School Holidays

French Riviera


French School Holidays in Zone B (Alpes-Maritimes and Var)

The school calendar for the Côte d'Azur: when schools of the Riviera close for vacations and the children are on holiday. The calendar includes the dates of summer holidays, half-term, the spring break and the Christmas break...

These are the dates for Government School Calendar in Zone B which includes the Alpes-Maritimes and Var. Private schools may have slightly different dates for the school vacations; you will need to check with the relevant school.


  • The school week is 24 hours long. Some schools opt for a four day week with six hours of classes per day on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; others adopt a five day week (Monday to Friday)
  • The school day's hours vary between regions but is generally 08:30-16:30 with two breaks
  • Lunch hours vary from school to school and in general last one and a half to two hours


Alpes-Maritimes and Var School Holidays

Zone B: School Year 2015-2016
Back to School Tuesday 1 September 2015
Half Term (Toussaint) Saturday 17 October 2015
Monday 2 November 2015
Christmas (Noël) Saturday 19 December 2015
Monday 4 January 2016
Winter Half Term (Hiver) Saturday 6 February 2016
Monday 22 February 2016
Easter (Printemps) Saturday 2 April 2016
Monday 18 April 2016
Summer Holidays Begin Tuesday 5 July 2016

Zone B: School Year 2016-2017
Back to School Thursday 1 September 2016
Half Term (Toussaint) Wednesday 19 October 2016
Thursday 3 November 2016
Christmas (Noël) Saturday 17 December 2016
Tuesday 3 January 2017
Winter Half Term (Hiver) Saturday 11 February 2017
Monday 27 February 2017
Easter (Printemps) Saturday 8 April 2017
Monday 24 April 2017
Summer Holidays Begin Saturday 8 July 2017



The dates above indicate the final day of school and the day classes resume for a new term.