Christmas in Monaco & Monte-Carlo

If you are planning to spend the holiday seasons in the French Riviera, one of the most dazzling places to spend the holidays is the Principality of Monaco. Every Christmas holiday season, the Principality of Monaco and the neighborhood of Monte-Carlo dazzles.

There are many reasons to put Monaco and Monte-Carlo in your holiday itinerary. For one, there are Christmas markets and villages. Mulled wine and festive cocktails. Sparkly decorations cover many landmarks, glittery squares, and decadent goodies abound. Monaco will put every visitor in a festive mood.

Christmas decors in Hotel Metropole, Monte-Carlo, Monaco
Hotel Metropole, decorated for the season

Hotel de Paris turns into a Christmas village!

During the holidays, the courtyard of the legendary palace plays host to a wonderful Christmas village where luxury, tradition, delectable food and drinks, arts, crafts, shopping, and shows combine. You can even enjoy delicious treats snuggled up in blankets in one of the cozy heated areas surrounded by fir trees.

What’s on the agenda this holiday season? Fun, educational and friendly two-hour workshops on a range of themes, including cooking (preparing sweet and savory specialties), flower arranging, drawing, and making Christmas decorations. You’ll leave with your own handmade creation, produced with the help of skilled artisans.

Check out the workshop program. A 2-hour workshop costs €90 (prepayment required – call to the hotel book at +377 98 06 41 73.

Enjoy the Season Shopping and Dining

Workshops are luxury-focused and intimate

In terms of shopping, glasshouses play host to pieces by designer Daniela Boutsen, glass sculptor Nicolas Laty, artisan jeweler Atelier Paulin or the contemporary jewelry of Beloï Tanta…a real gold mine of unique and original gifts.

Give in to the temptation of the dining glasshouse, where you’ll be able to enjoy Christmas treats – for giving or sharing, on the spot or to take away. In the evenings, the central glasshouse transforms into a pop-up restaurant for private dinners, complete with seasonal, creative, and delicious menus: an exclusive, unprecedented experience to enjoy under the stars out in the middle of the Patio. The glasshouse is available by reservation only: please email or call +377 98 06 31 89.

From 14 December onwards, there will be performances to set the mood on Saturday evenings. The line-up includes dreamy electro-jazz music from ‘Ride the Clouds’ between 6 pm and 9 pm, and the Rêverie vertical dance company’s poetic ‘Aile émoi’ show at 6 pm, 7 pm and 8 pm.

  • Every day from Friday 6 December 2019 to Sunday 5 January 2020
  • The patio is open from 10 am to 7 pm; Open late on Fridays and Saturdays until 9 pm

Monte-Carlo Christmas Promenade Shopping

Monte-Carlo Christmas Shopping Promenade, Monaco

Are you looking for Christmas decorations or unique presents for your loved ones? Christmas Promenade Monte-Carlo Shopping area has gifts and decorations to brighten up any fancy winter haven. Shop for crystal glass items, garlands, furniture, or jewelry.

Also, don’t forget to try the food! You can taste gourmet specialties like seasonally spiced mulled wine and oysters. The setting is quite mesmerizing, overlooking the port and The Rock.

Hotel de Paris’ Tree Auction

Trees in the lobby of the hotel de paris, Monaco

Hotel de Paris’ annual Christmas tree auction is always fun to see. 37 trees decorated by commercial brands will be up for auction. From December 9 to 12, the lobby of the hotel will look like a forest sprinkled with little magic.

Christie’s will lead the tree auction, the yields of which will go to ‘Action Innocence Monaco’, to prevent online pedophilia. With the support, the association can continue to go to schools in Monaco and neighboring communities for interventions and counseling.

This is an incredible chance for everyone to decorate for Christmas and help others with the spirit of giving!

The Decorations At The Casino de Monte-Carlo

Casino de Monte-Carlo Christmas decors, Monaco

On December 6 at 6:00 pm, the Place du Casino will glow brightly! The Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer will have its yearly Christmas tradition of decorating the area with trees and lights. The theme for this year is “Good Luck.”

Expect to see colorful balloons, enchanting lights, and tall sparkling trees. Not to be missed is the wonderful light and sound show as the Casino is all dressed up for the season.

Monaco Christmas village and market

The most popular highlight of Christmas in Monaco and Monte Carlo is its Christmas village and market. Held each year in Port Hercule, this Christmas market has traditional mini-chalets selling the usual type of products and culinary specialties for the season.

Monaco and Monte-Carlo Christmas Market

The classic and perennial wooden chalet will line the famous Monaco and Monte Carlo Christmas Market, where you can find gift ideas and culinary specialties for the season. Stalls will also feature crafts and local products.

Monaco and Monte-Carlo Christmas Village and Market

A Variety of Entertainment and Activities

There will be makeup or face painting and other creative workshops, which will be up every Wednesday. There are lots of games, a Ferris wheel, carousels, and a miniature train.

Children will enjoy the carousel, mini-train and Ferris wheel. There will be makeup or face painting and other creative workshops, every Wednesday. The Olympic-sized Rainier III nautical stadium will turn into an ice-skating rink with music. Kids will have a chance to meet Santa Claus and see his reindeer.

An ice-skating rink (which is a pool in summer) will complete the fun on-ice experience, as well as the go-karting on the ice. Kiosks for food and drinks are ideally near the skating rink.

Monaco and Monte-Carlo Christmas Village

Kids will have a chance to meet Santa Claus and see his reindeers! Parades, colorful installations, decors, and animations will amplify the Christmas spirit all around.

Monaco and Monte-Carlo Christmas Village and Market

You should also look for small musical performances, ice-shows, street performers, and puppeteers. Children can also engage in occasional treasure hunts!

The market is in Port Hercule from December 6 to January 5 from 11 am to 9 pm.

Special Days:

  • December 24- 11:00 am to 7:30 pm;
  • December 25- 2:30 pm to 9:00 pm;
  • January 1- 2:30 pm to 9:00 pm

A sporty Christmas

Running around finishing your Christmas shopping may be considered quite athletic – especially if you train for it! So pull on your running shoes and take part in the U Giru de Natale, the race that’s synonymous with Christmas in Monaco.

This year will be its 25th year and will see over 2,000 runners make their way through the streets of Monaco on December 15. There are circuits designed for all ages, making it the perfect festive event to enjoy with family.

Cool off after your workout by taking to the water for the Monaco Christmas Swim on 21 December. Grab your Santa hat and meet at the beach outside Le Méridien Beach Plaza for this traditional sea swim.

Then, warm up afterward with breakfast and a raffle. By taking part, you’ll also be doing your bit for the ‘Happy Hands’ charity, who work for people with disabilities.  

Spend the Christmas season in Monaco and Monte-Carlo!

Blue Gin (in chalet mode!) at the Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort

But wait.. there’s more!

The “L’Etoile des Neiges” will return to the Blue Gin of the Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort from December 5 to January 6. The bar, here, will be redone to look like you’re in a real mountain chalet. To warm up during those cold winter evenings, head to the “Winter Party” every Thursday in December: all you need are good spirits and your best mountain attire.

For year-end festivities, a ‘polar Christmas’ is taking its place in the Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo. On your arrival, you’ll see a shower of stars above the path leading to the hotel. Children and adults take their places in the igloo, drifting into a dream world or writing a letter to Santa Claus.

Merry Christmas!

Monaco and Monte-Carlo Christmas Village

With all the stuff we shared with you about the Christmas village and market in Monaco, there is only one thing left: We wish you a very, merry Christmas!

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