Christmas and New Year in Cannes, south of France

It is building to be an exciting time in Cannes.  Everywhere the lights, decorations and the shops are gearing up with the season.  The terrible times of the early October floods and the Paris 13th November tragedy seems to be largely forgotten, but our amazing and much appreciated security forces stay on high alert for our protection.

The markets are wonderful with early Mimosa, holly, mistletoe, Christmas roses and many wonderful things to eat.  It is a joy to buy there.  We give a bottle of wine to all our favourite and much frequented  traders and they, in return, put something extra in our shopping bags – extra lemons, bunches of fresh and sweetly smelling herbs, marrons glaces, etc. and the Scandinavian shop with it’s range of smoked salmons and vodkas provides all the shoppers with wonderful hot glüg.

The Christmas Village has attractions for children of all ages and lots of little stands selling everything you need for last-minute presents.

At midnight on New Year’s Eve – this year on Thursday – the Mayor of Cannes provides a great firework show in the bay of Cannes best seen from the middle Croisette.  This year it features the topical theme of Star Wars.  It is a pyrotechnic show not to be missed and  will feature the most famous soundtracks of the films.

Enjoy your time here – and of course the weather!  Did you know that the French Riviera used to be a winter resort for all those nationalities fleeing from the cold weather in the north.  So we will be having lunch on the beach with friends on New Year’s day – what an amazing way to see in the new year.

Our best wishes to all for a peaceful, joyful and successful 2016.

Jackie Pressman, French Riviera Property Search – acting for buyers right through from finding properties to specification and budget, advising on prices and offers, introducing professionals who speak your language, taking the purchase through to it’s final stage and, most importantly, advising on the French taxes and legal procedures to protect you and your family.




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