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Cirque du Soleil’s Varekai Brightens the Holiday Season

Enter the glittering forest realm of Cirque du Soleil’s myth-inspired Varekai this December. The internationally acclaimed circus spectacle returns to Montreal 11 years after its official premier here in Cirque du Soleil’s home town, with bigger and brighter than ever shows transforming the Bell Centre, December 20-30, 2013…

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…

NEW YEAR’S EVE TABLES FOR TOASTING AND TASTING

New Year’s Eve is the glitziest night of the year and the time when some restaurants pull out all the stops by offering special menus and sittings to send off the old year and bring in the new with a fitting air of celebration…

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…

WONDERFUL WINTER MENUS IN MONTREAL

It’s winter in Montreal, and the menus are all about meat and more meat: Pork, especially. And pasta and anything else that can warm your insides. Here are a few dishes we love from the winter menus around town right now. Because baby, it’s cold outside…

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…

THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL: DECEMBER 7-13

Montreal is in full festive mode this week, with Christmas lights twinkling throughout the city, not to mention fireworks shows, a candle-lit parade, and illuminated outdoor artwork. There’s also plenty of good food, family friendly entertainment, great arty shopping, holiday music and let-loose rock n’ roll.

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.