5 things to do in Montreal today: Monday, December 23

Dec 23 2019, 5:00 am

Some of you are already on vacation and some are preparing for it. Regardless, here are a handful of fun activities going on around Montreal today, December 23.

Cirque du Soleil – AXEL

Cirque Montreal

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Cirque du Soleil will hitting the “la glace” all weekend at the Bell Centre as the company’s new show, AXEL, carves its way to Montreal.

Fusing¬†skating, acrobatics, live music, dancing, and stunning graphics, Cirque du Soleil is bringing their “ice spectacle” to the company’s founding city for ten days, starting tonight.

When: Monday, December 23
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Bell Centre, 1909-avenue-des-Canadiens-de-Montreal
Price: $55.50 – $167.75, available online

Mamma Mia

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One of Broadway’s most successful musicals, Mamma Mia, is returning to Montreal this week, just in time for Christmas.

Mamma Mia has been playing for 17 years and has travelled across 80 different countries.

Based on the songs of ABBA, you‚Äôll be humming along to hit singles like ‚ÄúDancing Queen,‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúMoney, Money, Money,‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúMamma Mia‚ÄĚ all weekend long.

When: Monday, December 23
Time: 2 pm
Where: Theatre St-Denis
Price:$72.40 Р$141.75, available online

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts – Miracle at the Museum

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

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The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) is getting into the spirit of giving by allowing free access to the general public to its permanent collections and discovery exhibitions.

The deal is part of the museum’s¬†Miracle at the Museum promotion and runs until January 5, 2020.

Check out the website for a full list of exhibitions.

When: Monday, December 23
Time: 10 am Р5 pm
Where: 1380 Sherbrooke Ouest
Price: Free

The Nutcracker Ballet

The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker/Goh Ballet

For the 55th year, the full-length rendition of Les Grands Ballet’s magical¬†The Nutcracker¬†returns to Montreal.

Choreographed by the late Quebecer Fernand Nault and based on German author ETA Hoffman’s original tale, the theatre play embodies the spirit of Christmas with its graceful entertainment, magical scenery and stunning costumes, to¬†Tchaikovsky‚Äôs irresistible musical score.

The story tells the tale 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, while mice and rats battle an army of toy soldiers.

When: From now until December 30
Time: 2 pm and 7:30 pm
Where: Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts
Price: $99 Р$144, available, online

Imagine Van Gogh

Van Gogh

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Montreal has been coated with an exhibition of the works of Vincent Van Gogh, the Dutch post-impressionist painter who is among the most famous figures in the history of the art world.

The exhibition, Imagine Van Gogh, which opened last week, takes guests through the world of colours and emotions of Van Gogh’s works through gigantic murals and an immersive soundtrack.

When: Monday, December 23
Time: 10 am to 6 pm
Where: Arsenal Contemporary Art Contemporain
Price: $26 – $36, available online

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