15 Christmas concerts and shows to see in Montreal

Dec 8 2016, 8:28 pm

What better way to spread holiday cheer than through song?

Montreal is hosting a myriad of festive concerts and shows all December long. From choirs singing Christmas carols to theatrical renditions of our favourite winter tales, be sure to check out the 15 events below happening this month in Montreal.

Participatory Christmas Pageant

Join Mary, Joseph, Jesus, and the three Wise Men in reenacting this historical moment. Pointe Claire’s Cedar Park United Church invites Montrealers everywhere to “inhabit the Christmas story with us during our morning worship.” The event is free and begins at 9:15 am sharp.
When: December 18
Where: Cedar Park United Church, 204 Lakeview Ave., Pointe-Claire

Les Choralies at Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours

Head to this historic church in Old Port for some old-fashion choir singing. Just in time for the holidays, Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours is putting on six shows that are totally free to the public. Be ready to sing some Christmas carols!
When: December 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18
Where: Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours, 400 Rue Saint Paul E

CBC Montreal’s Charity Sing-In

The 37th edition of CBC Montreal’s Charity Sing-In will be taking place on December 11th. This year, Montrealers far and wide are invited to attend the Christmas carol-singing fundraiser at the Church of St Andrew and St Paul. Proceeds of the 2016 event go towards the West Island Community Shares, an organization that provides services to those in need and raises money for 40 different non-profit groups on the West Island.
When: December 11
Where: Church of St Andrew and St Paul

It’s A Wonderful Life

Geordie Productions is hosting their annual holiday fundraiser. This year, they are doing a theatrical rendition of the classic Christmas film, It’s A Wonderful Life. There will be pre-show cocktails and a silent auction included with every ticket. Whether you love the film or are looking to get into the Christmas spirit, attending this must-see show is an excellent way to spend the holidays.
When: December 9-10
Where: D.B. Clarke Theatre, 1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W.

Carols by Candlelight

Hosted by the Church of St Andrew and St Paul in Montreal, Carols by Candlelight is an annual Christmas tradition in which the church’s choir sings Christmas carols all night long. Accompanied by a candle-lit procession, choral music, readings, and meditation, this event welcomes Montrealers everywhere.
When: December 18, 7pm
Where: 3415 Rue Redpath

Fontaine Boreale, 2016 Edition

Back for its second year, the Fontaine Boreale show will take place at Complexe Desjardins. This immersive and multi-sensorial experience combines water and light to bring you regularly scheduled shows that are sure to mesmerize.
When: November 19-December 31 at 4:30pm, 5pm, 6pm, 7pm, 8pm, 9pm, and 10pm
Where: Complexe Desjardins

The Nutcracker Ballet

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 7:30 pm. 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

Moscow On Ice Christmas Show

For the first time ever, some of the best figure skaters in the world gather to put on the ultimate Christmas performance on ice. This one-act ballet begins with a rendition of Cinderella before a procession of solo numbers commence.
When: December 17
Where: Sportplexe Pierrefonds, 14700 Pierrefonds Boulevard

Musical Show (Festival Noel Dans Le Parc)

As part of Montreal’s Festival Noel Dans Le Parc, a special Musical Show will be taking place on December 11th at Parc Des Compagnons de Saint-Laurent. The show, just like the festival itself, will be free of charge. It will also be featuring Kattam and his Tam Tams so get ready for a lovely afternoon. The event starts at 3pm. And when you’re done, be sure to roast some marshmallows around the bonfire!
When: December 11
Where: Parc Des Compagnons de Saint-Laurent

Quartet El Pieto

This string quartet will play an annual holiday-themed performance on December 19th. As usual, the event is free so if you feel like listening to classical music right before Christmas, head on over to Place des Arts.
When: December 19
Where: Espace Culturel Georges-Emile Lapalme, Place des Arts

Neighbourhood Carolling

Join your neighbours on a festive Christmas carolling expedition around Westmount. The carolling will take place at the Westmount Lawn Bowling Club House, where soft drinks and mulled wine will be served. The event is by donation and proceeds go towards Chez Doris, The Open Door, and the Old Brewery Mission.
When: December 11
Where: Westmount Lawn Bowling Club House, 401 Avenue Kensington

Holiday Show: Le Reve de Camomille

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, admission is just $2 per person.
When: December 12-24
Where: Complexe Desjardins, 150 Ste. Catherine St. W.

Urban Tales X: An Undead Christmas

Each year, the Centaur Theatre puts on a special Christmas-themed show just for adults, and this year is no exception. Titled, “Urban Tales X – An Undead Xmas,” the 2016 show promises to be just as bizarre and entertaining as ever. Divided into six parts, each performance will tell a satirical story about what the holidays are like from an adult’s perspective. It sounds hilariously relatable.
When: December 8-17
Where: Centaur Theatre, 453 Rue Saint-François-Xavier

Christmas Concert

Bring your kids to this family Christmas concert. Listen to parent-child choir sing traditional carols or join in. Either way, you’re sure to get in the holiday spirit. Registration is required and tickets cost $5 per person. Note: the event will be held in French.
When: December 11
Where: Espace Jeunes de la Grande Bibliothèque, 475 Maisonneuve Est Blvd.

Stewart Hall Singers Sing Christmas

Head to the Pointe Claire Cultural Centre on December 11th for traditional Christmas sing-along. A 40-person choir will enchant you and your friends with classic carols all afternoon long. This is a free event that begin at 3 pm.
When: December 11
Where: Pointe-Claire Cultural Centre, Stewart Hall, 176 Lakeshore Rd., Pointe-Claire