15 things to do in Montreal today: Sunday, December 2

Nov 30 2018, 7:20 pm

We want to make sure you cap your weekend off in style. That’s why we’ve put together a hefty list of things to check out in the city today, December 2.

Kodaline Concert

Kodaline is an Irish rock band originally known as 21 Demands. In 2012 the band adopted their current name, Kodaline. The group comprises Steve Garrigan, Mark Prendergast, Vincent May, and Jason Boland.

The band will be rocking out an electric¬†Th√©√Ętre Corona on Sunday.

When: Sunday, December 2
Time: 8 pm Р11 pm
Where:¬†Th√©√Ętre Corona, 2490 Notre-Dame
Price: $37, available online

Hockey History Exhibit

canada world jrs

Hockey Canada / Twitter

The Hockey Cup History travelling exhibit opens on Friday at the Dorval Museum of Local History and Heritage.

Hockey fans can take a look at trophies, rings, hockey sticks, archival footage and over 50 hockey-related artifacts. Visitors are also invited to play a hockey tabletop game as well as a ‚Äėdesign your own goalie mask‚Äô workshop.

When: From now until April 17
Time:¬†1:30 pm ‚Äď 4:30 pm, Thursday to Sunday
Where: 1850 Lakeshore Drive, Dorval
Price: Free

Burgundy Lion Brunch

Burgundy Lion serves traditional English breakfasts every Sunday. Their menu is famous for their blood pudding, sausages, salmon, and Yorkshire pudding.

The pub also has one of the most extensive whisky menus in the city.

When: Sunday, December 2
Time:¬†9 am ‚Äď 3 am
Where:  2496 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest

Musée Grévin Montreal

wax museum

Grévin Wax Museum/ Facebook

Sneak away from the winter cold and spend a few hours in a warm room while staring at wax celebrity figures.

Check out your favourite actors, athletes, and artists in wax form. The figurines are displayed beautifully through the four-floor museum that also features optical illusions and interactive displays. It’s admittedly pretty creepy staring into Elvis’ eyes, especially if he starts blinking.

When: Sunday, December 2
Time: 10 am to 6 pm
Where: 705 Rue Saint Catherine (4th floor of the Eaton Centre)
Price: $19.50 for adult, $13.50 for children, $15.50 for youth and students and $18 for seniors

Notre-Dame Basilica

Easter events Montreal

jiawangkun/ Shutterstock

Celebrate Sunday mass at Montreal’s most viewed structure at 11 am and hear a 25-person choir accompanied by the organ. Or, take a walking tour of the basilica which is an absolutely gorgeous spectacle. It is filled with hundreds of wooden carvings, several religious statues, and gigantic stained glass windows.

When: The Notre-Dame Basilica is open year round
Time:¬†12:30 pm ‚Äď 4 pm on Sundays (mass starts at 11 am)
Where: 110 Rue Notre Dame Ouest
Price: Free

Curls for the Gurls

The second annual Curls for Gurls is a fundraiser for cancer. Teams will be composed of two men and two women competing against other teams in a weight-lifting competition.

The event includes snacks, protein drinks and raffle prizes.

When: Sunday, December 2
Time: 9 am Р4 pm
Where:¬†CrossFit de l’ouest, 1850 Hymus Boulevard, Dorval
Price: $35

Dream Land

Christmas display

Sami Hajjar’s Christmas Display/Facebook

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

Compared to last year’s ‘Frozen Land,’ the upcoming ‘Dream Land’ will feature 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

Village de No√ęl de Montr√©al

Montreal’s iconic Atwater Market is being transformed into a Christmas village, starting this weekend.

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 every Saturday until Christmas, today being the first.

When: From now until December 23
Time:¬†Weekends from 11:30 am ‚Äď 9 pm
Where: Place du Marche, corner of St-Ambroise and Atwater
Price: Free

Le March√© de No√ęl chez Maison Pepin

Maison Pepin has channelled their inner-Harry Potter and have transformed their charming alleyway into a breathtaking rustic Christmas market.

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

Think about all the Instagramable moments this alleyway presents.

When: From now until December 24
Time:¬†10 am ‚Äď 5 pm
Where: 378 Rue St-Paul Ouest
Price: Free

Montreal Bach Festival

The Bach Festival honours Bach and other composers in more than 20 concerts hosted at some of the most beautiful spots of Montreal: Quartier des spectacles, Mont Royal, Le Plateau, Westmount Park.

Hundreds of musicians, singers, and conductors from Quebec and Europe pay tribute to the famous German composer.

It’s enough to make you say, “I‚Äôll be Bach.”

When: From now until December 7
Time: Varies per selection
Where: Various venues around Montreal
Price:¬†$15 ‚Äď $42, available¬†online

Le Village du Vilain Sapin ‚Äď Ugly Christmas Tree Launch

Ugly Christmas tree

shaunethompsonphotography/Instagram

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 2nd edition of Le Village du Vilain Sapin will feature more than just an ugly, Charlie Brown-esque tree as this year’s evergreen will be ticklish.

Yes. A ticklish Christmas tree, the unveiling happened on Friday. It might be worthy of a gander.

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

The Nutcracker Market- Montreal

Every holiday season, the Nutcracker Market brings together hundreds of local artisans for a magical shopping experience.

The market started in 2010 in support of The Nutcracker Fund for Children, the country’s first charity Christmas market symbolizes the kick-off of the holiday celebrations.

10% of all exhibitor’s sales go towards the Fund that each year gives disadvantaged children a unique holiday experience that includes a free performance of The Nutcracker, animated creative workshops and gifts.

When: From now until December 9
Time:¬†11 am ‚Äď 7 pm (Monday ‚Äď Wednesday), 11 am ‚Äď 8 pm (Thursday and Friday), 11 am ‚Äď 5 pm (Saturday and Sunday)
Where: Palais des congrès
Price: Free

Alight at Night

outdoor light

Upper Canada Village/Facebook

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 2, 5 -9, 13-16 ,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 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:¬†December 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, and 22 ‚Äď January 6 (closed on the 25 for deliveries)
Time:¬†10 am ‚Äď 5 pm
Where: 987 Route Morin, Val-David
Price: Adults (individuals two years old and older): $18; Grandparents: $16

Fontaine Boréale

Christmas fountain

amazing.views/Instagram

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

See also