A Guide to Holiday Shopping on the French Riviera

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Holiday gift ideas

Buying gifts for friends, family and loved ones is, for many, the highlight of the Christmas and holiday season. For many cultures and families in France, Christmas and the winter holidays is one of the few times of year when everyone takes a break and spends quality time together. Adding gifts to the mix makes the whole thing that much more special!

Even though Christmas isn’t celebrated by all, the festivities and cheerful atmosphere are for everyone.

Christmas on the Côte d'Azur

Christmas on the Côte d’Azur is a truly spectacular sight. Every town, beach, restaurant and road is lit up for the occasion and you’ll have a hard time finding even a roundabout that isn’t festooned with a large Christmas tree!

Not to mention, Le Mas Candille gets kitted out for the occasion as well. From Christmas trees and decorations to festive food and drink, we have it all!

What’s more, winter visitors enjoy the stunning view of the Cannes or Nice bays with the backdrop of the snowy Alpes. With a bright blue sky, of course!

Where can I go Christmas shopping on the Riviera?

The French Riviera is an ideal location for buying all of your Christmas gifts.

Whether you’re looking for something fairly mainstream, something special from the region, a memorable experience, or something particularly Christmassy, we’ve got it all.

Let’s take a look at some of the excellent options you have for buying your Christmas gifts on the French Riviera.

Option 1: The big brands

Have you got a picture in your mind of the perfect gift for a loved one? 

If so, you’re in luck. If you’re staying on the Côte d’Azur, you’ll have no problem locating the brands and gifts you need in time for Christmas and the holidays.

Cannes is an ideal shopping location: only 15 minutes from Mougins by car or bus, its gorgeous streets are lined with all kinds of brands, from the haute couture along the Croisette by the sea, to the major international sellers on the Rue d’Antibes.

Antibes, Nice and Monte-Carlo have similar set-ups.

However, if you would rather head to a mall, then you need to visit Polygone Rivera near Juan-les-Pins. Only 20 minutes from Mougins by car, Polygone Riviera is a brand new, elegant outdoor shopping mall with a full range of brands and a wide selection of restaurants for when all that walking stirs your appetite.

Option 2: Christmas markets

If you’re unsure of what to gift your loved ones and are looking for something a touch more seasonal, then Christmas shopping at the holiday markets is for you.

France, just like its neighbour Germany, is renowned for its festive Christmas markets. 

Antibes, Cannes, Mougins, Nice, and Valbonne all host exceptional so-called “Christmas villages” from December to January. 

Christmas markets are excellent stops for those looking for a gift specially from the region. For those looking for a touch of the Provençal in their gifts, such as glass from Biôt, rose perfume from Grasse, or some delicious regional wine, look no further!

What’s more, for those looking for gifts for children, these stands often have an incredible array of toys and children’s wear.

Also, the hot chocolate is to die for!

Option 3: Gift an unforgettable experience

While some have their eye on a specific item, others prefer to share an experience as their gift.

Whatever you're searching for, Le Mas Candille can help.

Has a loved one of yours had a busy or difficult year? Gift them a cocooning day at the Spa Candille! Whether alone or together, enjoy a full day of relaxation, spa treatments, and a delicious meal to top it all off. Check out our offers here.

Or gift someone an hour or two of ultimate relaxation with the Spa Candille’s ESPA treatments: a hot stone massage, acupuncture, a facial, and so much more!

Another great “experience gift” idea is to spend some quality time with a loved one over a delicious, gastronomic meal. Discover Le Mas Candille’s restaurants here.

Time to get shopping!

Christmas is an exciting time to be on the French Riviera. The festivities begin to pick up towards the end of the month. It really is an exceptional time of year to visit the region.

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