From 23-31 December, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Nice is to perform at the Nice Opéra.
Founded by collectors Aimé and Marguerite Maeght, the Fondation Maeght is devoted to modern and 20th-century art, with treasures including a Miró ‘labyrinth’ filled with sculptures and a Giacometti courtyard. The Homeopathic Paintings exhibition running until 6 January showcases the work of France’s Fabrice Hyber.
A long-time favourite with Nice’s residents, former Irish pub Mac Mahon has new owners who have transformed the place into an upscale bistro-restaurant. Drop in for salad Niçoise or veal with lemon sauce.
Kamogawa is a well-established Japanese restaurant that serves sublime sushi. If you’re on a budget, visit at lunchtime for one of its eight set menus priced from €15 to €28.
On selected dates through December, culinary legends Alain and Jean-Michel Llorca are offering holiday cooking workshops at their Ecole de Cuisine. These hands-on lessons cost €60-€130 per person and include plenty of tasting and seasonal treats for participants to take home.
Travelling to Nice with children? The Lou Presèpi, a live nativity re-enactment complete with real chickens, goats and a donkey, takes place from 20-26 December.
Hôtel Vendôme (rooms from €75) occupies an ornate Belle Époque mansion that’s perfectly positioned for last-minute holiday shopping.
Nice Pebbles (apartments from €430 per week) has close to 100 apartments around town, including the opulent Parisienne, its three bedrooms decked out with chandeliers and antique-style beds.
Toile Blanche (rooms from €165) is a boutique hotel with an exquisite restaurant, set in an old manor house.
Open from 1 December until 2 January, the Village de Noël has more than 60 kiosks, selling everything from handcarved tree ornaments to homemade jam. There’s also a skating rink and a Ferris wheel.
From 22 December until 3 January, St-Paul de Vence holds its Provençal Christmas market.
Snug & Cellar is a tiny, cosy pub that’s perfect for a glass of organic red or cognac-spiked mulled wine.