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Where to get into the Christmas spirit in the Côte d'Azur


Noel at the Polygone RivieraOur holiday celebrations are quite restricted this year, but there are still some villages, markets and festivities to enjoy! We have rounded up several local spots to get into the holiday spirit and let some Christmas cheer wash over you.

Polygone Riviera 

To start, if you still have some shopping to do, head to a place that will keep the kids occupied! Polygone Riviera has plenty of festive events including ateliers for kids, and a FNAC Kids pop-up shop that immerses kids (young and old) into the world of Disney, Harry Potter, Funko, Lego, Barbie and more. It’s a great place to get lost and let the imagination roam….

The decorations alone are enough to get even Scrooge in the holiday spirit! They have 300 trees throughout the centre, tons and tons of lights and decorations and a 13-metre tree with over 10,000 bobbles! Plus, with the open-air environment, it’s a great place for an evening stroll. The gigantic dancing fountain features an ongoing fire and water shows every 30 minutes from 2 – 7 pm with rockets of water reaching up to 35 metres. And the last weekend of Christmas they will have a series of poetry reading by Mrs Claus, accompanied by live violinists!

Polygone has strict health codes and limits on store entry. You can download an app to help navigate the shopping experience and get entry to shops. They also have a tent set-up near the pub for Covid-19 tests. 


Rivera Press Christmas GuideRiviera Press Guide de Noël

And don’t forget to download our Christmas Guide for great gift ideas and articles about Christmas here in the South of France. We even have DIY wreathe instructions, recipes for Mulled wine and hot chocolate and ideas to make a quiet Christmas at home nice and cosy.

Download the guide here.



Christmas Villages & Markets

The following list is just a few of the local events, and are subject to change. Please check the website of the local town before going.

Christmas festivities and decorations (no market) until 3 Jan.

Cagnes-sur-MerChristmast at the Polygone Riviera
Christmas forest in Place de Gaulle until 3 Jan. 12 - 3 pm.

Village in Place de Gaulle until 3 Jan, open 10 am - - 8 pm
Parades throughout the neighbourhoods on 19 and 24 December
Don’t miss the 33-metre steel tree in front of the Palais des Festivals. Walk inside and have a seat on one of the benches.

Foire aux Santons at the Cinemateque until 27 Dec. Free entry, 2 - 6 pm.

St Paul de Vence
Truffle Market on 19 November from 9 am - 5 pm

Christmas Market on 20 December from 9:30 am - 6 pm

Valbonne Village
Christmas Market 19 - 24 December near the Hotel de Ville.

The whole town is decked out and shops are open 7 days a week until Christmas. The city has made parking free on all streets throughout the holiday.

Christmas Village at the Baie des Anges