23 things to do this weekend: December 17 to December 18

Dec 16 2016, 3:37 am

‘Twas the weekend before Christmas and all through the city, were holiday markets and snowy activities.

This weekend is shaping up to be a seriously good one. Whether you’re a fan of the holidays or a total Scrooge, there are plenty of ways to unwind on this second last weekend of December.

Check out 23 things to do this weekend: December 17 to 18.

Saturday, December 17

Snowtime 3D

Enjoy a free holiday movie under the stars courtesy of Merry Montreal. For the month of December, Place Jacques Cartier is being transformed into a Christmas paradise. One of many events is the open-air movie theatre. Be sure to pack your warmest blanket.
When: December 17
Where: Place Jacques Cartier

Skating in Old Port

Boasting perhaps the most picturesque rink in all of Montreal, the Bonsecours Basin outdoor skating rink is now up and running. Opened just last weekend, now’s your time to bring a hot date or your closest friends and enjoy a magical night of skating under the stars to holiday tunes.
When: Early December 2016-March 2017
Where: Old Port

Les Choralies at Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours

Head to this historic church in Old Port for some old-fashioned choir singing. Just in time for the holidays, Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours still has two of six shows left that are totally free to the public. Be ready to sing some Christmas carols!
When: December 17-18
Where: Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours, 400 Rue Saint Paul E

Christmas Party

For children 12 years and under, Le Petit Gym invites you for a night of gymnastics activities, visits from Santa, hot chocolate, and gifts. Cost is $12 per person and the event takes place on one day only between 1pm and 2:30pm or 3pm and 4:30pm.
When: December 17
Where: Le Petit Gym, 1936 Thimens Blvd., St. Laurent

Moscow On Ice Christmas Show

For the first time ever, some of the best figure skaters in the world gather to put on the ultimate Christmas performance on ice. This one-act ballet begins with a rendition of Cinderella before a procession of solo numbers commence.
When: December 17
Where: Sportplexe Pierrefonds, 14700 Pierrefonds Boulevard

History, Legends, and Christmas Decorations Guided Tour

Join a holiday-themed guided tour from Kaleidoscope Tours and learn everything there is to know about Christmas in Montreal. There are three walking tours available, one in downtown, one in Old Port, and one that combines the two. Prices vary but tours will be running on Saturday and Sunday between November 26 and December 17
When: December 17
Where: Old Port and downtown

Christmas Celebration

Head to Le Prevost Library for a major Christmas party. Celebrate with storytime, a visit from Santa, face painting, balloons, and snacks. You and your kids will have a blast at this family-friendly holiday event.
When: December 17
Where: Le Prevost Library, 7355 Christophe Colomb Ave.

Urban Tales X: An Undead Christmas

Each year, the Centaur Theatre puts on a special Christmas-themed show just for adults, and this year is no exception. Titled, “Urban Tales X – An Undead Xmas,” the 2016 show promises to be just as bizarre and entertaining as ever. Divided into six parts, each performance will tell a satirical story about what the holidays are like from an adult’s perspective. Grab your tickets to the final night of this hilarious comedy.
When: December 8-17
Where: Centaur Theatre, 453 Rue Saint-François-Xavier

Mary Poppins

See the classic tale of Mary Poppins brought to life at Theatre Saint Denis. With showtimes through December and January, don’t miss your chance to see the famed British story live.
When: December 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 2016 and January 3-7, 2017
Where: Theatre Saint-Denis, 1594 Rue Saint-Denis

Snow Tubing on Mount Royal

Slide down the snow atop Mount Royal on the designated snow tubing trails near Beaver Lake. Rent an inflatable inner tube or bring your own, and enjoy an afternoon of gliding down the mountain at high speeds. Rentals are $9 for adults and $5 for kids.
When: December 17-March 6, 2017
Where: Beaver Lake, Mount Royal

Family Christmas Celebration

A free Christmas event is going down at the Verdun Cultural Centre. Bring your kids and prepare for a day of fun, featuring a live show, visit with Santa, face painting, prizes, and a holiday movie. Admission is free and the event is happening from 2pm until 9pm.
When: December 17
Where: Verdun Cultural Centre, 5955 Bannantyne, Verdun

Breakfast with Santa

Every Saturday at 8:45am and 10:15am, and Sunday at 10:30am, Montreal’s favourite department store, Maison Ogilvy will be hosting a traditional breakfast with Santa Claus. Be sure to drop in on this final weekend.
When: December 17-18
Where: Maison Ogilvy, Cafe Romy, 1307 Ste. Catherine St. W

Le Salon des metiers d’art de Montreal

The biggest holiday craft fair in the city, Le Salon des metiers d’art de Montreal, takes place annually at Place Bonaventure. Everything on display has been handcrafted by Quebec artisans, and even if you can’t shop, it’s a great place to do some browsing. Don’t miss your final opportunity to grab those last-minute Christmas gifts.
When: December 8-18
Where: Place Bonaventure

Miracle Montreal


2016 marks the arrival of Montreal’s first ever Christmas-themed bar. The pop-up bar, titled Miracle Montreal, is in town for just one month. 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. In addition to festive cocktails, they have fun giveaways throughout the month courtesy of their on-site advent calendar. The bar is set up in the Latin Quarter and open every day of the month. Grab a drink and toast to the holidays!
When: December 1-31 (they’re even open Christmas Day!), 3pm-3am
Where: 323 Ontario Est

Sunday, December 18

Movie from the NFB

Watch two free animated holiday movies at the Maison de la culture du Plateau Mont Royal. This year, the NFB will be screening L’Hiver de Leon and Noel Noel. The films will be screened in French at 2pm.
When: December 18
Where: ​Maison de la culture du Plateau Mont Royal, 465 Mont Royal Ave. E.

Le Grand Marche de Noel

The second edition of Le Grand Marche de Noel has arrived. Taking over Place des Arts for the entire month, this German-style Christmas market features food trucks, a Santa’s Cabin, Elves Workshop, and Santa’s Sleigh. There will also be carol singers, karaoke, storytime, and an all-night party on New Year’s Eve. Finally, the market part offers a range of locally produced gifts available for purchase including arts, crafts, jewelry, artisanal cheese, alcohol, clothing, chocolates, baked goods, and toys.
When: December 12, 2016 until January 2, 2017, for more scheduling info click here
Where: Place des Arts

The last brunch of the year at Cafe Melbourne

Montreal’s resident Australian cafe has been hosting a truly unforgettable brunch in recent weeks. Advertised as “Australian style brunch and coffee,” Cafe Melbourne serves everything from avocado toast and salmon-topped bagels, to porridge bowls (a la the trendy acai bowls) and baked goods. However, the star of the show is undoubtedly their out-of-this-world hotcakes (covered in bacon strips, berries, figs, pecans, popcorn, cotton candy, a chocolate bar, ferrero rochers, and none other than a glittery cherry). This weekend marks their last brunch of the year so be there or be square!
When: Dec 17-18, Saturday 9 am-5 pm and Sunday 10 am-5 pm
Where: Cafe Melbourne, 4615 Boulevard Saint Laurent

Participatory Christmas Pageant

Join Mary, Joseph, Jesus, and the three Wise Men in reenacting this historical moment. Pointe Claire’s Cedar Park United Church invites Montrealers everywhere to “inhabit the Christmas story with us during our morning worship.” The event is free and begins at 9:15 am sharp.
When: December 18
Where: Cedar Park United Church, 204 Lakeview Ave., Pointe-Claire

Puces POP Fair Winter Edition

The Puces Pop Fair is in Montreal this December for their annual Winter Edition. The 2016 Winter Edition takes place over two weekends, December 9-11 and December 16-18. This arts & crafts event arrives just in time for the holidays so you can get your Christmas shopping on. All of the vendors are local and selling everything from soap and teacups to clothing and maps. This weekend is your last chance.
When: December 16-18, Saturdays 11am-7pm, and Sundays 11am-5pm
Where: Eglise Saint-Denis (5075 Rivard, corner Laurier – Laurier Metro)

Carols by Candlelight

Hosted by the Church of St Andrew and St Paul in Montreal, Carols by Candlelight is an annual Christmas tradition in which the church’s choir sings Christmas carols all night long. Accompanied by a candle-lit procession, choral music, readings, and meditation, this event welcomes Montrealers everywhere.
When: December 18, 7 pm
Where: 3415 Rue Redpath

Holiday Show: Le Reve de Camomille

Complexe Desjardins invites families across the city to join them for their annual interactive musical children’s Christmas tales. Happening on various dates and at various times through December, admission is just $2 per person.
When: December 12-24
Where: ​​Complexe Desjardins, 150 Ste. Catherine St. W.

Merry Montreal


Head to Old Port this holiday season and enjoy a slew of free activities, ranging from a New Year’s Eve party to outdoor yoga. Stroll through the market set up in Place Jacques Cartier, and you’ll find gourmet food, warm drinks, artisanal crafts, and local art. If you’re a movie buff, be sure to attend the Outdoor Holiday Cinema in which festive family films will be screened. Finally, if it’s a Santa sighting you’re after, Mr. Claus will be dropping in to Old Montreal every Saturday and Sunday from 1pm to 5pm.
When: December 3-18
Where: Old Port of Montreal

Breakfast with Santa for Special Needs Families

Perfect for families in need of an extra special Santa experience, this breakfast with Santa is for special needs families and will include juice, muffins, coffee, and more. The event is totally free, however registration is required.
When: December 18
Where: Ecole Plein-Soleil, 50 rue de Toulouse, Candiac