Enjoy A Monegasque Christmas on the French Riviera
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Enjoy A Monegasque Christmas on the French Riviera

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Singapore opens more Vaccinated Travel Lanes (VTLs) and the opportunity for a much-awaited Christmas holiday away is now possible!

Those with France at the top of their bucket list can also consider the exclusive Principality of Monaco to enjoy a Monegasque Christmas on the French Riviera. Every year, Monaco’s Christmas decorations are a major attraction in the whole region (from France to Italy). From glamorous festive and cultural events to gourmet feasts, visitors can celebrate in style this festive season in Monaco.

Monaco Light-Up

To start the festivities, the Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer will host a light-up ceremony for the Place du Casino on December 6 and will have a display of festive and beautiful Christmas decorations up all throughout the whole month for visitors to admire. A highly-anticipated annual event, this year’s light-up ceremony on December 6 will be all the more special, as Monaco welcomes a new era of travel. The legendary Place du Casino, an iconic square in the heart of the Principality, will be dressed in white, silver and gold decorations and the traditional Christmas trees. The Place du Casino was recently redesigned to accommodate visitors, and the renovations have given the square a refreshed and modern look to cater to Monaco’s vibrant scenery.

More information on Monaco’s lighting ceremony here.

Gourmet Adventures

Visitors to Monaco will get the gift of fine dining and gourmet adventures this Christmas. Monaco is the home to a number of Michelin-starred restaurants such as Le Louis XV – Alain Ducasse à l’Hôtel de Paris which serves a ‘cuisine that sings of sunshine’. Experience only the finest local produce at five-star dining facilities whilst relishing in the picturesque views of Monaco. More information available here.

Local Christmas traditions and festive culinary delights are something that you won’t want to miss when visiting Monaco this December. Take part in the Monegasque Christmas tradition of indulging in 13 desserts, served in honour of Jesus Christ and his 12 apostles. One of them would be the “four beggars”, symbolizing different Catholic orders bound by a vow of poverty: Hazelnuts and walnuts for the Augustinians; dried figs for the Franciscans; almonds for the Carmelites and raisins for the Dominicans. The main dessert, however, is “La Pompe”, a type of sweet focaccia made with flour, olive oil, sugar, and orange flower essence. Traditionally, it is not cut with a knife, but broken by hand, just as Christ broke his bread. If it is done in any other way, it is said that financial ruin is to be expected in the coming year. The 13 desserts will always be served at the same time, on the same table and each guest must have at least a small taste of each dessert.  Monaco Christmas Markets are another perfect way to soak up all the festive spirit.

This and more of what to be expected from your first Christmas in Monaco here.

Cultural Events 

Immerse in the best of Monaco with a series of cultural events across the city-state. Throughout December, Les Ballet Monte Carlo will showcase multiple ballets including Hamlet and La Danse Du Soleil, and the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra will also perform a range of symphonic concerts.

Visitors at this time of year will also be able to experience the Monte-Carlo Jazz Festival which takes place at the Opera de Monte-Carlo, designed by Garnier’s team back in the 19th-20th century.

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Surabhi Pandey

Surabhi Pandey, a former Delhi Doordarshan presenter, is a journalist currently based in Singapore. She is the author of ‘Nascent Wings’ and ‘Saturated Agitation’ and has contributed to over 15 anthologies in English and Hindi in India and Singapore. She writes on topics related to lifestyle and travel and is an active reporter on the tech startup ecosystem in Southeast Asia. She is the editor and founder of The Vent Machine.
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