Christmas celebrations on the French Riviera
Traditional nativity scenes and santons
24 December 2012, live crèche in Haut-de-Cagnes
The Christmas procession begins at 8.30pm, and midnight mass and a live crèche will be held at the Église du Haut de Cagnes from 10pm. Come and join us afterwards for the traditional thirteen deserts at the Place du Chateau!
1st December 2012 to 6 January 2013. There will be a traditional Provençal crèche in the Sainte Catherine Church; which has been a French National Heritage site since 1926. It provides an accurate insight into the town life dating back to the nineteenth Century. Open daily from 2-8pm.
1st December 2012 to 6 January 2013 – The Nativity circuit in Lucéram Peira-Cava.
Marvel at the variety of crèches on display; from the smallest one which sits in a walnut shell to the largest which is over ten metres long; there are over four hundred nativity scenes on display throughout the streets and buildings of Lucéram.
20 to 26 December 2012 Lou Presèpi (A Niçois Christmas)
There is plenty to do, from the live crèche to the unforgettable entertainment, come and join us in Place Rossetti in the old town for a truly magical Christmas !
8 December to 6 January 2013 – « Chemin des Crèches »
Join us on a voyage as we take you on a discovery of Nativity Scenes. This year over a hundred exquisitely built nativity scenes will be displayed throughout the town centre. Each scene is intricately designed, carved from wood or made from gold and silver. Now in its eleventh year, it will be the turn of the Russian crèche.
Christmas concerts and shows.
16 December 2012 : « Les Grandes Voix de Demain » an operatic showcase of classical Christmas carols from across the world. Chapelle Santa Maria de Olivo from 6.30pm.
27 December 2912 : Christmas spectacle « Noël enchanté », Place Marinoni from 3pm.
15 December 2012, « Les Grandes Voix de Demain »
The concert will take place at the Château-Musée Grimaldi from 8pm. Come and listen to carols from across the globe!
15, 22nd and 29th December 2012, musical spectacular from 4.30 pm in the Place de Gaulle.
16 December 2012, Christmas concert at the Église de la Sainte Famille from 5pm.
9 December 2012, the Tourrettes-sur-Loup chorus
A fifty-strong chorus will perform both traditional French Christmas carols but also carols from across the world. Come and join us at the Espace Neptune at the Port de Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat from 3.30pm for a truly international experience! Attendance is free.
24 December 2012, Christmas Eve.
A group of musicians will perform jazzy Christmas tunes all day, in the ski stations and on the pistes. There will be an evening musical laser show and plenty of dancing! Marvel at the magic shows, fire-eaters and lots more before the grand arrival of Father Christmas! Children will have their chance to join in with the carol singing before Father Christmas descends the slopes guided by the ski instructors of the École de Ski Français.
31st December, New Years Eve.
Witness a truly unique jazz performance, as the players descend the pistes in style! Come and join in the fun between 11am and 2pm; ending at the ice rink around 6pm. At 6.15pm there will be a torch-light descent followed by a dazzling firework display!
24 December 2012, Midnight Mass followed by the traditional thirteen desserts.
Midnight Mass will begin at 11pm at the Église Saint André, followed by the tradition of the thirteen Provençal desserts ; accompanied with mulled wine, compliments of the Comité des Fêtes.
31st December, New Years Eve
Torch-lit descent by the ski instructors from the École de Ski Français; followed by a magnificent fireworks display. There will be plenty of mulled wine and hot chocolate to go around!