13 things to do in Montreal today: Saturday, November 30

Nov 29 2019, 5:00 am

As we prepare to dive into the last month of 2019, here are 13 things happening around Montreal today, November 30, as we bid ‘au revoir’ to the month.

FAO Schwarz Pop-Up Week 2:  DIY Ornaments

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Now that the countdown to Christmas is officially on, one of the world’s leading toy stores is holding a series of festive pop-ups to get Montrealers into the holiday spirit.

Ahead of the upcoming holiday season, FAO Schwarz will host holiday activities over three weekends at Montreal’s La Baie d’Hudson,¬†this being the second.

This weekend, kiddos can come by the pop-up and make their own custom holiday cards at the FAO Schwarz arts and crafts station, and take a festive picture in the photo booth.

When: Saturday, November 30
Time: 10:30 am to 1 pm
Where: 585 Saint-Catherine Street Ouest, Main Floor
Price: Free

Montreal Canadiens vs the Philadelphia Flyers

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After a tough stretch against the New York Rangers and the Boston Bruins, the Habs welcome the Flyers on home-ice in a rare matinee game as they try to get their season back on track and close out November with a much-needed W.

When: Saturday, November 30
Time: 3 pm
Where: Centre Bell
Price: Various prices, available online

No√ęl dans le Parc

Christmas festival

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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 started last night.

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: November 30 to December 24
Time: Varies per park
Where:¬†Place √Čmilie-Gamelin, parc Lahaie, and parc des Compagnons
Price: Free admission

The Irishman – Cinema Moderne

Martin¬†Scorsese‚Äôs new film,¬†The Irishman, assembles an all-star cast that includes Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, and Al Pacino and therefore shouldn’t be watched on the small screen.

The film will be screened at Cinéma Moderne for various runs all weekend and follows an epic saga of organized crime in postwar America told through the eyes of World War II veteran Frank Sheeran (De Niro).

The Guardian is calling it “one of¬†Scorsese‚Äôs best films ever” which is some high praise.

Sure, you can catch it on Netflix for free but come on, Scorsese should be seen on the big screen.

When: November 30 and December 1 to 2, 5 to 8
Time: Varying times
Where:¬†Cin√©ma Moderne — 5150 boulevard St-Laurent
Price: $15, available online

Madeon – Good Faith Live Tour

Hugo Pierre Leclercq, better known by his stage name Madeon, is a French DJ, record producer, singer, songwriter, and musician from Nantes, France.

He’ll be spinning beats at the gorgeous MTelus this weekend.

When: Saturday, November 30
Time: 9 pm
Where: MTelus, 59 rue Ste. Catherine
Price: $36.75 Р$42.75, available online

The Nutcracker Market- Montreal

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Every holiday season, the Nutcracker Market brings together hundreds of local artisans for a magical shopping experience and it’s returning today for its 10th edition.

Hundreds of exhibitors will be in attendance selling everything from gourmet food and hand-knit mittens, to gorgeous jewelry, and sweet-smelling candles. The market will display gifts for everyone in your life ‚Äď children, partners, friends, and family.

When: From now until December 8
Time: Monday to Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday, 11 am to 6 pm; Thursday and Friday, 11 am to 8 pm
Where: Palais des congrès
Price: Free

Village de No√ęl de Montr√©al

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As if the Atwater Market isn’t magical enough, it’s being 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, will include 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: Every weekend from now until December 22
Time: 11:30 am to 9 pm
Where: Place du Marche, corner of St-Ambroise and Atwater
Price: Free

Luminothérapie

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: Saturday, December 30
Time: 12 pm to 11 pm
Where: Place des Festivals
Price: Free

Montreal Bach Festival

Montreal’s Festival Bach is devoted to classical music buffs and obviously, composer¬†Johann Sebastian Bach. From local and international artists, the two-week festival will interpret the works of Bach.

When: From now until December 7
Time: Varying times
Where: Maison Symphonique de Montréal, 1600, rue St-Urbain
Price: $15 Р$186, available online

Illumi Cavalia

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The dark days of winter need to be brightened up a touch and that’s where Cavalia’s Illumi comes in.

Check out a world of magical, captivating, and gorgeous lights in an extraordinary outdoor show created from thousands of light sculptures, characters, and designs.

When: Saturday, November 30
Time: 4 to 10 pm
Where: Illumi Cavalia, 2805 Boulevard du Souvenir, Laval
Price: $14.50 – $18.50, available online

Miracle Montreal – Christmas Pop-Up Bar

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Miracle Pop-Up has taken over The Coldroom and transformed it into a beautifully festive Christmas bar.

If you aren’t in the holiday spirit yet, this might help you get there.

Miracle pops up in over 80 cities around the globe, partnering with local bars to inspire the Christmas cheer through festive decorations, quirky parties, ugly X-Mas sweaters, and of course, seasonal cocktails and grub.

For the second year in a row, Miracle will join forces with The Coldroom to bring on the festive feels, every day until December 26.

When: Saturday, November 30
Time: 5 pm to 3 am
Where:¬†The Coldroom — 131 de la Commune
Price: Free admission

Alight at Night

outdoor light

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Lights (a lot of them), camera… action Christmas!

One of the country’s biggest outdoor light festivals is just about ready for you and the holidays.

Located about 140 km outside of Montreal, Upper Canada Village will be undergoing its winter transformation, as the historic location is adorned with over one million lights to become Ontario’s largest outdoor light festival, Alight at Night.

When: Saturday, November 30
Time: 5 pm to 9 pm
Where: Upper Canada Village, 13740 County Road 2, Morrisburg, Ontario
Price: $12 Р$16, depending on age, available online