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Mary Rose McLean on the best way to spend Christmas in Monaco

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Where could be more magical than Monaco at Christmas? The ideal destination for a festive holiday, Monaco sparkles during the happiest time of the year. Mary-Rose McLean lives and works in the principality and knows just how you should spend your Christmas break in this beautiful location.

The Christmas spirit has been turning Monaco into a sparkling wonderland over the last couple of weeks. And looking ahead to Christmas and New Year, this principality is a veritable winter wonderland – albeit without the snow!

If you’re looking for the ideal Christmas break, try a few nights over the yuletide and New Year period in Monaco. There’s so much to do, you’ll be spoiled for choice. Here are just some of the sparklingly exciting festivities in Monaco over the next few weeks.

Christmas in Monaco is always stunning at the legendary Hotel de Paris

Every year, the Hotel de Paris celebrates the Christmas period with its very own festive village. The Christmas themed village is found in the courtyard of the hotel and is surrounded by Nordic fir trees to add that extra festive feel. It runs from 6 December 2019 to 6 January 2020 and features five artisanal greenhouses with all kinds of events, crafts and master classes for all the family. And of course, there’s a fabulous bar ready to serve up some sparkle for your celebrations.

Snow Stars pop up concept bar at the Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort

You won’t be expecting a mountain chalet complete with snow in Monaco, but that’s what’s on offer over at the Blue Gin bar at the Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort. From 5 December 2019 to 5 January 2020, the bar is transformed, serving a special ‘mini mountain menu and Christmas cocktails, Christmas teatime treats, mulled wine, pastries and featuring live DJs and close up magic shows on Friday nights. Special Winter Party nights run on 5, 19 and 26 December too. You’ll feel like you’ve just stepped off the slopes!

Enjoy a taste of luxury with Christmas afternoon tea at the Hotel Hermitage Monte-Carlo

Ideal for all the family, there’s nothing more decadently festive than a special Christmas afternoon tea served at the prestigious Salle Belle Epoque at the Hotel Hermitage. Running in the afternoons of 18, 21, 23 and 24 December, the tea features treats dreamt up by in-house pastry chef Nicolas Baygourry. Expect gourmet cakes, yule logs, traditional festive treats and much more. Special activities are also included for children where they can take part in a pastry-making workshop as ‘petit chefs’.

Monaco’s Christmas tree auction in aid of Action Innocence

This year is the 15th edition of the Action Innocence Monaco annual Christmas tree auction at the Hotel de Paris. Featuring all kinds of designer trees, decorated with everything from jewels to crystals to chocolate and gingerbread, it’s become a much-loved event in the festive calendar. All money raised goes towards the charity tackling the challenges of keeping children safe online.

The Christmas Ball – Bal de Noel

Kicking off the party season, the Christmas Ball is on 14 December at the Salle Empire of the Hotel de Paris. Every year has its own theme, with 2019’s centring on La Dolce Vita and the classic Fellini film. Expect a gourmet dinner followed by a Sotheby’s auction hosted by supermodel and actress Victoria Silvestedt. Money raised on the night will go to the Princess Charlene Foundation.

LEGO BRICKLIVE Christmas 2019

For the second year in a row, the BRICKLIVE LEGO show is heading to Monaco. Taking place at the Grimaldi Forum, it’s a fabulous exhibition to keep the kids entertained over the festive period – and the adults too! Themed workshops give kids and their parents the opportunity to play games, create builds and take part in competitions in familiar worlds, such as Duplo, Star Wars and Friends. There is also an exhibition of already made exclusive LEGO works of art, all inspired by the oceans for 2019. It runs from 21 December to 5 January 2020 and promises a real treat.

Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo perform Coppel-i.A by Jean-Christophe Maillot

Not to be missed, this brand-new version of the old classic is by choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot. By incorporating the world of artificial intelligence and machines, he asks the audience to question how AI affects our world and our future. Catch it between 27 December 2019 and 5 January 2020, performed by the Monte-Carlo Ballet Company in the Grimaldi Forum.

As you can see, there is so much to enjoy in Monaco at Christmas time. If you’re heading to this unique and very special principality for your festive break, don’t forget to check out everything else on offer. And merry Christmas!