Christmas in Montreal is no joke. While our infamously ugly Christmas tree in 2016 may not have put the city on the map as far as Christmas goes for the right reasons, holiday markets in and around town how been working overtime proving just how magical a city this can be.
Here are a few that you just cannot miss!
If traditional holiday markets are your thing, Montreal’s Christmas Village in the Atwater Market can’t be missed. Not only is it the perfect place to get your real Christmas trees, but they also have over forty chalets featuring local craftsmen and restaurants, plus board games and concerts for the kids. This holiday village runs on weekends until December 22nd!
Further downtown – if you head to the Palais Du Congres before December 8th, you can visit the Nutcracker Market, organized by Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, which not only has tons of exhibitors but is also for a good cause! According to MTL.org, all proceeds will help bring the ballet to underprivileged children all over the city.
For dazzling handcrafted gifts, as well as environmentally friendly zero-waste items check out the second annual edition of La Petite Station in the Plateau. A Station Service Boutique production this holiday market is open until December 27th, and if you visit, don’t count on walking away empty-handed!
Illumi Village of Lights & Christmas Market
For a cutting edge holiday market experience, MTL Blog suggests you head to Laval and check out the Illumi Village of Lights & Christmas Market which, in addition to its numerous vendors and restaurants, also has a Christmas Tree that’s as tall as the Statue of Liberty and is made up of over 28,000 tiny lights.
Miracle Christmas Pop-Up Bar
For a more adult Montreal Christmas experience, be sure to check out Miracle Pop Up, a Christmas themed pop up bar located on Du La Commune in the Old Port. They have a bevy of Holiday Tiki favorites, making it the perfect place for a grown-ups only night out or for your holiday parties, which you can book online at miraclemontreal.com.
Montreal’s Christmas Nordic Square
And finally, nobody quite does Christmas like the Old Port, and Jacques-Cartier Square is full of Christmas cheer this year, with bonfires, carolers, mulled wine, and, according to MTL Blog, traditional Quebec holiday favorites like pâté chinois, pounding chômeur, and tourtière.