What are you doing this holiday weekend? If you don’t have any specific plans here are a few suggestions how you can spend this weekend in Monaco.
Now while the Principality is so beautifully decorated, take a walk in the Christmas village, pick your favorite Christmas tree and look at the festive illumination.
This year the Christmas village, on the theme of Canada, is smaller than previous years as it is launched with the public’s safety in mind. From 4 December 2020 to 3 January 2021, four children’s attractions are available: Hook-a-duck, the traditional Carrousel ride, a new merry-go-round called the “balade en caribou” and another ride in the shape of a tree. The ice rink is also open.
This year’s Christmas village is decorated with real trees of various sizes which gives the Quai Albert 1er a holiday atmosphere. Finally, a chalet will offer pancakes and waffles to be consumed only on the tables provided. The Christmas Village is freely accessible, with the wearing of a compulsory mask.
The Stade Nautique Rainier III swimming baths were transformed into an open-air skating rink till Sunday 7 March 2021, Port de Monaco.
Winter is the traditional time to watch great performances. This Saturday there is a choreographic performance by Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo: “Romeo and Juliet” by Jean-Christophe Maillot with the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Igor Dronov on 26 December 2020, at 4 pm in Grimaldi Forum Monaco – Salle des Princes.
Based on the assumption that everyone is familiar with Romeo and Juliet, Jean-Christophe Maillot took a choreographic approach that avoids paraphrasing Shakespeare’s literary masterpiece. Rather than retrace the rift between the Capulets and Montagues to its tragic denouement, the choreographer rewrites the play from an original perspective. The ballet plunges us into the depths of Friar Laurence’s soul, a man whose good intentions ultimately provoke the demise of the two lovers.
On December 26 and 27 there will be 2 free charity concerts under the name of “LA ROYA du COEUR” by “Golden Voices” arranged for the benefit of the victims of La Roya, in the Church of St. Martin and the Church of St. Nicholas.
These events, sponsored by Daniel Boeri, Chair of the Culture and Heritage Commission of the National Council of Monaco, is organized by MIPAC Monaco in partnership with the Diocese of the Principality.
Oceanographic Museum of Monaco has reopened with a special Animation Program for Christmas Holidays 2020 from December 19 to January 03. Some of the attractions are:
IMMERSION IN THE GREAT BARRIER OF CORAL – NEW
One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the Great Barrier Reef in Australia is the largest animal-based construction on the planet visible from space! Accompanied by a guide, you will dive 10 meters deep to meet the “Great 8”, the living icons of this fascinating underwater forest. Information sheets will be included in the projection to help you identify and understand the behavior of these species. Be attentive and pay attention to what is going on all around you… Between the nocturnal hunting of the sharks, the spawning of the corals, the parade of the manta rays or the first bath of the baby turtles… Your virtual and interactive diving is promising to be memorable!
With family or friends, experience a magical encounter with the animals of the Mediterranean coast in our educational room, privatized just for you! Crabs, starfish, sea cucumbers … They are familiar to us, but do you really know their particularities? How do they get around? What do they eat? What is their role in this ecosystem? Young and old, let your senses guide you and discover the specificities of each marine species present in the basin.
And there are of course a few exhibitions open in Monaco. So if you want to learn more about other events and exhibitions that are taking place in Monaco these days visit our Calendar.
So have fun and enjoy your weekend!