14 things to do in Montreal today: Saturday, December 15

Dec 14 2018, 7:29 pm

It’s a pretty weighted day today, sure, it’s a Saturday but we’re also only 10 days away from Christmas! To help feel like you reach the big day quicker, here are 14 things to do in the city today, December 15.

The Montreal Canadiens vs the Ottawa Senators

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The Canadiens welcome the pesky Ottawa Senators to town in what’s sure to be a packed house at the Bell Centre. The Habs are coming off of a 6-4 win versus the Hurricanes on Thursday, and with a day off in between, look for Price to be between the pipes versus the rival Sens.

When: Saturday, December 15
Time: 7 pm
Where: Bell Centre, 1909 avenue des Canadiens de Montreal
Price: Varies per date and seat selection, available online

Victorian Christmas at the Cartier’s

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 21
Time:¬†10 am ‚Äď 5 pm on weekdays, 9:30 am ‚Äď 12 pm on weekends
Where:¬†Sir George-√Čtienne Cartier National Historic Site
Price: $7.80

Dream Land

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Sami Hajjar’s Christmas Display/Facebook

Once the ‘Christmas Display House’ gets going, it’s officially the holidays. Sami Hajjar of the West Island has¬†continued his ‘Christmas Display’¬†house again this holiday season, but he‚Äôs upping his game.

Compared to last year’s ‘Frozen Land,’¬† ‘Dream Land’ features 250,000 lights, inflatables and synchronized music to five Disney songs, four times a day.

When: From now until December 25
Time:¬†6 pm ‚Äď 9 pm (Every hour)
Where: 9035 Jean-Bourdon Avenue, West Island
Price: Free

Puces POP Market

180 local merchants will be on hand boasting a slew of Quebecois products like art, accessories, clothes, ceramics, toys, decorations, candles, soaps, food, drinks and so much more.

When: December 15 and 16
Time: 11 am Р6 pm (Saturday) 11 am Р5 pm (Sunday)
Where:¬†l‚Äô√Čglise Saint-Denis, 5075 rue Rivard
Price: Free admission

Alight at Night

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Lights (a lot of them), camera… action Christmas! One of the country’s biggest outdoor light festivals is ready for you and the holidays.

Now that the Gardens of Light festival has packed up for 2018, Instagrammers need to get their lighting fix somewhere else so why not make a day of it?

From the enchantment of horse-drawn wagons, to a life-size toy train, this holiday road trip will take you down the 401 to a magical place. There will be carolling, festive dining, and of course, Santa will be making a visit to take in all your Christmas wishes.

If you get cold, warm-you-up beverages will be for sale at the outdoor Carousel Corner Café, where two new holiday huts offer a cozy shelter to snuggle up in.

When: December 14-16, 20-23, 26-31 and January 1-5
Time: 5 pm to 9 pm, 4 pm to 10 pm on Saturdays
Where: Upper Canada Village, 13740 County Rd 2, Morrisburg, On
Price:¬†$12 ‚Äď $16, depending on age

Village de No√ęl de Montr√©al

Christmas Village

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Montreal’s iconic Atwater Market has been transformed into a gorgeous Christmas market (we have proof here).

The third edition of the¬†Village de No√ęl¬†will feature ‚Äútwice as many kiosks as years past,‚ÄĚ vendors, concerts, light shows, a giant, decked out evergreen tree, holiday treats and outdoor screenings of classic Christmas movies.

As a bonus, the big man himself, Santa Claus, will be on site today.

When: Saturday, December 15
Time:¬†Weekends from 11:30 am ‚Äď 9 pm
Where: Place du Marche, corner of St-Ambroise and Atwater
Price: Free

Vegan Christmas Market

Buddhi Bistro is launching their first-ever Vegan Christmas Market in Montreal today.

Montrealers will have an opportunity to discover a variety of vegan products offered by local merchants in an enchanting Christmas atmosphere.

When: Saturday, December 15
Time: 11 am ‚Äď 4:30 pm
Where: 50 rue Ste. Catherine Ouest, Maison du développement durable
Price: Free admission

Snow Tubing on Mont Royal

Take advantage of the pride of Montreal by snow tubing down it.

Discover the exhilaration of snow tubing down reserved lanes next to the toboggan hill overlooking Beaver Lake.

When: Saturday, December 15
Time:¬†10 am ‚Äď 4 pm (until 6 pm on Saturdays and Sundays)
Where: Mont Royal Park
Price:¬†$5 for 4 ‚Äď 11-year-olds, $9 for 12 years old and up

Fontaine Boréale

Christmas fountain

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Christmas is usually associated with snow and ice so how about a little element change? For the third consecutive year, the Christmas fountain known as ‚ÄúFontaine bor√©ale‚ÄĚ is returning during the holiday season.

The immersive and multi-sensory experience features the Complexe Desjardin’s Grande-Place water fountain, completely decked out in the Christmas spirit.

Every hour, the fountain lights and shoots up to the shopping mall’s ceiling, accompanied by music, lights and special effects.

Or, it could actually be magic.

When: Every day in December
Time:¬†Every hour from 4 pm ‚Äď 10 pm
Where: Complexe Desjardins, 150 rue Ste. Catherine Ouest
Price: Free

Collectif Etsy Montréal

The Montreal Etsy Team will be hosting a Holiday Market the Th√©√Ętre Denise-Pelletier in partnership with SDC Hochelaga-Maisonneuve. The craft show will host over 100 makers from Montreal and its surroundings.

If you’re looking for a charming, homemade gift for a loved one this holiday season, Collectif Etsy will have you covered.

When: Saturday, December 15
Time: 10 am Р5 pm
Where:¬†Th√©√Ętre Denise-Pelletier, 4353 rue Ste-Catherine Est
Price: Free admission

Natrel Skating Rink Fireworks

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Old Port Winter Fireworks/ Facebook

The Old Port is going to be lit today. Actually.

On four select dates this holiday season, the Old Port’s Natrel Skating Rink will fuse ice with fireworks and this Saturday is the first of the season.

The 2,500 square metre rink, just off Promenade des Quais, will be open to the public and will host a firework display overhead. The rink costs money to enter, but standing outside and watching the fireworks is as free as it is delightful.

When: Saturday, December 15
Time: 8 pm
Where: Old Port, Rue de la Commune Ouest
Price: Free

Village du P√®re No√ęl

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?

There’s an entire village dedicated to Santa about an hour away from Montreal.

Village du P√®re No√ęl is the perfect place for a holiday family getaway. Plus, it‚Äôs North of Montreal so in some ways, you‚Äôre heading towards 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: Saturday, December 15
Time:¬†10 am ‚Äď 5 pm
Where: 987 Route Morin, Val-David
Price: Adults (individuals two years old and older): $18; Grandparents: $16

Le Village du Vilain Sapin ‚Äď Ugly Christmas Tree Village

Ugly Christmas tree

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It‚Äôs important to laugh at yourself. And, that‚Äôs exactly what this year‚Äôs ‚ÄėUgly Christmas Tree Village‚Äô in¬†Whoville¬†Montreal will be doing this holiday season, literally.

The second edition of Le Village du Vilain Sapin features more than just an ugly, Charlie Brown-esque tree as this year’s evergreen is ticklish.

Yes. A ticklish Christmas tree.

Motion detectors and built-in loudspeakers will be incorporated into this year’s Frankentree that will bellow out laughter when guests shake the bottom branches to tickle it.

When: From now until January 2
Time: 5 pm, illumination of the laughing tree at 6 pm
Where: 57 rue Prince Arthur Est
Price: Free

The Deadstock Depot ‚ÄĒ Vintage Streetwear Flea Market

Toronto’s only vintage streetwear flea market hops over to Montreal today. Over 15 local and international vendors come together to form Canada’s largest selection of handpicked garments catering to the 80s, 90s, and 00s street and sportswear aesthetic.

Popular brands include: Tommy Hilfiger, Champion, Kappa, Gucci, Ralph Lauren and much more, all going for cheap.

When: Saturday, December 15
Time: 12 pm Р6 pm
Where: 3455 Boulevard Saint-Laurent
Price: Free admission

The Nutcracker Ballet

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’s 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: Saturday, December 15
Time: 2 pm and 7:30 pm
Where: Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts
Price:¬†$99 ‚Äď $144, available,¬†online

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