Exciting Christmas Activities for Kids in Nice

Exciting Christmas Activities for Kids in Nice

Each year, as the festive season draws near, Nice illuminates itself to provide a captivating spectacle. The city bursts with activities specially curated to brighten your children's spirits! If you're considering exploring Nice during the winter season, the Hotel Masséna is your perfect retreat. During the festivities, the hotel warmly invites you to enjoy daily servings of mulled wine and indulge in a candy bar. And for the fortunate ones visiting the week before Christmas, a stand offering delicious crepes will be available in the evenings. Nestled in the heart of the festive excitement, just steps away from Place Masséna, this establishment is ideal for creating unforgettable family moments! ✨

  • Christmas Shopping at Place Massena

Every year, the Christmas market between Place Massena and the Théâtre de Verdure is meticulously prepared, hosting numerous chalets! Just a 2-minute walk from Hotel Massena, discover a myriad of treasures perfect for delighting your loved ones or bringing back beautiful memories of your visit to Nice. 

  • Admire the Christmas Decorations

Immerse yourself in the enchanting Christmas ambiance by marveling at the captivating decorations spread across the city. A leisurely walk through Coulée Verte Park unveils a mesmerizing spectacle with its water mirror, an ideal spot for capturing breathtaking photos. The radiant projections adorning the building facades behind the Fontaine du Soleil create a stunning visual. Nearby structures, like the Hotel Masséna adorned with colossal luminous reindeers, splendid trees, and stunning outdoor lights, amplify the sense of wonder. And let's not overlook the iconic displays at Galeries Lafayette, adding an extra layer of magic to this festive atmosphere.

décoration de noel à Nice
Christmas decorations in Nice - Crédit Summer Hotels

  • Celebrate Saint Lucia:

Every December 13, the Christmas village welcomes Swedish magic for Saint Lucia! Courtesy of the Swedish Consulate, immerse yourself in the ambiance with enchanting traditional songs and delightful treats. It's a unique experience where music and delicacies unite to celebrate this beautiful tradition.

  • Capture a Photo with Santa Claus:

Capturing a magical moment with Santa Claus in Nice has never been simpler! No need to send a letter; he eagerly awaits you in his special house without requiring an appointment. Both kids and adults are warmly welcomed every day to meet him and, of course, snap an adorable souvenir photo. 

Santa's House in Nice - Crédit Summer Hotels

  • Christmas Workshops

At certain public places like the Maison de l’Environnement de Nice or libraries, Christmas workshops are on the agenda! Your little artists can create personalized greeting cards, festive wreaths, or even decorations for the tree. Spaces are limited, and the activities' list may vary from year to year. But be quick – spaces disappear faster than Santa down the chimney! Remember to book to ensure joy for the little creative elves! ✨

  • Indulge in Christmas Delicacies:

Ah, the wonder of Christmas! Embrace the festive season by indulging in delightful treats! Visit the Christmas market and succumb to the allure of soft waffles, chocolates, crepes, and crispy churros that tempt your taste buds. For those who relish savory flavors, a diverse array awaits: cheeses, the melting goodness of Mont d’Or, comforting raclette, unique Niçois specialties, and even delectable seafood. Gather with your family and treat yourselves to these festive delights, savoring every moment together!

The delicacies of the Nice Christmas market - Crédit Summer Hotels

  • Christmas Shows:

During the holiday season, a multitude of captivating shows awaits! Some are nestled at the center of the Christmas market, offering free entry subject to availability. Meanwhile, enchanting venues like the Nice Opera or the Théâtre de la cité guarantee dazzling performances. Explore the schedules to discover a diverse selection of shows that promise to delight both kids and adults. 

  • The Giant Nativity Scene

On Place Rossetti, in the heart of Old Nice, discover a giant living nativity scene with Nativity characters, animated by 17 life-size automatons. This must-see attraction offers a captivating spectacle every day during the Christmas period.

The animated Christmas crib in Nice - Crédit Summer Hotels

  • Face Painting Stand

Want a festive transformation for your child? Head to the Cabane en Sucre, at the heart of the Christmas market, for a special Christmas face painting! Let your little one transform into Santa's elf or an enchanted reindeer. Offer them this magical moment to add a touch of enchantment to the celebrations! 

  • The Big Wheel

The majestic big wheel installed every year at Place Massena, at the entrance of the Christmas market, offers a breathtaking view of the illuminated city. An essential activity for both kids and adults to admire the sparkling spectacle from a different angle. 

Water mirror on La coulée verte in Nice - Crédit Summer Hotels

  • Musical Entertainment

At the heart of the Christmas market, the Santa Claus stage offers varied and festive musical atmospheres every day. Rediscover classics of French and international music revisited for the occasion, as well as Christmas carols to bring the whole family together in music! 

  • The Christmas Parade

Every December, Avenue Jean Médecin comes alive with the Christmas parade, a fun and free spectacle! Over 200 artists, including musical troupes, dancers, acrobats, DJs, and of course, the sparkling presence of Santa Claus, immerse you in a magical universe.

During this festive period, Nice is brimming with activities designed to delight both little and big children. But that's not all! The region offers a multitude of options for this winter season. Enjoy your stay in Nice by visiting the surrounding ski resorts, some just an hour's drive away for the closest ones. Let yourself be seduced by the winter climate of the French Riviera and indulge in magical moments with your family!