Where to celebrate the holidays in the French Riviera
So many Christmas markets, villages, ice skating and holiday concerts... Here is a selection of the largest family festivities within the Alpes-Maritimes.
10 Dec - 02 Jan
A wide-ranging program for its 2022 Christmas festivities, including a Christmas village, an ice skating rink, a Ferris wheel and many activities:
Esplanade du Pré des Pêcheurs
The Christmas village returns with gourmet and artisanal chalets, decorations, games, the Ferris wheel, and the Carrousel. New this year, a new free interactive animation on a big screen is also proposed to the children:10:30 am to 9:00 pm (10:30 am to 9:30 pm on Fridays and Saturdays); new ‘swan fishing’ and a little Christmas train will complete the village.
Pinède Gould Ice rink (JLP)
The 525m² natural ice rink (+105m² reserved for the little ones) is back. The animals of the small farm await young and old as well as pony rides and two Christmas food trucks.
Ice rink open from 9:30 am - 8 pm. Fridays and Saturdays, until 9pm.
The last access to the rink is 40-45 minutes before closing time. Free for children under 10 years old and 3€ for children over 10 years old. Gloves must be worn.
A small petting zoo pony rides from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (with lunch break for the ponies). From 3 to 10 years old accompanied by an adult.
01 - 31 Dec
Skating rink, shows, musical parades...
Installed at Carrefour des Héllènes from December 1st to 21st
Video Mapping : "Light projection in music".
Tuesday, December 20 at 6:00 pm / 6:30 pm / 7:00 pm / 7:30 pm on the Marinoni square
Wine and hot chocolates offered
Ecological ice rink
21 - 31 Dec (except 25 Dec)
Place Marinoni from 11am to 6pm - 5€ Place Marioni
Wednesday December 21 & 28 from 10H to 13H and from 14H to 17H
(free) - Departure tourist office
"Magic Christmas" - Friday, December 23rd from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm in the streets of the town
"Benty Brothers Music" - Friday, December 30th from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm in the streets of the town
"World Music Band" - Saturday December 31st from 10H to 12H30 in the streets of the town
Wine and hot chocolates offered at Marinoni square
"Allumette" of the Cie B.A.L
Thursday, December 29 at 3pm Church crypt - free - from 6 years old
01 - 30 Dec
The magic of Christmas will once again invade the Cité des Verriers. Illuminations, shows and entertainment for all will be on the agenda, as well as the traditional Christmas market and its charming chalets. Not forgetting ... the snow that will be in the village throughout the month of December. A new feature of this year's event is a toboggan run on the Place des Arcades from 17 to 23 December.
"Biot I love Christmas"
Inauguration 01 Dec with Speech by Jean-Pierre Dermit
Launch of the illuminations
Opening of the 1st Christmas section
Wine and hot chestnuts offered by the Amicale Biotoise des Traditions
The Christmas shutters!
01 - 25 Dec
When the streets of the village are transformed into a giant advent calendar. From December 1st to 25th, the shutters decorated by the little biotois open day after day, forming an open air exhibition.
Saint Lucia's Day
Saint-Philippe lights up on Saint Lucia's day from 5 pm
Ambulatory light show with the Moon Parade of the Indigo circus
Performance of song and dance by the Espace des Arts et de la Culture
Distribution of lanterns to children and lantern parade
Snack offered to children
Christmas show of jazz dance by the Espace des Arts et de la Culture at 7:30 pm
Paul Gilardi Hall
16 - 24 Dec
The big Christmas market of Biot will be inaugurated on Friday, December 16th at 6pm, place de Gaulle.
Toboggan run and donkey ride
17 - 23 Dec
For the first time, a toboggan run will be set up on the Place des Arcades, with the traditional wooden games and creative workshops around it. Another novelty, a donkey ride will be proposed by Ane Tond in the alleys of the historical centre.
Christmas tales and meeting with Santa Claus
17 - 23 Dec
Visit of Santa Claus to meet the children in the village: from 3pm to 6pm.
Christmas story told by Santa Claus
Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 December: from 11am to 1pm and from 2pm to 6pm
Monday 19th to Friday 23rd of December : from 2pm to 6pm
26 - 2 Jan
The city is decked out and celebrating the holidays with a Christmas village, an amusement park, a pop-up art & cultural centre, light shows on all the church facades, concerts, film screenings, fireworks and so much more!
Allée Felix Faure
The Christmas village has 46 little Alpine chalets with warm foods, goodies and artisan crafts. Treat yourself and buy your Christmas gifts. You will also be able to sample various specialties, such as the traditional roasted chestnuts, mulled wine and sweets to take away…
Father Christmas welcomes children and their parents on the Allées de la Liberté.
From 2:30 pm to 6:30 pm
On 10, 11, 14 Dec and each day from 17 - 24.
Sat. Dec. 17, 2022 at 4pm
Musical animation with the Espérance de Cannes.
The ice rink, with its 350 m2 of natural ice, located in the Christmas village with a varied program of activities for young and old.
From 10am to 1pm:
Free for children from 4 to 10 years old (3 € for accompanying persons).
An instructor will be present every morning and lessons will be offered to beginners (registration on site).
From 1pm :
3 € entry for all, 45-minute session, equipment included. Gloves required (not provided).
Esplanade Pantiero Funfair
The funfair will offer everyone moments of laughter, thrills and emotions with no less than 55 attractions.
New Year's Fireworks
Saturday December 31st at midnight
New Year's Eve fireworks on the theme of rock'n roll.
Details on www.cannes.com
8 Dec - 22 Jan
A cultural and artistic haven in Cannes bringing shopping, food, music, artists and more… Vintage shops, tattoo artists, DJs, gourmet sandwiches, vinyl shops and art exhibitions.
10 - 24 Dec
Christmas Market - December 10 to 24, 2022
Gift ideas, mulled wine, chestnuts... with Christmas approaching, there's nothing like hanging out in the markets to soak up their conviviality and magic. They are also an opportunity to find original gift ideas.
Opening on Saturday, December 10 at 10:30 am
Every day from 10am to 7pm Place De Gaulle
Nocturne on December 21, 2022 until 22h
Christmas Tree Fair - December 1 to 23, 2022
From December 1 to 23, 2022: sale of natural fir trees from 9am to 7pm, parking of the Rotonde.
17 Dec - 01 Jan
Grasse has numerous events planned from concerts and parades to ice skating, markets and the arrival of Father Christmas! All festivities centre around Cours Honoré Cresp.
Download the full programme in PDF here.
From 01 Dec
Santa's letter box - Rue Dominique Conte, in front of the Arbell Chaussures store
Inauguration of the festivities and the Christmas market
6:00 pm: Torchlight procession from Notre-Dame du Puy Cathedral to Cours Honoré Cresp
6:00 pm to 6:45 pm: Sunny Swing Street Jazz Concert Cours Honoré Cresp
6:45 pm: Children's choir from the Conservatoire de Musique de Grasse - Cours Honoré Cresp ice rink.
7:15 pm: Inauguration of the Christmas Market by the Mayor 7:30 pm to 8:15 pm: Sunny Swing Street Jazz Concert Cours Honoré Cresp
17 Dec to 01 Jan
Accessible to adults and children from 4 years old. Children under 10 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Price: skate rental 3€ / Gloves mandatory
Arrival of Santa Claus in a horse-drawn carriage Cours Honoré Cresp and throughout town - From 11am
3 Dec - 8 Jan
Circuit des Crèches de Lucéram
The most Nativity scenes you can fit in one town!
Come to discover the 25th Crèches de Lucéram with more than 450 traditional nativity scenes realised by the residents of the village and displayed all along a walkable route!
Christmas market on Sunday, 11 & 18 Dec
The Three wise men arrive on 8 January with gifts and a giant galette du Rois.
04 Nov - 24 Dec
Foire aux Santons
One of the largest Santon fairs in the world! A collection of thousands of the most intricately painted figurines from traditional Provencal life. See all the different characters and artisans who make them under one roof. Open daily from 2 - 6pm at the Cinema Médiatheque, free entry.
19 Nov - 30 Dec
Santa Claus has settled in Mougins! Visit his house...
Oh, oh, oh, great news! This year, tired of the freezing cold of Lapland, Santa Claus and his elves have left everything behind to come to Mougins. They fell in love with a little house in the old village, a cosy place in the old bread oven... which is never locked! Without Not forgetting the mailbox in which the lists of toys can be directly deposited.
A magical immersion in the daily life of the most of the most endearing hero of little & big children!
Old village of Mougins - Four à Pain, rue des Mûriers
Open Wednesdays, weekends & school vacations, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. & 2-6 p.m. (Closed on 12/25) "Chalet des gourmandises" with pancakes, waffles & hot drinks pl. des Patriotes*.
"Christmas Boutique" corner at Santa's House & at the Tourist Office.
From 07/12, each Wednesday, w-e & school vacations.
Christmas spirit in the neighborhoods
12 - 24 Dec
The Spirit of Christmas also invites itself into the neighborhoods and in Mouginois shops. Take part in the great Christmas game and win great gifts: your Christmas Eve meal, a beauty treatment and lots of other prizes... It's simple: do your shopping at your Mougins shopkeepers and scratch your Christmas ticket!
1 Dec - 1 Jan
Christmas in Nice! The city has gone all-out with a huge Eco Christmas village with dozens of artisan chalets with workshops, food and candy and lots of entertainment, free concerts and activities for the whole family. Open every day in Place Massena and the Albert I gardens.
08 - 22 Dec
After Work Party
DJ AFROMAN : December 8, 9, 15 from 6pm
THE FRENCHY'S APERITIF ! December 16th from 6pm
LE STOCKFISH " the smallest of the big rooms " celebrates Christmas with : DJ Afroman / DJ Fausto : December 22 from 6pm
St. Lucia: Swedish Light Festival
Traditional Swedish songs and treats in partnership with the Swedish Consulate at 5pm.
Activities for children
Santa Claus House
Jardin Albert 1er
Open every day from 11am to 8pm (Fridays and Saturdays until 10pm)
While waiting patiently for Christmas morning, come and whisper your wishes in Santa's ear.
Presence of Santa Claus until December 24th every Wednesday, weekends and every day during school vacations from 2pm to 7pm.
Souvenir photo with Santa Claus until December 24th every weekend and every day during school vacations from 1:30 pm to 7:30 pm.
Children can visit his house until January 1st included.
Santa Claus scene - 2pm
Albert 1st Garden
There is no Christmas magic without music! Come and share these musical moments with groove, rock, jazz, gospel and of course listen to Christmas carols!
Free shows at 3pm, Albert 1er Garden
Free shows, specially designed for young audiences, are offered every weekend and during the school vacations in the heart of the Christmas village.
The sugar shack
As if by magic, your children can become one of the famous Christmas characters. Your children can choose the makeup of their dreams at a small price.
Weekends and school vacations from 2pm to 7pm
For more details, visit the city’s website.
The Nice Christmas Train!
17 Dec - 02 Jan
Departing from the Promenade des Anglais, at the foot of the Centennial monument, young and old alike, board the 100% electric Nice tourist train and discover the city of Nice and its treasures through one of our two commented tours, available in 8 languages. The "downtown" tour (45 minutes), will give you time to admire the must-see monuments of the old town, from the Masséna square to the Notre-Dame du Port de Nice church, passing by the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art.
The "castle" tour (50 minutes) will take you to the castle hill, where you will enjoy a 10-minute stop to admire the superb panoramic view of the entire Baie des Anges.
Take advantage of it, during all the Christmas vacations: 1 adult ticket bought = 1 child ticket offered! (Up to 12 years old).
Information and ticket purchase at the ticket office, located at the train departure.