Montreal's illuminated "scaffold Christmas tree" has returned to downtown

Dec 8 2020, 9:33 pm

The most memorable kind of Christmas trees are the ones with character, and downtown Montreal’s “Sapin XP” certainly fits the scaffold mould.

XP_MTL, a non-profit organization that offers festive programming, has set up a giant Christmas tree in front of the Place Canada Trust, made out of scaffolding, because, Montreal.

Given Montreal’s perpetual state of construction, the scaffold Christmas tree is a poetic fit for the city.

Last year, the XP_MTL tree was accompanied by a six-person choir, Quebec singer Annie Villeneuve, and a DJ as part of the 60-foot tree’s inauguration event.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, the scaffold tree was unveiled without crowds or singing.


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The tree is expected to stay lit on the corner of Drummond and Ste. Catherine until the first week of 2021.


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