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THIS WEEKEND IN MONTREAL (DECEMBER 17 TO 19)

Feeling overwhelmed by the holidays? We recommend calling in sick to your life and getting on a plane to Montreal. A weekend getaway with us will provide the escape you need to make it to the end of the year. Besides, we’ve got circus folk waiting to entertain you! Here are our weekend recommendations.

CHRISTMAS SHOPPING IN MONTREAL: 5 GIFT IDEAS FOR YOUR FOODIE FRIENDS

Planning to come to Montreal before Christmas? Friends and family back home are into food and restaurants? You’re in luck: this city is a veritable treasure trove of gifts for the seen-it-all-tasted-it-all foodie.  Champagne? T.V. chef cookbooks? So déja vu! Here are a few presents that would make any food-lover happy:

CHRISTMAS CONCERTS IN MONTREAL

Though your uncle’s eggnog-fueled Bing Crosby impression has its place, one of the most magical parts of the holiday season can be found in the music that defines it. Here are some of highlights of Montreal’s Christmas Concert lineup…

THIS WEEKEND IN MONTREAL (DECEMBER 10 TO 12)

The snow has officially arrived in Montreal, making everything look like it’s dusted in icing sugar. It’s rather magical. Montrealers don’t let the winter weather stop them from having exciting weekends. And you shouldn’t either. Here are ten weekend recommendations!

MEET A MONTREALER: SANTA CLAUS

Many people don’t realize it, but Mr. Christmas himself is a Montrealer. Each year, to get his fix of culture and fine dining, Santa Claus spends July and August in his Montreal summer home in the trendy neighborhood of Mile End, where he goes incognito in traditional Hasidic Jewish garb. Despite the über-busy time of year for Santa, he made a bit of time for The Montreal Buzz to chat over eggnog lattes at juliette & chocolat last weekend.

THE MOST ROMANTIC HOLIDAY THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL

There is something magical about Montreal over the holidays. The mixture of Christmas lights, snowflakes and European charm help create a romantic wintry setting that is hard to match anywhere else in North America. With that in mind, here are seven of our suggestions to make your getaway extra romantic!

THE NUTCRACKER MARKET

I was about nine years old when I saw my first ballet – The Nutcracker. What little girl doesn’t dance around in her PJs and dream of being Clara? (Although, personally, at that age I was more interested in leaping around in a tutu than hanging out with any Toy Soldier.) Thus began a love affair for classical dance that never really faded, even after a very discouraging Ballet For Adults class. Some things, I’ve discovered, you just have to start at a young – and pliable – age.

LE SALON DES MÉTIERS D’ART: MONTREAL’S ONE-STOP SHOPPING SPOT FOR HOLIDAYS

While in town, shop early for the whole family, for the office, for friends (and for yourself!) at the Salon des métiers d’arts du Québec. It is the most important professional exhibition-sale in the province.  The wonderful fair full of hand-made works has praise from all who visit.  It has been a go-to gift-buying place for locals for years, and visitors have quickly discovered it. You can choose from a vast array of made-with-love-and talent pieces. Art, beads and bracelets, decorative objects, ecological works, foie gras, jams, kids’ clothing, lamps, sculptures, wine..basically almost everything and anything one might need to wrap. Wait.  No need to wrap.  A booth at the Salon will do this for you…easy, peasy.