14 things to do in Montreal today: Saturday, December 14

Dec 13 2019, 2:43 pm

We’ve made it through Friday the 13th and as a reward, the city is bustling with stuff to check out today, Saturday, December 14.

Village de No√ęl de Montr√©al


As if the Atwater Market isn’t magical enough, it’s been transformed into a ‘Christmas Village’ for its fourth edition of Village de No√ęl.

The village, which can be found on the outskirts of the Atwater Market, includes 40 local craftsmen and restauranteurs, concerts, choirs and shows, a sugar shack, an outdoor fire pit, creative activities, a Christmas tree sale, and face painting.

As a bonus, the big man himself, Santa Claus, will be taking time out of his very busy holiday schedule to be on site every weekend until Christmas.

When: December 15 (until the 22nd)
Time: 11:30 am to 9 pm
Where: Place du Marche, corner of St-Ambroise and Atwater
Price: Free

Montreal Canadiens vs the Detroit Red Wings



After a tough stretch that ended November and started December, the Habs have won three in a row and host the Detroit Red Wings tonight at the Bell Centre.

When: Saturday, December 14
Time: 7 pm
Where: Centre Bell
Price: Various prices, available online

No√ęl dans le Parc

December 14


Celebrating its 26th edition,¬†No√ęl dans le Parc¬†is a month-long outdoor Christmas festival spread out among three popular parks in Montreal, and it’s ready for its third weekend.

The festival offers free music shows and events, holiday-themed drinks and bites, outdoor fire pits, and Christmas trees for purchase.

Because if there’s ever a place to nab a tree, it’s in a park devoted to Christmas.

Once again this year, the festival will host francophone music by renowned local artists, all of whom will perform on a gorgeous cabin stage, built specifically for the No√ęl dans le Parc.

When: December 14 and 15
Time: Varies per park
Where:¬†Place √Čmilie-Gamelin, parc Lahaie, and parc des Compagnons
Price: Free admission

Tim Baker – l’Astral

Tim Baker is a Canadian singer-songwriter from St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. The longtime lead singer of the indie rock band Hey Rosetta!, Baker will be rocking out the gorgeous l’Astral tonight.

When: Saturday, December 14
Time: 8 pm
Price: $41.37, available online

Le March√© de No√ęl chez Maison Pepin

Christmas alleyway


Maison Pepin has channelled a little bit of Harry Potter by turning its charming alleyway into a breathtaking rustic Christmas market.

The market itself features a variety of locally-made products for sale and DIY workshops from gift packaging to wreath making.

Without taking away from the local artisans, the alleyway is one of the most picturesque Christmas-time spots in the city. The narrow walls, dim lighting, light snow, and wreaths are begging to be shared all over Instagram.

When: From now until December 22
Time: 10 am to 6 pm
Where: 378 Rue St-Paul Ouest
Price: Free

Village du P√®re No√ęl


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The Christmas season just isn’t the same without a visit to see Santa. Besides, why take a chance of bumping into the big fella on Christmas Day without getting in some face-time beforehand?

An entire village dedicated to Saint Nick, located about an hour away from the island of Montreal, opens this weekend.

Village du P√®re No√ęl is the perfect place for a holiday family getaway. Plus, it’s North of Montreal so you’ll actually be closer to the North Pole.

Located in Val-David, the village’s summer activities are transformed into a magical Christmas experience. Activities include ice skating, tubing, sledding, a petting zoo, and a mini train. And of course, Santa and his elves are on site.

When: December 14, 15 and from December 21 to January 5 (closed on the 25th)
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: 987 Route Morin, Val-David
Price: Adults (individuals two years old and older): $18; grandparents: $16

Natrel Skating Rink Fireworks

December 14

Old Port of Montreal

Aside from offering 2,500 square metres of refrigerated ice, the Natrel Skating Rink will be hosting its first firework displays of the season tonight.

Soak up a little mix of fire and ice.

When: Saturday, December 14
Time: 8 pm
Where: Old Port, Rue de la Commune Ouest
Price: $5.22 Р$7.83, available on site and online

Victorian Christmas at the Cartier’s

Parks Canada

Discover how fashion styles dating back to 1867 are still in vogue 150 years later. The exhibition showcases elegant Victorian decor and styles, hot drinks by the fireplace, a Christmas card workshop, and champagne.

When: From now until December 29
Time: 10 am to 5 pm on weekdays; 9:30 am to 12 pm on weekends
Where:¬†Sir George-√Čtienne Cartier National Historic Site
Price: $7.80


Place des Festivals

Quartier des Spectacles

Place des Festivals is lit.

The Quartier des Spectacles’ public square is hosting the 10th edition of Luminothérapie through Pop!, a celebration of five fantastical creatures that aim to light up the city during the dark days of winter.

Because if anything can lighten up our bleak winter, it’s Luminothérapie, Quebec’s largest temporary public art installation.

When: From now until January 26
Time: 12 to 11 pm
Where: Place des Festivals
Price: Free

The Nutcracker Ballet

December 14

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


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: Saturday, December 14
Time: 10 am to 6 pm
Where: Arsenal Contemporary Art Contemporain
Price: $26 – $36, available online

Emo Philips – The Comedy Nest

As seen on The Late Show, The Late Late Show, CBC’s Just For Laughs, Comedy Central, and the list goes on,

Emo Philips was once described by Jay Leno as ‚Äúthe best joke writer in America,‚ÄĚ some pretty high praise.

As seen on Meet the Parents, Philips has set up shop at the Nest all weekend and concludes his stay with two sets tonight along with Montreal-based comedians Mike Paterson, Joey Elias, Derek Seguin, and Wassim El-Mounzer as the featured acts.

When: Saturday, December 14
Time:  8 pm and 10 pm
Where: The Comedy Nest
Price: $10 Р$15, available online

Mamma Mia

December 14


One of Broadway’s most successful musicals, Mamma Mia, is making its way to Montreal this weekend.

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: Saturday, December 14
Time: 7:30 pm on Friday and Sunday, 2 pm and 7:30 pm on Saturday,
Where: Theatre St-Denis
Price: $72.40 Р$141.75, available online