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Your Christmas in Villefranche-sur-Mer

If you’re planning to spend Christmas in Villefranche-sur-Mer, we can suggest the best things to do during these end-of-year celebrations.


2 December to 3 January 

The magic of Christmas is coming to Villefranche-sur-Mer from 2 December 2023 to 3 January 2024, offering a whole range of festive events for all residents and visitors.

Illuminations and a parade transport you straight to Santa’s village. The melody of all the concerts will reverberate through the lively squares, awakening the festive soul of everyone there.


the wonder of christmas at octroi

Saturday 2 December

At the heart of Octroi market, a captivating musical atmosphere comes to life from 10.00am to 12.00pm thanks to the presence of “Harmonie Fanfare”.

At 5.30pm on Promenade de l’Octroi, attend the launch of the festivities with the Christmas parade, festive illuminations and food corner.

the grand christmas nativity scene

6 December to 9 January

Immerse yourself in the heart of Provençal tradition with the grand Christmas nativity scene in Villefranche-sur-Mer! Discover animated, authentic scenes of giant Provençal santons representing everyday life, where each santon reveals a story, an emotion, in a setting faithful to the very essence of Christmas on the Côte d’Azur. A unique experience to soak up the richness and warmth of this cultural tradition so iconic of the holiday season.

a little SPORT?

The Mounta Cala Races and Christmas swim – Sunday 17 December

The Mounta Races: check out the three courses: a 10 km road race, a 6 km free walk (everyone completes it at their own pace!) and a route specially designed for children! The 10 km race runs entirely through Villefranche-sur-Mer. It runs along the coast, takes the promenade at Plage de la Marinière and explores a walkway, offering an introduction to the ditches around the Citadel up to Rue du Poilu.

And for those who dare to take on the chilly water, the Christmas Swim offers a refreshing, invigorating experience. Brave souls throw themselves into the icy waves of the sea to mark this festive period in a way that’s as unique as it is refreshing.


Wednesday 27 December at 4.00pm

Immerse yourself in the magical world of Christmas with the children’s show “Jojo the Magic Elf”, presented by the Eklabul Company. With breathtaking performances and magical moments, this performance offers young people an unforgettable show, combining magic, laughter and wonder. An enchanted experience that captivates hearts and lights up little ones’ eyes during this magical time.


christmas in VILLEFRANCHE-SUR-MER also means…

Gospel evening

Gospel Evening concert – Wednesday 6 December – 8.00pm – St Michael’s Church

Olivula Choir

Christmas concert – Saturday 16 December– St Michael’s Church – 7.00pm – Free entry

Intermunicipal conservatory

Christmas concert – Saturday 9 December – Auditorium de la Citadelle – 4.00pm – Free entry

SIVOM Media Library

“Nœuds festifs” small creative factory – Wednesday 16 December, 10.00am – Workshops and reading from 5 years old – Intergenerational workshop.

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