The Ultimate 2016 Montreal Christmas and Holiday Guide
It’s time for our annual Christmas and Holiday article — your guide on how to soak up the spirit of the city of Montreal during the holiday season. If you’re in Montreal during the holidays on business staying in our furnished apartments, it can be difficult being away from home. You may miss your family, friends, loved ones –and all the little family traditions may begin to mean so much more. This is the time of year when many people like to be with their family. However, sometimes it just isn’t feasible. Don’t worry — we have put together the ultimate guide on how to spend the Christmas and Holiday season in Montreal to help you make the most of your time and keep you busy, engaged and in high spirits!
Christmas Markets and Activities
Parc Des Compagnons’ 2016 Noel dans le Parc is happening right now through December 25 featuring a range of Christmas shops, holiday treats, bonfires, winter BBQs and a huge lineup of free shows. This is located in Montreal’s Plateau-Mile-End borough, one of the most interesting and gorgeous areas in the city.
Le Grande Marché De Montreal is taking place right now at Place Des Arts until December 25. It is one of Montreal’s biggest Christmas markets featuring gift stalls, food and drink, Christmas activities and more. It’s located right in the heart of downtown and best of all, there’s free access on Christmas Eve!
Places Des Arts is also the home of exciting installation art hosted by Quartiers Des Spectacles. This year, Luminothérapie will include the zoetrope interactive installation to discover during a walk around Places Des Arts. Every year Quartier Des Spectacles outdoes themselves with new and innovative ideas. This is something different to experience –so be sure to catch this during your stay in the city.
Complexe Desjardins is also located in the heart of downtown. This year it’s hosting its second annual Fontaine Boréale, an interactive light and water show complete with animation and music. If you need to do some last minute Christmas gift shopping, Complexe Desjardins is connected to the famous underground city, a network of shopping centres. Make this a stop on your list. It’s a spectacle not to be missed!
Montréal en Fêtes’ Le Marché de Noel is a Christmas Market located in the heart of Montreal’s Old Port. It’s happening right now through till January 1 and includes a host of events like holiday film screenings, boutiques, a new year’s party, free activities, beer tastings and more.
Montreal’s Old Port also has the Natrel Skating Rink which is open right now for beautiful holiday-themed outdoor skating. If you don’t have your own skates, you can rent a pair on site. Be sure to check their schedule and rates before you plan your visit!
If you’d like to attend a Christmas Mass there are many churches and cathedrals in Montreal offering a mass service open to the public too. St. Joseph’s Oratory is one of the most popular locations for Christmas Mass in the city, located in the scenic borough of Cotes-Des-Neiges. Make sure to get there early to ensure you get a spot — they are usually pretty busy!
If you’re looking for a place to have a Christmas Lunch or Dinner, Eater Montreal has created a comprehensive list (along with a map) of what’s open on Christmas for lunch and dinner services. This list covers local restaurants, eateries, and hotels that will be serving Christmas meals. Standouts from the list include Maggie Oaks that will be hosting a 3-course Christmas Brunch for $39, L’Auberge Saint-Gabriel’s Annual Christmas Ball and Dinner (this link is to last year’s event), and Jazz Wine Bar Modavie’s 3-course Christmas Dinner for $50.
Montreal is a multicultural and highly diverse city that celebrates a range of holidays aside from Christmas. One of them includes Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights. While Hanukkah is mainly celebrated privately in homes with festive meals, candle lighting and ceremonies, Montreal has a few interesting events for those who will be missing their traditional celebrations back at home.
If you celebrate Hanukkah, the Grand Menorah Lighting Party is taking place on Dec 16 & 17 at Chabad in Old Montreal. There is also a Hanukkah Party happening at the Jewish Public Library on Dec 18. An additional set of events are being hosted by Temple Montreal later in December including a Shabbat Vegetarian Pot-Lakke, Candle Lighting, Movie nights and more.
We hope you get a chance to relax a little and enjoy our city this holiday season. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from EnVille!
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