if you want a New Year’s Eve full of luxury and worldliness, then the Principality of Monaco is the place for you. But be warned: if you don’t want to spend a lot of money, it is advisable to book accommodation well in advance.
Inevitably, everyday life will also be very expensive so be prepared for an expensive New Year’s Eve!
Whatever you plan to do on this holiday, expect sky-high prices.
The only way to save money on New Year’s Eve in Monaco is to forgo the classic New Year’s Eve party and celebrate in the square.
Every year, a free New Year’s Eve for all is organised at Port Hercule: live music, parades, attractions and lots of people, even from neighbouring countries, are waiting for you to experience a rarefied and certainly unique atmosphere.
Carousels, lights on the water, swaying yachts and picturesque houses all contribute to a spectacular setting that will thrill even the most sceptical. The evening culminates with magnificent fireworks that light up the bay and then continues until two in the morning with disco music and entertainment for all.
If you have decided to forgo dinner, don’t despair: there will be oyster, champagne, raclette, sandwiches and the ubiquitous crepes, as well as plenty of desserts and hot wine on the harbour.
Those who want to experience an unforgettable and somewhat over-the-top New Year’s Eve can choose one of the many proposals that luxury restaurants organise for the evening of 31 December.
Needless to say, the prices are stratospheric, but they will guarantee you a luxurious New Year’s Eve party, with haute cuisine in extremely refined settings, such as at the Black Legend, one of the city’s most famous restaurants, or at the luxurious and exclusive Grill at the Hotel de Paris, or even at Alain Ducasse’s Luis xv, which you can book one year for the next.
The evening then continues in the many clubs and discos for a long worldly night: the most popular is certainly Jimmy’z, in vogue for years, as well as La Rascasse or Buddha-Bar.
Not forgetting those who prefer to spend the evening at the gambling tables of the Casino.
Culture lovers, on the other hand, can opt for something a little different.
At the Grimaldi Forum, on 30 and 31 December, ballets and operas performed by the Monaco Orchestra are staged every year: a much cheaper option but one that requires booking well in advance.
You can also opt for a gala/show at the marvellous Salle des Etoiles: every year an international theatre hit or musical is staged.
Many people throw themselves headlong into shopping (luxury, of course), but a long weekend in Monte Carlo on New Year’s Eve can be an opportunity to visit the Principality’s Rock and the characteristic old town with its narrow alleys.
An itinerary is also organised in 8 stages and 8 different points of the Rock where marvellous Christmas cribs, made according to the traditions of different nations of the world, are displayed.
In addition, the beautiful Christmas Village remains open until Epiphany at Port Hercule: in addition to the inevitable tasting stalls, you will find Christmas craft stalls and all the festive atmosphere.
If the weather turns out to be grey and rainy or the cold grips you, you can always take refuge at the Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo: a spa spread over 7000 square metres facing the sea, with a wide range of treatments including the extraordinary cryotherapy.
The evenings are then enlivened by a large number of concerts and live music in the city’s clubs.
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