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Free things to do this December in Montréal

We anticipate December’s holiday shopping, gift giving and celebratory meals and parties long before the first snow falls, yet Montréal also offers a flip side that doesn’t cost a thing and can often be just as glamorous. Read on for free and easy December fun! Merry making Old Montréal’s December-long winter extravaganza, Merry Montréal, adds shine to the Old World edifices and glitter to the cobblestones – drink free hot chocolate and coffee, watch Christmas-themed films like Home Alone and Elf on an outdoor screen, warm up around fires, bring kids to see Santa at the Christmas market at Place Jacques-Cartier, call the North Pole, broadcast holiday wishes on “Wish-a-Phones,” and top it all off at the end of the month with the Merry Montréal New Year’s Ball. Outdoor illumination Become a kid again – or just join the kids at play already – at this year’s edition of Luminothérapie, an interactive-art playground filled with 30 seesaws emitting sound and light at Place des Festivals, beginning December 10. Also watch for state-of-the-art video projections on nearby Théâtre Maisonneuve and UQAM’s President–Kennedy building as well as the Grande Bibliothèque, UQAM bell tower and five more looming facades. Winter in the parks… / Read More →

Things to do in Montreal: November 28 to December 4

Is it right that all I’m thinking about is the holidays? The snow is barely sticking to the ground these days, but the twinkly magic of Christmastime is all around. This week is the perfect time to start on your gift shopping and visit Santa… in addition to seeing a couple of plays, catching some live music and sampling the best in local wines, of course. (gift shopping) The magic returns to the Palais des Congrès until December 7, for the fifth annual Nutcracker Market by Les Grands Ballets de Montréal. Find the toys, jewelery, knits and tasty treats you need for your list, and help out The Nutcracker Fund for Children, which supports all sorts of arts and culture initiatives for kids. The annual and beloved Souk@SAT is back too this weekend and until December 30: this holiday bazaar unites the contemporary creations of over 70 local artists, designers and craftspeople. Souk@SAT takes over the entire Society for Arts and Technology building to showcase fantastic purchasable fashion, home décor, toys, accessories and more. Get a dose of Santa at Plaza St-Hubert this Friday, November 28, during the 10th anniversary of the Défilé des rêves holiday parade: activities, music and merriment are… / Read More →

Guide to the 2014 Montreal International Jazz Festival

The 35th edition of the Montreal International Jazz Festival lights up the city with hundreds of live music concerts, June 26 to July 6. Let our festival guide lead the way through some of the fest’s top-billing sweet sounds and an array of dining, shopping, late-night entertainment, and family-friendly options too…

Sail the High Seas at Pointe-à-Callière

Travel back in time and live the swashbuckling, adventurous life of pirates and sailors of New France at Pointe-à-Callière Museum’s Pirates or Privateers?, a hands-on exhibition for families and kids 6 to 12 years old…

Guide to Montreal’s Commercial Art Galleries

Have you ever visited a museum and wished it were a shop? Short of becoming a game-show millionaire, you may never be able to buy a Monet or a Borduas – but you can get close. Montreal has a slew of commercial galleries that enable both experienced collectors and more timid art lovers to invest in a masterpiece (or three) of their own. Here are some spots to start with…

Montreal’s two biggest museums join forces for 1+1=1

Montreal’s two biggest museums – usually competitors for traffic – have come together to produce a sum greater than their parts: the exhibition 1+1=1, featuring the best contemporary art their shared collections have to offer…

Things to Do in Montreal: April 12-18

With winter on the outs, Montreal is picking up the pace (though we didn’t slow down too much) with spring-themed restaurant menus, a huge fashion sale, sporting events, comedy stylings, theatre, dance, interactive art and an extreme number of live music shows…

Spring into the MACM

The power to make art is yours these days at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (MACM), right in the heart of the city’s bustling Quartier des Spectacles…

BEST MONTREAL CULTURE APPS 2013

Welcome to 2013, where everything has an App. Restaurants have apps, museums have apps, and that lamppost probably has an app. Here are some of the coolest (and totally free) Montreal Culture Apps so far in 2013…

THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL (AUGUST 4-11)

After all the weeks of festivals upon festivals – jazz, comedy, world-beat, circus – August brings a slight reprieve. Oh, there are still hundreds of things to do this week in Montreal, but the pace of activity is more suited to August vacation time: relaxing in the park to film and music, taking in a play and some art, watching hot bodies on the volleyball court or on the catwalk, you know, the usual Montreal fare…