16 things to do in Montreal this weekend: December 1 to 3

Dec 1 2017, 7:15 am

Kick off December the right way! From Christmas markets to holiday events your weekend will be jam-packed with exciting events.

Plaza St-Hubert Christmas Parade

Plaza St-Hubert is hosting their annual Christmas parade on Friday, December 1, 2017.

Defile des Reves 2017 is the 13th edition of the annual holiday event presented by Caisse Desjardins du Cœur-de-l’Île. Visitors will be swept up by the magic of Christmas as the parade will feature floats, marching bands, dance groups, firetrucks, costumed characters, and of course, Santa Claus himself.

Where: Rue St-Hubert, starting at the corner of Bellechasse and ending at Jean Talon.
When: December 1, 2017
Time: Festivities begin at 7 pm

Tribute to Spice Girls -Montreal

A tribute concert to your favourite 90s girl band.

Where: L’Astral, 305, rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest, Montreal, Quebec H2X 2A3
When: December 1, 2017
Times: 9 am to 12 am
Tickets: Available online

Visit Montreal’s pop-up Christmas Bar, Miracle Montreal

Last year’s Miracle Montreal was a huge success. Now Montreal’s Christmas-themed pop-up bar is back with several new pop-up locations!

Spreading joy through Christmas-flavoured cocktails and music, you won’t be able to resist stopping here for a drink in December. Miracle Montreal will have everything from jingle bell nog and Santa-quila to a Christmapolitan and a Snowball Old Fashioned.

 Various pop-up locations, check Facebook page for this year’s details!
When: December 1 to 31, 2017

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This Montreal holiday market is the perfect place to find the best boujee gifts for the most stylish person on your list. The [email protected] holiday market is where you’ll be able to get your hands on amazing products from Montreal’s hottest designers and artists.

Where: Society for arts and technology SAT, 1201 Blvd. Saint-Laurent, Montreal
When: December 1 to  3, 2017
Times: Friday, December 1 – 12 to 9 pm
Saturday, December 2 – 12 to 7 pm
Sunday, December 3 – 12 to 7 pm
Admission: Free admission 18 years and over

Tribute to Spice Girls -Montreal

A tribute concert to your favourite 90s girl band.

Where: L’Astral, 305, rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest, Montreal, Quebec H2X 2A3
When: December 1, 2017
Times: 9 pm to 12 am
Tickets: Available online

Montreal Puppy Meetup

This could be the cutest event happening in Montreal. This is a monthly event taking place Le Doggy Café. It’s meant to bring together puppies and their owners to for a very cute play date. Bring your puppy and prepare for cuteness overload.

Where: Le Doggy Café, 4701 St. Denis St.
When: December 2, 2017
Time: 11 am to 2 pm

LCD Soundsystem

The American band brings their legendary sounds to Laval.

Where: Place Bell,1950 Rue Claude-Gagné, Laval, Quebec
When: December 2, 2017
Times: 9 pm to 11 pm
Tickets: Available on Evenko, $61.25 to $82

Free holiday movies 

This year, Cineplex will be screening some of the best Christmas classics on the big screen. This year’s selections include: Miracle On 34th Street, Elf, Polar Express 3D, Bolshoi Ballet: The Nutcracker, Love Actually, Die Hard and It’s A Wonderful Life.

Where: Select theatres around Montreal. Check Cineplex website for details.
When: December 2, 9, 10, 11, 22- 26, and 15-26 (different films show on different dates).

Meet Rudolph

Santa’s favourite reindeer will be making an appearance in Montreal this December. On December 3, from 12 to 2:30 pm, head down to Longueuil Public Market to meet the one and only Rudolph.

Where: Longueuil Public Market, 4200 Savane Road, Longueuil, Quebec J3Y 9G4
When: Sunday, December 3, 2017
Times: 12 to 12:30 pm
1 pm to 1:30 pm
2 pm to 2:30 pm
Admission: Free!

Le Grand Marche de Noel

From December 1 to 24, Le Grand Marche de Noel will be taking over Place des Arts. This German-style Christmas market will feature food trucks, a Santa’s Cabin, Elves Workshop, and Santa’s Sleigh. There will also be carol singers, karaoke, storytime, and so many more events happening for the holiday season.

Where: Esplanade de la Place des Arts, 175 rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest
When: Until December 24, 2017
Times: TBA check website for updates

Noël dans le Parc

Get ready for holiday festivities taking place in three Montreal parks.

Noël dans le parc brings together Montrealers together for holiday cheer. Head down to Place Emilie-Gamelin, Parc des Compagnons de Saint Laurent, and Parc Lahaie for live entertainment, music, poetry, and bonfires.

Where: Place Emilie-Gamelin, Parc des Compagnons de Saint Laurent, and Parc Lahaie
When: December 1 to 25, 2017
Time: See full program of events online.

Nutcracker Market Montreal

The ultimate holiday shopping market will be taking over Palais du Congres from November 30 until December 10. The market started in 2010 in support of The Nutcracker Fund for Children, the country’s first charity Christmas market symbolizes the kick-off for the holiday celebrations.

Where: Palais du Congres
When: Until December 10, 2017
Admission: Free


A light-up winter wonderland will be taking over Place des Festivals this winter for the eighth annual edition of Luminothérapie. This year’s display is called Impulse and it is an interactive work made up of light-up seesaws.

Where: Place des Festivals, Jeanne Mance St.
When: Until January 28, 2018
Time:  Sunday to Wednesday: from noon to 10 pm
Thursday to Saturday: from noon to 11 pm

Fontaine Boréale

Montreal’s amazing light-up holiday water fountain show is back at Complexe Desjardins until December 31. Come discover this year’s edition of Fontaine Boreale –an immersive light-show that features the magic of the holidays.

Where: Complexe Desjardins, 150 Saint-Catherine St W
When: Until December 31, 2017
Times: 3:30 pm, 4 pm, 5 pm, 6 pm, 7 pm, 8 pm, 9 pm, 10 pm
Price: Free

Barbie Expo

What: Come and check out the world’s largest Barbie exhibit this month. The exhibit will feature Barbies of various ethnicities, dressed in traditional clothes, as well as great Hollywood stars (Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, etc.). A separate section is reserved for haute-couture dolls, which have been dressed by Dior, Chanel, Givenchy and many more notable names from the fashion industry.

Where: Les Cours Mont-Royal, 1455 Peel Street,
When: Now until December 31

Le Marché de Noël chez Maison Pepin

Here’s another Christmas market to add to your list. Until December 24, this charming alleyway in Old Montreal will turn into an adorable holiday market hosted by The Pepin Shop.

Where: 378 Rue St-Paul O, Montréal
When: Until December 24, 2017
Time: Various times, check event page for details

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