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6 unmissable Christmas experiences in Monaco

Dazzling festive celebrations in Monaco

What’s on during the festive celebrations in Monaco?

Monaco gets decked out in its most twinkling attire for Christmas and New Year’s Eve. The luxury and glamor of the Principality will warm even the coolest winter hearts thanks to its mild Mediterranean climate. Late December and early January are the perfect time to experience all the magic the Principality’s winterfest has to offer. Whether you are visiting for a day, a weekend or the best part of a week, Monaco is a place for festivities and fun. Its sumptuous hotels are the last word in comfort, but they also host several New Year’s events. You’ll be dazzled by the procession of New Year celebrations, enchanting illuminations, Christmas markets, delicious meals and spectacular shows to choose from.

What’s on during the festive celebrations in Monaco?

 

A festive winter trip to Monaco is the perfect opportunity to take in lots of different New Year events. There is no shortage of festive celebrations in Monaco. In December, the Monte-Carlo Shopping Christmas Promenade not far from the Place du Casino is the place to go for luxury shopping punctuated with occasional gourmet hors d’oeuvres. Next, you might want to get your heart pumping at the U Giru de Natale walking race that winds through the city’s streets or go for a dip during the traditional Monaco Christmas swim. You should also take a look at what’s on in the theaters and concert halls, where you can see some amazing shows by the Opéra and Ballets de Monte-Carlo. In December, the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra throws its own gala. Add to that some festive Christmas and New Year’s Eve celebrations and that is your break fully planned!

 

Explore Monaco’s Christmas Village

 

One place you can’t miss during your festive celebrations in Monaco is the Christmas Village, which takes up residence in Hercule Harbor during the countdown to the New Year from early December to early January. Ride the big wheel that looks out over the city’s yachts and waterfront, go to the Christmas parade, hop on the merry-go-rounds and there will still be activities left to delight visitors of all ages. Whether you’re vacationing with family or friends, you will also want to get a few last-minute Christmas gifts at the Christmas market or enjoy a glass of champagne on its terrace. On Wednesdays, weekends and during school holidays, there are creative workshops and special events for children to enjoy as part of their own New Year’s festival.

 

Be dazzled by Monaco’s New Year’s illuminations

 

Wandering the streets of Monaco once they have been decked out in all the magic of Christmas is an unforgettable experience. Scintillating many-colored fireworks explode to light up the Principality’s historic sites and iconic squares. Make sure you don’t miss the Place du Casino at its sparkling best (its decorations take on a different theme every year). As for Monte-Carlo Casino, which stands overlooking the square as one of Monaco’s hottest destinations, a magical sound and light show casts an enchanting spell over its façade once night has fallen. Monaco’s most beautiful hotels are another spectacular setting for a New Year celebration. Enormous Christmas trees decorated with lights, lanterns and precious ornaments adorn the lobby of the Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo, the Hôtel Hermitage Monte-Carlo and the Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort.

 

A festive extravaganza in the Principality’s gourmet restaurants

 

The restaurants at the Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer pull out all the stops to welcome you to the festive celebrations in Monaco. The festive season is just the right time for amazing lunches and dinners in gourmet destinations. Oysters, foie gras, champagne and other sophisticated treats are all part of the fun on the most important day of the year. Christmas brunch at the Blue Bay in the paradisiacal Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort, a triply Michelin-starred New Year’s Eve dinner at Louis XV - Alain Ducasse at the Hôtel de Paris or a New Year’s Day lunch at the Grill as you gaze over the Mediterranean during a champagne toast are just some ideas for the kinds of unforgettable gourmet experiences you can try. If you are traveling with your family, don’t miss the fantastic Christmas snack time events at the Hôtel Hermitage Monte-Carlo, which include luxury pastries and children’s entertainment.

 

Where should you stay during the festive celebrations in Monaco?

 

Come celebrate Christmas and the New Year during a December trip to Monaco. The gorgeously mild climate of the Côte d’Azur awaits revelers. For a truly luxurious countdown to New Year’s with a touch of glamour, you will want to check out the Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo. A room or suite in this ultra-premium location is the perfect place to celebrate the New Year in in style as you look out over the midnight fireworks. From there, you will be able to visit Michelin-starred restaurants, wander through the Patio des Joailliers jewelers’ district and pick out just the perfect gift, or check out the nightlife at the nearby Casino de Monte-Carlo.

 

L’Hôtel Hermitage Monte-Carlo is also the ideal cozy spot for a romantic getaway or festive family-friendly celebrations. The enchanted ambiance of the Belle Epoque room makes a wonderful setting for a glass of bubbly and Christmas dinner, while the Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo are ideal when you need a day of rest and relaxation.

How does ringing in the New Year in a Mediterranean garden sound? If you are tempted, the Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort dressed up in its finest winter attire is the place for you. Come here for Michelin-starred meals at the Blue Bay and festive nights at the Blue Gin bar.

 

Festive New Year’s Celebrations in Monaco

 

There’s always somewhere to dance the night away in Monaco – and never more so than during the festive season! In December, the Principality’s bars and nightclubs play host to top DJ sets that are sure to get the party started on the dance-floor. The Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort’s Blue Gin bar is perfect for cocktails with friends in a mountain chalet setting. Fun and excess are what it’s all about at the legendary Jimmy’z Monte-Carlo nightclub, so head there to see in the New Year all night from dusk ‘til dawn. As for the Bar Américain, its chic yet cozy atmosphere is a lovely spot to celebrate as the clock strikes midnight.

There are some great shows and live music to see in the Principality, too. International VIP artists perform throughout the festive season at the Sporting Monte-Carlo’s Salle des Étoiles.