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.
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December in Montreal begins with nothing short of fireworks on Saturday night, along with several other events that light up the city, from outdoor art to Christmas-tree festooned craft fairs – a few stars of comedy and music glitter even in our midst this week too.
Take a break in Montreal this week with days dedicated to amazingly affordable fine food, high-flying and inspiring on-stage entertainment, international film and art, family-friendly sounds of science, and lots of great live music…
Art and entertainment merge this week in Montreal with two international film festivals, a festival of experimental performance and music, a gorgeous ballet, thought-provoking theatre and art that brings Montreal closer to Brooklyn. Plus there’s NBA basketball, Olympic-level hockey, pre-Halloween festivities, and lots of live music.
Montreal is without doubt a 4G city – ghosts, ghouls goblins and gremlins – when it comes to its Halloween celebrations, and this year again provides no rest for the wicked with a wide-ranging array of activities and events catering to a broad spectrum of seasonal fun seekers. We’ll commence with the family-oriented fun times first…
The city-wide high-energy party that is summer in Montreal is over, but autumn comes with its own entertainment, namely in arts and culture: this week see films from around the world, ballet with Japanese flair, theatre that’s both dark and light and art that illuminates – and as always, live music is everywhere, every day.
This fall, Montreal’s visual and performing arts scene is as hot as the summer of 2012 was: see thought-provoking visual art, world-class dance and circus, and emotionally rousing theatre of all genres. And if you’re here September 28-30, take in as much of Montreal’s arts and culture scene as you can handle during the city-wide Journées de la Culture, a weekend of special exhibitions, activities and performances at museums, galleries, theatres and even in the streets…
Sunny days are here again! Yet it seems that a lot of the fun stuff to do this weekend in Montreal requires indoor adventuring, especially at night. The FMX Challenge brings the outdoors – at least the dusty, dirt biking part of it – inside the Bell Centre, while the Israel Film Festival manages to capture the spirit of a nation (and its divisions) on screen. Plus New Yorks meets Montreal in dance, Beethoven moves in, and new media art that proves the future is now.
In the cold of January Montreal’s premier English-speaking theatre heats things up with their Wildside Festival, a program of risqué and out-there theatre productions culled from the best of the festivals that have graced the city’s theatres over the past year. My personal favourite of these is Neon Nightz, a tour-de-force cabaret show that both titillated and moved me when I saw it at the Edgy Women Festival last summer.