10 things to do during the holiday season in Nice

10 things to do during the holiday season in Nice

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You've chosen to spend your Christmas holiday in Nice. Good choice! This year's line-up is definitely longer than your Christmas list! The Côte d’Azur rolls out the red carpet for the holiday season with surprises galore throughout December. The Christmas Village, amazing illuminations, incredible decorations and all kinds of things to do for children and adults. Naturally, the Hôtel Locarno Nice is here to host you on your dream getaway.


The holiday season at the Hôtel Locarno Nice

Your 3* hotel in Nice is the place for a magical break. You'll be greeted with a warm welcome and complimentary Christmas tea to lift your spirits. After your day exploring Nice, you'll love a trip to the crêpes stand for a teatime snack between 4 and 6pm. You work up a real appetite spending your day in the city gazing at the decorations!

The nearby tram stop puts you within easy reach of the city's iconic landmarks.

Hôtel Locarno brings you its list of things to do in Nice during December.

  • Wander around the Christmas market 

Once again, Jardin Albert 1er turns into the annual Christmas Village. Surrounded by Christmas decorations and carols, the famous market plays host to 50-odd chalets serving Christmas beer, cheese raclettes, waffles, chocolate crêpes and more. A feast for the senses and quality time with family or friends.

  • A spin on the big wheel 

For a romantic moment straight out of a Christmas film, make your way to Place Masséna. Join your special someone on the big wheel and hit pause. Drink in panoramic views of Nice and the Christmas market when you reach the top. A unique moment you'll never forget!  Here's a tip: visit at sunset to bask in the beautiful colours.

Christmas market in Nice - Credit : Summer Hotels

  • Enjoy free events with the family

Christmas is all about dazzling children. Head to the Christmas Village for free family-friendly entertainment. Theatre, circus, puppetry and so much more festive funto spark your little elves' imaginations.

  • Afternoon shopping on the biggest high street

Christmas is the time to unearth gifts to spoil your loved ones. Avenue Jean Médecin is the perfect place to shop 'til you drop in Nice. Visit Galeries Lafayette for luxury presents or take your pick from over 90 stores at Nicetoile shopping centre where you'll find gifts of all kinds. The high street is jam-packed with shops and a whole host of gift ideas too.

  • Visit Santa's grotto

Guess what? Father Christmas spends December in Nice. Visit the Christmas Village to see him in his grotto. Your children can post their wishlists in the postbox or give them straight to Father Christmas himself. Remember to take a souvenir photo of them with their idol in his cute grotto.

  • Wander around Nice and gaze at the illuminations

The holiday season in Nice is truly special. The city brings out its most fabulous illuminations and Christmas trees to get locals and visitors into the festive spirit. The 485 palm trees on the Promenade des Anglais twinkle with light. 49 Christmas trees tower 7m over the entire city. The glistening water mirror at Espace Jacques Médecin is a sight for sore eyes.

Mirror of water at the Promenade du Paillon - Credit : Summer Hotels

  • Lou Presèpi nativity:

Take a stroll among the Christmas flowers on Cours Saleya then head into Vieux-Nice to visit the Christmas nativity on Place Rossetti. A life-size tradition that's not to be missed!

  • The great Christmas parade

The great Christmas parade take place each year in december. The spellbinding annual event sees over 200 artists parade down the famous Avenue Jean Médecin. Bands, dancers, acrobats and many more bring the parade to life and leave you speechless. A magical moment awaits.

  • The funfair:

Nice hosts Luna Park at the Exhibition Centre throughout December! An indoor funfair with 130 stands and rides. Fun, laughter, emotion and excitement await children and adults.

Nissa la Bella brings you a magical moment in a wonderland between the beaches and palm trees throughout December.  The team at Hôtel Locarno Nice is delighted to help you choose what to do in Nice during your Christmas break.