5 things to do in Montreal today: Thursday, December 20

Dec 19 2018, 7:21 pm

Once December gets into the 2-0s, things start to get seriously Christmassy.

As the weekend and the holidays loom, here are five eventful things to check out in Montreal today, December 20, to help feel like it arrives a tad quicker.

Cirque du Soleil: Corteo

Corteo is coming home. The Cirque du Soleil touring production premiered in Montreal in April 2005 and it’s back for 10 more dates.

Corteo, which means “cortege” in Italian, is a joyous procession, a festive parade imagined by a clown. The show brings together the passion of the actor with the grace and power of the acrobat to plunge the audience into a theatrical world of fun, comedy and spontaneity situated in a mysterious space between heaven and earth.

When: Thursday, December 20
Time: 1 pm, 3:30 pm, 5 pm and 7:30 pm
Where: Centre Bell, 1909 avenue des Canadiens de Montreal
Price: $62.50 – $171.50, available online

Montreal Symphony Orchestra – Les Cowboys Fringants

More than 8,000 people applauded their four-concert run last September. So, at the public’s request, Montreal’s Symphony Orchestra is bringing two new performances by Les Cowboys Fringants and conducted by Simon Leclerc. Talk about a perfect event right before Christmas.

When: Thursday, December20
Time: 8 pm
Where: Maison symphonique de Montréal, 1600 Saint Urbain
Price: $46, available online

Le Marché de Noël 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 – 5 pm
Where: 378 Rue St-Paul Ouest
Price: Free

Natrel Skating Rink

A skating rink with Montreal’s Old Port as the backdrop – 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: Thursday, December 20
Time: 10 am – 10 pm
Where: Natrel Skating Rink, Bonsecours Basin
Price: $6.95 general admission, $4.90 kids aged 6 – 12, free for children under 6


Place des Festivals has fused dominos, music and lights in bringing Montreal the holiday cheer.

The ninth edition of Luminothérapie, Quebec’s largest temporary public art installation, is called “Effet domino” by Ingrid Ingrid. The installation features 120 giant dominos spread out across several different stations. The public is invited to play with them, each creating different music and luminous effects in the process.

The dominos are all topple-able as a musical orchestra of dominos illuminate in a rainbow of pastel hues and sounds.

If you don’t believe us, check out some mesmerizing photos here.

When: Thursday, December 20
Time: 12 pm – 10 pm
Where: Place des Festivals, Jeanne Mance
Price: Free

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