If you are looking for the best Christmas markets whilst visiting South of France, search no more!

When talking about Christmas markets in France, most people usually think of cities in Alsace or Paris. Little do they know that in addition to a lovely weather, the South of France also has an array of Christmas markets. There are mini-versions in most towns but we’ve selected the nicest ones for you. Have your camera at the ready and prepare yourself for some festive French delicacies.

 

Nice Christmas Market

The city of Nice organises each year a really nice Christmas Market (see what we did there?), with over seventy chalets selling handcrafted products. This year it also features a 400 square meters (over 4300 sq ft) ice-rink, big enough to bring joy to everyone in the family. Don’t forget to bring gloves!

Free shows and surprises are also organised, don’t miss out on the craft-gifts ideas.

Additional information:

  • When – from 30th November 2018 to 31st December 2018
  • Where – Place Massena, Jardin Albert Ier
  • How much – Free entry to the market, the ice rink costs 5€ skates included for 1 hour
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Nice at Christmas time

 

Monaco Christmas Market

The independant city-state of Monaco also celebrate Christmas with the Christmas Village. This year’s theme is New Orleans, so you will find a bit of the USA in the dreamy location.

Children will be able to participate to many activities and Santa Claus will make a trip from the North Pole to take a picture with them.

Additional information:

  • When – from 7th December 2018 to 6th January 2019
  • Where – Port Hercule, Quai Albert Ier
  • How much – Free entry to the village, attractions individually priced

 

Cannes Christmas Market

Cannes does not only host the International Film Festival but is also home to a Christmas Village. This year they also have smaller parts of the market located in various areas of Cannes but the heart of the action is in the city-centre. There you will find many chalets selling handmade crafts but also some delicious churros, vin chaud or marrons chauds.

There are also attractions for everyone. Ice-skating fans, don’t fret, there is an ice-rink; made of natural ice we’ve been told.

Additional information:

  • When – from 1st December 2018 to 6th January 2019
  • Where –  Les allées de la Liberté, Esplanade de la Pantiero
  • How much – Free entry to the village, the ice rink costs 3€ skates included for 45 minutes

 

Menton Christmas Market

Each year, the lemon city transforms into a Winter Wonderland. And this year is no exception! There are lots of attractions set up on the Promenade and nearby. Children will be able to ride donkeys or discover farm animals. Adults, you won’t be left out with some delicious food stalls and Christmas shopping.

Additional information:

  • When – from 7th December 2018 to 6th January 2019
  • Where – Different locations in Menton, check the map below for more information
  • How much – Free entry to the village, attractions individually priced
  • Free parking
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Menton Christmas Market Plan

 

Antibes Christmas Market

Last but not least, Antibes is also celebrating Christmas. Take a ride in Antibes’ Ferris Wheel and enjoy the fantastic view of the sea and the town besides you. Then, carry on your stroll amongst the 22 chalets to unearth unique Christmas presents for your loved ones. Children can ride the carousel in the Village de Noel and other attractions on the Place De Gaulle.

The Christmas village also boasts a 450 square meters ice-rink, the biggest of the five Christmas markets presented here. It also has a section exclusively for children age 2 to 10.

Additional information:

  • When – from 15th December 2018 to 6th January 2019
  • Where – Esplanade du Pré des Pêcheurs, Place De-Gaulle, Place Nationale
  • How much – Free entry to the village, attractions individually priced, the ice rink costs 3€ from 11 year-old

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Fall in love with Nice this autumn….

From beautiful vacation rentals to stunning apartments, the holiday rentals market is booming in Nice, and it’s not difficult to see why. Located in the French Riviera, right on the French coast of the Mediterranean Sea, and nestled at the foot of the Alps, there are more than a few reasons why people fall in love with Nice la Belle.

From as far back as the 18th century, the English have been packing up their bags and making their holiday plans in Nice, due to the stunning views, warm weather and beautiful beaches that delighted a country far more used to wet, windy weather throughout autumn. Since then, Nice has become a hotspot for visitors across every month, with visitors enjoying the laid-back metropolitan vibe that the city provides with plentiful shopping, great food and mild weather.

Here are just some of the reasons you’ll fall in love with Nice this autumn:

Visit the Riviera

With many picturesque coastal towns, beautiful blue seas and countless yachts dotted along the waves, you don’t get much more glamorous than the French Riviera – which is probably why all the celebrities choose to sun themselves there too. Boat tours, driving tours and more allow you to further explore the coast, from Cannes to Monte Carlo. Mediterranian architecture in earthy tones is everywhere, creating the feeling of a river lost in time that is anything but autumnal.

Experience the taste

Nice takes the metropolitan feel even further with a huge variety of eateries, delis and restaurants to choose from. If you’re looking for gelato or ice cream, you’ll certainly be spoiled for choice, with some establishments having been open for more than 50 years. Whereas it’s time for hot chocolate and warm jumpers in the UK, in Nice you can sample gourmet French cuisine, as well as get a taste of the Mediterranean with Italian-style cooking and bakeries if that’s more your kind of scene.

Take in the history

Not only is Nice beautiful, it’s got a long and storied history that’s fascinating to learn about. Discover the Victorian Promenade des Anglais, one of the most famous and lengthy beaches on the Riviera; or visit La Colline du château, the site of an ancient fortress that’s now the ideal place for a picnic with beautiful greenery. Nice also features multiple stunning art galleries and museums to explore, and thanks to the lack of rainy, miserable weather you can enjoy a picnic at many historical locations.

Want to explore the area for yourself with vacation apartments in Nice? Contact us today to discover what the French Riviera can offer you this autumn. We’re sure you’ll fall in love.