Weihnachten in Cannes


The Christmas festive period in Cannes is always magical and exceptional, thanks to the many events offered in every district of the town, but also to the workshops and shows dedicated to children.

The little ones will have the chance to meet Father Christmas, and to end the year both young and old will be able to admire the traditional and majestic firework display on the theme “Cannes is Magic!” that will be held in the Bay of Cannes at midnight on Monday 31 December. 

Just like the end of every year, the Town of Cannes dons splendid illuminations and offers families a multitude of Christmas entertainment.

From 30 November 2019 to 5 January 2020, discover Father Christmas’ Chalet, the Skating Rink, the shows and creative workshops for children.

Free entry and events.

Cannes, the open-air shopping centre, groups the greatest brands in fashion, luxury and the art of living within a narrow perimeter; the ultimate in choices for filling Father Christmas’ sack with precision, diversity and originality.

The famous Palais des Festivals et des Congrès de Cannes will re-deck its façades in lights from Tuesday 10 December.

Everyone is welcome to come and take the most beautiful photos and share these on social media: #cannesisyours!

Below are some ideas for kicking off this festive period, celebrating Christmas and the New Year.


The Christmas Village on the Allées de la Liberté

Young and old are invited to celebrate a surprise-filled end of year holidays on the Allées de la Liberté (skating rink, children’s workshops). 

Opening times: from Saturday 30 November 2019 to Sunday 5 January 2020

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10:00 to 21:00
Friday and Saturday from 10:00 to 22:00
On Saturday 30 November 2019, the Christmas Village opens and the Lights switch on at 18:00, followed by a show on ice.

Craft and gourmet food chalets

In this warm and rustic area made up of some fifty chalets, visitors will find a multitude of items and sweet treats, and of course the traditional roasted chestnuts and mulled wine.


My beautiful Christmas tree

Standing 33 metres tall, the biggest stylised Christmas tree in the Alpes-Maritimes returns to Cannes, on the forecourt of the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès.


The skating rink

A huge, open-air, natural-ice skating rink measuring 400 m² in the heart of the Christmas Village welcomes you every day on the Allées de la Liberté. Open to the public from Sunday 1 December 2019 to Sunday 5 January 2020.

Free entry for children aged 4-10 - From 10:00 to 13:00

A supervisor will be in attendance every morning with lessons offered to beginners.
Sign up at the ice rink entrance. (entry fee for accompanying adults: €3, including skate hire)

Access for all
Flat rate of €3 (45-minute session), including skate hire. Gloves mandatory (not provided)

Sunday to Thursday from 13:00 to 21:00, Friday and Saturday from 13:00 to 22:00


Brian Joubert at the skating rink

The 2007 World Figure Skating Champion, three-times world runner-up, three-times European champion and eight-times French champion will be in attendance to give a beautiful demonstration of his talent on the ice.

Sunday 1 December 2019 from 12:00 to 13:00


Meet Father Christmas

Father Christmas welcomes children and their parents in his chalet in the Allées de la Liberté.

Saturday 30 November 2019: from 17:00 to 21:0
Saturday 7, 14 and 21 December 2019: from 14:00 to 18:00
Sunday 1, 8, 15 and 22 December 2019: from 14:00 to 18:00; Monday 23 and Tuesday 24 December 2019: from 14:00 to 18:00



For the greatest pleasure of funfair lovers, the Cannes Christmas Fair will welcome the public on the Esplanade de la Pantiero. Gourmet food stands, rides and a multitude of games await you for a fun time with family or friends!

From 11:00 to 23:00
Saturday 30 November, 7 and 14 December 2019
Sunday 1, 8 and 15 December 2019
Tuesday 3, 10 and 17 December
Wednesday 4, 11 and 18 December
Friday 6, 13 and 20 December 2019 
Every day from Saturday 21 December 2019 to Sunday 5 January 2020


The Nativity scenes
Every year, Christmas signals the return of the Nativity scenes, from the most traditional to the more unusual, to be discovered in various locations throughout the town.

Notre-Dame d’Espérance church
Cannes natives and visitors alike can (re)discover the giant animated and musical nativity at the Notre-Dame d’Espérance church. From Sunday 1 December 2019 to Sunday 2 February 2020 from 09:00 to 12:00 and from 14:00 to 17:00 (except during religious services and concerts)


Saint-Cassien Chapel
Butte de Saint-Cassien, 269 Avenue Francis Tonner, Cannes La Bocca
The Friends of Saint-Cassien chapel invite you to discover the Nativity exhibition, in partnership with the parish of Saint-Vincent de Lérins. 

Exhibition: Sunday 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 December 2019: from 15:00 to 17:00 
Blessing of nativity figures: Sunday 15 December 2019: 16:00 


Christmas Village chalet
Traditional Provencal chalet housing over 150 Provencal nativity figures.

See the opening times for the Christmas village above.

New Year’s Eve fireworks on the theme “Cannes is Magic!” 

Bay of Cannes - At midnight on Tuesday 31 December


Creative workshops

Free workshops for children (face painting and balloon modelling) from 14:00 to 18:00
Wednesday 4, 11 and 18 December 2019 
Every day from Wednesday 25 December 2019 to Sunday 5 January 2020

Musical entertainment

Musical entertainment from Espérance de Cannes. Saturday 21 December 2019 at 16:00


Rue d'Antibes

Pedestrianization of the Rue d’Antibes for your Christmas shopping…

Saturday 7, 14 and 21 December 2019: from 14:00 to 18:00
Tuesday 24 and 31 December 2019 from 14:00 to 18:00. Music and Christmas songs broadcast
Saturday 7 and 14 December 2019: from 14:00 to 18:00
Sunday 1, 8 and 15 December 2019 from 14:00 to 18:00

Every day from Saturday 21 December 2019 to Sunday 5 January 2020 from 14:00 to 18:00. Christmas Parade
On Christmas Eve, the teddy bear parade will go down Rue d’Antibes. Tuesday 24 December 2019 at 15:00

Rue Meynadier

Sound system from Rue Meynadier to Rue Vénizelos.

Saturday 7 and 14 December 2019: from 14:00 to 18:00
Sunday 1, 8 and 15 December 2019 from 10:00 to 18:00 

Every day from Saturday 21 December 2019 to Sunday 5 January 2020 from 14:00 to 18:00, except on Sundays from 10:00 to 18:00

Father Christmas’ chalet

From Saturday 21 December 20019 to Saturday 4 January 2020 from 15:00 to 19:00

Opening of Father Christmas’ chalet

Opening followed by a snack and free toy giveaway to children courtesy of the UBACI.
Father Christmas in attendance on Saturday 21 December 2019 at 11:00
From Saturday 21 December to Tuesday 24 December 2019 - From 15:00 to 19:00


Children’s’ workshops
Elves and fairies with warm and joyful dispositions will welcome children and offer them workshops on the theme of the Magic of Christmas.

From Saturday 21 December 2019 to Saturday 4 January 2020 - From 15:00 to 19:00 (except Christmas Day)


Christmas on La République

Salle Gilbert Fort (formerly the Salle des Mutilés)

Creative workshops

Children’s’ workshops offering face painting and fun crafting (Christmas origami, Christmas tree decorations made with Hama beads, etc.). Wednesday 18 December 2019 from 14:00 to 16:00

“Mystère et boule de neige” show (Mystery and snowball)
Interactive show with several acrobatic, juggling and balancing acts, with a great deal of humour and poetry, and all with a touch of magic. 
Followed by a snack offered by AMIREAN. Free entry within the limit of available seats. Wednesday 18 December 2019 from 16:00


Cannes, my shopping town

Cannes is donning its most beautiful lights and decorations for Christmas, to welcome you in its shops, businesses and restaurants, etc. The most beautiful gifts are in Cannes.

To help you to park easily when shopping, you can enjoy exceptional rates in the eight Cannes Parking municipal car parks

And if you don’t drive, or prefer to leave your car in the garage, consider taking the bus! (timetables on

Enjoy your shopping and Happy Holidays!


Enjoy the magic of the holidays with shows for the whole family!

Dani Lary -  Magic Show - Palais des Festivals - on 31 December at 20:30 and 1 January at 16:00

A talented illusionist, Dani Lary is famous for creating his own tricks himself. With his show “Tic-Tac”, he will take us into the new year with famous numbers such as the flying piano, walking through solid matter and double levitation. Mentalism, great illusions and close-ups, this magician of boundless imagination has been performing for over 20 years in the show “Le plus grand cabaret du monde” (The greatest cabaret on earth), and we will have the chance to discover all his creativity and magic on the stage of the Palais des Festivals in Cannes, on 31 December and 1 January.

From €10 to €50 - All audiences - Duration: 2 hours 

Book on-line


Compagnie Wanted Posse - Dance Show - Palais des Festivals - on 11 January at 20:30

The global reference in French hip-hop is touching down in Cannes on 11 January! The Wanted Posse group, the famous hip-hop world champions of 2001, offer us an unexpected mix with their show “Dance N’ Speak Easy”. Set in the Prohibition era in the United States, they combine the swing dances of the 1930s, the footwork of house dance, the frenzied steps of the Charleston, the performance of breakdance and the speed of the Lindy Hop! Carried by perfectly punctuated sounds and rhythms, six men and one woman perform a portrait gallery based on the Mafia, alcohol and rivalry.

From €10 to €25 - Ages 6 and over - Duration: 1 hour 

Book on-line


New Year’s Eve with the Stars - Palais des Festivals
Tuesday 31 December, dinner-show from 21:00

Book on-line


New Year’s fireworks - At midnight in the Bay of Cannes

Tuesday 31 December, the town is putting on an exceptional 20-minute pyrotechnic show on the theme “Cannes is Magic!”


Gift idea

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With our gift card, you are left to choose from all the shows offered by the Palais des Festivals Ticket Office for 1 year!
Looking for a unique and prestigious gift? Our gift card is made for you!

The gift card is valid for all shows available from the Palais des Festivals ticket office /  The card is “loaded” with a minimum €10 credit / It is valid for 1 year after the date of purchase

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Contact the Tourist Information Centre for all information
Tourist Information Centre - Main Office - Palais des Festivals et des Congrès de Cannes: Located at the foot of the famous Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, this office welcomes you all day every day from 10:00-18:00 from November to February, from 09:00 to 19:00 from March to October and from 09:00 to 20:00 in July and August.
Office closed exceptionally on 25 December and 1 January.
Open on 24 December from 10:00 to 17:00 and 31 December from 10:00 to 18:00.
1 Boulevard de la Croisette.
06400 Cannes
Tel.: + 33 (0) 4 92 99 84 22
Fax: + 33 (0) 4 92 99 84 23







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