Weekend in Monaco

#hello_monaco weekend: what to do on December 29th and December 30th

We hope you are enjoying this relaxing time between the holidays. And in case you don’t have any plans for this weekend yet we selected here a few interesting events.

Grimaldi Forum is ready to bring on stage a 2018-2019 Season
Official Poster of “The Nutcracker” by Tchaikovsky performed by the Grand Moscow Classical State Ballet.© Grimaldi Forum

Probably one of the most seasonal performances, the enchanting Nutcracker” by P.I.Tchaikovsky, organized by BerinArt, Grimaldi Forum Monaco and the Grand Moscow Classical State Ballet of Natalia Kasatkina and Vladimir Vasilyov.

Being one of the most popular ballets in the world, “The Nutcracker” version created by The Moscow Classical State Ballet is a colorful and beautiful masterpiece that celebrates music, authentic choreography and festive atmosphere of the winter season. The creative producers carefully conveyed the fascination of the fairy tale and, at the same time, introduced the spirit of a romantic mystery and genuine feelings into the show. This outstanding, magical performance would definitely engage both children and adults. The current production preserved the famous choreography by Vasily Vainonen featuring the dance of the dolls, Waltz of the Snowflakes, the Flower Waltz, and the Grand Pas de Deux performed by the main characters. By contrast, the first act has undergone a complete adaptation in a new version by Natalia Kasatkina and Vladimir Vasilyov. It includes the procession of the guests along the city streets blanketed with snow, merry turmoil under the Christmas-tree, young people running around and reserved joyance of the older generation. The audience is always delighted to see the appearance of seven headed Mouse King, falsely forgotten by the other variations of «The Nutcracker» ballet.

"A Little Hand that Places Itself"

In the theater this weekend you can see a romantic comedy: “Une petite main qui se place” (“A Little Hand that Places Itself”) by Sacha Guitry on Saturday 29 December, at 8.30 pm, Sunday 30 December, at 4.30 pm and Monday 31 December, at 6.30 pm Théâtre des Muses.

Grande Saison Series: concert by the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra
Christian Arming

And of cause Grande Saison Series concerts by the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra never disappoints the audience. This time the concert is conducted by Christian Arming on Sunday 30 December, 6 pm in Rainier III Auditorium.

Start of the Africa Eco Race

And also on Sunday there is a Start of the Africa Eco Race on 30 December 2018, at 9 am Quai Antoine Ier.


Also the ultimate interactive adventure for LEGO® fans, BRICKLIVE is in Monaco. Following the success of BRICKLIVE Christmas in London’s Saatchi Gallery in 2017, BRICKLIVE Christmas is in the Grimaldi Forum to offer fans the ultimate brick-building experience for the entire family during the Christmas holidays. From brick-built Christmas decorations to a dedicated Star Wars Zone, the show is a must-visit for fans of all ages and the perfect way to celebrate the festive season. Visitors can expect an interactive experience, stretching across the Grimaldi Forum. Enthusiasts will be able to explore themed zones and build their way through a unique seasonal journey. From Christmas and creative build zones, through to Minecraft and Galactic adventures, each zone will provide a different brick-based, interactive activity for fans to build their dream creations. BRICKLIVE Christmas will showcase all the best bits of BRICKLIVE shows in 2018, but with a super fun festive theme. Activities will include an interactive LEGO Friends area with a Monaco build map with all the favourite construction bricks, colourful brick pits with 250,000 bricks to create with, a 10m graffiti wall, our famously fun race ramps to shoot you cars down and much, much more. The main attraction of the event will be the professionally built Animal Paradise LEGO statues along with a selection of Christmassy themed builds which provide lots and lots of selfie opportunities!

Oceanographic Museum of Monaco

If you have time go to the ImmerSEAve 360° in Oceanographic Museum of Monaco which has two new movies, in total there are four films for an unforgettable dive into the oceans.

“Meet the monk seal”: August 24 2017. The teams of the explorations of Monaco went again to the sea to meet the monk seal, the most endangered marine mammal in the world. Embark on this exciting adventure in Madeira and the Desertas Islands!

“The mystery of giant lizards”: September 15, 2017. The study of birds and lizards in the Selvagens Islands or Branco, Cabo Verde, show the close link that connects the land to the ocean. Scientists from the Monaco Explorations are trying to explain the disappearance of the giant skink.

Christmas Village

A magical outing for all the family! Christmas Village is open till Sunday 6 January 2019, Port of Monaco.

As every year, experience a unique atmosphere with free activities, festive decorations and magical entertainment to celebrate the seasonal holidays in Monaco, at the Christmas Village in Port Hercule.

And if you want to learn about other exhibitions that take place in Monaco these days visit our Calendar.

So have fun and enjoy your weekend!

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