So, with just a short flight, (or some even opt to let the ‘train take the strain’) you can find yourself in a ‘sun cream, shorts and picnic-lunch’ climate, but with the added advantage of French Christmas atmosphere. And that’s another clear advantage for me.
Our Gallic cousins seem to have resisted much of the commercial Christmas pressure from which I, (and I’m sure many Ramblers Worldwide Holidays Clients I’ve met over the years) like to escape. The simple model nativity scene outside the Cathedral in the old hill town of Vence contrasts beautifully with the life-size nativity scene beside the cathedral in Nice, and yet both steal the heart of the British visitor. Yet these displays are not for the tourists, who are few and far between at this time of year. They are simple traditions put on by, and for, local people, that have been taking place for centuries.
Another wonderful opportunity to experience French Christmas at its best comes on Christmas Eve. After a traditional festive meal, many Ramblers Clients opt to go straight to midnight mass.
Nice’s Cathedral is in the heart of the old town, and the atmosphere all around its narrow streets is electric with the build up to the arrival of the baby Jesus in the nativity scene’s manger.
There’s so much more I could say about Christmas in Nice, but space here is limited, so I’ll leave you with thoughts of exciting walks on sunny days, followed by evening strolls around Nice’s Christmas market with its spectacular lights, and maybe top it all off with a ride on the Ferris Wheel.