The annual Kermesse in Fontvieille is a sure sign that Christmas is just around the corner, and your chance to find great bargains!

The festive season is just around the corner and this year the annual Kermesse in Monaco run by the British Association of Monaco (BAM) will be a little earlier than usual as it is taking place on Saturday the 30th November. The 44th annual Kermesse will be held in the Chapiteau (Circus Tent) in Fontvieille from 10am to 6pm, entrance is free and there are bargains galore to be found inside.

This popular Christmas charity event has been held annually in Monaco since 1970 when it was created by the British Association, St. Paul’s Church and the Saint Vincent de Paul charity. These days other communities are also involved with the organization including the Reform Church of Monaco, the Spanish Community, and the Greek Orthodox parish.

There will be over 25 stalls including two book stalls (one English and one French), clothes stalls, a toy stall, an antique stall, a flower stall, a tombola stand and lots more.

Book stall at annual Kermesse in Monaco 2012

This year the raffle has got some fabulous prizes on offer including a 2 night stay at The Fairmount Hotel in Monaco, a night at the Riviera Marriot in Cap d’Ail, tickets to Ladies Day at the Monte Carlo Masters, bottles of champagne, helicopter rides and much more besides.

Raffle tickets cost 2€ each and will be on sale throughout the day, but if you can’t make it to the Kermesse, don’t worry you can still buy a ticket, just give Petrina a call on +33 (0)6 40 62 06 24 and she will make sure you get your chance to win.

For those of you who might feel a little bit peckish during the day there is also a restaurant in the Chapiteau which will be serving up delicious goodies from 10am to 6pm, so you can have a Christmas tipple and a mince pie while you’re browsing the stalls!

The British Association (BAM) are looking for donations and will be more than happy to accept any clothes, electrical goods, bedding, china, ornaments, toys and books during the run up to the 30th November.

Stalls of bargains at Monaco's annual Kermesse 2012

Drop off points for your contributions are to be found at:

St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Avenue de Grande Bretagne:

– Thursday 21 November : 11h00-14h00 
– Friday 22 November : 11h00-14h00 
– Saturday 23 November : 09h30-13h00 
– Monday 25 November : 11h00-14h00 
– Tuesday 26 November : 11h00-14h00 

Or directly at the Chapiteau (Circus Tent) in Fontvielle: 

– Thursday 28 November : 09h00-20h00 
– Friday 29 December : 09h00-18h00 

Volunteers will also pick up any items you are not able to drop off if you have difficulty lifting, carrying etc. Pickups can be organized from the 20th November, please contact: churchpickup [at] or call +377 93 15 02 89

The cake stand are also looking for donations so if you have time to bake a batch of brownies, cook some cupcakes or make some mince pies over the coming week, they will be very grateful for your contribution.

Monaco Kermesse 2012

If you fancy lending a hand during the run-up to the big day or on the 30th itself, the British Association is also looking for volunteers to help get everything set up and to man the stalls and sell items during the Kermesse. If you can help please contact Merville on +377 93 15 02 89 or at merville [at]

The Christmas Kermesse is extremely popular with both expats and locals alike, and all the money raised goes to support some very worthy causes. So, if you have a few hours to spare on the 30th November, make sure you don’t miss out, get down to the Chapiteau to browse the stalls and grab yourself a Christmas bargain or two, while helping the BAM kick off the festive season in Monaco!

Chapiteau de Fontvieille
5, avenue des Ligures
98000 Monaco

Tel: +377 92 05 26 00

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All images courtesy Kermesse Facebook page


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