What's On - Christmas on the Cote d'Azur

Here are our top picks to help you get in the festive spirit!


Monaco’s Christmas market is probably the biggest on the French Riviera and certainly the most glamorous! 

Christmas Market, Port of Monaco, open daily from 6 Dec 2019 to 5 Jan 2020

“The Moscow Circus on Ice”, 21 Dec 2019 at 17.30 and 20.30



The bustling city of Nice puts up a beautiful Christmas market right in the heart of the city, around the Place Masséna square and the Albert 1er Gardens. The market has a Ferris wheel with breathtaking views over the old town and the coast, ice-skating rink, theatre shows, musicals and dozens of stands selling crafts, mulled wine, hot churros and other seasonal products and gift items.

Christmas Market, Place Masséna, Nice, open daily from 6 Dec 2019 to 5 Jan 2020

Luna Park, Palais des Expositions, Nice, open daily from 6 Dec 2019 to 5 Jan 2020



Cannes, the city famous for its film festival, has one of the grandest Christmas markets in the region. The market taking place around the Palais des Festivals boasts beautiful light installations such as a 33-metre tall Christmas tree, a 400 m2 ice-skating rink, an ice show and demonstrations with figure skating champion Brian Joubert and a big parade on Christmas Eve. 

Christmas Market, Allée de la Liberté, Cannes, open daily from 30 Nov 2019 to 5 Jan 2020

Great Christmas Parade, Rue d’Antibes, Cannes, 24 Dec 2019 at 15.00



If you’re looking for somewhere smaller and cosier to get in the Christmas mood, Antibes has loads of seasonal festivities scattered across town.

Christmas Market 2019, Antibes and Juan les Pins, open daily from 29 Nov 2019 to 5 Jan 2020

Arrival of Santa Claus on water skis, Plage du Promenade du Soleil, Juan les Pins, 22 Dec 2019 at 10.30



Around Christmas time, the picturesque village of Valbonne transforms into a magical place. 

Le Noël des Arts du Feu/Christmas of the Fire Arts, Valbonne, open daily from 22 Nov to 25 Dec 2019

Parade “in flames” with stilt walkers, fire eaters and jugglers by Compagnie Eklabul, Valbonne village, 22 Dec 2019 at 17.30 and 19.00



The pretty hilltop village of Mougins has a Christmas market with lots of family-oriented activities such as creative workshops to make origami and dreamcatchers out of recycled material and a bouncy castle.

Christmas market, Mougins, open from 6 to 22 Dec 2019

Creative workshops, Tournamy, Mougins, 14 to 15 Dec 2019