26 Nov 2018

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Old Montreal - 10 things to do during your holiday vacation

Old Montreal - 10 things to do during your holiday vacation

For this year’s vacation, get out of the house and take an adventure in Old Montreal! Discover these 10 seasonal activities for Yuletide in the Neighbourhood to make the most of your vacation or a few days with family or friends!

Alone, as a couple, or among friends

Les Choralies animate the Chapel Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours

Pay a visit to the Chapel Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours for some musical respite that will enchant your vacation! From the 1st to the 23rd of December, you can enjoy different classical concerts all day! Noon, afternoon, or in the evening – you can decide!

Old Montreal - 10 things to do during your holiday vacation

© Choralies

BKIND holds its own Christmas Market

For Christmas shopping, why not take a trip to the Christmas Market, featuring BKIND ? In collaboration with Mimi and August, the natural product brand BKIND brings to you an incredible Christmas Market with mocktails, breakfast, and plenty of lovely gift ideas to finish out your holiday purchases. Don’t miss out on this event, held on December 7th and 8th!

Vieux-Montréal : 10 activités à faire pendant les Fêtes


GUIDATOUR presents to you the Christmas Secrets

To put you in the year’s end celebration mood, come rediscover your neighbourhood through GUIDATOUR’s private tours! From Saint-Jacques street all the way to Bonsecours Market, set out on the hunt for the hidden treasures of Old Montreal and let its winter beauty charm you!

Look behind the scenes at Montreal’s Notre-Dame Basilica

Why not indulge in an enchanting activity during your winter vacation? The famous Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal is inviting the public to come see its secrets and history over the course of an impressive 60 minute visit. And for those who want to keep the fun going even longer, in December, you can also discover the magic of the majestic Casavant organ, accompanying soprano Béatrice Baillargeon!

Maison Pépin is holding its Christmas Market again all December!

To find nice, original and local gifts, visit Maison Pepin any weekend in December! Come meet the creators and entrepreneurs of Old Montreal and enjoy the holiday atmosphere and magic-filled moments, as a couple or just with friends!

Old Montreal - 10 things to do during your holiday vacation

© Maison Pepin

For the kids (and the big kids tagging along)

Cité Mémoire, the walls have more than ears

Come discover Montreal with your family in a new way via the animated tour, Cité Mémoire. Enjoy the incredible projections of over twenty scenes unfold through images, words, and music on the buildings and streets of Old Montreal! An urban cinema that will entertain young and old alike, this is a magic and poetic encounter that you absolutely must not miss.

Natrel Skating Rink, joy on the ice for all

For those nice family moments, what could be better than a good sporty activity? Share strong experiences with your children at Natrel Skating Rink and also catch different events during the whole month of December that will excite the whole family!

Surf in for a good hot chocolate from Aloha Espresso Bar

After effort comes comfort! Seek shelter from the cold and enjoy a good hot chocolate or a delicious latte at Aloha Espresso Bar, almost directly across from the skating rink on de la Commune. After spending your energy at the rink, charge back up at the coffee bar, where you will be welcomed by the skilfully drawn characters on its windows!

Vieux-Montréal : 10 activités à faire pendant les Fêtes

©Aloha Bar - Adrien Williams

LApop, the snack on a stick

Feeling a little peckish? Resisting the mouth-watering scent of LApop’s waffles on a stick is impossible! With chocolate, or fruits, or topped with nuts– make it your own, to your tastes! In this colourful and fragrant shop, the whole family will find their healthy and gourmet snack! And for those that prefer frozen treats, there are also options for you!

Vieux-Montréal : 10 activités à faire pendant les Fêtes


“Who is the Real Santa Claus?” Pointe-à-Callière invites you to find out!

In December, embark on a journey to meet Santa Claus with this entertaining tour at Pointe-à-Callière Museum. Over the course of this guided visit, your children will have the opportunity to discover how Christmas is celebrated in different countries and what characters populate the imaginations of children around the world! An amazing and funny trip to expose oneself to other cultures around a common theme.

Vieux-Montréal : 10 activités à faire pendant les Fêtes

© Marc-Antoine Zouéki


Spend some quality time with your family for the Holidays ! If you like surprises, then Chateau Ramezay is offering the perfect event! Starting from December 1st, come hang a Christmas stocking and you will then find a surprise gift inside after New Year! And for the little gourmets, the museum is also offering a bread making workshop for a pleasant time that will get you in the Holiday Spirit!

Well? Did these 10 activities give you any ideas for the holidays? One thing is certain: you won’t have the chance to get bored with this program. And no matter the temperature, there is no better way to spend time with the ones you love!