Weekend in Monaco

#hello_monaco weekend: what to do on January 2nd and January 3rd

Happy New Year!!! HelloMonaco wish you to be healthy and happy! And Monaco is a great place to celebrate the arrival of the new year.

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.

Monaco Christmas Village
The big wheel at Monaco Christmas Village (Port Hercules, New Year’s Eve 2018-2019).© Maurizio Abbati

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.

Monaco Ice Skating Champions: Olympic Medallists of the Future

The Stade Nautique Rainier III swimming baths were transformed into an open-air skating rink till Sunday 7 March 2021, Port de Monaco.

Photo : Alice Blangero

Winter is the traditional time to visit theater and opera. This week there are choreographic performances by Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo: “Lake” by Jean-Christophe Maillot with the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Kazuki Yamada on Wednesday 30 December 2020 and Saturday 2 January 2021, at 8 pm and Sunday 3 January 2021, at 4 pm Grimaldi Forum Monaco – Salle des Princes.

Jean-Christophe Maillot reconnects with the torments of a narrative inspired by our childhood fears and nocturnal terrors. Against the background of a Machiavellian family context, the choreographer depicts for us a prince who dithers between white and black, good and evil, candour and eroticism. Perhaps our humanity is finally based only on this unsophisticated insatiability which defines us from our first cry – We want it all!

Oceanographic Museum

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:


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!

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