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Robyn Fadden is a Montréal-based writer and editor who searches out city secrets, new bands, life-changing art and things to do with her perpetually active kid. Robyn has covered major events for HOUR, MUTEK, ARTINFO, CKUT 90.3FM and more.

 

Things to do in Montréal: December 23 to 29

Montréal slows its pace this week for the holidays yet there’s still so much to do – go gift shopping or ice skating, see The Nutcracker or a hockey game, warm up by a fireplace or dance late into the night. However you celebrate, Montréal wishes you a happy holiday season. Let it snow  Downtown’s Le Grand Marché de Noël de Montréal stays open throughout Christmas Eve –  find gifts, food and drink, kids activities, live music and Canada’s tallest Christmas tree on Sainte-Catherine Street outside Place des Arts. Right around the corner, art lights up when you push levers in the 13 giant zoetropes of this year’s Luminothérapie. Listen to live music, eat, drink and roast marshmallows over open fires at Noël dans le Parc at Place Émilie-Gamelin, Parc des Compagnons and Parc Lahaie, open right up to and including Christmas Day. Go ice skating at the Old Port’s Natrel Skating Rink or at Village Mammouth, turning the Olympic Stadium Esplanade into a winter fun zone with a refrigerated rink, tube sliding, food trucks and a market. See our round-up of winter activities for all ages for more things to do, including tropical adventures at the Botanical Garden and Biodôme, hosting Christmas for the Animals on Dec. 26. Last-minute shopping Outdoors, in beautiful Old Montréal there’s a… / Read More →

Free things to do this winter in Montréal

Montréal knows how to do winter right, from indoor entertainment to outdoor illuminations – and in celebration of Montréal’s 375th anniversary this year, even more free activities fill the calendar from December into March. December festivities Outdoor market Le Grand Marché de Noël de Montréal transforms Sainte-Catherine Street at Place des festivals into a winter village – find locally made goods and goodies, an activity area for kids, live music and, of course, Montréal’s first giant Christmas tree. Nearby, the 13,000 lights of the Place Ville Marie Christmas tree structure light up the business district. In Old Montréal, drink hot chocolate around a cozy fire and wander through a Christmas market at Merry Montréal at Place Jacques-Cartier. Walk down Mount-Royal Avenue for Noël sur l’Avenue and experience Noël dans le Parc at Place Émilie-Gamelin downtown and in Parc des Compagnons and Parc Lahaie in the Plateau. Indoors, the Complex Desjardins Magic Kingdom makes the mall delightful with a mini train, carousel and the multimedia Fontaine Boréale show. Winter wonderlands Take a whirl spinning fairy-tale images in giant zoetropes at this year’s Luminothérapie interactive-art playground at Place des Festivals to Jan. 29. Look towards Mount Royal (“The Mountain” to Montrealers) to see Aurores Montréal, a new 15,000 square metre light projection by artist Marc Séguin and multimedia company 4U2C…. / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: December 16 to 22

Montréal glitters this week as artistic light projections play across Mount Royal’s peak, outdoor activities keep everyone warm, markets beckon with local creations, The Nutcracker ballet delights, and live music has us singing along. Winter in the city Downtown’s Le Grand Marché de Noël de Montréal transforms Sainte-Catherine Street into a sparkling wonderland outside Place des Arts – find gifts and goodies, kids activities, live music and Canada’s tallest Christmas tree. Right around the corner, make art move with the push of a lever in the 13 giant zoetropes of this year’s Luminothérapie. The Old Port’s Natrel Skating Rink lights up with fireworks on Dec. 17. Hear music, eat, drink and even see Santa during Noël dans le Parc at Place Émilie-Gamelin, Parc des Compagnons and Parc Lahaie. Village Mammouth turns the Olympic Stadium Esplanade into a winter fun zone with ice skating, tube sliding, food trucks and a market. See our round-up of winter activities for all ages for more things to do, including tropical adventures at the Biodôme and the Botanical Garden. And find seasonal solace at some of the city’s most stunning churches and other sacred sites. Rise and shine au Salon des métiers d’art. J6. Une photo publiée par Baltic Club (@lebalticclub) le 13 Déc. 2016 à 8h58 PST Shop local, shop… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: December 9 to 15

The festive season truly fires up this week in Montréal – the city celebrates with outdoor events and markets brimming with local treats, Santa’s doing photo-op visits, The Nutcracker ballet graces the stage, along with Christmas concerts, a Leonard Cohen tribute and more. Festive fun outdoors In the heart of downtown, outdoor market Le Grand Marché de Noël de Montréal glitters alongside Canada’s tallest Christmas tree outside Place des Arts – find locally made gifts and goodies, activities for kids, live music and more. While there, take a turn on the colourful 13 giant zoetropes of this year’s Luminothérapie interactive outdoor art. Merry Montréal adds entertainment, a market, fire pits, films and warm drinks to the ambience of Old Montréal, and fireworks light up the Old Port’s Natrel Skating Rink on Dec. 10. Live music and circus, food and drink, weekend visits with Santa – and with friendly sheep and amusing elves too! – make Noël dans le Parc a must at downtown’s Place Émilie-Gamelin and at Parc des Compagnons and Parc Lahaie in the Plateau. Over at the Olympic Stadium Esplanade’s Village Mammouth go ice skating and tube sliding, snack on food truck fare and shop at the winter market. Find Santa and more seasonal things to do in our round-op of winter activities for… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: December 2 to 8

That festive holiday glow hits the streets of Montréal this week – a massive Christmas tree and an interactive art installation illuminate downtown’s Place des Festivals, markets packed with local creations pop up everywhere (and so does Santa), and new art, film and live music inspire. Festive outdoor events Canada’s biggest Christmas tree, illuminated by thousands of lights, brightens up December outdoor market Le Grand Marché de Noël de Montréal, where you’ll find all kinds of local gifts and goodies plus an activity area for kids, live music and more. Right around the corner, play in the 13 giant zoetropes of this year’s Luminothérapie interactive art project, opening Dec. 7. There’s more joy to be had at Noël dans le Parc at downtown’s Place Émilie-Gamelin (opening Dec. 2 with live music from Beat Market and Loco Locass) and at Parc des Compagnons and Parc Lahaie in the Plateau all month, as well as at the Merry Montréal celebrations in Old Montréal.  Santa also comes to the Plaza St-Hubert Christmas Parade on the evening of Dec. 2, Mount-Royal Avenue celebrates with the annual Noël sur l’Avenue all month, including a candle-lit parade and fireworks at  Parc La Fontaine on December 3 at 7 pm. Find more Santa and seasonal things to… / Read More →

Winter holiday activities for families in Montréal

In excited anticipation of Montréal’s 375th anniversary, this winter holiday season feels even brighter and more festive than usual, with activities for kids – and parents – in ever corner of the city. Noël à l’intérieur @complexedesjardins #Christmas #ChristmasLights #Montreal #MTL #MontrealLife #Quebec #Canada #Pvtistes #OnePictureADay Une photo publiée par Marion (@marion.lafon) le 28 Nov. 2016 à 5h33 PST Holiday sparkle Gather ‘round the massive, illuminated natural Christmas tree at outdoor market Le Grand Marché de Noël de Montréal while eating locally made goodies – there’s also an activity area for kids, live music and more outdoor activities, December 2 to 24. Nearby, peer into the window of Ogilvy department store on Sainte-Catherine Street to behold a miniature winter wonderland. The 13,000 lights of the Place Ville Marie Christmas tree structure glitter among downtown’s skyscrapers. And in Old Montréal, the Merry Montréal festivities mean hot chocolate, cozy fires, Christmas-themed films and a Christmas market at Place Jacques-Cartier. Join in Mount-Royal Avenue’s annual Noël sur l’Avenue celebrations all month long – hear music and take carriage rides – or at Noël dans le Parc at Place Émilie-Gamelin downtown and in Parc des Compagnons and Parc Lahaie in the Plateau neighbourhood, Dec…. / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: November 25 to December 1

Montréal says goodbye to November and hello to December with glittering outdoor entertainment and indoor magic kingdoms, Cirque du Soleil’s OVO, designer Christmas markets, amazing new films, dance and theatre, and concerts for all tastes. Winter ready Step into an entertaining winter wonderland during Noël dans le Parc at downtown’s Place Émilie-Gamelin and at Parc des Compagnons and Parc Lahaie in the Plateau neighbourhood, starting Dec. 1. Meanwhile in Old Montréal , join in the Merry Montréal celebrations, featuring a market on Place Jacques-Cartier, live music, food, microbrews and more. Visit Santa at the Complexe Desjardins Magic Kingdom, where you’ll also find a mini train and carousel, multimedia show Fontaine Boréale and performances, or find Santa in many forms at the historic Stewart Museum in a magical (and free) figurine exhibition. And explore the city streets with Art Public Montréal and in smart-phone multimedia tour Cité Mémoire in Old Montréal. Seasonal shopping Go shopping for locally made home decor, toys, clothing and accessories, beauty products, food, drink and more at the Marché Casse Noisette, transforming the lower promenade of the Palais des congrès into a glittering marketplace, Nov. 24 to Dec. 4. There’s more creative Montréal-made goods at the Souk @ SAT designer market, Nov. 30 to Dec. 4. Or shop vintage at the Empire Exchange launch in Mile End on Dec. 1. We’ve… / Read More →

Where to buy the best winter wear in Montréal

The beauty of a sunny, Montréal winter day can’t be denied, but it can be hindered, to say the least, when the wind’s whipping through your non-puffy jacket and your feet feel like blocks of ice. Thankfully, toasty-warm winter coats and boots are a Montréal speciality made with style. Cold-weather Canadian brands One thing a Canadian winter will make you appreciate is a good, warm coat and boots that can withstand not only snow but slush. Québec companies have us covered. For over 100 years, family-run company Kamik has made warm, comfortable boots – they also maintain a zero-waste production target and recycling programs. La Canadienne specializes in women’s ultra stylish, made-to-last boots, shoes, coats, bags and accessories crafted in Montréal and Italy with attention to eco-friendly materials and factory practices. And Old Montréal shoemakers Amimoc make cozy moccasins and warm boots. The wonderful @fanshionbeauty enjoying the first snowflakes in our Laurentia model. La merveilleuse @fanshionbeauty qui profite des premiers flocons de neige dans notre modèle Laurentia. Une photo publiée par QUARTZ CO. (@quartz_co) le 10 Nov. 2016 à 14h39 PST Pajar began making high-quality winter boots in Montréal in 1973 – the family-run company has since gone international and… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: November 18 to 24

As Montréal waits for its first snowfall, Santa Claus arrives in a parade, Mozart’s Don Giovanni and wild circus shows thrill, new art and film transform perceptions, and live music from electro to Bach rocks our world. Seasonal sights Santa comes to town early for Montréal’s annual Santa Claus Parade on Nov. 19 along Sainte-Catherine Street starting at 11 am at Fort Street and ending at Place des Festivals – see floats, marching bands, Santa and his elves, and more! Walk through the city streets and among the skyscrapers on tours by Art Public Montréal. See another side of Montréal in quaint neighbourhoods and big parks, and step into the past in Old Montréal on multimedia tour Cité Mémoire. Indoors, see Nintendo characters in lifelike wax at the Grevin Museum’s Super Mario and Friends exhibition, and go on tropical and outer space adventures at the Space for Life’s Botanical Garden, Insectarium, Biodôme and Planetarium. In sports: the Montréal Canadiens play the Toronto Maple Leafs on Nov. 19, the Senators on Nov. 2, and the Hurricanes on Nov. 24 at the Bell Centre and Montréal’s Minor League Soccer team the Impact play Toronto FC on Nov. 22 at Olympic Stadium. Go shopping for all kinds of cute kids’ stuff at Marché Néné in Mile End this weekend, or get… / Read More →

A traditional holiday shopping guide to Montréal

If you’re doing your holiday gift shopping in Montréal, you’ve certainly got plenty of options, from Sainte-Catherine Street brand-name shops to the local creativity of artisanal craft fairs. But if you’re specifically looking for that “holiday spirit” or “Christmas-y feeling” or “winter wonderland” in uniquely-Montréal retail form, read on. In its second year, outdoor market Le Grand Marché de Noël de Montréal turns its charm factor way up with  a massive, illuminated Christmas tree on the Place des Arts esplanade, Blending traditions from around the world, the Grand Marché offers all kinds of locally made gift items, gourmet food and drink – be sure to try an array of creative food truck fare and the homemade goodies from Labonté de la pomme Verger & Miellerie – as well as free live shows and family-oriented outdoor activities to complete the experience, December 2 to 24. The two biggest professional art and craft fairs in the city are always a sure bet for one-of-a-kind items that add a little more holiday sparkle to the season. Walk among Christmas trees and historical holiday displays as you peruse the handiwork of Québec artisans, artists and craftspeople at the impressive Salon des Métiers d’Art –… / Read More →