Prince Albert and Princess Charlene officially start Christmas festivities in Monaco

Monaco’s Christmas Village kicked off with a Princely procession led by Prince Albert II, Princess Charlene and Princess Stéphanie, honouring the centenary of Prince Rainier III. The Princely couple then headed to the Place du Casino to officially light the giant Christmas tree.

The Port Hercule transformed into a festive spectacle as the Christmas Village, dedicated to Prince Rainier III, opened its gates on 7th December. The evening began at 4pm, with the Princely family arriving at 5:30pm to commence the inauguration.

A dazzling start to Monaco’s festive season

Prince Albert II inaugurated the event with a heartfelt speech in honour of his father, Prince Rainier III, followed by the Monegasque national anthem. The Princely family then commenced their tour of the village, beginning at the Ferris wheel and progressing towards the central Christmas tree. Adding a personal touch to the event, they engaged warmly with stall staff and attendees, stopping to shake hands and take pictures. Princess Charlene stood out, looking stunning in a striking red coat, complementing the festive atmosphere of the village.

Prince Albert greets stall holders while opening Monaco’s Christmas Village on Thursday night. Photo by Monaco Life

Amidst a chorus of countdowns, the giant Christmas tree, along with the entire village, burst into a spectacle of lights, symbolising the official start of the festive season. This was complemented by a fountain show at the Rainier III outdoor swimming pool, captivating with its synchrony of water, light, and music.

The village itself reflects the varied interests of Prince Rainier III, with decorations and scenes related to arts, motorsport, animals, and the sea. Visitors can wander through the decorated promenade, reliving the prince’s life through animated scenes and old photographs. It features 24 shopping stalls, and numerous food outlets, alongside entertainment including parades, concerts, and workshops for children.

The Christmas Village at Port Hercule is now open. Photo by Monaco Life

The village will be open daily from 11 am, until the 7th January, 2024.

Christmas in Monte-Carlo

Following the opening of the Christmas Village at Port Hercule, the Princely Couple headed to the Casino Square, where they ceremoniously lit the giant Christmas tree and initiated the Christmas spirit in Monte-Carlo alongside SBM President Stéphane Valeri, complete with giant snow globes filled with perfectly instagrammable Christmas scenes.

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Main photo credit: Direction de la Communication / Stephane Danna