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Christmas and New Year in the City of Flowers have never been so magical

This year, the desire to celebrate, enjoy carefree moments and daydream is greater than ever. And what better time than Christmas, especially in Sanremo, which wanted to make the 2021 festive season even more special. In addition to the traditional expanses of illuminations, the City of Flowers will for the first time feature installations and atmospheric lighting effects projected onto the walls of the elegant facades of the city’s historic buildings.   Not to be missed are the modern Christmas tree in Piazza Colombo, and Via Matteotti, where this year, the usual carpet of lights has been replaced by lights in movement with a ‘fireworks’ effect. Piazza Borea d’Olmo will again host a picturesque Christmas market with traditional wooden chalets until 6 January.

The main gourmet events will be held in the historic Casino, where a Christmas evening will take place on 19 December, starring the “Cappon Magro” (a traditional Ligurian seafood dish), organized by Elior in partnership with Michelin-starred restaurant Paolo e Barbara. While for New Year’s Eve, two dinners have been scheduled, each with live entertainment, one at the Roof Garden reserved for Casino guests, and the other at Biribissi, open to everyone.

Lastly, the spectacularly decorated The Mall Sanremo, for luxury shopping in a magical atmosphere.

Outside Sanremo, another destination to experience the spirit of the holidays is Finale Ligure, with illuminations and video mapping, as well as a fun fair on the promenade for the kids, the traditional animated nativity scene in the Chiesa dei Neri, and on New Year’s Eve, fireworks on the beach at Caprazoppa.

Going further afield to the French Riviera, a must until 2 January is the Nice Christmas Village in the Jardin Albert 1er and Place Masséna, with 60 chalets offering hand crafted goods and food delicacies, as does the Monaco Christmas Village on Quai Albert 1er.

Last but not least, pampering for guests who book a treatment at Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo Spa Givenchy, who will receive a delightful free gift during the month of December (for info and bookings: +377 93 151370, spagivenchy@metropole.com).