We’ve compiled our top 11 holiday activities in Montreal… for locals and visitors alike!
By Frédérik Nissen
The summer months might be behind us, but with the cool weather comes holiday cheer! Montreal’s festivities go year round, and Christmas season is no exception. From markets to hot chocolates, and Christmas parks to fireworks, we’ve picked 11 things you won’t want to miss this year.
From December 3rd to January 1st, Old Montreal puts on a wide selection of impressive holiday activities. Outdoor holiday film screenings, marshmallow roasting stations, cool yoga, gift hunts… If you’ve got a penchant for festive activities, Merry Montreal has your back!
The Montreal Craft Beer Tour is the perfect holiday afternoon activity! Whether it’s as a gift to a loved one, a way to show an out-of-towner Montreal’s best brewpubs, or even a way to spend some quality time with the beer lovers you love so dearly, it’s Latin Quarter brewpub itinerary will let you savour beer, observe the cheer, and learn more about Montreal. Gift certificates are now available, so you can surprise the beer-lover in your family with a special treat.
Source: Noel dans le parc, Emmanuel Crombez
Germany is full of Christmas markets and Montreal seems to be following suite! From December 1st to 25th, Christmas in the Park will be happening on the corner of Cartier and Mont-Royal. What does one do at Christmas in the Park? Bring a friend, buy a Christmas tree, sing some songs, and drink mulled wine!
Source: Noel sur l’avenue
Mont-Royal avenue takes on a new flair during the holidays, and its 2015 edition is looking quiiiite promising. December 5th kicks off the event with an enchanting torch lit Christmas walk, followed by a free show by locally adored Loco Locass. There will even be a blood drive, if you’re feeling generous! You can also enjoy visual treats all month long, with Idee-O-Rama’s cartoon image bubbles, festive window displays, and much more.
6. Take a Break from the holiday cheer at your local cinema
Let’s face it: Christmas shopping is exhaaaausting. If you’ve taken the time off to wrap presents and attend family dinners, you’ve got a couple hours to treat yourself. This year, Star Wars is just in time for those seeking a little retreat from all the holiday shopping and socializing. Thank you, universe!
From November 26 to December 6, Le Palais des Congres will be hosting Montreal’s first non-profit market, The Nutcracker Market! Local vendors pair up with excellent gift ideas, merchants and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens will donate 10% of proceeds to The Nutcracker for Children fund. A good cause, a cheery atmosphere, and awesome gift ideas… what more could you ask for?
Doll castle, Rudolf Szálasi, Germany, 1975 / Source: Stewart Museum
If you’re a fan of Christmas things, you’re in for a treat in this magical Christmas exhibit. Until January 16, the Stewart Museum will be hosting hand crafted Santa figurines from American and Quebec artists. The exhibit features an explanation of the doll making process, family friendly activities, film screenings, and even a little Christmas gift for every visitor! Watch the figurines come alive to music inside a Chrismas doll house… how enchanting!
3. Hit the Town on New Years Eve
Ah, New Years Eve. The drunkest night of the year! Montreal’s party scene never sleeps, so you can be sure a NYE in town will be one to remember. If you want to go all out, check out Club Zone’s long list of events, a pick a few. If you’re not into clubbing, former Wolf Parade members’ new project The Operators will be playing and celebrating at Bar le Ritz BDP, and if you like things a little out of the ordinary, this year’s Carnavalesque event is Star Wars themed! Burlesque Star Wars?! Awesome.
2. Enjoy a Mind Blowing Hot Chocolate
What better time than the holidays to grab a loved one and enjoy winter’s most comforting beverage? Montreal spoils us with scrumptious hot chocolate options, so you may want to try this one out a few times. Our top picks are:
1. Start your singing career with some Christmas carolling
This favourite holiday pastime can be quite hilarious. Gather some good-humoured friends like yourself, rehearse a song, and pick a random house where people are home. Ring that doorbell, and get singing! Your Montreal neighbours will love favourite Christmas songs, and if not…. they’ll ask you to leave. It’s a little prank, but the results can be very entertaining.
Merry Christmas to all of you!