During the month of December, Mont-Royal Avenue will be getting a holiday makeover, featuring a slew of Christmas activities.
The festival will kick off with the Marche de Noël aux flambeaux, an illuminated Christmas market.
This year, 10,000 people are expected to take part in the Marche de Noël. The march starts off at des Compagnons (corner of Mont-Royal and Cartier) and the walk continues through La Fontaine Park. Marchers will be given an illuminated candle while walking to music by three different choirs, Les Voix ferrées, Montréal Gay Men’s Chorus, and la Clique vocale.
Traditional folk music from Chasse-Balcon will also join the march, delighting the crowd with their unique music inspired by Louisian-style porch jams.
At the march’s finish line, the Urban Science Brass Band will mix the sounds of brass instruments (trumpets, saxophones, trombones and tubas) with songs by Dr. Dre and Kendrick Lamar.
The 20-minute performance will be followed by a musical fireworks display, inspired by Tim Burton’s A Nightmare Before Christmas.
The marathon Christmas festival then continues with a free concert by Florent Vollant at La Fontaine Parc.
After the Marche de Noël festivities, Mont-Royal will turn into a traditional Christmas market until the day before Christmas Eve.
The market will brim with wooden cabins, evergreen trees, sheep, swing sets and bonfires where passersby can grill food and roast marshmallows while sipping on mulled wine or hot chocolate.
During weekends in December (1 pm to 5 pm), La carriole Contes et Légendes will be giving free rides from east to west of Mont-Royal Avenue while telling old-time and Christmas tales, relative to Montreal.
Needless to say, there’s going to a whole lot of Christmas on Mont-Royal in December.
When: December 8 to 23
Time: 10 am – 8 pm
Where: Mont-Royal Avenue
Price: Free admission