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The Nice’s 2023 Christmas market and illuminations are back for this festive season.
See also our general page Christmas, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s celebrations in Nice
The 2023 illuminations in Nice
The city’s illuminations begin on November 26 at 6pm. Everyone admires the lights on the Promenade des Anglais, Place Massena, Vieux Nice, Avenue Jean Médecin and many other streets in all Nice neighborhoods. And this until January 7, 2024. They are effective from 5pm to 11pm.
The 2023 Christmas market in Nice
The Ferris wheel is illuminated every day and even in the evening. It provides wonderful sensations and also an opportunity to admire Nice from the sky.
The Christmas market hosts 45 chalets, spread over a vast area. And everyone can discover traditional Christmas decorations, artisan stands, not forgetting several regional gastronomy stands (Corsica, Alsace, etc).
Santa Claus’s house
Santa Claus is on hand, as he opens his house to children and their parents, from 11am to 8pm (Fridays and Saturdays until 10pm), throughout the Christmas market period.
He even promises to be present from 2pm to 7pm, every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday.
Games, rides and inflatables
Numerous games, the famous antique merry-go-round in the Albert 1er garden and inflatable structures ensure a great time for the youngest visitors.
Entertainment and concerts
- Traditional songs and Swedish sweets are offered on Wednesday, December 13.
- Numerous concerts throughout the Christmas market period, starting at 2pm. Marjorie Martinez, Soulseption, Nils Indjein, Swing with the Ladies, Merry Mood, The Gobi’s and Chris Cadillac are already announced.
- For young adults, DJ Ergo (December 14, 22 and 28) and DJ Afroman (December 15, 21 and January 4), from 6pm.
Dates for the 2023 Nice Christmas Market
The 2024 Christmas market takes place from December 7, 2023 to January 7, 2024.
It is open from 11am to 9pm (admission until 8pm), on Fridays and Saturdays until 11pm (admission until 10pm).
Please note: on December 24 and 31, open from 11am to 7pm (admissions until 6pm).
Christmas market prices
Free admission. Access is free of charge.
Location of the 2023 Christmas Market
As every year, it will take place between the Place Masséna and the Théâtre de Verdure in the Jardin Albert 1er.
The Christmas bath in Nice
Everyone is invited to the Christmas bath in Nice. In their swimsuits, a large number of swimmers come together to take a dip in the festive spirit. The water temperature is around 14°. Nice’s famous “pointus” accompany this traditional event.
For believers who celebrate Christmas as the birth of Jesus, nativity scenes are present in churches.
Giant crib in Place Rossetti, with life-size automatons.
Open every day from December 7 to January 7, from 10am to 8pm.