Montreal is filled with spectacular shows and festive events during the holidays. There are several events and sceneries for you to enjoy throughout the holidays in Montreal.
The Quartier des Spectacles Jardins d’Hiver has returned to Montreal, which you can visit any day during this month. It will be open from 11 am to 8 pm. It is free to visit. Not only has a giant Christmas tree all lit up, but Jardins d’Hiver sells local products such as maple syrup, toys, Christmas decor, clothes, food and drinks.
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Old Port Skating Rink
Old Port Skating Rink in Montreal will be opening on December 11. It will be open from Monday- Wednesday from 9 am to 9 pm and from 9 am to 10 pm on Thursday-Saturday. Seasonal tickets cost 24$.
If you want to have a professional Christmas photoshoot taken for Instagram or your holiday cards, then Maison Pépin is the spot. Maison Pépin’s alleyway has been transformed into a breathtaking rustic Christmas market. From now until December 19, groups of up to 4 people will be able to rent out the space for a photoshoot. The photoshoot will be professionally taken by Rox Out’s professional photography team. The shop is located at 378 Rue St-Paul Ouest and will be open from 10 am to 6 pm every day. The photoshoot session will cost 150$.
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A giant Christmas fountain known as “Fountain Boréale” is placed in the Complexe Desjardins for the Holidays. The immersive multi-sensory experience features the Complexe Desjardins Grande-Place water fountain, completely decked out in the Christmas spirit. It is free to visit and will be open every day during this month from 10 am-6 pm.
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Notre Dame Basilica
Celebrate Christmas Day Mass at the most historic church in Montreal! The Mass works on a first-come, first-served basis. It features a 25-person choir. The church itself holds space for 250 people. It will be held on December 25 at 9 am, and again at 11 am and at 5 pm, and it is free.
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Charlie Brown Christmas by Taurey Butler Trio
Vince Guaraldi’s classic album “A Charlie Brown Christmas” is covered by the Taurey Butler Trio’s jazz band at Theatre Beaubois. It will take place on December 11 at 7:30 pm, at Theatre Beaubois, 4901 Rue du College-Beaubois. The tickets cost 30$.
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Hiverside pop-up Ice Bar
On December 10, Riverside St-Henri will be hosting a pop-up ice bar. The Riverside’s pop-up winter event, titled “Hiverside,” will feature an ice bar inside a massive 40-foot by 20-foot inflatable igloo. The event will be on December 10 from 3 pm-2 am, at 5020 Saint Ambroise. Admission is free, must be 18+ to attend the event, reservation is required.
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Free Access to Exhibitions at Museum of Fine Arts
The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is allowing the general public free access to its permanent collections and three discovery exhibitions from now until December 24. From 10 am to 5 pm. Located at 1380 Sherbrooke Ouest.
The exhibitions that are free to visit are Sumarnott: Death Is Elsewhere, Intimacy of Strangers by Anne Duk Hee Jordan, and Ecologies: A Song for Our Planet. Each exhibition has something new and mesmerizing to offer.
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