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5 things to do in Montreal today: Monday, December 19

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Karolina Jez Dec 18, 2016 9:00 pm 105

From a grand art exhibition to a Christmas themed bar, here is everything you need on your social calendar today.

Le Grand Marche de Noel

What: The second edition of Le Grand Marche de Noel has arrived. Taking over Place des Arts for the entire month, this German-style Christmas market features food trucks, a Santa’s Cabin, Elves Workshop, and Santa’s Sleigh. There will also be carol singers, karaoke, storytime, and an all-night party on New Year’s Eve. Finally, the market part offers a range of locally produced gifts available for purchase including arts, crafts, jewelry, artisanal cheese, alcohol, clothing, chocolates, baked goods, and toys.
When: December 12, 2016 until January 2, 2017, for more scheduling info click here
Where: Place des Arts

Miracle Montreal

What: 2016 marks the arrival of Montreal’s first ever Christmas-themed bar. The pop-up bar, titled Miracle Montreal, is in town for just one month. Spreading joy through Christmas-flavoured cocktails and music, you won’t be able to resist stopping here for a drink in December. Miracle Montreal will have everything from jingle bell nog and Santa-quila to a Christmapolitan and a Snowball Old Fashioned. In addition to festive cocktails, they have fun giveaways throughout the month courtesy of their on-site advent calendar. The bar is set up in the Latin Quarter and open every day of the month. Grab a drink and toast to the holidays!
When: December 1-31 (they’re even open Christmas Day!), 3pm-3am
Where: 323 Ontario Est

Holiday Show: Le Reve de Camomille

What: Complexe Desjardins invites families across the city to join them for their annual interactive musical children’s Christmas tales. Happening on various dates and at various times through December, admission is just $2 per person.
When: December 12-24
Where: ​​Complexe Desjardins, 150 Ste. Catherine St. W.

La Biennale de Montreal: The Grand Balcony

What: An international event, The Grand Balcony, inspired by Jean Genet’s The Balcon, is a major exhibition comprised of 150 works of art created by 50 artists across the globe. For a sneak peek of what to expect, one of the exhibit’s featured artists is Kerry James Marshall, an American artist whose work explores the representations of African Americans in society, culture, and art history. He created portraits, interiors, nudes, and landscapes for The Grand Balcony.
When: Until January 15, 2017
Where: Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

The Nutcracker Ballet

What: In addition to the upcoming Nutcracker Market, you can also get your Nutcracker fill courtesy of the Les Grands Ballets. The full-length rendition of The Nutcracker is coming to Place des Arts from December 10 until December 30th. Performances will take place at 2pm and 7:30pm. Telling the story of Clara, who receives a beautiful nutcracker for Christmas, the young girl is then swept into a fairytale world in which the nutcracker becomes a prince and mice and rats battle an army of toy soldiers. A timeless tale perfect for all ages, you are sure to be mesmerized by Tchaikovsky’s breathtaking score.
When: December 10-30
Where: Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier


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Karolina Jez

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