Holiday Activities

November 29th, 2019

Here’s our annual Holiday listing featuring markets, villages, exhibits, concerts, shows, and family activities.
A Victorian Christmas at the Cartier’s
Take a guided tour of George-Étienne Cartier’s home, styled for a Victorian Christmas 150 years ago, and learn about the history of this National Historic Site. Tours will be given from November 30 to December 29 on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and also, exceptionally, on December 26 and 27.
Info: 458 Notre-Dame Street East | 514-283-2282 |

The Kingdom of Santa Claus at Complexe Desjardins
Santa Claus presides over his holiday kingdom at La Grande-Place in Complexe Desjardins and hosts free shows and concerts until December 24. (A light and sound show, Fontaine Boréale, runs several times daily until December 31.) The miniature train and the big carousel return this year. There will also be a Christmas market: Le Marché de Lëon. The full Christmas program includes: choral concerts from December 7 to 20; instrumental concerts from December 13 to 20; a show for young children, “Le thé de Noël,” from December 14 to 24; dance performances from December 7 to 15; and performances by an acrobatic trio and an aerial artist from December 14 to 21. New this year, a Christmas virtual zone for children age five and up will be open from December 7 to 24.
Info: 514 281-1870 |

Luminothérapie - Place des festivals
From now until January 26 at Place des festivals, the 10th edition of Luminothérapie will host the POP! installation, featuring fantastic creatures designed by Montreal’s Gentilhomme studio. Nearby, architectural projections will illuminate UQAM’s President-Kennedy Pavilion every day from dusk to Midnight.

Christmas on the Avenue
December 7 at 7 p.m., the Christmas Torchlight Walk will begin at the Parc des Compagnons, at the corner of Mont-Royal Avenue and Cartier Street. Starting at 5 p.m., food donations to Moisson Montreal will be accepted in exchange for a torch. Fantasy characters created by Yan Imbeault will accompany the procession, and the walk will be enlivened by performers (Les Jongleurs, Les Nanas, Les Petites Voix du Plateau, and Les Voix Ferrées), and by a concert from La Chasse-Balcon with Catherine Planet and her musicians. After the procession, a concert by Clay and Friends will be presented at La Fontaine Park at 7:30 p.m., followed by musical fireworks at 8:00 p.m.
Info: 514 522-3797 |

Noël dans le Parc
From November 30 to December 24, Place Émilie-Gamelin, Parc des Compagnons-de-Saint-Laurent and Parc Lahaie will host the 26th edition of the Christmas festival Noël dans le Parc, with a program of free concerts and shows for children, and a sale of natural fir trees.

Old Port Skating Rink, Fire on Ice, and the Ferris Wheel
The skating rink in the Bonsecours Basin at the Old Port will open from December 7 to March 8, weather permitting. Fire on Ice: a musical fireworks show, returns this year on four Saturdays: December 14, 21, 28 and January 4 at 8 p.m. Montreal’s giant Ferris wheel, La Grande Roue, offers breathtaking views of the city and the river from its heated cabins.
Info: 514 496-7678 |

Merry Montreal at Jacques-Cartier Quay
Merry Montreal will be held at Jacques-Cartier Quay from December 19 to 31, with at Nordic Market at Jacques-Cartier Square. Local artists will perform free shows on an outdoor stage. The program will be unveiled shortly. On December 31, the Quay will host Montreal’s biggest New Year celebration with fireworks and a Midnight countdown followed by an outdoor dance party.

Christmas Village
Christmas Village returns to the Market Square in front of the Atwater Market for a 4th edition on the weekends until December 22. This Christmas market features over 70 artisans and restaurateurs, Santa’s workshop, the Kingdom of the Elves with shows and entertainment, outdoor film screenings and gourmet snacks.

Noël So Pop!
This year, Noël So Pop! will set up near the Côte-des-Neiges metro station and will sell fir trees and gourmet treats, accompanied by carolling and storytelling of traditional Christmas tales.
The Nutcracker Market
The 10th edition of The Nutcracker Market takes place in the shopping arcade of the Palais des congrès until December 8, 2019. One hundred exhibitors present a variety of gift ideas, including jewellery, accessories, toys, candy, beauty and spa products. Ten percent of sale proceeds are donated to Les Grands Ballets Children’s Nutcracker Fund.

Illumi by Cavalia
Until December 31, Cavalia presents a new multimedia show without equestrian acrobatics. Illumi: Féérie de Lumière is an immersive environment that invites visitors to travel the world through brightly coloured animals sculptures.
Info: 2900 Saint-Martin Boulevard West | 866-999-8111 |

Forest Mill
Enchanted Worlds will continue until January 5: the magic of the moving Christmas windows formerly installed at Ogilvy’s store is now found at the McCord Museum. One of the animated showcases of mechanical animals, The Mill in the Forest, is presented outside, on Victoria Street at the corner of Sherbrooke; the other, The Enchanted Village, is installed inside the McCord Museum.

Notre-Dame Basilica
New this year: the 9:30 p.m. and Midnight masses will be accompanied by Schubert’s Mass No. 2 in G major, presented by a strings septet, the organ, and choir with soprano, tenor and baritone soloists. The mass schedule for December 24 is as follows: family mass at 7 p.m.: traditional mass at 9:30 p.m. and Midnight, accompanied by organ and the Notre-Dame Choir. Tickets are available exclusively at the office located at 424 Saint-Sulpice Street, Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Saint Joseph’s Oratory
Handel’s Messiah will be performed by a quartet of soloists on December 8 at 3 p.m., in the crypt of the Oratory; a series of organ concerts, called Christmas in the Oratory, will be presented from December 15, 2019 to January 5, 2020, on Sundays at 3:30 p.m., in the basilica; a Christmas concert by Les Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal will be presented Sunday, December 22 at 3:30 p.m. in the basilica; Christmas Eve Mass on December 24 in the basilica at 6 p.m. (family), 9 p.m. (French), and Midnight (bilingual). The 9 p.m. and Midnight services require passes and will be accompanied by Les Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal.
Other Events (details on

  • 2019 revue et corrigée (until December 26, Théâtre du Rideau Vert)
  • Noël, L’Odyssée symphonique du temps des fêtes (November 28 and 29, Salle Pierre-Mercure)
  • Un Noël magique (December 1 to 19, Cabaret du Casino)
  • Le lumineux Oratorio de Noël de Bach (December 3 and 4, Maison symphonique)
  • Foirée montréalaise (December 3 to 21, Théâtre La Licorne)
  • Best Soul, Motown, Funk and Disco Hits (December 5 to 28, Le Balcon)
  • Mamma Mia! (December 6 to 29, Théâtre Saint-Denis)
  • The Nutcracker performed by Ballet Ouest (December 7 and 8, Salle Pierre-Mercure)
  • Noël, une tradition en chanson (December 7, Théâtre Desjardins; December 17, Casino de Montréal)
  • Orgue et pain d’épices (December 7, Maison symphonique)
  • Chantons tous Noël with the Montreal Polyphonic Choir (December 8 at 2:30 p.m., Marie-Reine-du-Monde Cathedral)
  • 40th CBC Christmas Sing-in (December 8, Bourgie Hall, MBAM)
  • The Tallis Scholars (December 10, Bourgie Hall of the MMFA)
  • Un monde pour Noël by Jeunesses Musicales Canada with the ALKÉMIA ensemble (December 11, Théâtre Outremont)
  • The Nutcracker by Les Grands Ballets Canadiens (December 12 to 30, Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier)
  • Décembre, la grande fresque du temps des fêtes signée Québec Issime (December 12 to 29, Théâtre Maisonneuve)
  • Andy Kim Christmas (December 13, Théâtre Jean-Duceppe)
  • Handel’s Messiah, with Les Violons du Roy and Bernard Labadie (December 13, Maison symphonique)
  • Nicolas Noël — Les livres des enfants du monde, for ages 1 to 8 (December 14 and 15, Théâtre Jean-Duceppe)
  • Who is the real Santa Claus? (December 14 to 31, Pointe-à-Callière Museum)
  • Le Petit Noël de Québec Issime, for ages 2 to 6 (December 15, 21 and 22, Théâtre Maisonneuve)
  • Les grandes voix du Québec chantent Noël (December 17 to 19, Maison symphonique)
  • Celtic Christmas (December 18, Bourgie Hall at the MMFA)
  • Axel by Cirque du Soleil (December 19 to 29, Bell Centre)
  • Charlie Brown’s Christmas (December 19, Bourgie Hall at the MMFA)
  • Le Noël des idoles (December 20, Théâtre Desjardins)
  • Noël symphonique (December 21, Maison symphonique)
  • The Red Army Choir (December 26 to 30, Maison symphonique)
  • L’étrange Noël de Monsieur Jack, for toddlers (December 27, Grande Bibliothèque)