L'Hiver

With its bright blue sky, dazzling bay, and stunning skyline, Monaco is a dream destination in which to enjoy the end-of-year festivities. Wander through the streets of Monaco-Ville, taking advantage of the mild temperatures of the French Riviera. 

Winter in Monaco: the mild season

By the Port of Monaco, children will be thrilled to discover the ice rink and the Christmas Village with its events, parades and Christmas market featuring local craft products. Admire Place du Casino festooned with decorations and lights.

Established in 1974 by H.S.H. the Sovereign Prince, the Monte-Carlo International Circus Festival gives the world’s most famous circus artists an opportunity to perform at the Fontvieille Big Top and seek to outdo each other in dexterity, agility and comedy... Gold, Silver and Bronze Clowns are awarded to the best performances. 

The festival of St. Devota, patron saint of the Principality, is celebrated on 27 January. According to tradition, a boat is set alight on Port Hercule, in front of the Vallon des Gaumattes and in the presence of the royal family. 

At the end of January, the Principality of Monaco beats to the rhythm of a prestigious sporting event: the Rallye Monte-Carlo. The Rallye Monte-Carlo has been part of the World Rally Championship (WRC) since 1973, making for an unmissable race. The event, which starts and finishes in the Principality is the most fascinating, breathtaking and difficult rally in the world. 

Every season is a delight in the Principality...

The Literary Prize, the Musical Composition Prize, and the International Prize of Contemporary Art are awarded throughout the year by the Prince Pierre Foundation in Monaco, with the aim of promoting contemporary art. The Foundation was set up in 1966 by H.S.H. Prince Rainier III as a tribute to the memory of his father, Prince Pierre, a great defender of the arts and literature. It organises a number of conferences on a wide range of themes, featuring highly renowned speakers.

From comedy to jazz, from the classics to puppet shows, from visual performances to funny one-man productions, in French, English, Italian and German, the Théâtre Princesse Grace, at the behest of its founder H.S.H. Princess Grace, lives and breathes eclecticism.

Under the direction of its new Artistic and Musical Director Kazuki Yamada, the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra will transport you to all four corners of the Earth.

The Monte-Carlo Opera offers a brilliant presentation of the operatic arts, with exceptional productions such as Verdi’s Nabucco, performed for the first time in the Principality in 2002 with a Chorus of 120 singers, 60 extras, a large corps of dancers, and 300 costumes. It also presents baroque operas which have been entirely revamped and delightful operettas. Under the direction of Jean-Louis Grinda, the Opera offers a programme full of charm, surprise and talent.

From Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes to the current company led by Jean-Christophe Maillot, the Ballets de Monte-Carlo have navigated a century in the history of dance with passion. Director and choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot has been able to move the company towards contemporary creativity through both his own works and by partnering with internationally renowned choreographers who are regularly invited to Monaco.

Over the months, the Ballets, the Philharmonic Orchestra, the Opera and the Théâtre Princesse Grace all present original performances of outstanding quality.