Photo Story: Christmas Markets in Nice and Monte Carlo

You don’t really need a reason to visit the Côte d’Azur, but a visit to enjoy the Christmas season is as good as any. All along the Côte d’Azur small Christmas markets dot the landscape from December to the New Year. The two largest ones are in Nice and Monaco where “chalets” sell regional Christmas specialties, and children can enjoy rides and street performers.

Christmas Market, Place Massena, Nice, Côte d’Azur, France

Entrance to christmas village (village de noel) in nice with ferris wheel in background
The entrance to the Christmas village in Nice
The ice castle in Nice at dusk with ferris wheel  in background
The ice castle in Nice at dusk
The "snow globe" - a plastic bubble over the fountain in Place Massena, Nice, with a snow machine blowing snow inside, The fountain is labelled Souvenirs de Nice.
The “snow globe” – a plastic bubble over the fountain in Place Massena, Nice, with a snow machine blowing snow inside

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the ice castle in nice by day with a fountain in front
The ice castle in Nice by day
Wood fired socca (chick pea pancakes) oven in the Nice Christmas village
Wood fired socca (chick pea pancakes) oven in the Nice Christmas village

Christmas Market, Port Hercule in Quai Albert 1er, Monte Carlo, Monaco

monaco viewed from the nearby hilltop
Monaco
monaco christmas village with people eating, food stalls, a ferris wheel, and the monaco skyline in the background
Monaco Christmas village
Nougat stall with variety of fresh nougat in wheels like cheese
Nougat stand
Life sized matryoshka with a face cut-out and a tourist looking through it
Matryoshka
marina in nice with many boats covered for the winter
Nice marina

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