Monaco welcomes visitors to celebrate the festive season


The Christmas spirit is taking over Monaco and the city is starting to sparkle. Once again, the heart of Monaco will shine brightly during the year-end celebrations. To welcome in the New Year, the Principality of Monaco has picked an aerial theme: ‘Luck takes us higher’. There will be a rich and varied programme of festivities, with something for everyone. From admiring the lights to wining and dining, and visiting the luxury Christmas market, here are six incredible ways to enjoy an unforgettable, starry-eyed year-end celebration in Monaco.

A relaxing Christmas with mountain vibes in Monaco: Take the chill off your festive season in a chic and cosy corner of Monaco. Blue Gin’s ephemeral winter design is back with new surprises. The bar will transform into a mountain chalet with views across the Mediterranean. Tuck yourself up in a cosy blanket and enjoy afternoon tea or a Christmas cocktail, before setting the dance floor alight after dark during the Winter Party where all you need are good spirits and your best mountain attire.

Experience the magic of Christmas in Monaco: Tranquil luxury and exquisite pleasure are the order of the day over at the Hotel de Paris Monte-Carlo, where the patio will transform into an elegant winter garden. During the holidays, the iconic hotel glitters and gleams with precious gems and the lobby is home to a majestic Christmas tree decorated by renowned jeweller Chopard. Enjoy delicious treats amongst the sparkling fir trees, and watch dreamlike performances every weekend. On December 12, a fun and sparkling ‘Bubble Party’ will also take place here.

The decorations of dreams in the Place du Casino: The Place du Casino will once again be swathed in the most beautiful finery as this enchanting space will be bathed in light, with all the decorations – including the balloons flying overhead – themed around ‘Good Luck’. Every evening from December 28 to 31, the front of the Casino will be getting all dressed up in a magnificent sound and light show that’s not to be missed.

Christmas Monte-Carlo Shopping Promenade: What better way to do your Christmas shopping in Monaco than in utterly magical surroundings? Find chic and exquisite Christmas gift inspiration and elegant decorations in the Monte-Carlo Shopping Promenade, the most sophisticated Christmas market on the Riviera, which is near the Place du Casino. You can even enjoy a break for some hot chocolate or Champagne and caviar in the Cafe de Paris Monte-Carlo! Another shopping destination promising all the magic of the festive season is the Monaco Christmas Village at Port Hercules. It’s a must-visit for families.

Christmas treats and fine dining: Enjoy some mouth-watering treats with family at the Hotel Hermitage Monte-Carlo. Treat yourself to a buffet of scrumptious cakes and pastries whilst the little ones play at being budding chefs during creative workshops. Share delicious gourmet dishes during lunches, dinners and brunch with your friends, family or loved ones in the Michelin-starred restaurants of Monaco.

A cultural Christmas: Experience some of the Principality’s finest artistry during the holiday season in Monaco. Treat yourself to a moving performance from Ballets de Monte-Carlo, from December 27: a futuristic and romantic new piece choreographed by Jean-Christophe Maillot about two young lovers in the age of artificial intelligence. On December 29, finish off Christmas in style with the New Year Gala brought to you by the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra. The ones who demand to be thrilled can witness the presence of legendary Nile Rodgers and Chic at a funky disco dinner show at Salle des Etoiles on December 31.