Your 4* hotel right at the heart of the Nice Carnival

Music, dance, glitz, big heads and gigantic floats... What comes to mind? The Nice Carnival of course! Soak up the party atmosphere and sunshine of the Côte d’Azur at one of the world's biggest carnivals. The Best Western Plus Hôtel Masséna brings you the official schedule for the 150th Nice Carnival and the surprises it has in store for you. Confetti and good times guaranteed!


Experience exciting performances and colourful floats from February 10th to 26th 2023 at the Nice Carnival's King of the World's Treasures. The theme of the Nice Carnival changes every year and tends to be based on history, mythology or current trends.

The hugely popular event attracts thousands of visitors every year. The Nice Carnival has been dazzling visitors from home and abroad every winter since 1873.


Your 4* hotel right at the heart of the Nice Carnival

Stay at the Best Western Plus Hôtel Masséna Nice in the heart of the action. Our 4* hotel is in a prime location just 1 minute's walk from Place Masséna, where the Nice Carnival is held every year, so you get the full-on carnival experience.

Get a warm welcome from the entire team dressed up to suit the colourful carnival atmosphere. There's a whole host of fun and surprises in store for you including a photo booth with a big carnival head and accessories. Capture the moment and share it on social media with the hashtags #CarnavaldeNice and #SummerHotels!

Our team is here to help you decide what to see and do: are you more carnival corso or flower battle? Sit down to enjoy the show or stand up to get up close to the performers?


A show-stopping schedule for the 150th Nice Carnival

2023 is going to be an amazing year in Nice when it comes to events! Nice sets the scene for the world's biggest sporting and cultural events including the 150th anniversary of the Nice CarnivalRugby World Cup and Ironman World Championship.

This year it's the 150th anniversary of the Nice Carnival and the city is pulling out all the stops with a show-stopping great parade to get the party started. Be there at 2.30pm on Saturday February 11th to experience the imaginary fairytale world of the "ymagier" designers and carnival acts.

The opening ceremony sees the King arrive on Place Masséna and the inauguration of the Carnival Village on Promenade du Paillon (free and open daily) at 6.30pm on Friday February 10th (free for locals).


Illuminated Carnival Corso

Feast your eyes on the floats inspired by the King of the World's Treasures theme every Saturday and Tuesday at 8.30pm (1.5 hr duration). The lights come on at night to dazzle children and adults with a feast of sound and light. Street performers and bands of all genres from all over the world put on a colourful and fun-filled family show.

Illuminated Corso Carnavalesque - Summer Hotels Credit

Flower battles

Every Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday from 2.30pm or 3pm, watch the parade of floats covered with floral designs strut down the Promenade des Anglais under the Nice sunshine. The performers wear fabulous costumes and dance on colourful structures as they rain flowers down on spectators. A sensory extravaganza bursting with floral scents, music and colour.

Lou Queernaval

See you at 8.30pm on Friday February 17th 2023 for the biggest gay carnival in France. Everybody's welcome to the free carnival that celebrates togetherness, inclusion and diversity. On the agenda: OTT parades, glitz and glitter, fluffy feathers and colourful performers joined by funny creatures on Place Masséna.

Book your tickets now on the official Nice Carnival website to experience these incredible events with familyfriends or me, myself and I.


The Rio Carnival comes to Nice for the party

A VIP guest is coming to kick off the Nice Carnival and get the party started: the Rio Carnival! It's the biggest carnival in terms of visitor numbers. People flock from around the world to Brazil's Rio de Janeiro to celebrate joy, celebration and peace every February. Are you ready? Samba beats will be banging all over Nice!


There are surprises galore for this extra special Nice Carnival in 2023! The excitement begins on February 10th 2023.

Keep up the momentum and explore the Côte d’Azur with the Menton Lemon Festival, at the same time as the Nice Carnival, and a stay at one of the two Summer Hotels in Menton: the Best Western Hôtel Méditerranée or ibis Styles Menton Centre.

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