due to popular demand, the cave workshop is once again open to keen artists, young and old.
Come along and try your hand at Paleolithic drawing techniques, on the walls of our unique cave workshop.

Open everyday from 1p.m to 5p.m. (except December 24, 25 & 31)

What did prehistoric people eat? (workshop in French)

Archeology allows us to understand what people ate and how they prepared and cooked their food.

Oysters, venison haunch, mixed greens, vegetables, mushrooms, herb seasonings, berries and honey could all be part of a mouth watering festive meal. Want to find out more? 

Open everyday from December 23 to January 6 at 1 & 3 P.M. (except December 24)

Naly and the secret of fire ( in French)

A story that will allow younger visitors to be transported into the Aurignacian world and the discovery of fire. For almost an hour, a storyteller will reveal the life of a child 36,000 years ago , in an atmosphere where flickering flames and dancing shadows bring imagination to life.

Everyday from December 23 to January 6 at 11 a.m ( except December 25 and January 1) 2p.m and 4p.m ( except December 24 and January 1)