5 things to do in Montreal today: Thursday, December 12

Dec 11 2019, 3:30 pm

As you set your sights on the weekend, here are a few things happening around town today, December 12, to help get you there a little quicker.

The Nutcracker 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: December 12 Р30
Time: 2 and 7:30 pm
Where: Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts
Price: $99 Р$144, available, online

Imagine 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: Thursday, December 12
Time: 10 am to 6 pm
Where: Arsenal Contemporary Art Contemporain
Price: $26 – $36, available online

Patrick Watson

Patrick Watson, the Montreal-native singer-songwriter returned home for back to back shows on Tuesday and Wednesday and he’s back at it again tonight, bringing his blend of cabaret pop, classical music, and indie rock to the MTelus theatre.

When: Thursday, December 12
Time: 8 pm
Where:¬†MTelus — 59 rue Ste. Catherine
Price: $73 Р$103, available online

Luminothérapie

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

Illumi Cavalia

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: Thursday, December 12
Time: 4 to 10 pm
Where:¬†Illumi Cavalia — 2805 Boulevard du Souvenir, Laval
Price: $14.50 – $18.50, available online