Averages for Monte Carlo in December

Weather Lowdown

Throughout December the holiday season is in full swing in Monaco, and Monte Carlo is the epicentre of the celebrations. While the calendar says it is winter, the weather of Monte Carlo is anything but cold.

Those wanting a cool yet pleasant Christmas and New Year’s Eve are bound to enjoy the December mild temperatures and little rainfall expected in Monte Carlo.

In December, Monte Carlo still has an average of 6 hours of ...

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  • Temperature Temperature 12°C 54°F
  • High Temperature Holiday Weather 14°C 57°F
  • Low Temperature Holiday Weather 10°C 50°F
  • Sunshine Hours Sunshine Hours 6 hrs
  • Rainfall Rainfall 99 mm
  • Rainfall days Rainfall days 6 days
  • Sea Temperature Sea Temperature 15°C 59°F

Averages for Monte Carlo in December

Weather Lowdown

Throughout December the holiday season is in full swing in Monaco, and Monte Carlo is the epicentre of the celebrations. While the calendar says it is winter, the weather of Monte Carlo is anything but cold.

Those wanting a cool yet pleasant Christmas and New Year’s Eve are bound to enjoy the December mild temperatures and little rainfall expected in Monte Carlo.

In December, Monte Carlo still has an average of 6 hours of sunshine a day. In some vacation destinations shorter days may detract from the holiday experience, but in Monte Carlo the celebrations, holiday cheer and special events continue long after the sun has set. Even the Monaco Christmas Market is open late during the week and until 11:00 PM on Friday and Saturday nights.

The average temperature is 12°C (54°F) in December, just slightly above the average temperature in January, which is the coldest month in Monte Carlo. The average high temperature in December is 14°C (57°F) and the average low is 10°C (50°F).

The Mediterranean Sea is also cooler than previous months, with an average temperature of 15°C (59°F), and most visitors come to Monte Carlo in December to experience the seasonal events on land, rather than setting sail on the sea.

The last month of Monte Carlo’s rainy season, December has an average of 99 mm (4 inches) of rain and humidity of 72%. The Riviera climate makes a white Christmas highly unlikely, but in 2009 the rare occurrence of snow did fall in Casino Square.

An average of only 6 rain days during December, a 50% chance of a cloudy day, and 17% chance of a completely sunny day, mean visitors and locals are likely to have ample sunshine to celebrate the holidays. While certain people expect snow and ice over the Christmas holidays, the temperate climate of Monte Carlo can be an enjoyable change and unique experience.

Saint Tropez narrow street

Saint Tropez, near Monte Carlo

Where to Stay

The holiday cheer permeates every hotel and restaurant in Monte Carlo with an infectious energy. Holiday packages and special events bring visitors to the coastal town, and the ever-present magic of Monte Carlo is switched to high volume.

The Hotel Hermitage Monte-Carlo extends a warm welcome to family members of all ages with special events over the Christmas holiday. Afternoon tea on the 24th and accompanying workshops for children keep everyone entertained, and Santa pays a special visit during the day. Then spend Christmas Eve at a gorgeous gala dinner in the architecturally stunning Belle Epoque Room. Even the children may sleep late on Christmas Day after all the excitement.

Located within the Condamine district of Monaco, the Hotel Le Versailles has renovated rooms, that admittedly still feel a bit dates compared to other accommodation in Monte Carlo. However, the staff is friendly and the price is reasonable for a special Monte Carlo Christmas.

Things to Do

From the 4th of December through the 3rd of January each year the Port of Hercules is transformed into a Christmas wonderland as the Monaco Christmas Market takes up residency along the sea. Vendors sell arts, crafts and holiday cheer, and there is plenty of entertainment, day and night, for the whole family. In fact, from the ice skating rink to the display of regional products and gifts, the Monaco Christmas Market is more of a Christmas village!

The 5th of December is celebrated as St. Nicholas’s holiday throughout Europe and the United States; it is also a special night for Monte Carlo. On the square in front of the Casino, the Principality of Monaco holds its initial celebration of the holiday season by lighting its Christmas tree and switching on the twinkling lights surrounding the square.

While the hotels, restaurants and bars offer unforgettable evenings of lavish dinning and themed parties, locals and visitors of Monte Carlo often welcome the New Year from the convenience of the Casino Square. A New Year’s Eve in this stunning setting in front of the Belle Epoque style Casino is the epitome of Monte Carlo class with a splash of its hedonistic, champagne influenced flair, and the party atmosphere is sure to have everyone feeling a bit tipsy.

Beyond the Christmas festivities there are many activities to keep busy while on vacation during December. For example, the Museum of Antique Automobiles is home to Prince Rainier III’s personal collection of cars. Over 100 vehicles are on display, and the impressive collection includes a number of unique, not to mention expensive, cars. Admission to the museum is a bargain at only 6 EUR.

Eating & Drinking Out

Monte Carlo is known as an adult playground year round, yet for New Year’s Eve the bars and restaurants of this seaside town know how to take parties and celebration to a new level. Many venues offer exclusive menus, fly in famous DJs and host themed evenings on the 31st of December, bringing new elements to the opulent nightlife of Monte Carlo. Advanced bookings are recommended for all restaurants and bars, and are often required for entry.

For dinner, dancing and drinking the night away all in one location, Buddha-Bar offers a set menu and included glass of champagne, in addition to a dance floor that is rocking all night long.

Restaurant Yoshi located in Hôtel Métropole Monte-Carlo offers something different for New Year’s Eve. The menu is a beautiful selection of Japanese food, served under the guidance of renowned chef Joël Robuchon. Guests can expect an evening of elegance and charm that will not be forgotten.

Finally, visitors should not overlook Restaurant Il Terrazzino. A stupendous Italian menu is prepared at this quiet and quaint restaurant.

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