Montreal Christmas Events: 2017-2018 Season Details
Montreal Christmas --aka Noël-- events and activities, as well as shopping options, are plentiful, as per usual, and 2017 promises yet another great Christmas season. Whether you love or loathe the holidays, celebrate with or without family, it can be a really fun time of the year, even solo.
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Tailor a Montreal Christmas --or humbug season-- that suits you and your lifestyle with a little help. Below features holiday season highlights, events and activities that cover every budget.
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A Montreal Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without the city's annual Santa Claus Parade, a tradition since 1925.
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Better known as the Défilé du Père Noël, the Montreal Santa Claus Parade typically features thousands of delighted kids waiting to catch a glimpse of Santa Claus, with about 15 to 20-ish floats proceeding along downtown artery and top shopping destination, Ste. Catherine Street, from Fort to St. Urbain.
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A low key alternative to Montreal's largest Christmas parade (see above) is Montreal's second largest Christmas parade, the Plaza St. Hubert Christmas parade is a lesser known annual event held usually a week after the popular downtown Santa Claus parade. And it's great for kids.
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It's no secret Montreal has beautiful churches, ornate, eye-popping remnants of a time not too long ago when the Catholic Church was so influential in Quebec that it matched if superceded the power of the state.
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So to have to a chance to attend Christmas Mass in Montreal is an experience on its own, even for non-believers.
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Because your wallet is probably taking a beating right about now, am I right?Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Christmas tree picking, museum exhibits, nativity scenes, high-budget productions, low-budget gems, the bulk of Montreal's favorite Christmas-themed events are assembled right here.
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The annual conundrum. What to buy? Where to go? And how to prevent a nervous breakdown in the process?
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New Year's in Montreal is a BLAST. If you play your cards right and plan for an evening you won't soon forget, you'll see exactly what I mean.
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When was the last time you went to the country, spotted the ultimate tannenbaum, and chopped it down yourself?
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I've hand-picked, for your convenience, a few pick-your-own Montreal Christmas tree farms 30 to 90 minutes from Montreal that offer more than a quick conifer chop, so bring the whole family along for an afternoon of holiday fun. Have a home too small for a big Christmas tree? No problem. This live Christmas tree species won't take too much room. And you don't have to drive out to the country to find one.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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What's open and closed in Montreal on Christmas? The city pretty much shuts itself down on December 25th, but there are a few exceptions to the rule. Quite a few, actually.
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So I put together the most exhaustive and accurate guide to what's open and what's closed in Montreal during the holidays you could possibly find.
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