Weekend in Monaco

#hello_monaco weekend: what to do on December 16th and December 17th

Have you made plans for this weekend? We have a few suggestions to make this time of year more colorful and enjoy your free time to the fullest.

Christmas Village: "Rainier III, a Passionate Prince"
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You can begin your day with a walk in the Christmas Village. The theme this year is “Rainier III, a Passionate Prince”. There will be specially created decorations for all ages to enjoy, showcasing Prince Rainier III’s greatest passions, namely the sea, the arts, wildlife, and sport.

The Sports Village

In addition to the “Rainier III, Passionate Prince” Christmas Village on the Quai Albert I, a vast area of fun and sporting activities will take up residence on the South Dock of the Port of Monaco, from Friday December 15, 2023 at 4 p.m. to Sunday January 7, 2024 at 10:30 p.m.

Several flagship installations:

  • a treetop adventure course (from 8 years old)
  • a climbing structure, made up of several colored routes representing different levels of difficulty (from 6 years old)
  • 3 obstacle courses of increasing difficulty inspired by the famous TV game Ninja Warrior: “P’tit Ninja” for children aged 3 to 6; “Ninja Kid” for ages 6-12 and “Ninja Hero” for teens ages 12 and up. These last two courses will be more than 50 meters long.
  • Finally, something new in the Principality… a 180 meter long zip line will allow the bravest to fly over the Swimming Pool Route, starting from the highest diving board of the Stade Nautique Rainier swimming pool.

The Sports Village is organized by the Mairie de Monaco from December 15, 2023 to January 7, 2024.

Casino Square

Experience the magic of A Christmas Carol at the iconic Casino Square, with giant snowballs illustrating scenes from Charles Dickens’ famous fairytale from Thursday 7 December 2023 to Sunday 7 January 2024, at the Place du Casino. Soak up the spirit of Christmas, generosity, and goodwill to all men! You’ll also find the legendary Christmas Carousel and Chalet in the Jardin des Boulingrins gardens opposite the Casino de Monte-Carlo. The perfect place for an enchanting time with all the family! The Chalet will be serving traditional crêpes, churros, and comforting hot drinks.

The Principality's Nativity Trail

The Principality’s Nativity Trail, founded in 2014 in Monaco’s Old Town, to bring festive Christmas cheer and convey the culture and values embodied by nativity scenes from every continent, will be held this year from Friday 8 December 2023 to Monday 8 January 2024 in Monaco-Ville. Each year, nativity scenes are displayed all along the trail, set up in specially installed chalets and in the various State buildings in the Old Town district.

Hotel de Paris

Experience the spirit of Christmas at the Patio of the Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo from Saturday 9 December 2023 to Sunday 7 January 2024. This year, the iconic prestige hotel invites you to soak up the magic of the festive season with traditional English-style celebrations and decorations in its winter garden, Le Patio, for a Christmas full of luxury and sparkle.

Monaco Dance Forum: SOL INVICTUS
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Monaco Dance Forum: Sol Invictus, Hervé Koubi by Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo will be on stage from Friday 15 to Saturday 16 December 2023, at 7.30 pm in the Grimaldi Forum Monaco.

A thrilling blend of hip-hop physicality and the verticality of classical dance, Sol Invictus is a declaration of love, declaration of love to dance, its past, present, and future.

The Phantom of the Opera

The Opéra de Monte-Carlo proudly presents its new production, “The Phantom of the Opera”, one of the most iconic musicals of all time from Saturday 16 to Sunday 31 December 2023 in Salle Garnier.

Experience the magical atmosphere of the magnificent Salle Garnier, and discover Ramin Karimloo in the role of the Phantom. A performance not to be missed!

15th H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco Cup

The 16th H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco Cup Archery Competition, organised by the Première Compagnie de Tir à l’Arc de Monaco (Monaco 1st Archery Company) will be held on Sunday 17 December 2023 in Espace Saint Antoine.

Opening of the Club House

Opening of the Club House is organized from 11:30 a.m. (Christmas for the children of the Rugby School) then reception around a buffet followed by the match on Sunday December 17, 2023 at Hereditary Prince Jacques Stadium (Devens Complex in Beausoleil).


And another sports event this weekend is the Betclic Élite French Basketball Championship: AS Monaco Roca Team – Roanne on Sunday 17 December 2023 at 2.30 pm in Salle Gaston Médecin.

Exhibition: "Rainier III, The Builder Prince"


There are many interesting exhibition held in Monaco now. For example you can visit “Rainier III, the Builder Prince – An ambition for Monaco” is organized as part of the Prince Rainier III centenary celebrations from Thursday 20 July to Sunday 31 December 2023, Salle d’Exposition du Quai Antoine Ier.

Of course there are other interesting events taking place in Monaco. If you want to learn more about them visit our Calendar.

So have fun and enjoy your weekend!

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