December 6, 2013 — The cobblestone streets of Old Montréal bustle with classic sights and all-new entertainment this holiday season: each weekend, from December 14 to January 5, Merry Montréal lights up the historic district, inviting everyone to eat, drink, and, of course, be merry.
Fun for all ages
True to Montréal’s famous festival style, during Merry Montréal’s Vibrant Weekends, the neighbourhood teems with family-friendly activities indoors and out, from theatrical performances to choirs singing in public squares to an unusual interactive audio tour around historic sites, replete with hot chocolate and mulled wine. Mistletoe in unexpected places encourages romantic moments, while elves invite kids to let their wishes be known via direct phone line to the North Pole and Santa. And for anyone who feels the winter chill, warm up inside giant wrapped presents strewn throughout the neighbourhood.
Tis the season to go shopping! Stroll through the 60-odd participating shops of Old Montréal and snag those pretty souvenirs for loved ones... or for yourself!
Many of the city’s best restaurants call Old Montréal home and really get into the holiday spirit during Merry Montréal. Gourmet holiday feasts abound, created by some of the city’s most distinguished chefs, who aim not only to please, but to truly impress. Restaurants offer seasonal table d’hôte meals, unique menu items and cocktails, and hassle-free accommodation for large parties, all in the name of holiday decadence and joviality.
When it comes to New Year’s Eve in Montréal, the possibilities for celebration seem endless. Merry Montréal hosts one of the biggest New Year’s Eve events in town: a free party at Place Jacques-Cartier, from 7 p.m. until well after midnight, featuring live music by The Lost Fingers, a countdown to midnight, fireworks and more.
Enjoy the holidays and share your experiences using the #MerryMontreal hashtag!