Things to Do in January in and around Nice

New Year’s Day Free Symphony Concert, 11am at the Nice Acropolis – free  A fantastic way to kick off the new year, with a free concert with the Nice Philharmonic Orchestra at the 2400-seat Acropolis theater.  There are no tickets or reservations this year, so just line up early…

New Year’s Day Concert “Like in Vienna” 4pm Church Saint-Pierre d’Arene – free  This annual concert is a local favorite, full of brio and enthusiasm.  Hosted by Nice’s most eclectic priest, Father Gil Fiorini, who is also a jazz musician and has a pastis factory in Nice, it is a celebration of musical exuberance.  You’ll find this church on rue de France, behind the Negresco, and you’ll find this concert full of joy and community.

Galette du Roi – Pick one up from any bakery in town during the first week of January; it’s a tradition to share this delicious almond paste filled cake with friends, and whomever finds (ie.; chips a tooth on!) the little ceramic figurine (from the Christmas nativity scene, called a santon) is the ‘king’ and wears the crown.

Prom Classic 10k Run The first Sunday in January (after New Years).  One of the world’s most picturesque 10ks, held along the seaside on the gorgeous Promenade des Anglais. Update due to the pandemic, this year it is postponed until April 3, 2022

Hippodrome Horse Racing in Cagnes-sur-mer: Obstacle Course!  The first Sunday in January is the crowd-pleasing obstacle day of the winter equestrian competition series.  At only 4.50€ for adults and free for children under 18, it makes for a great family day, and if you’ve never been to the Hippodrome, the seaside horse racing track in nearby Cagnes-sur-Mer, here’s your chance!  Get there by car,  Bus #200, stop Hippodrome, or by train, stop Cagnes-sur-Mer.

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Attention Bargain Hunters!  The massive Annual French Winter Sales kick off January 12 until February 8, 2022.


Winter Wine Tasting, The Fete de Saint-Vincent, Cancelled in 2021, free              Saint Vincent is the patron saint of Nice’s wine region, Bellet, and his name day is the occasion to head up to Nice’s wine country for free tastings and winery tours. Normally held on the 3rd Sunday of January, it centers around the church square (Place de l’Eglise) and starts right after mass, with tastings and animations going all afternoon.  Best yet, no need to drink and drive: you can get there in 15 minutes on Bus 62 which leaves Nice every hour on the hour!  (Catch it on rue Gubernatis, just off the Promenade du Paillon, near tram stop ‘Opera’).

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