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Merry Montreal Celebrates Holiday Season in the City

The cobblestone streets of Old Montreal bustle with classic sights and all-new entertainment this holiday season: each weekend, from December 14 to January 5, Merry Montreal lights up the historic district, inviting everyone to eat, drink, and, of course, be merry…

THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL: DECEMBER 21-JANUARY 1

The last week of the year is going to be a good one in Montreal, whether you’re looking for a relaxing home-away-from-home vacation or a week of glitzy shows and New Year’s Eve parties – or both, because Montreal certainly isn’t going to make you choose…

WHERE TO EAT CHINESE FOOD IN MONTREAL ON CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR’S DAY

If you don’t have plans for Christmas dinner or need some post-NYE food therapy, here are some Chinese spots that are open if you’re too lazy to plan something, don’t celebrate, are having trouble finding something that’s open, or, quite wisely, just love you some Chinese food…

WINTER VILLAGE AT THE OLYMPIC PARK

From December 15 to mid-March, the Olympic Park will be hosting a winter wonderland of free activities. You can look forward to toboggan slides, ice skating trails, mini tennis in the snow, food trucks, live entertainment and so much more. And, if you get cold, there are strategically placed warm-up zones throughout the park. It seems like they really have thought of everything this year…

SEASONAL SWEETS AND BAKED GOODS WORTH SENDING HOME

While Montreal’s chocolateries, patisseries and boulangeries are some of the best and most creative in the business all the year long, they truly shine during holiday time, when all their expertise and creativity comes to the forefront as they bake and exhibit their special treats of the season…

FAMILY HOLIDAY GUIDE TO MONTREAL

Montreal is truly beautiful during the winter holiday season – lights adorn the historical buildings and churches of Old Montreal, Christmas trees sparkle in the streets and windows – yet somehow beauty doesn’t always keep kids happy… Here are some ideas for holiday season family fun in Montreal.

MONTREAL BUZZ GUIDE TO HOLIDAY CRAFT & ARTISANAL FAIRS

Holiday shopping might not be everyone’s favourite activity, but in Montreal, shopping can be a thoroughly delightful artistic and cultural experience, especially during December, when craft and artisanal fairs showcase some of the best made-in-Quebec creative goods around, from traditional crafts to avant-garde designs.

HOLIDAYS IN MONTREAL

The holiday season is special everywhere but, though we’re a bit biased here at the Montreal Buzz, we’re pretty sure it doesn’t get much more special than this. From skating on the The Quays Skating Rink to the wonderful Christmas village found at the Old Montreal Extravaganza Festival, from Mile End’s Noël dans le Parc to shopping on St-Denis, McGill & Sainte-Catherine, and finally the wonderful night sky artistry of TELUS Fire On Ice, if this video doesn’t put you in the festive spirit then you’re probably a grinch. But you’re not, so enjoy.

HOLIDAY CONCERTS IN MONTREAL

What is the sound of the holiday season? Traditional Christmas hymns, carols and compositions sung by a choir in an opulent church? Ubiquitous jazzy muzak renditions of the same through mall speakers? Well, Montreal’s got both, but we’ve also gone several steps further, with eclectic choirs, gospel goings-on, orchestral arrangements, Hanukkah shindigs, jazz interpretations and more than a few nights of good old-fashioned, possibly mulled, rock n’ roll…