The Best Christmas Events and Activities in Montreal

Festive knick knacks, carollers and strings of sparkling lights... these are the best Christmas events and activities in Montreal

There are a few key ingredients we need to get into the holiday spirit each year. Strings of twinkling lights hanging from literally every inch of our city? I mean, obvi. A light dusting of snow? Duh (don’t @ us). And last, but certainly not least, Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” on repeat while we eat gingerbread cookies, of course. Alongside these quintessential Xmas moments, La Belle Ville is serving up festive realness with light shows and markets, so read on for the best holiday events in Montreal. And if you want to jingle and mingle your way across the country before Santa Claus comes to your town, click here.

All the best christmas events and activities in Montreal

Nöel dans le parc in Montreal (Photo: Nöel dans le parc)

Le Grand Marché de Nöel

Find it: 175 Saint-Catherine St., Place des Arts, marchenoelmontreal.ca
The low-down: Trust us when we say you will never be bored at Montreal’s largest outdoor Christmas market. The Place des Arts is bustling with vendors for gift shopping, snacking and drinking (read: mulled wine). Plus, the market has various workshops if you want to take a break from browsing and get your hands dirty decorating cookies, making jewellery and DIYing your own Christmas card.
When: December 1 to 24, 2017 (closed December 4 to 6 and 11 to 13)
Vary depending on the day, see the full schedule here
Prices: Free admission

Nöel Dans Le Parc

Find it: 1500 Berri St., Place Émilie-Gamelin, 1W5, 4365-4375 Rue Cartier, Parc des Compagnons De St-Laurent, Between Boul St-Laurent and Rue Saint-Dominique, Parc Lahaie, noeldansleparc.com
The low-down: There is no need to travel to the countryside to visit a Christmas village when you have three across La Belle Ville (complete with Christmas lights, wooden cabins and holiday-inspired eats). Christmas in the park has a seriously sweet line-up of musical performances between Place Émilie-Gamelin, Parc des Compagnons De St-Laurent and Parc Lahaie, so fight the frigid temps and enjoy the festivities with a hot cup of cocoa in hand.
When: December 1 to 25, 2017
Vary depending on the day, see the full schedule here
Prices: Free admission

Salon des Métiers D’Art de Montreal

Find it: 800 Rue de la Gauchetière O, Place Bonaventure, metiersdart.ca
The low-down: With over 400 exhibitors from across Quebec, this craft fair is the perf destination to check the last few people off your present list. Stop by if you need some giftspo (gift inspiration, duh) for hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind pieces that add cozy touches to your home. We are all for supporting local artists.
When: December 7 to 17, 2017
Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m, Monday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Prices: Free admission

CP Holiday Train

Find it: AMT Station Montreal-Ouest, Chemin Broughton, cpr.ca
The low-down: This holiday train, decorated with a festive array of colourful lights and Xmas décor, is making a stop in Montreal on their cross-Canada trip. The train cars will double as a stage for Canadian musicians Colin James, Jonathan Roy and Emma-Lee to perform, and the proceeds from the trip will go towards food banks across Canada.
When: December 26, 2017
Train arrives at 6:30 p.m., Performance is from 6:45 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.
Prices: Free, but make sure to bring healthy non-perishable food for the food banks across Canada

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