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Shop the Best 2017 Montreal Christmas Sales, Craft Fairs, Bazaars and Events
Montreal Christmas Shopping 2017 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.
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 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.Continue to 2 of 20 below.
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Montreal Christmas Shopping 2017: La Grande Dégustation
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 3 and November 4, 2017. It's Montreal's biggest wine show of the year. Details, including admission, location and opening hours here.Continue to 3 of 20 below.
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Montreal Christmas Shopping 2017: Prêt-à-Emporter
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, 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 range in price from $50 to $400. In 2017, Prêt-à-Emporter gets an early run in 2017, running November 3 through November 18, 2017 at 5445 de Gaspé. Check with organizers for hours of operation.Continue to 4 of 20 below.
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Montreal Christmas Shopping 2017: Salon 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 4 to November 5, 2017 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.Continue to 5 of 20 below.
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Montreal Christmas Shopping 2017: Salon du Livre
Running November 15 to November 21, 2017 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.Continue to 6 of 20 below.
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Montreal Christmas Shopping 2017: Gem & Mineral Show
There are lots of great finds at the Annual Gem and Mineral Show. In 2017, it runs November 24 to November 26, 2017. 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.Continue to 7 of 20 below.
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Montreal Christmas Shopping 2017: Village du Vilain Sapin
Come for Village du Vilain Sapin's for "world's ugliest Christmas tree." Stay for the Christmas market ambiance, complete with outdoor heaters and music. Picking up where Prince Arthur's Le Petit Marché de Noël left off last year after two consecutive runs, anticipate a source and supply of Christmas trees, foodie treats, artisan goods, and more, running November 24 through December 23, 2017 on Prince Arthur near the corner of Saint-Laurent.Continue to 8 of 20 below.
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Montreal Christmas Shopping 2017: Expozine
Find a one-of-a-kind gift for the bookworms in your life at Expozine 2017, Montreal's small press fair running November 25 and November 26, 2017 at Église Saint-Denis at 5075 Rivard.Continue to 9 of 20 below.
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Montreal Christmas Shopping 2017: Tibetan Bazaar
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 2017, the bazaar otherwise called the Tibetan Cultural Fair runs a little later than usual, on November 26, 2017 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.Continue to 10 of 20 below.
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Montreal Christmas Shopping 2017: Winter Fair of the Artisan Elves
Winter Fair of the Artisan Elves proposes adorable plushies, illustrations, food, housewares, terrariums, handcrafted soap, you name it. But you'll have to wait until 2018 for the next edition of The Winter Fair of the Artisan Elves. Organizers are taking a break in 2017.Continue to 11 of 20 below.
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Montreal Christmas Shopping 2017: souk @ sat
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 2017, souk @ sat runs November 29 to December 3, 2017 at the Société des arts technologiques at 1201 boulevard St. Laurent, open from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Free admission.Continue to 12 of 20 below.
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Montreal Christmas Shopping 2017: Nutcracker Market
Everything from skincare to spice blends is 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 2017, the Nutcracker Market runs November 30 to December 10, 2017. 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.Continue to 13 of 20 below.
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Montreal Christmas Shopping 2017: Le Marché de Noël par l'ENME de Mtl
Fancy a spot of woodwork? You'd be coming to the right place December 1 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and then December 2 and December 3, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 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 produced by school students and graduates gathering at the school itself at 5445 de Lorimier.Continue to 14 of 20 below.
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Montreal Christmas Shopping 2017: Le Grand Marché de Noël
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 is but footsteps from Luminothérapie.
Check the schedule before heading out. It varies significantly by day.Continue to 15 of 20 below.
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Montreal Christmas Shopping 2017: The Konscious Market
December 5, December 12, and December 19, 2017 from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Café Campus is The Konscious Market, a beautiful reminder that what we buy has a domino effect. In collabration with Kalmunity Vibe Collective, they've gathered the fruits of local artisans and entrepreneurs in the hopes of encouraging small business support and well-made products with heart. Admission $10.Continue to 16 of 20 below.
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Montreal Christmas Shopping 2017: Salon des Métiers d'Art
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.Continue to 17 of 20 below.
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Montreal Christmas Shopping 2017: Mini Comiccon
Organized by the peeps of Montreal Comiccon, find the perfect gift for the geek(s) in your life at Mini Comiccon December 9 and December 10, 2017 at Palais des congrès. Comic books, collectibles, and other fun stuff are on sale all weekend, Naturally, the convention centre will be crawling with cosplayers. Free admission.Continue to 18 of 20 below.
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Montreal Christmas Shopping 2017: Puces POP
The peeps of POP Montreal propose another Christmas edition of Puces POP December 8 through December 10, 2017 and December 15 to December 17, 2017 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 8 p.m. Fridays, then from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays.Continue to 19 of 20 below.
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Montreal Christmas Shopping 2017: Etsy Montréal's Marché des fêtes
Etsy Montréal's Marché des fêtes proposes a holiday market featuring the wares of over 100 local Etsy artisans December 16, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and December 17, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Théâtre Denis Pelletier.Continue to 20 of 20 below.
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Montreal Christmas Shopping 2017: Old Montreal Christmas Market
From December 21 to December 31, 2017, Old Montreal hosts a Christmas Market in Place Jacques-Cartier as well as proposing a slew of free family-friendly diversions and activities.