Top 10 Things To Do At Christmas In Montreal, Canada - Updated 2024

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Montreal is one of the best places to spend a memorable Christmas holiday. During the festive season, the city is under a blanket of snow and illuminated with shimmering lights. Ride La Grande Roue de Montréal, Canada’s tallest Ferris wheel, to gain a different perspective of the city. Take a cruise along St. Lawrence, and explore the charming Old Montreal on foot for a history lesson. You are never far from the festive cheer as the entire city is decorated in elaborate displays and the sound of carols floats through the air. Read on to find the top things to do at Christmas in Montreal, Canada, and plan an itinerary for a magical holiday.

1. Experience the charm of Old Montreal (from USD 24.0)

Meet up with your guide at Victoria Square and head on a 90-minute walking tour of Old Montreal. The tour will allow you to marvel at the elaborate Christmas decorations that light up the city. You will also get to know about the history and customs of New France.

Along the way, check out the Santa Claus exhibit at World Trade Centre Montreal. Bid farewell to your tour guide at Bonsecours Market, the 100-year-old dome-shaped public market.

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Christmas Walking Tour in Old Montreal

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

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2. Get festive with a Christmas concert

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Be ready to be serenaded at this annual Nativity-themed Christmas concert. The concert features traditional holiday songs and French hymns from different parts of the world. The event is helmed by emerging singers Hugo Laporte and Rose Naggar-Tremblay along with the vocal quartet Ensemble Cochléa. The instrumentals are provided by Clavecin en concert.

Christmas Concert

Address: Crypt Church, 3800 Queen Mary Rd, Montreal, Quebec

Website: Christmas Concert

Opening hours: Dec 16, 2022: 7:30pm

Price: $28 (students aged 25 and under), $32 (seniors aged 65 and over), $35 (regular)

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3. Sip on delicious hot chocolate at Juliette & Chocolat

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You cannot visit Montreal during Christmas and not sample the delicious hot chocolate served at Juliette & Chocolat. To accompany your hot beverage, you have a delectable selection of crepes, waffles, and cookies. Children will love to browse the kids’ menu which includes delicious options for meals and desserts.

What started as an outlet mainly centered around chocolate has expanded today to serve salads and beverages. The establishment even includes gift boxes so you can carry a little taste of Montreal back home with you.

Juliette & Chocolat

Address: 3600 Boulevard St-Laurent, Montréal

Website: Juliette & Chocolat

Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 8:30am - 11pm; Fri: 8:30am - 12am; Sat: 11am - 12am; Sun: 11am - 11pm

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4. Enjoy Christmas brunch on the river (from USD 75.85)

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A Christmastime brunch is a common tradition, but have you ever had one on the river? Climb aboard the luxurious Cavalier Maxim on Alexandra Pier and take in the famous sights of Montreal as you gently cruise St. Lawrence River. The three-course festive brunch will begin with pastries and a fruit parfait, followed by the main course which you can select from four options. The meal ends with a special Christmas dessert. Each meal is accompanied by a mini potato cassolette and warm beverages.

It is recommended that you arrive at least an hour prior to boarding so you can exchange your voucher at the ticket counter.

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Montreal: Christmas Brunch Cruise

Duration: 2.5 hour

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Rene Rangel Havaux

My name is Rene and after 22 years working in the clothing industry I decided to make a carrer change and do what I love and I do best: Receive, entertain and guide visitors trough beautiful Montreal, the Canadian cultural capital, that offers to its visitors more than 100 festivals every year, a great diversity of museums, outdoor activities, sports, markets, restaurantes, craft breweries , and a vibrant cosmopolitan way of living, among many other interesting things. I love travelling, ( have been to 40 different countries around the globe), people, food, architecture, cycling and history are my passions in life. Throughout all this years discovering the world, I have come to realize that the best way to really discover and understand any place is trough its local people. I love to receive clients as if they where my own family, always in a friendly and respectful manner and adapting my tours to their specific interest and needs. I have been told many times that what makes my tours so special, is my outgoing friendly and enthusiastic personality and my knowledge and passion for Montreal.

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5. Stroll through the Vegan Christmas Market

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Posted by Vegan Christmas Market / Marché de Noël Végane on Sunday, December 8, 2019

Keeping the holiday spirit in mind, a trip to this market in Montreal allows you to indulge in melt-in-the-mouth vegan pastries, cruelty-free beauty products, and artisanal home decor. This exemplary market is returning for its fifth season this year and visitors can expect to find a wide variety of vendors selling food, body care, clothes, and jewelry.

Vegan Christmas Market

Address: Maison du développement durable, 50 Ste-Catherine W., Montreal

Website: Vegan Christmas Market

Opening hours: Dec 10 & 11, 2022: from 10am - 6pm

Price: Free (general admission), $12 (VIP Passes)

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6. Experience the Montreal Christmas Village

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Posted by Village de Noël de Montréal on Saturday, December 18, 2021

Visitors experience a taste of the local life as soon as they step into the Montreal Christmas Village at Atwater Market. Discover artwork by talented local artists, bite into delicious local delicacies, and sip on wine as you browse hand-picked stalls. The Christmas decor, festive lighting, and holiday entertainment cast a warm and cheerful glow on all the visitors.

Though the market has only been running for a few years, it is a firm favorite amongst residents and is one of the top attractions during the holiday season. It also gives travelers a chance to pick unique holiday gifts that are sure to be cherished.

Montreal Christmas Village

Address: Place du Marché (Atwater), Saint-Ambroise Street, Between Sainte-Émilie Street and Green Avenue, Montréal, QC

Website: Montreal Christmas Market

Opening hours: Fri: 5pm - 10pm; Sat: 11am - 7pm; Sun: 11am - 5pm (Nov 24 - Dec 18, 2022); Thu: 4pm - 7pm (Nov 24, 2022)

Price: Free

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7. Spend time with The Nutcracker

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Posted by Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal on Friday, December 10, 2021

The Nutcracker is as synonymous with Christmas as snow and Santa Claus. Tickets to this popular show should be booked in advance. Colorful costumes and elaborate sets accompanied by a talented cast help to recreate this timeless Christmas classic. The magical score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is recreated by Les Grands Ballets’ Orchestra as the showstopping ballerinas transport you to the Land of Sweets.

The Nutcracker

Address: Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts, 175 Saint-Catherine St W, Montreal, QC

Website: The Nutracker

Opening hours: Dec 9 - Dec 30, 2022: 2pm & 7:30pm

Price: from $89

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8. Take part in Merry Montreal at Place Jacques-Cartier

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Every December, Place Jacques-Cartier in Old Montreal is transformed into the perfect holiday destination with light, sound, and public art installations. Walk around this riverfront neighborhood and explore the winter wonderland that marks the beginning of the holiday season. The event starts on December 15 and ends on December 31.

Merry Montreal

Address: Place Jacques-Cartier square

Website: Merry Montreal

Opening hours: Thu & Fri: 4pm - 8pm; Sat & Sun: 12pm - 8pm

Price: Free

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9. Skate like a pro at the Old Port Skating Rink

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

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Posted by Vieux-Port de Montréal - Old Port of Montréal on Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Boasting quality ice all season, Old Port skating rink is at the foot of Canada’s tallest Ferris wheel. With St. Lawrence River on the other side, it truly is one of the best places to experience ice skating in the city.

If your skates are too heavy to be packed with your luggage, you can avail of the skate and helmet rental facility. You can also rent a skating coach to learn the basics of ice skating. A restaurant and bar are also available onsite for you to visit after a tiring session of ice skating.

Old Port Skating Rink

Address: Bassin Bonsecours, Montréal, QC H2Y 2E2, Canada

Website: Old Port Skating Rink

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10. Take a stroll through The Great Montreal Christmas Market

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When in Montreal, this traditional Christmas market is definitely a must-visit. You can spend time walking around the market shopping for handcrafted goods or sampling delicious food. You can also buy gifts to take home as souvenirs. Visitors can also taste festive liquors or simply enjoy the enthralling musical and theatrical performances.

The Great Montreal Christmas Market

Address: 1499 Jeanne-Mance St, Montreal, Quebec H2X 2A1, Canada

Website: The Great Montreal Christmas Market

Opening hours: Thu & Fri: 3pm - 9pm; Sat: 10am - 9pm; Sun: 10am - 7pm (Nov 19 - Dec 18, 2022); Mon-Sun: 1pm - 7pm (Dec 19 - Dec 31, 2022); closed on Christmas Day

Price: Free

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Spend a white Christmas in Montreal

Montreal features ice skating and skiing for thrill seekers, delicacies at Christmas markets for food connoisseurs, and concerts and ballets for the artistically inclined. No matter where you are traveling from, Montreal will envelop you in its festive spirit. Catering to people of all ages, these are the top things to do at Christmas in Montreal, Canada.

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