Christmas in Nice
Important note about this holiday guide: Below are the anticipated 2021 Christmas events for Nice, France and we update the list as new information is released. Please make sure to double-check with the local tourism office before going to an event, because events may get cancelled due to the current COVID19 situation. Make sure to also check our complete guide to spending your Christmas season holidays on the French Riviera.
What better place to be at Christmas time than the wondrous city of Nice, France! Every year this season, the city turns into a magical place full of lights and colors. This year, lights will glow and make the glittery Promenade des Anglais shine even more than usual. But it’s not only in this famous seaside boulevard that will let you experience the twinkly show of lights. Every street, corner, and road, will be lit up with a spectacular display of sparkles complete with garlands and colorful decorations. With sunny and mild holiday weather, Nice is an exquisite holiday destination!
Nice’s Christmas Village and Market
Place Massena and Jardin Albert 1er will have a dressing up and will turn into a lovely Christmas village and market. The Christmas village is open every day from December 6 to January 5 from 11am to 8pm (except for Friday and Saturday, which is until 9pm).
Adding to the wintry feel, an enchanted forest of 600 fir trees will be set up on a dreamy winter landscape. You can find food delicacies and handcrafted trinkets in the 70 traditional chalets. Kids will love the games and activities specially made for them. There are giant inflatables, trampolines, a Ferris wheel, skating rink, carousels, and a Christmas tree-shaped merry-go-round. For both kids and their parents, there are fun workshops on every weekend of the season. You can also see ice sculptures, parades, and mini-concerts from time to time.
Of course, the experience will be incomplete without having a taste of the food and drink available on the stalls. Along with Christmas-themed goodies, there will be sweets, roasted chestnuts, traditional mulled wine, and vin chaud. We recommend that you look for the oyster and champagne stalls. You can also have a cup of hot chocolate and eat some pancakes as you roam and explore the Christmas village, the fir forest, or the market.
Christmas Village Highlights
Families can see the marvelous view of the city while riding the Ferris wheel.
You can and your kids can meet Santa in Father-Christmas’ house.
- Timing: Every Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday, and on December 23, 24, and 25 from 2pm to 7:30pm
See the free live theater shows for kids.
You can find additional information on the official website for the Nice Christmas Market.
Ice Skating Rink
Have fun in the ice-skating rink! It costs €5 per hour, and don’t forget gloves and ID.
- Location: It is beside the “3 Graces” fountain, behind Father Christmas’ house in the Christmas Village
- Timing: Daily at 11am, 12:30pm, 2pm, 3:30pm, 5pm, and 6:30pm
Immerse yourself in classic and traditional Christmas music featuring the performance of the Choir of the Nice Opera under the magnificent lead of conductor Guilio Mananini.
Rediscover the most beautiful Christmas tunes performed by a soprano singer accompanied by a pianist in the enchanting setting of Château de Crémat, an early 20th-century castle set in a vineyard with Coco Chanel-themed rooms. Concert of the greatest Christmas arias by famous composers such as Bach, Mozart, Rossini, Offenbach and many more. A magical rendezvous to celebrate the end of the year holidays! Get tickets.
Mass at the Cathedral
Following the tradition of the birth of Jesus, there is the Midnight Christmas Mass for the devout and seculars alike.
- Location: Cathedral Ste-Reparate
- Timing: December 24 (eve mass at 11pm) and December 25 (morning mass at 10am, and a Latin mass on midday)
You may also like taking pictures in the life-size nativity scene, which has life-size statues of baby Jesus, Mary, Joseph, wise men, shepherds, and animals.
Come and Visit Nice in this Holiday Season!
The city of Nice in France is a splendid place with all its famous landmarks and a lovely lit promenade. It is truly a wonderful spot to fill yourself with the holiday spirit (and take some selfies, too)! The city is made even more glamorous with all the lights and decorations during this Christmas holiday season.