5 things to do in Montreal today: Thursday, December 13

Dec 12 2018, 7:39 pm

The weekend won’t actually get to you any quicker, but maybe the distraction of these great events will make it feel that way. Here are five things worthy of checking out in the city today, December 13.

The Nutcracker Ballet

Returning tonight for the 55th year, the full-length rendition of Les Grands Ballet’s magical The Nutcracker is back in 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:¬†December 13 ‚Äď 30
Time: 2 pm and 7:30 pm
Where: Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts
Price:¬†$99 ‚Äď $144, available,¬†online

Montreal Canadiens vs Carolina Hurricanes

After a dismal showing in Minnesota on Tuesday, the Habs are back in action against the visiting Carolina Hurricanes at the Bell Centre tonight.

There’s something about the pesky Hurricanes that always give us a good tilt.

Look for Price to be in between the pipes tonight as the Canadiens try to improve to 16-11-5 on the year.

When: Thursday, December 13
Time:  7:30 pm
Where: Bell Centre, 1909 avenue des Canadiens de Montreal
Price: Varies per seat selection,available online

Natrel Skating Rink

A skating rink with Montreal‚Äôs Old Port as the backdrop ‚Äď talk about picturesque.

Known for its outstanding quality of ice, excellent facilities, and breathtaking views of the city and the Saint Lawrence River, this is the place to go skating in Montreal.

There’s no better way to stick it to winter than bundling up and hitting the ice.

The chilled 2,500 square metre rink features a cozy village right in front of the ice and is a puck’s throw away from Bistro Bonsecours for a little post-game refresher.

Natrel’s Skating Rink plays rock, classical and jazz music on large outdoor speakers to add to your soundtrack of whizzing down the ice.

When: From now until March 10, 2019
Time: 10 am ‚Äď 10 pm
Where: Natrel Skating Rink, Bonsecours Basin
Price:¬†$6.95 general admission, $4.90 kids aged 6 ‚Äď 12, free for children under 6

Elf Jr. the Musical

Students from grades 4,5, and 6 are channeling their inner-Will Ferrell and are learning a revamped script, songs and choreography to the 2003 classic film.

Elf Jr tells the story of Buddy the Elf, who years ago ended up in Santa’s sleigh and travelled to the North Pole where Santa and his Elves decided to raise him. Fast forward to present time when he discovers he is not an elf, but rather a human and travels to New York City to find his father. Along the way he meets many characters, and gets himself tangled up in a bit of trouble.

When: Thursday, December 13
Time: 7 pm
Where: Howard S. Billings High School, Chateauguay
Price: $12, at the door

Barbie Exhibition

Head over to the world’s largest permanent exhibit of Barbies and check out how the dolls are decked out for the holidays. The upscale mall hosts over 1,000 entertainment industry Barbie dolls, all dressed by leading fashion houses.

When: Thursday, December 13
Time:¬†10 am ‚Äď 7 pm
Where: Cours Mont-Royal, 1445 Rue Peel
Price: Free

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