Montreal Christmas Parade 2017 Marche de Noël aux flambeaux

Montreal Christmas parade Marche de Noël aux flambeaux.
Photo courtesy of L'Avenue du Mont-Royal

The Montreal Christmas Parade known as Marche de Noël aux flambeaux is a chance for anyone to join in an evening procession featuring up to 12,000 revelers walking down Mont-Royal Avenue, candle in hand. Usually held the first Saturday of the December, in 2017, the Marche de Noël aux flambeaux is held December 9, ​2017 as of 7 p.m. ​

Marche de Noël aux flambeaux 2017 Route

The route typically stays the same with every year. Here's a map of the Marche de Noël aux flambeaux 2017 route. The parade starts at 7 p.m. at Parc des Compagnons at the corner of Mont-Royal and Cartier, moving along Mont-Royal and ending by 7:30 p.m. at Parc La Fontaine.

A handful of choirs and a slew of holiday-inspired characters pepper the candlelit procession, walking alongside participants as they sing. Candles, a must for anyone participating, are sold on site at $2 each. Or instead of paying $2, organizers also accept plushies, children's books, toys and non-perishable food items as a donation in exchange for a candle. Candle sale proceeds and donations traditionally go to food bank Moisson Montréal.

Marche de Noël aux flambeaux 2017: Join the Parade

As I said before, anyone can join. This is a great experience for families, especially since children easily get into the holiday spirit holding their candles and singing along with passing choirs while anticipating the evening's fireworks at the end of the parade.

And it's affordable. Apart from candle purchases and voluntary donations, no other costs are incurred. To ensure you have enough time to secure your candle, try to get on site at least 20 minutes early.

Marche de Noël aux flambeaux 2017: The Fireworks

Catch the fireworks just above the waters of Parc La Fontaine at 7:45 p.m. which are expected to last about 15 minutes. At 7.30 p.m., just before the fireworks start is a live show featuring a local act.

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