What are you going to do this weekend? You need a really good plan to start your winter season since it’s already started in Monaco bringing with it lots of traditional attractions.
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.
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, 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.
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.
The Monaco Telethon organized by OTM will be held on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th December 2023.
Many activities await you around the Tribute for the Hundredth Anniversary of the Birth of Prince Rainier III. Floral and Christmas workshop, activities for children, flea market, photo studio, Bonsai workshop, the magical Scout forest, theater, zumba, pole dancing, fire ladder and fire hose games, helicopter rides, lotto, raffle , meal point, concerts: Revolution Voice, Accroche Chœur, Supersonic Oasis Tribute…
This Sunday U Giru de Natale, the ultimate running race in Monaco that is open to all participants, with courses for all ages, will be held once again in Port Hercule de Monaco.
Every year, more than 2,000 people gather to run along the Grand Prix circuit and through the magnificent Monegasque streets. This unique event is always a festive occasion! Organised by the Sporting Association of Monaco Police Department. Don’t miss!
And of course there are numerous concerts in this time of year. The concert: “Haendel’s Messiah” will again be performed in Monaco this year on Saturday 9th December at 7 pm at St. Paul’s Anglican Church (22 avenue de Grande Bretagne). The concert will be conducted by Errol Girdlestone, with soloists Elenor Bowers-Jolley (soprano), Fleur Barron (mezzo-soprano), Gavan Ring (tenor) et Simon Bailey (bass), and the Ristretto Chamber Choir and Orchestra.
First performed in 1742, the Messiah (HWV 56) is an oratorio for choir, soloists and orchestra that remains one of the greatest musical masterpieces of all time. The work contains many well-known arias, breath-taking choruses, and conveys an emotional intensity that still thrills us to this day, more than 250 years after the composer’s death. This annual concert, renowned in the region, is one of the essential dates on the calendar in the Principality in the weeks leading up to Christmas.
Symphonic Concert by the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Kazuki Yamada, with Piotr Anderszewski, piano will be held on Sunday 10 December 2023, at 6 pm inoncert Auditorium Rainier III. On the program music by BEETHOVEN and SCHUBERT.
And in the theatre there is a play “Tomorrow’s revenge – Sébastien Thiery” staged by the Princess Grace Theatre on Sunday 10 December 2023, at 5 pm, in the Grimaldi Forum Monaco.
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!