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Things to do in Montréal December 30 to January 5

Ring in the New Year in Montréal with fabulous gourmet dinners and glamorous parties, ice skating under a firework-filled sky, cabaret shows or hockey games, or simply a relaxing walk along snowy streets. Happy New Year! New Year’s in Montréal In the city that parties hard no matter what the weather, New Year’s Eve might be the biggest, wildest party night. Expect fun before and after midnight at Montréal’s family-friendly and free New Year’s Eve Party in the Old Port with fireworks and live music from Alex Nevsky, Bernard Adamus, Klô Pelgag and more. Dance the night away with Gogol Bordello at L’Olympia, in the SAT’s immersive audiovisual dome or at Île Soniq’s Ceremonie 2017 with Dirty Audio and Jason Ross. Some of Montréal’s best hotels throw their own swanky, champagne-flowing events, as does the Casino de Montréal and almost every bar in the city – find out where to be on NYE in our New Year’s Eve Guide and make your New Year’s resolutions Montréal-style. Outdoor activities Take a winter walk through beautiful Old Montréal, where Place Jacques-Cartier features a market, entertainment, fire pits and warm drinks courtesy of Merry Montréal until New Year’s Day. Step inside the art-filled 13 giant zoetropes of this year’s Luminothérapie outside Place des Arts. Rent skates and take a turn on the Old Port’s… / Read 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 →

Kiss 2016 goodbye with our New Year’s Eve party guide

It’s only fitting, in light of what’s shaping up to be 365 days of partying for Montréal’s 375th birthday next year, that we should kick it all off with what’s always the single biggest night of celebration in la belle ville, New Year’s Eve. We offer the following guide to help get you going in the right direction on the road to ringing in 2017. Speaking of big… The Merry Montreal-organized outdoor New Year’s Party in Old Montréal’s Place Jacques-Cartier and the quays of the Old Port, now in its fourth year, will once again be by far and away the largest gathering of New Year’s revelers in the city. Last year tens of thousands of celebrants turned up for the free concerts by top-tier Québec performers, the midnight countdown and massive fireworks display, as well as the all-night DJ dance party afterward. The free concert and party gets going at 7 pm. (And let’s put it out there right away that getting around will be a breeze on the Eve since the metro – Montréal’s subway – will be open all night.) Une photo publiée par Hotel William Gray (@hotelwilliamgray) le 6 Oct. 2016 à 6h15 PDT Speaking of… / 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 →

Things to do in Montréal: January 1 to 7

A new year, a new week – welcome to 2016 and welcome to Montréal! The genuine joys of the holiday season continue into this week at excellent restaurants and bars, outdoor markets, museums and music venues, and out on the streets and ice rinks of the city. New Year’s eats We could technically still call this “the holidays,” and many of the restaurants in our guide to holiday menus in Montréal do! From six-service table d’hôtes to classic French fare, welcome in the New Year with an excellent meal or two. Celebrate your love of wine and good food at these 10 wine-devoted restaurants. Get your fill of Peking Duck and dumplings on New Year’s Day at these Chinese food restaurants open over the holidays. If a burger and fries is your comfort food, get back to basics with these 5 must-try burgers. And since a vacation isn’t enough time to try everything Montréal’s cuisine scene has to offer, bring these made-in-Montréal treats home and pack a bottle of celebratory Québec-made alcohol, whether it’s gin or sparkling cider. Rewarding resolutions If you’re prone to making New Year’s resolutions, it’s easy to follow through on the fun ones in Montréal: skydive… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: December 25 to 31

During Christmas week, Montréal slows down, a peaceful quality permeating the air – of course, restaurants and bars still serve up fantastic fare, art and cultural activities abound for kids and adults alike, skating rinks and winter villages bustle, and by New Year’s Eve everyone is ready to party like it’s 2016. Dazzling food and drink Montréal knows that the pleasure and comfort of excellent meals and marvelous drinks is essential to the holiday season. Our guide to holiday menus in Montréal takes you around the city to discover the best in seasonal eating, from six-service table d’hôtes to classic French fare. Also peruse our guide to Restaurants open on Christmas Day for more first-rate feasting options. Add the unique quality of Québec-made alcohols to your holiday cocktails: try gin, vodka, ice wine, ciders and more made by Canadian distilling experts with a flare for flavour. And wine lovers should get cozy at these 10 wine-devoted restaurants. If you’re dining with a big family or friends, look into a private dining room experience. And if your holiday tradition involves Peking Duck and dumplings, let us show you where to eat Chinese food on Christmas and New Year’s. On the other hand, sometimes you just need a… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: December 18 to 24

In the week leading up to Christmas a lot of us are either rushing around getting things done or winding down at last – whether you need to go gift shopping or just want to relax at a show, there’s plenty to do in Montréal right up to Christmas and beyond. Merry days and nights Celebrate the season in season in Montréal style at Merry Montréal throughout Old Montréal where you can warm up at fires, drink free hot chocolate, see Santa at the Christmas market at Place Jacques-Cartier, watch Christmas-themed films and more. Over at downtown’s Place des festival, let the kids loose and your inner child play at the glittering Le Grand Marché de Noël de Montréal outdoors on the Esplanade of Place des Arts. Also outdoors at Place des Arts, play on the 30 illuminated see-saws of interactive art exhibition Luminothérapie, on until January 31 along with animated digital art projected onto nearby buildings and throughout the Quartier des Spectacles. And Le Festival Noël dans le parc lights up Parc des Compagnons-de-St-Laurent (Mont-Royal Avenue at Cartier) with activities and music on weekday evenings and in the afternoon and evenings on weekends to December 25. More holiday fun For hours… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal December 11 to 17

This is the week when it really and truly begins to feel a lot like Christmas – whether snow falls or not, the streets are aglitter with seasonal festivities. Go shopping for gifts, play on interactive public art, see The Nutcracker and more on stage, and hear music from choirs to rock bands. Sparkling streets Follow the glittering lights and happy people to Le Grand Marché de Noël de Montréal, a colourful new outdoor winter market right downtown at the Place des Arts Esplanade, December 12 to January 2, where not only can you find great presents but plenty of activities, entertainment and food and drink for the whole family. Montréal celebrates the season all around the city: Merry Montréal turns Old Montréal into a winter wonderland with fires to warm up by, free hot chocolate, Santa at the Christmas market at Place Jacques-Cartier, Christmas-themed films and more; in the Plateau at the Marché de Noël Prince Arthur along Prince Arthur Street starting at the corner of Boulevard St-Laurent see performances, watch films, shop and sample treats; Le Festival Noël dans le parc lights up Parc des Compagnons-de-St-Laurent (Mont-Royal Avenue at Cartier) and Parc Lahaie (Saint-Laurent Boulevard at Saint-Joseph) with activities and live… / Read More →

Merry Montréal: your hub for magical holiday activities

From December 3 to January 1, Old Montréal and the Old Port will be shining brightly for the holidays! Foodies, adventurers, visitors and night owls are invited to partake in the magical events that make up the third edition of Merry Montréal. Stroll through the neighbourhood’s illuminated streets and discover the area’s historical charm, a delightful Christmas market and a wide array of free activities for families, friends and lovers. New: Christmas Market What’s more delightful than an outdoor Christmas market during the holidays? This year, some 20 exhibitors will be offering their yuletide creations, ranging from gourmet treats and sparkling jewelry, to modern décor items, amusing toys, natural fir trees and many more unique finds carefully crafted by local producers and craftspersons – just in time for Christmas shopping. And don’t miss your chance to meet Santa on December 5, 12 and 19, between 1 and 5 p.m., and tell him how good you’ve been this year! The Christmas Market will be open on Thursdays and Fridays starting at 4 p.m., and on Saturdays and Sundays starting at noon, until December 20 at Place Jacques-Cartier. Sparkling Nights Merry Montréal is proud to announce that Cœur de Pirate will be headlining… / Read More →