17 things to do in Montreal today: Saturday, December 9

Dec 9 2017, 5:16 am

Your Saturday has arrived! The Old Port skating rink officially opens today and there are plenty of other holiday events happening around town. Get out there and be festive!

Go skating at the Old Port skating rink 

Known for its outstanding quality of ice, excellent facilities, and breathtaking views of the city and the Saint Lawrence River, this is the place to go skating in Montreal.

When: December 9, 2017,  to March 11, 2018
Where: Natrel Skating Rink, Bonsecours Basin, Old Port

La Marche de Noël aux flambeaux 2017

On December 9, Avenue du Mont-Royal will light up for the 2017 Torchlight Christmas Parade.This holiday extravaganza will feature the characters of Yan Imbault animations who will take to the streets alongside choirs, stilt walkers, entertainment, and festive parade-goers.

Where: Parade kicks off at Parc des Compagnons (at the corner of Mont-Royal/ Cartier)
When: December 9, 2017
Time: Events kick off at 7 pm. See full schedule of events on website.
Price: Free! Non-perishable food donations are welcome.

Free holiday movies

This year, Cineplex will be screening some of the best Christmas classics on the big screen. This year’s selections include: Miracle On 34th Street, Elf, Polar Express 3D, Bolshoi Ballet: The Nutcracker, Love Actually, Die Hard and It’s A Wonderful Life.

Where: Select theatres around Montreal. Check Cineplex website for details.
When: December 9, 10, 11, 22- 26, and 15-26 (different films show on different dates).

Village de Noël de Montréal

Mark this on your calendars! An enchanting Christmas village is coming to Montreal this December. Village de Noël de Montréal will feature holiday vendors, delicious treats, sparkling Christmas trees, lights, Santa Claus and so much more!

Where: Place du Marche, corner of St-Ambroise and Atwater
When: Until December 10, and December 15  to 17
Time: TBA. Check website for hours.

Marche Artisanal Montreal

It’s never too early to start making that holiday gift list and you’ll be able to pick up some great finds at the  Marche Artisanal Montreal.This Christmas market will feature amazing holiday gifts crafted by local artisans. This year, the market will be held at La Casa D’Italia next to metro Jean-Talon.

When: December 9 to 17, 2017
Where: La Casa D’Italia, 505 Jean-Talon Est, Montreal
Tickets: More information to be released closer to the event. Check website for details.

La Féerie du Lac du Village

If your Christmas event to-do list isn’t already full of activities, you may want to add this one to your list. A magical Christmas village is taking place just 30 minutes away from Montreal.

Where: 15, rue des Peupliers, Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville
When: Until December 10, 2017
Times: Saturday, December 9: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday, December 10: 2017 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Marché de Noël des Designers de la Grover

If you’re looking for some fashionable holiday finds you’ve got to check out Montreal’s Designer Holiday Market.

Where: Grover Building, 2065 rue Parthenais, Montreal
When: Until December 10, 2017
Times: Check event page for times

Nutcracker Market Montreal

The ultimate holiday shopping market will be taking over Palais du Congres from November 30 until December 10. The market started in 2010 in support of The Nutcracker Fund for Children, the country’s first charity Christmas market symbolizes the kick-off for the holiday celebrations.

Where: Palais du Congres
When: Until December 10, 2017
Admission: Free

Le Grand Marche de Noel

From December 1 to 24, Le Grand Marche de Noel will be taking over Place des Arts. This German-style Christmas market will feature food trucks, a Santa’s Cabin, Elves Workshop, and Santa’s Sleigh. There will also be carol singers, karaoke, storytime, and so many more events happening for the holiday season.

Where: Esplanade de la Place des Arts, 175 rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest
When: Until December 24, 2017
Times: TBA check website for updates

Le Marché de Noël chez Maison Pepin

Here’s another Christmas market to add to your list. Until December 24, this charming alleyway in Old Montreal will turn into an adorable holiday market hosted by The Pepin Shop.

Where: 378 Rue St-Paul O, Montréal
When: Until December 24, 2017
Time: Various times, check event page for details

Noël dans le Parc

Get ready for holiday festivities taking place in three Montreal parks.

Noël dans le parc brings together Montrealers together for holiday cheer. Head down to Place Emilie-Gamelin, Parc des Compagnons de Saint Laurent, and Parc Lahaie for live entertainment, music, poetry, and bonfires.

Where: Place Emilie-Gamelin, Parc des Compagnons de Saint Laurent, and Parc Lahaie
When: Until December 25, 2017
Time: See full program of events online.

Fontaine Boréale

Montreal’s amazing light-up holiday water fountain show is back at Complexe Desjardins until December 31. Come discover this year’s edition of Fontaine Boreale –an immersive light-show that features the magic of the holidays.

Where: Complexe Desjardins, 150 Saint-Catherine St W
When: Until December 31, 2017
Times: 3:30 pm, 4 pm, 5 pm, 6 pm, 7 pm, 8 pm, 9 pm, 10 pm
Price: Free

Visit Montreal’s pop-up Christmas Bar, Miracle Montreal

Last year’s Miracle Montreal was a huge success. Now Montreal’s Christmas-themed pop-up bar is back with several new pop-up locations!

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.

 Various pop-up locations, check Facebook page for this year’s details!
When: Until December  31, 2017

Mary Poppins at Théâtre St-Denis

A live production of Mary Poppins comes to Théâtre St-Denis for the holiday season.

Where: Théâtre St-Denis, 1594 St-Denis Street, Montreal, Quebec H2X 3K2
When: December Until December 30, 2017
Times: Various show times, check website for details
Tickets: Available online

Barbie Expo

What: Come and check out the world’s largest Barbie exhibit this month. The exhibit will feature Barbies of various ethnicities, dressed in traditional clothes, as well as great Hollywood stars (Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, etc.). A separate section is reserved for haute-couture dolls, which have been dressed by Dior, Chanel, Givenchy and many more notable names from the fashion industry.

Where: Les Cours Mont-Royal, 1455 Peel Street,
When: Now until December 31

Visit the most decorated Christmas house in Montreal 

Sami Hajjar transforms his home into an amazing light display. Last year, his home took on a Minion Christmas theme with over 15,000 lights. This year, Hajjar is turning it up a notch with a Frozen Land theme that includes over 100,000 shining lights.

Where: 9035 Jean-Bourdon Avenue, Montreal
When: Until January 5, 2018
Time: Light shows take place at 6 pm, 7 pm, 8 pm and 9 pm


A light-up winter wonderland will be taking over Place des Festivals this winter for the eighth annual edition of Luminothérapie. This year’s display is called Impulse and it is an interactive work made up of light-up seesaws.

Where: Place des Festivals, Jeanne Mance St.
When: Until January 28, 2018
Time:  Sunday to Wednesday: from noon to 10 pm
Thursday to Saturday: from noon to 11 pm

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