The four seasons of Monaco.

True haven of culture – the Principality of Monaco is a permanent entertainment in itself! Constantly simmering in artistic excitement, Monaco lives in continual motion and is always at the top of the bill! Spring, summer, autumn, winter, all seasons are beautiful.

Spring

Spring in Monaco, the gentle season

The Principality always celebrates the arrival of spring with an eclectic programme thanks to the Spring Arts Festival, a unique cultural celebration developed around a different central theme each year.

The Principality always celebrates the arrival of spring with an eclectic programme thanks to the Spring Arts Festival, a unique cultural celebration developed around a different central theme each year.
The calendar of events features music, of course, with operas, recitals and concerts, as well as dance, theatre, cinema and art, with the added attraction of discovering new talents or admiring established artists and feeling new emotions.

The second most famous gala evening after the Red Cross Ball, the Rose Ball was created by HSH Princess Grace, who each year gave this exceptional evening a special theme by associating the ball with a different country and a different rose.

Spring is the time of year when flowers bloom, flaunting their thousand colours; it is also the time of year when the sparkling International Flower-Arranging Contest is held where originality is always in abundance thanks to the skill and creativity of the members of the Garden Club. In association with this event, every year the trade show “Dream Gardens” unveils a profusion of varieties and fragrances.

Summer

Summer in Monaco, the shining season

Traditionally, the Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra performs its summer concerts, under the stars, in the unique and magical setting of the Main Courtyard at the Princely Palace.

Created in 1961 by HSH. Prince Rainier III, the Monte Carlo Television Festival endeavours “to encourage a new art form, serving peace and understanding between people”. The Nymphe d’Or is awarded to the best audio-visual creation.

The Monaco Red Cross Ball is unquestionably the high point of the summer in the Principality. This unique charity gala evening brings together high society as well as donors from all over the world at the Salle des Etoiles at the Monte-Carlo Sporting Club.

Since 1957, every 4 years, amateur actors from around the world meet in the Principality for the World Amateur Theatre Festival. Every night for ten days, over one hundred novice actors perform three plays in their mother tongue originating from different countries. A true cultural world tour without leaving your theatre seat.

Autumn

Autumn in Monaco, the Indian summer

To enjoy some magical evenings, spend a few hours in the Princess Grace Theatre during the Monte Carlo Magic Stars. Young magicians compete for the Gold and Silver Magic Wands. After the competition, internationally famous magicians perform some of their best acts!

During the reign of HSH Prince of Monaco, the National Day is held on 19 November, Saint-Rainier day. This joyful day starts with a Te Deum in the Monaco Cathedral attended by the Grimaldi family. The Monegasque people take this opportunity to honour their Princes.

Festivities are organised throughout the town, including a magnificent fireworks display, concerts, parades on the Place du Palais and medal ceremonies. The fun fair is in full swing for the delight of children and adults alike; it comes to an end one week after the National Day.

Towards the end of autumn, Port Hercule turns into an entertainment venue in preparation for the End of year festivities. Every year, the town hall produces features around imaginative themes such as “2000-2001 Monaco Lights”, “Monaco Nativity” to celebrate the last days of the year. For guaranteed enjoyment an ice skating rink appears opposite the sea in place of the Rainier III swimming pool.

The town boasts a multitude of Christmas decorations and giant Christmas trees, including a fully decorated Place du Casino and Christmas lights as far as the eye can see. Later, to welcome in the New Year, many establishments in the Principality organise special evenings for New Year’s Eve.

Winter

Winter in Monaco, the sunny season

Created in 1974 by HSH. Prince Rainier III, the International Circus Festival attracts some of the top international artists under the Fontvieille Big Top. They try to outdo each other in dexterity, agility and humour and the best acts are rewarded by Gold and Silver Clowns.

The Feast of Sainte-Dévote, Patron Saint of the Principality, is celebrated on 27 January. According to the tradition, a small boat is set alight on the harbour, in front of the “Vallon des Gaumattes”, in the presence of the ruling family. This very symbolic celebration is explained by the story of Sainte Dévote who was most certainly born in Corsica, in the year 283 A.D. She was hounded and tortured because of her Christian faith. When her wounded body was being burnt at the stake, confessors of the faith snatched it away and escaped by boat with the intention of going to Africa. Unfortunately, the winds were not favourable and the sailors fell asleep. A dream instructed them to continue their journey and follow a dove. They finally arrived near Monachon, in a small valley known as the Vallon Gannates (Vallon des Gaumattes) where the body of the martyr was laid to rest. Subsequently, a few miracles occurred, people spread the news and Dévote became the Patron Saint of Monaco.

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