December has got to trump November. One hopes. Montrealers get to do one of the things they do best. No, it’s not eating poutine. It’s shopping and cultivating holiday cheer with friends and colleagues. Find out how Montreal compensates for early sunset by keeping the spirit alive every day with a different festival or event.
October 19, 2016-January 15, 2017
The annual art show is a hub for international artists to showcase the most innovative and challenging pieces in Montreal. The works are generally intriguing and provocative. Amog those participating are Le Grand Balcon, Valérie Blass, Myriam-Jacob Allard, and many more. For info, click HERE.
November 18-December 4
As the church composer extraordinaire, enjoy works by Bach in a variety of venues performed by musicians who range from classical to avant-garde. 193 concerts and Yo Yo Ma. More info HERE.
A Victorian Christmas
Saturdays and Sundays, November 19 – December 30
Image + Nation
November 24-December 4
Montreal’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Trans film festival knows that the dreary end of November is a good time to celebrate your identity, no matter what your sexual preference. The line-up includes feature-length films intended for wide release and other films that only appear on the festival circuit. This year the festival seems larger than ever before. More information can be found HERE
November 26 – December 11
Montreal celebrates the richness of Sephardic culture with this festival. Artists from around the world perform. Beyond music, the festival looks at history, community, philosophy and tradition. More info HERE.
November 29 – December 4
SAT (1201 St Laurent)
The annual Christmas market at the SOUK is a not to be missed event where you can get one-of-a-kind gifts from local artisans who produce high quality stuff. It has a real designer flair. Keep an eye HERE for more info.
Old Port and Old Montreal
December 1 – January 1
In an attempt to brighten spirits and keep everyone moving, the Old Port hosts a range of events over the month. Some things to check out include outdoor holiday films, Karaoke, an outdoor market on Thursdays to Sundays. Everything culminates in a New Year’s Even ball. More info HERE.
December 1 – 25
Berri and St. Catherine
Place Émilie Gamelin has become a must stop place when it comes to checking out free events daily. Noel dans le Parc is an outdoor festival that has music and multicultural activities. For details on what’s happening, click HERE.
December 1 – December 10
Ateliers Jean Brilliant (3520 St Jacques)
Celebrating 10 years in his space, Jean Brillant is hosting a celebration. Among those participating are artist in residence, Erik West Millet and the West Trainz teams. As always, the welding artistry will collaborate with the public on ways to connect art and people. Info HERE
5705 Avenue de Gaspé
Awesome sauce and palm trees. Gaspé hosts the opening of its outdoor Mile End pop up city-boutique, La Petite Floride. If only! Music, karaoke, hot wine bar, and trees are for sale, among other things. Come and check it out. The area has been designed by La Pépinière Espaces collectifs. Info HERE.
December 2 – 24
Place des Arts
Looking for that perfect gift? Want something one of a kind or something that will support a local artist instead of a big box store. Check out Montreal’s christmas market at Place des Arts. Different artists will be offering their wares at different times, so make sure to check the schedule HERE.
Place des Arts
34 years of holiday concerts with uplifting music. It’s a popular annual event that warms the heart and fills it with joy. Sing out! Information HERE.
Marche de Noel aux Flambeaux
Departure point Parc des Compagnons at Mt. Royal and Cartier
December 6, 17:00-19:00
Carry a candle and join the beautiful passing of the light around the park. After exchanging the flame, enjoy the party. Info HERE.
Quartier des Spectacles
December 8 – January 29
If you don’t have one of those SAD lights and are pining for some light, hit the Luminothérapie event at Quartier des Spectacles. Light shows, projections, and 30 illuminated seesaws (called Impulsion) promise to add some extra hours of light to the darkest days of winter. Every year new artists are featured. Food trucks on opening night. More info HERE.
December 8-17, 8 p.m.
Stories are so much better when you add the spice and nothing nice. Six stories with eerie themes hit the stage at the Centaur, including Emile 1976, I Saw Mommy Eating Santa Claus, and The Double Goer. If there’s one way to fight the chill of winter, it’s to see something that chills your blood. More info HERE.
Pompette, 4128 ST. Laurent
Singing with friends is fun. Singing Christmas carols with friends for a record is even funner. Join in the bash with Montreal’s quirky event king, Sherwin Sullivan Tjia (he hosts those Slowdances and Strip Spelling Bees). More info HERE.
December 9-11 and 16-18
Eglise St. Denis (5075 Rivard, at Laurier Metro)
As fans of things you can buy that come from local artists, we adore the Puces POP events. With a room full of craftsfolk, you’re bound to find something. True to the POP team, things begin with an opening party and continue on for two weekends of solid POP Shopping. For more information, click HERE.
December 10 and 11, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Palais de Congrès
If you are pining for the costumes, the guests, and the goods, check out the Mini-Comiccon, a pop-culture pop-up. Shopping is at the fore, but it’s a chance to squeeze into those tights one last time before it gets too cold. Admission is free, so make a point of getting their for that perfect statue-toy-t-shirt-comic-dvd you must have or must give. More info HERE.
Place des Arts
The holiday season would be incomplete without Clara’s misadventures and sugarplum fairies. This annual ballet highlight is a popular event that enchants year after year. For info, click HERE.
More incredible one of a kind goods of high quality can be found at this annual shopping event. Whether its ceramic, food, wool, wood, or stone, chances are you can find an artisan here that has what you need. Bring a credit card! Information HERE.