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What's On in winter in Nice?

Having your property in Nice means that you can make the most of the wonderful events the city has to offer! It's not just a summer destination!

 

October

Halloween isn’t widely celebrated in France but you will be happy to know that you can still join in the fun with fellow expats at several of the bars in the area. Some shops in the Nice Old Town also offer sweets to children in costume.

European cinema lovers shouldn’t miss Un Festival C’est Trop Court, Nice’s annual short-film festival held this month which showcases each year around 180 independent European short films.

 

November

Early November sees the Nice-Cannes Marathon take place. Those brave enough to take part complete a scenic but demanding 42km course, which starts on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice and finishes on the Croisette in Cannes.

In Monaco, the Salon de la Gastronomie welcomes food lovers for a three day food and drink extravaganza! You can watch professional chefs whip up delicious dishes, try things out for yourself and there are tasting sessions too.

 

December

There is no shortage of festivities on the French Riviera at Christmas, despite it being best known as a summer destination. Most towns and villages have their own Christmas market throughout December; these are the perfect setting to enjoy mulled wine or fresh crêpes smothered in Nutella. In Nice, an ice rink opens in Place Masséna and the lively Christmas fair provides stalls and entertainment for all of the family! If you’re lucky, you might even see Santa…

If it’s a white Christmas that you’re looking for, then hit the slopes at Isola 2000, Auron or Valberg. The descents are lit by torches on the 24th, providing a setting worthy of a film and a perfect French Christmas!

 

January

The start of January and Epiphany marks the end of the festive season; do not fear though as it also marks the period of the year when galettes des rois are traditionally indulged in!

Shopaholics will be pleased to know that the winter sales in the area run from mid-January to mid-February! Nice also plays host to an annual indoor amusement park in early January called Luna Park.

January is also the perfect month to hit the ski slopes; several ski slopes, including Auron and Isola 2000, are easily accessible from the coast. In other sports, the keenly contested ten-kilometre foot race along the length of the Promenade, Prom Classic, is held this month.

Mid January sees the fabulous Salon du Mariage come to Nice. This vast wedding show has it all, from flower arrangements to honeymoons, plus bridal dresses to make a princess envious.

 

February

February is another very exciting month on the Cote d’Azur as thousands of visitors flock here for one of the highlights of the Niçois calendar, the Nice Carnival. Along with the Brazilian and Venetian Carnivals, this is one of the world’s major carnival events and consists of three weeks of parades, music, dance, street theatre, fireworks and general celebrations! The carnival processions comprise 20 floats and over 1,000 musicians and dancers from across the world.

Towards the end of the month is the Fête du Citron. This is held in the nearby town of Menton, a town famous for its exceptional lemons, and officially began in 1934 after a local hotelier held a hugely successful lemon and flower festival in the hotel gardens!

 

March

The Foire International de Nice is an event unlike any other held in mid-March. This ten-day exhibition which welcomes around 1000 exhibitors and over 100000 visitors each year, and here you’ll find everything from innovative furniture and home improvement ideas to health and beauty products.

On the cultural side in Nice this month is Mars aux Musées. A lot of the city’s museums have special deals on and there are many coordinated exhibitions and tours. The Nice Côte d’Azur Boat Show held in the port of Nice also attracts visitors to the city in March for some boat-related fun.

In Monaco this month there is the Monaco Marathon and also the Monte Carlo Spring Arts Festival. This exciting cultural event is Monaco’s premier arts festival and welcomes renowned orchestras, musicians, dancers and artists at different venues throughout the Principality.