Many people wrongly assume that Monaco is purely a summer resort; a glamorous hotspot that
thrives only in the summer months, when the humid air and bright sunshine drive residents to the
beach. But those seeking to purchase or rent property in the Principality will quickly realise that
Monaco is very much a year-round destination, with an events calendar complete with cultural and
sporting events to keep even the most active of residents wanting for nothing.
So for those looking to fill their days with activities this winter, here is our list of the top 10 ways to spend your time over the Christmas holidays.
1.Would-be skating champions can practice their poise and attempt to work their magic at the open-air ice rink on the Port of Monaco. The rink is open from now until Sunday 28th February.
2. Begin the preparations for Monaco’s annual Formula 1 Grand Prix by go-karting on ice at the Principality’s ice-rink. The open-air ice karting track offers professionals and amateurs alike the chance to put their skills to the test on the rink’s electric karts.
3. Follow ‘Le Chemin des Crèches’, a magical nativity trail which has been established on the Rock in Monaco-Ville and depicts multinational nativity scenes. The exhibition lasts until Friday 8th January.
4. For those who enjoy festive music, a Christmas Concert will be held at the famous Saint Devote Church by the Tourettissimo Vocal Ensemble, featuring Silvano Rodi on the organ. The concert takes place on Saturday 19th December at 20:30.
5. No Christmas spent in the Principality would be complete without a visit to the Monaco Christmas village, one of the most spectacular marchés de Noel along the French Riviera. Enjoy a bird’s eye view of Monaco from the Ferris wheel, eat oysters washed down by chilled champagne or pick up some hand-crafted gifts at the Monaco Village de Noel, which this year follows a Russian theme.
6. For those hardy enough, the annual Christmas swim at Larvotto Beach will take place on Sunday 20th December at 11:00. The swim, for which fancy dress is optional, is being held to raise money for la Maison de Pierrevert – an association that offers holidays to disadvantaged children.
7. See how the professional skaters effortlessly take to the ice with a show by the Troika Ensemble at the Port’s open-air ice rink. The performance will be held on on Sunday 20th December, beginning at 17:30.
8. If you need to burn off those pesky Christmas calories, head to one of the many local ski resorts which lie within easy reach of the Principality. Resorts such as Isola 2000 and Auron are approximately one and a half hour’s drive from Monaco and have been open since early December.
9. For those looking to slow down the pace of what can be a hectic time of the year, take in a festive round of golf at the stunning 18-hole Monte-Carlo Golf Club, located just above the Principality in La Turbie.
10. To welcome 2016 in style, why not head to Port Hercule’s Christmas village for a New Year’s Eve Party organised by the Monaco City Hall, complete with DJ and fireworks.
Article courtesy of La Costa Properties Monaco