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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.

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…

FREE THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL: DECEMBER

December can be a pricey month, what with all the gift-buying, celebratory dinners and holiday parties. Yet in Montreal there are still plenty of ways to avoid the cash drain – and not all of them involve being outside, though cross-country skiers and skaters take note: we’ve got what you need too. Art abounds at craft and artisanal fairs, outdoors and indoors, and in the sky during weekly fireworks events, and public spaces around town filled with people, music and dance performances, and even a parade or two…

3 GREAT MONTREAL CHRISTMAS MARKETS

It’s that magical time of year, the holiday season is upon us. It’s time to deck the halls, string the lights, trim the tree… and do all that shopping before you can finally kick back with some eggnog. This year it’s easy to do your Christmas shopping with Montreal Christmas markets in full swing, markets that reflect the ingenuity and creativity of the people in Montreal who are always ready to celebrate and have a little fun during the holiday season…

THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL: DECEMBER

With summer’s frenzy of activity behind us, Montrealers are ready for the slow, sweet pace of December – of course, slow is a relative term here, as holiday parties, gift shopping, music, dancing, theatre, art shows and all sorts of merry-making abound throughout the month. It’s a busy time, but with sparkling lights in the streets and plenty of warm places to cozy up, Montreal’s atmosphere is nonetheless relaxed and welcoming…

HOLIDAY SEASON HITS THE MONTREAL STAGE

The holiday lights are officially on in the streets of Montreal and I can’t help but feel a warming in my heart too. It’s the sense that we’re all in this together – in a collective celebration of the holiday season. This feeling of ineffable shared experience is one of the reasons why people are drawn to the theatre at this time of year…

COOL CHRISTMAS GIFTS AT MONTREAL’S EXPOZINE

Expozine, which boasts over 270 vendors and roughly 15 000 visitors, is the largest small press fair in Canada and a November highlight for many Montrealers. If you’re looking to give “alternative” gifts this holiday season, then consider giving people Soundgarden CDs. But, if that’s not “alternative” enough for you, then head down to Expozine (November 26-27) and check out what’s hot off the small presses…