With a dash of glamour and a tonne of local good cheer, the beautiful fishing village of Saint Tropez glitters and shines over Christmas and New Year, making it an ideal place to visit on your Christmas holiday.
In Saint Tropez, at Christmas time, you’ll find mulled wine and fireworks, an ice skating rink and chocolate fair, and streets hung with twinkling lights. Dine at cosy restaurants with stone cave walls and open fires, go to midnight mass in the local church or listen to live music spilling out over a busy square, coloured lights reflecting off the cobblestones. Perhaps you’ll see a famous resident or two wandering along the seafront in a fur coat on a blustery day, masts of the gathered sailboats rocking in the port. When the sun shines (as it so often does in the southern winter), a Saint Tropez beach club is a great place to be over the Xmas break.
When New Year beckons, the town gathers for a celebration – New Year parties are called 'réveillon' in French, so watch out for any advertised events with this name. While New Year’s Eve is brought in with fireworks and parties, the French traditionally celebrate New Year’s day with a feast, so you’ll also find some elaborate dining events at the local restaurants on the first of January.
Saint Tropez is putting on an action-packed schedule of events over the festive season. Here’s our guide to the top things to do over Christmas and New Year in Saint Tropez.