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MONACO: A LUXURIOUS AU REVOIR, A GLITTERING BONJOUR 

DREAMY, opulent Monaco. The second smallest country in the world captures the accents of Christmas joy and the anticipation of a brand new year in scintillating style.

Perched on the French Riviera coastline with France neighbouring on three sides, revellers can join in the Monaco celebrations by flying in, taking a road trip along the scenic Mediterranean coastline from Nice or cruising into port.

The principality’s milder climate in winter, with temperatures averaging from 14 degrees to 10 Centigrade in December, allows for greater enjoyment of its many attractions. So kiss off the discomforts of severe winter weather elsewhere and take in these great scenes outdoors in Monaco:

MONACO LIGHTS: COLOURS OF CHRISTMAS 

Right up until January 7 next year, all blocks of the Principality of Monaco will be illuminated with light and decorations. Soak in the Christmas atmosphere, even more glamorous at night. The Fontvielle district in the southwest, will showcase the lights a little longer, until February 4, in honour of Le Festival International du Cirque de Monte Carlo or the 42nd annual Monte-Carlo International Circus Festival (January 18 – 28).

CHRISTMAS VILLAGE  
Set in the port of Monaco, this will last until January 7. Walk through storybook scenes like the Santa Claus Workshop unfolding Christmas nostalgia with reindeer, gift wrapping, carpentry, books, toys, candy, dolls, bicycles and more, in the centre of the Christmas village . Take a ride in a traditional Ferris wheel and merry-go-round, admire the monumental Christmas tree and the huge snowball.

Visitors are invited to sample the delicacies offered by 23 food stores and then shop at the 25 Christmas cabins selling handicrafts, toys, jewellery, and much more. An ideal place to buy gifts.

SKATING RINK

The romance of ice skating. Slide through the ice at the 1,000-square-metre skating rink. Each year for a few months in winter, the Rainier III Outdoor Swimming Stadium is transformed into an ice rink. The Monaco Port Open Air Skating Rink stays opens until March 11 next year.

 

LUXE STAYS

Entrance to Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo, festively decorated for the season.
Gourmet Chocolate Symphony at Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo

The hotel calls its theme a shrine for chocolate lovers. The Lobby Bar in Hotel Metropole showcases the artistry of Joël
Robuchon,  Christophe  Cussac,  pastry chef  Patrick  Mesiano  and head  barman  Mickaël Bellec.


They  present  their  gourmet  selection  through  a  chocolate  bar.

With a cocktail or a hot drink in hand, guests can make opt for beautiful chocolate creations and other delicacies, from the traditional to the outre, in Chocolat Symphonie Gourmande.

Another piece of wonderment is the hotel’s cabinet of curiosities filled with figurines of fairies and animals and a four-metre tall Christmas tree. http://www.metropole.com/en/home

 

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