Well, the first snowfall is finally here! The district’s pedestrian roads are being covered with a thin white blanket, so its officially time to resurrect your holiday spirit and live the Christmas magic to the fullest. Come on down to Old Montreal and bask in the historical district’s magical ambiance. Here are the activities and events for all – you won’t want to miss out on them!
Celebrate Christmas with the gift of song! From December 2 to 23, 2017, your favourite Christmas carols will echo though Montréal’s oldest chapel. The Choralies of the Notre-Dame-de-Bonsecours Chapel are bound to instil in you the magic of the holidays Saturdays and Sundays from 1:30 to 5:00PM.
© Chapelle Notre-Dame de Bonsecours
As of December 2, come enjoy a host of special activities for the whole family this holiday season! Whether its Christmas cards, stockings or Advent calendars, they have what you need! By the way, do you know about the origin of Advent calendars? Come learn more about Christmas traditions with the "Around the fireplace... holidays tradition" activity.
The Château invites people of all ages to participate in its “Breadmaking Workshop.” Come bake and taste some delicious desert bread, made New-France style!
Come check out “Hang your stocking!” where you’ll be able to hang a Christmas stocking around one of the Château’s fireplaces and retrieve it in the New Year. Who knows what Santa Claus could have put inside them? Careful! This activity is reserved for kids on the nice list!
© Château Ramezay
Meander through Old Montreal on foot and discover the secrets of past Christmases in the wonderful company of a professional tour guide from Guidatour. From the Square Victoria to the Bonsecours Market, explore the historical district in all of its holiday magic! Come admire the district’s façades, window fronts, hotel lobbies, museums and boutiques, all of which will be masterfully decorated. You’ll also get a chance to see Santa Clauses from all over the world during a very special international exhibit at the World Trade Centre. Finally, come by the Place d’Armes, the Notre-Dame Basilica and the Place Jacques-Cartier which will all be specially emblazoned this holiday season.
This tour is offered Saturdays all December long and Fridays, December 22 and 29. You can also make plans for private tours all year long, subject to tour availability.
The Pepin Shop’s courtyard will receive a Christmas Market makeover from November 23 to December 24! You’ll find great gift ideas for your close ones, as well as small Christmas trees which can be replanted anew come spring. Don’t miss out on the many DIY workshops offered by the Shop this holiday season: You’ll see everything from Christmas gift wrapping to creating your own Christmas wreath!
© Lysanne Pépin
On November 25, 2017, artisans and local farmers will be onsite for a Christmas Market to close the season at the Marché des Éclusiers in the most festive of ways! Enjoy a lovely brunch at the Market which is bound to please all tastes.
Get acquainted with the Santa Clauses of the world! The Museum invites guests of all ages to come meet Befana, Saint Nicolas, little Lucy and Santa Claus. During this adventure through time, your kids will get the chance to listen how these four Christmas characters celebrate the season in their countries. Travel through the world’s traditions this holiday season!
For a night out with friends or to take a break from December’s fast-paced rhythm, come check out the Sir-Georges-Étienne-Cartier Historic Site and be inspired by the wonderful Victorian décor. Enjoy hot beverages by the fireplace, take some souvenir photos with a host of chic accessories from the day or put together a Christmas card destined for one. During your visit of the site, you’ll get the chance to learn more about the history and the confirmed origin of certain holiday traditions which are still celebrated today.
From 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM weekends from December 2 to 24, as well as December 26 ad 31.
The SDC Vieux-Montréal, in collaboration with Choir Alliance Québec, is proud to announce a series of musical performances which will take place outdoors Saturday afternoons, from November 11 to December 23 inclusively. A total of 13 choirs from all over the province will serenade you with musical repertoires rooted in Québécois and French traditions, as well as a host of Christmas carols.
These performances will take place Saturday afternoons from 3PM to 4PM : on the Place d’Armes and on the Place Jacques Cartier