Christmas windows and decorations

© Tourisme Montréal, Daniel Choinière - The Secret Bench on McGill College Avenue© Tourisme Montréal, Stéphan Poulin - Shopping on Saint-Denis Street© Tourisme Montréal, Stéphan Poulin - McGill College Avenue / Downtown
© Thibaud De Corta - Christmas in the Park© Tourisme Montréal, Matthieu Dupuis - Old Montreal© Tourisme Montréal, Stéphan Poulin - Place Ville Marie / Christmas tree

© Tourisme Montréal, Daniel Choinière - The Secret Bench on McGill College Avenue

December 15, 2016 – Montréal absolutely loves to dress up and the holiday season is no exception. While you’re out enjoying the city’s winter wonder, make sure to check out these spots for their festive finery.

On downtown’s McGill College Avenue, stop to admire the millions of dazzling lights draped around the column of trees. This beautifully illuminated promenade leads to the Christmas tree that dominates Place Ville Marie, a shining beacon on a crisp winter eve. On the Plateau, discovery-worthy arteries include Saint-Denis Street, Mont-Royal Avenue and Saint-Laurent Boulevard.

Squares and parks
Have a gander at some of these dazzling squares and parks on your next winter walkabout. Wander through the lively ambiance of Phillips Square downtown, or enjoy the winter wonderland of Parc La Fontaine, where glittering lights adorn the trees and skating pond. Every year, young and old love the feel of long ago recreated in Place Émilie-Gamelin during Christmas in the Park, which features a colourful medley of musicians, storytellers, poets, buskers and puppeteers in a festive village atmosphere.

Montréal musts
Merry Montréal As the name suggests, Old Montréal is brimming with the spirit of the holiday season. Its cobblestone streets and buildings are host to beautiful sights such as lit-up historic squares and street animation, while a skating rink, fireworks and a festive outdoor ball are part of the outdoor program.

Winter Village at the Olympic Park – The Olympic Park goes into full holiday mode when the season to celebrate comes around in Montréal. Its Esplanade Financière Sun Life becomes a winter village where ice skating, street food and free activities for the family play into the magical atmosphere.

What would the holiday season be without a stop by the store windows and displays on Sainte-Catherine street? Wee ones never tire of watching those fairytale scenes come alive. Some have been delighting passers-by for more than 50 years.