The South of France, generally known for its scorching summers, is just as beautiful in the blazing winter sun. As it’s much milder than the rest of France during the winter months it’s a great place to visit if you are looking for a non-sunbathing winter getaway; plus winter events in the French Riviera bring the most amazing atmosphere and some unique experiences for your trip. From carnivals to festivals, and not forgetting the famous perfumeries Fragonard, Molinard and Galimard that are available to visit all year round… there’s lots to do! We give you our top 3 winters events on the French Riviera.
The Mimosa Route
The Mimosa Route is a huge celebration and popular festival that takes place every February. After an inaugural evening at the “Notre Dame des Mimosas” Chapel and the election of the Queen of Mimosa, parades take place in the districts of Mandelieu la Napoule in celebration. This festival is eight days long with lots of activities on each day. The highlight of the festival is most definitely the flower parades, which mark the start of Spring on the French Riviera. Visitors can enjoy the hills in bloom and take in the beauty of the mimosa route. They can also discover all the secrets of the Mimosa during its flowering period from mid-January to early March.
Nice Carnaval is full of fun and wonder! It’s placed in the leading trio of carnivals around the world with both Rio and Venice. It’s the first of many carnivals to take place throughout the year in France and takes place every February. It attracts hundreds of thousands of people every year and its popularity amongst the French people shows just how wonderful an event it is to visit whilst here on the French Riviera. Famous for its multicoloured Corsi and traditional flower battles, it’s definitely one not to miss when it comes to winter events on the French Riviera.
The Citrus Festival held in the seaside town of Menton in the French Riviera has grown into one of France’s greatest and most known festivals. It’s a unique and colourful festival that celebrates life and of course citrus fruits! It boasts a hefty 300,000 visitors every year so it’s a busy, lively and popular event, after Nice carnival, it’s the second biggest event of the year in the French Riviera. Celebrated exactly like a carnival with parades, floats and lots of celebration, it’s a sight that it’s definitely worth seeing. Most of the events and activities are held on the seafront on the Promenade du Soleil, from fruit exhibitions, market stalls, firework displays, art shows and live music, this festival definitely brings the party vibes!
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Want more things to do? There are more to choose from below…
9th January – Prom’Classic
17th-23rd January – 90 th Rallye Monte-Carlo
17th-19th February Cycling Tour of the Alps