Métropole mall transformed into an “English Christmas paradise” for the holidays

Monaco’s Métropole shopping mall has taken on the theme of an English-style Christmas for December 2023, with decorations and a festive vibe that transports shoppers to the streets of London without ever having to leave the Principality.

It’s that time of year again, where people start looking to the upcoming holidays with a mixture of joy, excitement and perhaps even a touch of nostalgia.  

The Métropole mall is taking full advantage of the season this year, and has gotten behind a theme inspired by jolly old England, vowing to “celebrate the magic of Christmas in the English way, transporting visitors into a magical world of sumptuous decorations and captivating entertainment”.  

The Métropole Shopping Centre in Monaco has ushered in the holiday season with a unique English-style Christmas theme. From 1st December to 6th January, the shopping centre has been transformed into a London-esque winter wonderland, with Paddington the bear, the epitome of British culture, making several appearances throughout the pop-ups boutiques and stalls dotted throughout the mall. 


From steam trains to Paddington-like teddies, the decorations at the Métropole mall are inspired by “jolly old England”. Photo credit: Métropole Shopping Monte-Carlo

Holiday delights 

Upon entering the shopping centre from 1st December, shoppers will be greeted with a warm, festive atmosphere reminiscent of London’s iconic Christmas markets. The decor features beautiful fir trees, twinkling fairy lights, and an array of baubles, setting the perfect holiday mood. For the children there are creative workshops and magical shows. Adults are not left out, with holiday pop-ups offering tastings and gift ideas. 

“We are delighted to transform Métropole Shopping Centre into a magical place where families can come together to celebrate the holiday season,” says Valérie Gallet, General Director of Métropole Shopping Monte-Carlo. “This year’s Christmas brings a special touch of English tradition and elegance, and we look forward to providing our visitors with a memorable experience.”  

A giant Christmas tree and numerous activities plunge visitors into the magic of the season, promising laughter, fun and surprises. The mall has organised a calendar of surprises, with each day revealing a new delight from one of the boutiques. These surprises are accessible through their Instagram, @Metropoleshoppingmontecarlo, and Facebook page, @Metropole Shopping Monte-Carlo. 

The Métropole Shopping Centre has a mailbox for kids to deposit their wish lists for Father Christmas, which is located at Level 0. Father Christmas himself will be present in his workshop at the mall from 1st December, offering a chance for memorable photos and to attentively read and respond to the letters. 

Children should head to Level 0 with their Christmas lists to send them off to the North Pole via the quintessentially English telephone box. Photo credit: Métropole Shopping Monte-Carlo

Adding to the festive spirit, exclusive guests like Maison Sacher and Panettone Vogue are back by popular demand. Maison Sacher offers a taste journey with their famous Sacher Torte, a closely guarded recipe, while Panettone Vogue brings exquisite Milanese panettone. Carolina Cake joins in with a blend of French patisserie expertise and Anglo-Saxon design, offering handcrafted and decorated cookies and treats in their pop-up store. 

The Jardin de Noel pop-up is a go-to for Christmas decorations, filled with accessories and gifts to transform any interior into a magical holiday. 

The experience runs through to 6th January. Hours are Monday to Saturday from 10am to 7.30pm, and from 11am to 7pm every Sunday in December. For more information, click hereHappy shopping! 

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Photo credits: Métropole Shopping Monte-Carlo



By Stephanie Horsman and Niki Borisova