Nice organises an annual "Le Village de Noel" in the central Jardin Albert 1er that incorporates an ice rink, a Ferris wheel and a lot of Christmas related food and drink. The market is themed around an alpine village and you will see the stalls located in 60 French mountain chalets and an alpine forest constructed from over 600 pine trees. Perhaps the most picturesque element however is the christmas lights and decorations along the Promenade des Anglais.
Nice Christmas market France
The Nice Christmas market runs from 3 December 2016 to 1 Jan 2017 in the Jardin de Albert 1er and is open from 11.00 to 20.00. Papa Noel makes an appearance from his busy Christmas schedule from 19 to 25 December 2016 (from 14.00 to 19.00).
Christmas in Nice France
The Christmas period is a great time to visit Nice. Although the temperature drops, you still get many mild days averaging around 13-14oC (57F) and the skies are still bright blue. The climate remains dry (with only a 17% chance of rain and rain falling on 9 days per month) and you can benefit from the 9 hours of sunshine per day. The shops along the Avenue Jean Medecin are full of Christmas decorations and the Old Town is not as jam-packed busy as you will find at other times of the year. The Christmas lights along the Promeade des Anglais and in the Place de Massena are fantastic. There is a free concert staged by the Nice Philarmonic Orchestra on New Year's Day (at the Acropolis) and you can enjoy the Christmas Carols sung in Occitane at the local churches. You also have a good range of accommodation options at the local hotels and also Nice apartments to rent.