The Christmas Market in Nice, France

Although beautiful Nice, with its wide stretch of beach and lovely blue Mediterranean waters, is famous as one of  the best places to visit in Europe in the summertime, this pretty city also makes an ideal winter get-away destination.

Enjoy Nice without the crowds as it prepares for the Christmas season with its annual holiday market, set up on Place Massena, just at the edge of picturesque Vieux Nice.

Illuminated palm trees border the ice skating rink set up for the Christmas market.

The French Riviera is not known for its snowfall, but the fake snow on the pretty Christmas trees that grace the market look almost like the real thing.

The Christmas stalls sell gifts and food and, of course, wonderful vin brulé (mulled wine).

There are plenty of activities to keep the kids happy – ice skating, the giant ferris wheel, trampolines and fun houses.

Enjoy a trip to beautiful Nice during the holiday season.  You can find the best deals on Nice hotels on the HotelsCombined price comparison site. When you tire of the mulled wine and “snow-covered” trees, you can walk a few short meters away to enjoy a pleasant stroll on the beach. Clearly, the best of both worlds.

Discover another 24 Christmas Markets in Europe in our collation post.