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04 December 2020
Enchanted entertainment, sparkling illuminations, shops in the colours of Christmas ... the magic of the festive season invites itself to the Nice Côte d'Azur territory!

In the heart of the cities along beautiful avenues or in lively shopping centres, in more exclusive and trendy boutiques in popular neighbourhoods or in local shops, ... there's plenty to choose from!

You don't have to go far, you just have to cross the street to find the perfect gift or enjoy the special holiday atmosphere!

1 - Experience the magic of Christmas in department stores

Shopping centres and major retailers are decked out in their best finery to let you experience the magic of Christmas throughout the festive season. Enjoy a unique shopping experience between leisure activities and shops suitable for the whole family.

Nicetoile - The spirit of Christmas

Located on Avenue Jean Médecin, the Nicetoile shopping centre has been adorned with its most beautiful decorations and illuminations. On Wednesdays and Saturdays, Father Christmas is there for your Christmas shopping; you won't be surprised to see him wandering around the floors and even in the shops! On Sundays, the rhythm of your shopping will be set to music with two live bands.
5 new brands will be added to the centre's offer, which includes more than a hundred shops! Totor, Fnac Kids*, Stade Niçois Rugby or two restaurants Causette & Bergamote and LuniCo... We can't wait to discover them!

*until January 15th.

Polygone Riviera : A lively Christmas!

This new-generation shopping centre is a must for a unique experience! More than a shopping centre, the Polygone Riviera is a friendly place, ideal for family outings. A real "village" in the open air surrounded by wooded areas and works of art installed in the four corners of the centre, it will delight the whole family!
On the occasion of the festive season, Polygone Riviera is illuminated with a thousand lights. The luminous decorations installed on the site and the lighting of the Dancing Fontaine* will put us in the Christmas mood! 
From December 5th, wandering and sound animations are also organised with stilt-walkers, musicians and jugglers during the festive season! Santa Claus will of course be the guest of honour at these animated events and the Little Train will be back in service during the school holidays (depending on the evolution of government measures). Enough to revive the child's soul in all of us!

*on December 19th and 20th and December 24th attend an exceptional show with two violinists who will perform in water bubbles. 


Cap 3000 - The Christmas enchantment

The Cap 3000 shopping centre has been able to reinvent itself and offer its visitors an exceptional environment. Facing the sea and respecting the surrounding environment, it is modern and in tune with the times.

For the festive season, enchant your shopping thanks to the decorations and activities on offer. Listening to a Gospel* group, buying your tree or strolling through the decorated aisles, you won't be able to resist the magic of the festive season!

*5 December Place d'Azur - new South Sea side area

December 12th and 19th in Place Centrale from 14:00 to 17:00.


2 - Concept-stores for (self-) enjoyment in a different way

Over the past few years, new shops have opened in our favourite neighbourhoods... but not only... (they can even be found in shopping centres!). These new types of shops are ideal for finding original gifts adapted to your personality or that of your loved ones!
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We love the spaces in these trendy shops, where the eye is immediately drawn to the pretty things on the shelves. From solid soap for shampoo to depolluting plants and 100% recycled clothes and bags, there's something for every taste and budget!

The principle of these "concept stores" as they are called is to offer the customer a new type of convenience store with products from a variety of universes, gathered in the same place. It is an opportunity to discover new designers with varied universes. You can find decoration, hygiene and fashion products and sometimes even a restaurant or tea room! Ideal for the cravings that punctuate our shopping sessions!

Often located in popular neighbourhoods, these shops are perfect to isolate yourself from the crowds of department stores and regain a more intimate, tailor-made shopping experience. Many shops offer a range of eco-responsible or even 100% local products. We like to support our local artisans and let our loved ones discover products that sometimes come from the end of the street!

For a more responsible shopping experience that will please the whole family, don't hesitate to go to one of the concept stores in the Nice Côte d'Azur area.

Trésors publics - 11 rue du Pont Vieux - Vieux Nice

100% French concept store.

Dedicated to historical and emblematic brands guaranteed and made in France.


Joya Lifestore - 1 Place du Pin 06300 Nice 

Between craftsmanship and encounters, it's the promise of a unique shopping experience.


Le Beau Quotidien - 13 bis, rue Alphonse Karr 06000 Nice
Shop & café to discover useful, beautiful and durable everyday objects.


Le Café du Cycliste - 16 Quai des Docks 06300 Nice

Café, clothes shop and bike hire.


L’Atelier Français - 3 place du Frêne 06140 Vence

Chic and casual concept store entirely dedicated to products made in France.



3 - Gourmet shopping to sublimate your festive table

With more than 600 shops spread throughout the old town, the Vieux Nice is a must-see place to find typical and more traditional products, but not only...
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In each district you will find specialised shops, independent brands or art galleries alongside local brands... For generations, they have been promoting products 100% made in Nice and claim this know-how.

Olive oil, wine, chocolate and fruit pastes will be ideal festive dishes to offer or simply to put forward for your festive evenings. It's already mouth-watering!


Maison Auer -  From 1820

Candied fruits, chocolates, cocoa, candied chestnuts and sweets.
For gourmets, you can buy an advent calendar!

Health Confidence Label


Confiserie Florian - sweets maker since 1921

Transforms the emblematic flowers and fruits of the region.
Chocolates, candied fruit, jams, flowers, sweets...

Christmas Gift Sets


Nicolas Alziari - exceptional house since 1868

A unique know-how in the production of great vintages of olive oil! At the same time producer, miller and confectioner, the house perpetuates an ancestral know-how.

Christmas Gift Sets


JP Paci

Offbeat chocolate!

To discover absolutely the chocolate ravioli, symbol of the Niçoise cuisine or the chocolate cheeses.


Around Nice, the coastal and hinterland cities of Nice also offer a pleasant open-air shopping experience with their more intimate city centres where independent boutiques also rub shoulders with local shops.


4 - Entertainment in the cities to live the Christmas spirit

The cities participate in this festive spirit and invite you to live a most magical experience. Illuminations, ice-skating rink, Christmas radio, enchanted forests give you an appointment to enjoy the Christmas atmosphere in the metropolitan area.
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Nice sparkles with a thousand lights!

On the water mirror of the Promenade du Paillon, giant luminous fir trees and a sparkling teddy bear are reflected on the ground. All around, the natural vegetation is enhanced by the play of light. The facades of Massena Square are used as giant canvases for artistic projections. On the Promenade des Anglais, 479 palm trees have been illuminated. Along their trunks and palms, thousands of white LEDs set the tone for a Christmas like no other, but true to its sparkling tradition.

The 9-metre high giant Father Christmas, lit by 30,000 LED bulbs, has taken up its place in front of the Lenval children's hospital. From one neighbourhood to the next, garlands woke up to golden and silvery nights.

At Villa Masséna, don't miss the luminous performance of Gaspare di Caro, the designer-luminographer who will illuminate the Villa Masséna. On this occasion, the fire brigade of the City of Nice will give two concerts there on December 15th and 22nd at 5.30 pm (duration about 1h15).


Beaulieu-sur-Mer - A frosty Christmas!

Located in the heart of the city, in Piazza Marinoni, from 21 December you can enjoy yourself on the ecological ice rink. Horse-drawn carriage rides, musical strolls and children's shows will punctuate this festive programme!

At nightfall, the illuminations will delight young and old to discover all over the city!


Cagnes-sur-Mer - Entertainment for the whole family.

Santa Claus' enchanted forest, illuminations, pony rides, miniature artistic Ferris wheel and musical entertainment, Cagnes-sur-Mer is transformed into a Christmas village during the festive season.


Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat - The Enchanted Christmas Forest

The spirit of Christmas takes hold of the peninsula with its illuminated decorations spread throughout the heart of the village. Rendezvous at the Théâtre sur la Mer which has been transformed into an enchanted forest where animals live in harmony! To discover: the showcase of automatons and the giant nativity scene.


Vence - A Christmas in participative light and solidarity.

Light is at the heart of Christmas in Vence! It is a unique, participative and supportive experience that awaits you for this festive season. Creation of drawings, stained glass windows or sound productions that will be shared on the Christmas Radio, let your creativity express itself with the sole aim of spreading the magic of Christmas. The creations will be exhibited in the city, on the squares or in the squares.


Photo credits: Ville de Nice Julien Veran-David Nouy  / Guy Damasso Photography / BBOstudio

This article is brought to you by Laetitia and Emilie from the Nice Côte d'Azur Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau - Tourist Information Office of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat.