Spotlight: Feast of the Immaculate Conception in Monaco

Yesterday, December 8, hundreds attended a solemn mass in the Cathedral of Monaco and later participated in a torch-lit procession to mark the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, representing the Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  During the procession, the Archbishop of Monaco, Bernard Barsi, blessed the Crèche (Nativity Scene) in front of the Prince’s Palace, and the procession culminated at the Chapelle de la Miséricorde (Chapel of Mercy).  The Feast of the Immaculate Conception is a national holiday in the Principality of Monaco.

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Christmas on the French Riviera

December is finally here! Advent is already under way, and Christians around the world will celebrate the birth of Jesus later this month on Christmas Day.  Traditionally, Christmas also means month-long festivities involving Christmas markets, Christmas concerts, and many other dedicated events.

Traveling to the French Riviera this month and want to experience a Riviera-style Christmas with beautiful sights, events, activities, and Christmas villages and markets?

Here are 7 towns you must visit! 

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7 European Christmas Markets Worth Visiting This Year

It’s finally December, which means that the countdown to Christmas has officially begun! December is the month where billions of Christians around the world celebrate Christmas, the birth of Jesus Christ.

Many European countries are world-renowned for holding Christmas markets in their major cities.  The Christmas market concept originated in Europe, notably in Germany, Austria, and certain French regions, in the late Middle Ages. Continue reading