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  • Writer's pictureJameson Farn

Christmas Markets on the Côte d’Azur

It is well into that time of year when the Christmas decorations start appearing in the parks of local cities and lights glitter in an array of colors along many of the prime streets and homes up and down the Riviera coastline.

As in other parts of the world, it is a time of gathering with loved ones to partake in local traditions such as exploring the many Christmas markets.

The focus of this article will be on three main locations but if you are in the region, be sure to stop in at any other seaside or countryside locations as each is unique in celebrating the holidays in their way.


The seaside city of Cannes never disappoints, and although quieter during the winter season, there is always a lot to see and do.

The place to take in most of the holiday activities would be at the Village on the Allées de la Liberté and the funfair on the Pantiero with rides and games for all ages at the port.

Browse and do some Christmas shopping at many of the artisanal stalls, enjoy an array of food items such as waffles and crepes, and here, one can even go ice skating at the rink.


Nice tends to be the most popular destination and the largest city for those looking to take in the Christmas attractions.

Meet up at Place Massena, where the city typically installs more than 50 wooden huts offering homemade artisanal items that can easily be shared as gifts for loved ones and a vast amount of food and drinks can also be hand including mulled wine, sugary waffles, varying Christmas beers, charcuterie boards, and other delectable delicacies. And if you feel like getting an overview of the city, both day and night, you can take a ride on the grand Ferris wheel at the foot of all the action.


One cannot go to the Côte d’Azur without making the journey to Monaco. This past week the Christmas village was opened at the Casino Square and Port de Monaco with a number of the royals in attendance, including H.S.H. Prince Albert and H.S.H. Princess Charlene along with H.S.H. Princess Stephanie.

Being the Principality of Monaco, it goes without saying that this is a both glamorous and glittering event and is a delight in every imaginable way with games and rides for both young and old along with numerous artisanal booths filled with both handmade crafts, local drink, and food items to partake.

Enjoy the season everyone!


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