Montreal Christmas Shopping: 2016 Sales, Craft Fairs, Bazaars & More

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    Shop the Best 2016 Montreal Christmas Sales, Craft Fairs, Bazaars and Events

    Montreal Christmas shopping 2015 sales, craft fairs, bazaars and events are listed here.
    ••• Above: a vintage shot of a little girl ogling a Montreal Christmas storefront display on December 1, 1957. National Film Board of Canada / Getty Images

    Montreal Christmas Shopping 2016 Edition: Find The Best Gifts

    By Evelyn Reid - Some people love Christmas shopping. Then there's the rest of us, daunted by department store lights and carols blaring from all corners as we scramble to find that special something for those special someones, partially if completely uninspired and maybe even a little resentful to be burdened with what feels like an annual obligation.

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    But I've personally had it with feeling like crap about the whole thing. This year is gonna be different. Instead of Christmas shopping being a cynical chore, what if it became a destination unto itself? And what if the giving went way beyond the person receiving the gift? I want to inject a little fun and positivity into the Christmas shopping experience. I want to look forward to...MORE gift hunting. I want to be excited about pinning down the coolest one-of-a-kind scores that fit my budget, and I want the people who created my gift to be paid fair wages. 

    So here's my Montreal Christmas shopping strategy. It involves visiting the city's best Christmas fairs, bazaars, sales and events, the kind riddled with clever, handcrafted and/or locally concocted gems. The more heart they've got, the better. AND it involves getting started right away. Why? LESS STRESS.

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    Montreal Christmas Shopping 2016: Salon des Animaux de Compagnie

    Montreal Christmas shopping 2016 sales, craft fairs and bazaars include Le Salon National des Animaux de Compagnie.
    ••• Photo courtesy of Le Salon National des Animaux de Compagnie

    Now I can't say the Salon des Animaux de Compagnie is Christmas-themed per se, but if your pint-sized spawn has been begging for a pet and you're thinking of gifting them a new best friend for the holidays, this would be the place to do your research.

    Cats, dogs, birds, reptiles, gerbils and species you may not have even considered pet material are on location with their handlers, primed to answer the barrage of questions anyone preparing to take a responsible plunge into animal care has in mind. The Salon runs November 5, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and November 6, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Place Bonaventure. Admission $14, seniors and students $12, ages 5 to 11 $10 and children under age 5 get in free.

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    Montreal Christmas Shopping 2016: Tibetan Bazaar

    Montreal Christmas shopping 2016 bazaars, craft fairs and sales include the annual Tibetan Bazaar.
    ••• Image courtesy of Canada Tibet Committee

    Montreal's annual Tibetan Bazaar benefitting the Canada Tibet Committee typically kicks off the Christmas shopping season with the earliest craft fair on the block.

    In 2016, the bazaar otherwise called the Tibetan Cultural Fair runs a little later than usual, on November 26, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Église Santa Cruz at the corner of Rachel Ouest and St. Urbain.

    Admission $5, seniors and students $3, and ages 11 and under get in free. Sale includes jewelry, crafts, woolen mittens, hats and sweaters, calligraphy tools, Tibetan signing bowls and more. Live song and dance as well as traditional food served on location. 

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    Montreal Christmas Shopping 2016: Gem & Mineral Show

    Montreal Christmas shopping 2015 fairs, sales, bazaars and events include the Annual Gem and Mineral Show.
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    There are lots of great finds at the Annual Gem and Mineral Show. In 2016, it runs November 4 to November 6, 2016. I've been going for years. Exhibitors are a mix of geologists, artisans and merchants hawking everything from jewels to fossils, some of whom are open to negotiation. They might even start the bidding price based on what you're wearing. So dress like a slob. Seriously. I've caught more than a few scanning my wardrobe and accessories before revealing the "price," if you get my drift. Leave your Sunday best at church. Location and admission details here.

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    Montreal Christmas Shopping 2016: La Grande Dégustation

    Montreal Christmas shopping 2015 sales, fairs, events and bazaars include wine show La Grande Dégustation.
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    When in Christmas shopping doubt? Buy wine. Or at least taste it before you cough up that hard-earned cash. Hence the beauty of La Grande Dégustation running November 4 and November 5, 2016. It's Montreal's biggest wine show of the year. Details, including admission, location and opening hours here.

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    Montreal Christmas Shopping 2016: St. Philips Church Bazaar

    Montreal Christmas shopping 2015 sales, craft fairs and events include the St. Philip's Church Christmas Bazaar.
    ••• Above: St. Philips Anglican Church as seen in Montreal West. Public Domain, all rights released

    One of the earlier annual Christmas bazaars in the city, catch the St. Philip's Church Christmas Bazaar on November 12, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 7505 Sherbrooke West in Montreal West. Candy, jewelry, baked goods, preserves, linens, knits and other assorted crafts round out the day's offerings. A hearty lunch is served from 11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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    Montreal Christmas Shopping 2016: Expozine

    Montreal Christmas shopping 2016 bazaars and fairs include Expozine 2016.
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    Find a one-of-a-kind gift for the bookworms in your life at Expozine 2016, Montreal's small press fair running November 12 and November 13, 2016 at Église Saint-Denis at 5075 Rivard.

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    Montreal Christmas Shopping 2016: Winter Fair of the Artisan Elves

    Montreal Christmas shopping 2016 bazaars and sales include the Winter Fair of the Artisan Elves
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    Winter Fair of the Artisan Elves proposes adorable plushies, illustrations, food, housewares, terrariums, handcrafted soap, you name it. The Winter Fair of the Artisan Elves runs December 17 and December 18, 2016 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 5945 Cartier.

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    Montreal Christmas Shopping 2016: Salon du Livre

    Montreal Christmas shopping 2016 sales, craft fairs and bazaars include the Salon du Livre.
    ••• Above: a book reading at the Salon du Livre. Photo courtesy of the Salon du Livre

    Running November 16 to November 21, 2016 at Place Bonaventure is the Salon du Livre, North America's largest French literature gathering and Montreal's biggest book fair coinciding with the Christmas season. Admission $8 (festival passport $12), seniors ages 60+ and students $6, free for ages 12 and under IF accompanied by an adult (does not apply to groups) and other admission rates apply. Hours of operation vary by day: November 16 and 17 run from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., November 18 runs from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., November 19 runs from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., November 20 runs from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and November 21 runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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    Montreal Christmas Shopping 2016: OldWIG Xmas Edition

    Montreal Christmas shopping sales, events, fairs and bazaars include OldWIG Xmas Edition.
    ••• Photo courtesy of OldWIG

    OLDWIG IS NOT HOSTING A 2016 XMAS EDITION. MAYBE NEXT YEAR. BELOW FEATURES LAST YEAR'S DETAILS. JOIN MY COMMUNITY ON FACEBOOK TO STAY IN THE LOOP.

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    OldWIG. The cool kids of vintage. Their pop-up shop has a bar so you can drink and shop. Told you they were cool. Catch OldWIG's Xmas edition of the recurring vintage bazaar November 20 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. as well as November 21 and November 22, 2015 from noon to 5 p.m. Apparel for both men and women, accessories, jewelry and housewares make up the thousands of items on hand at OldWIG's usual haunt, that repurposed public bathhouse from 1931 better known as Bain Mathieu at 2915 Ontario East.

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    Montreal Christmas Shopping 2016: The Konscious Market

    Montreal Christmas shopping 2016 sales, fairs, events and bazaars include The Konscious Market.
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    December 3, 2016 from noon to 7 p.m. is The Konscious Market, a beautiful reminder that what we buy has a domino effect. Lovely ethos, they have. They've gathered over 40 local artisans under the roof of Studio Africando at 1331 Sainte-Catherine East in the hopes of encouraging small business support and well-made products with heart.

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    Montreal Christmas Shopping 2016: souk @ sat

    Montreal Christmas shopping 2015 sales, events, fairs and bazaars include Souk @ SAT.
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    A design fiend's personal paradise, souk @ sat gets it right every year with a carefully curated shortlist of Montreal-designed gift ideas (apparel, jewelry, accessories, housewares, furniture, toys, plushies, etc.)

    In 2016, souk @ sat runs November 29 to December 4, 2016 at the Société des arts technologiques at 1201 boulevard St. Laurent, open from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on November 29, noon to 9 p.m. on November 30 through December 2 and then from noon to 7 p.m. on December 3 and December 4, 2016.

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    Montreal Christmas Shopping 2016: Etsy Montréal's Marché des fêtes

    Montreal Christmas shopping destinations in 2016 include Etsy Montréal's Marché des fêtes.
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    Etsy Montréal's Marché des fêtes proposes a holiday market featuring the wares of over 70 Etsy artisans December 10, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and December 11, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Maison de la Culture Maisonneuve.

     

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    Montreal Christmas Shopping 2016: Le Marché de Noël par l'ENME de Mtl

    Montreal Christmas shopping 2016 events, fairs, sales and bazaars include ENME's Marché de Noël.
    ••• Photo courtesy of the École Nationale du Meuble et de l'Ébénisterie

    Fancy a spot of woodwork? You'd be coming to the right place November 26, November 27, December 3 and December 4, 2016 when the École Nationale du Meuble et de l'Ébénisterie (that's Montreal's chief woodworking and furniture-making school) holds its Marché de Noël, a Christmas market filled with rare, original wood furniture, accessories, and housewares as well as jewelry, clothing, soap, and essential oils via 40 vendors and students gathering at the school itself at 5445 de Lorimier. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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    Montreal Christmas Shopping 2016: Prêt-à-Emporter XI

    Montreal Christmas shopping 2015 events, craft fairs, sales and bazaars include Prêt-à-Emporter.
    ••• Photo courtesy of Atelier Circulaire

    Know of a loved one who's always wanted original art on their walls but just can't afford the hefty price tag typically associated with fine art?

    Bring that special someone with you to Prêt-à-Emporter XI, look around and watch them. Is there a piece that speaks to them? You'll know there is when they can't look away or keep coming back for another peek. But when they do turn their back, get the artist's card, ask them to reserve it for you long enough for you to get back to the kiosk without said loved one noticing. Do whatever it takes to snap it up.

    Prints at previous editions ranged from $50 to $275. In 2016, Prêt-à-Emporter runs November 25 to December 17, 2016 at 5445 de Gaspé. Check with organizers for hours of operation.

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    Montreal Christmas Shopping 2016: Nutcracker Market

    Montreal Christmas shopping 2016 markets, fairs, sales, events and bazaars include the Nutcracker Market.
    ••• Photo courtesy of Les Ballets Canadiens de Montréal

    Everything from skincare to spice blends are on sale at Les Ballets Canadiens de Montréal's annual Nutcracker Market, a popular Christmas fair held at the Palais des congrès attracting visitors in the tens of thousands. A philanthropic one at that. Organizers claim that 10% of pre-tax merchant proceeds and all of Les Grands Ballet's revenues from the market go to Les Grands Ballets’ Nutcracker Fund for Children. It's a fund that sponsors children from underprivileged neighborhoods so they can attend educational workshops and the Nutcracker Ballet. In 2016, the Nutcracker Market runs November 24 to December 4, 2016. Hours are Monday to Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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    Montreal Christmas Shopping 2016: Le Petit Marché de Noël Prince Arthur

    Montreal Christmas 2016 shopping bazaars, sales and craft fairs include Prince Arthur's Marché de Noël.
    ••• Photo courtesy of the organizers behind Prince Arthur's Marché de Noël

    In its second year, Prince Arthur's Le Petit Marché de Noël proposes a source and supply of Christmas trees, foodie treats, artisan goods, and more, running December 1 through December 18, 2016. Marché de Noël details here

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    Montreal Christmas Shopping 2016: Salon des Métiers d'Art

    Montreal Christmas shopping 2015 events, fairs, sales and bazaars include the Salon des Métiers d'Art.
    ••• Photo courtesy of the Salon des Métiers d'Art

    Running December 8 to December 18, 2016 at Place Bonaventure, the Salon des Métiers d'Art is packed with gorgeous gift ideas for the holiday season created by over 325 artisans, most from Quebec.

    Chocolate, maple and other confections on site. Prices are on the high side though eagle-eyed bargain hunters will find deals to be had. You could easily wrap up your holiday shopping right here, no pun. Free admission. Opening hours and other details here.

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    Montreal Christmas Shopping 2016: Smart Design Mart

    Montreal Christmas shopping 2015 destinations include Smart Design Mart.
    ••• Photo courtesy of Smart Design Mart

    THERE'S NO SMART DESIGN MART in 2016. BETTER LUCK NEXT YEAR. BELOW FEATURES LAST YEAR'S DETAILS.

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    It disappeared for a year but Smart Design Mart is back in 2015, running December 3 to December 13, 2015 and featuring just over 20 artisans. A small holiday shopping pop-up on the Main worth a look. And while you're in the neighborhood, drop by Hof Kelsten for some choice gluten. It's on the same side of the street, a couple of blocks south.

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    Montreal Christmas Shopping 2016: Puces POP

    Montreal Christmas shopping 2015 fairs, events, bazaars and markets include Puces POP.
    ••• Image courtesy of POP Montreal

    The peeps of POP Montreal propose another Christmas edition of Puces POP December 9 through December 11, 2016 and December 16 to December 18, 2016 with independent artisans selling one-of-a-kind goods, from prints to apparel to anything really. 

    Puces POP generally have cool and original offerings. Free admission. At Église St. Denis at 5075 Rivard. Opening hours are 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on December 11 and then from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on both December 12 and December 13, 2015.

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    Montreal Christmas Shopping 2016: Le Grand Marché de Noël

    Montreal Christmas shopping 2016 destinations include market Le Grand Marché de Noël de Montréal à la Place des Arts.
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    Head to Place des Arts' Esplanade December 2 to December 24, 2016 for a peek at the Montreal Christmas Market dubbed Le Grand Marché de Noël de Montréal. And keep an eye out for Européa's food stall. The city's upscale luminary restaurant sells prepared foods ripe with stocking stuffer potential.

    While it's not the biggest market in the city, Le Grand Marché benefits from a choice location. It's a five- to 10-minute walk from Montreal's major downtown shopping malls, it's right across the street from Complexe Desjardins, a shopping destination with its own series of holiday season events and but footsteps from Luminothérapie.

    Mobility caveat: it's been brought to my attention that it was difficult to navigate this particular market with baby carriages and wheelchairs during its first edition in 2015 since esplanade stairs are involved. And check the schedule before heading out. It varies significantly by day.

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    Montreal Christmas Shopping 2016: Old Montreal Christmas Market

    Montreal Christmas shopping 2016 destinations include Old Montreal's Christmas Market.
    ••• Photo courtesy of Montréal en Fêtes

    From December 1 to December 24, 2016, Old Montreal hosts a Christmas Market in Place Jacques-Cartier selling maple products, assorted edibles, gift ideas and more.

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    Also keep an eye out for Christmas karaoke and assorted opportunities for kids to meet Santa.

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    Montreal Christmas Shopping 2016: Mini Comiccon

    Montreal Christmas shopping bazaars and sales include Mini Comiccon.
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    Find the perfect gift for the geek(s) in your life at Mini Comiccon December 10 and December 11, 2016 at Palais des congrès. Comic books, collectibles and other fun stuff is on sale all weekend and the convention centre will be crwaling with cosplayers. Free admission.

    See Also: Montreal Comiccon

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    Montreal Christmas Shopping 2016

    Montreal Christmas shopping 2015 sales, events, fairs, markets and bazaars.
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