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Montreal's Best Festivals and Events Happening This December 2017
Montreal festivals this December 2017 are scheduled in abundance. After all, it's the holiday season.
Artisan fairs, parades, carols, freebies and sparkly decorations multiply as Christmas, Kwanzaa, Yule, Hanukkah and the New Year approach, each in due time, with a backdrop of first snowfalls covering the city's nooks and crannies, a canopy of ice crystals glimmering in the light.
It's a beautiful month to be in Montreal. No doubt in my mind. But then again, as your humble Montreal expert, I'm a little biased, aren't I? I even love winter. Yep. I'm one of those.
So for the sake of exchanging notes, you tell me. Sift through my carefully curated event recommendations, head out to a few and let me know how it went ;-)Continue to 2 of 18 below.
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Montreal Festivals December 2017: Christmas Events
Like you even need to be Christian to enjoy Christmas*. Everyone of every faith is invited to enjoy the holiday season and its delightful, heart-warming perks. Here is my breakdown of Montreal's best Christmas events.
*Think Christmas is pagan appropriation? Can't blame you there. the New Testament isn't exactly rife with tannenbaum references, a Christmas tree tradition mimicking late medieval druidic practices more so than the word of gospel. And December 25 is cutting it awfully close to the Winter solstice, a key pagan observance. However, the Dean of Yale's Berkeley Divinity School claims the origins of Christmas are not as cut and dry as some make them out to be.Continue to 3 of 18 below.
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Montreal Festivals December 2017: Month-Long Holiday Freebies
As much as the holiday season can be enchanting, it has the trappings of a nightmare for tight budgets. But don't we all deserve a little down time? Not everything has to cost money when the holiday season rolls around. Here are some great free things to do in Montreal this Christmas season.
And before heading out, consider one of my money-saving tricks: the THERMOS. The glorious power of an insulated thermos. I virtually never leave the house without one full of tea. It's my comfort and joy in the winter, walking around the city with my piping hot brew of the day.
See, if times are tough and your heart is breaking because you've got kids pointing in every direction wanting this thing and that but you can't afford it and it makes you feel like an inadequate parent... STOP! There's nothing wrong with you. You just don't have a lot of money right now. So here's what you're gonna do. Tell the kids you have something super tasty waiting for them if they're on their best behavior. Then whip out a thermos filled with hot chocolate and top it with a fresh sprinkle of marshmallows in their cup. The insulated thermos, hot chocolate and marshmallows are a modest investment at first, but they go a long way once you have them. And they instantly make any winter outing with the family feel special.Continue to 4 of 18 below.
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Montreal Festivals December 2017: The Museums
Got some great museum and science exhibits happening in Montreal in December, exhibits featuring a touch of international flair and relevance that makes them worth the detour for both visitors and locals.
The Montreal Science Centre highlights Indigenous Ingenuity, an exhibit which "through an interactive quest" help you "discover how indigenous science is timeless. With a bear and a trickster as your guides, take part in a virtual canoe race, build an igloo, test a kayak’s centre of gravity, and discover interactive frescoes."
The Musée d'art contemporain proposes A Crack in Everything, an exhibit of all things Leonard Cohen approved by the Montreal icon himself before he passed away in November 2016.
The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts features Once upon a time... The Western - A new frontier in Art and Film, "the first exhibition to consider the Western and its attendant myths in the context of painting, photography, literature and film from the mid-1800s to the present, in the United States and in Canada. It establishes a dialogue between film and the fine arts through 450 paintings, sculptures, installations photos and numerous film excerpts."
For an assortment of virtual reality experiences, drop by PHI Centre all month long.
Pointe-à-Callière, Montreal's history and archaeology museum, looks at the history of telephones.
And of course, for a natural science history lesson tinged with a teeny, weeny taste of Ancient Egyptian history –apart from what's on display at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts' permanent collection, this is the only location in the city where you can hope do that– make it a point to visit the Redpath Museum located on the McGill University's downtown campus.Continue to 5 of 18 below.
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Montreal Festivals December 2017: Christmas Shopping
Fed up of feeling cynical about Christmas shopping and want a change of perspective? Consider my Montreal Christmas shopping strategy.Continue to 6 of 18 below.
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Montreal Festivals December 2017: The Concerts
The thing with December is that by the last or two week of the month, concert listings dwindle. It's the same story every year. Even musicians need a holiday break, I suppose. But there are still quite a few Montreal concerts that made my December 2017 hit list.Continue to 7 of 18 below.
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Montreal Festivals December 2017: Image + Nation
Montreal LGTBT film festival Image+nation wraps up December 3, 2017.Continue to 8 of 18 below.
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Montreal Festivals December 2017: Luminothérapie
Just about everyone and their pet cat notices how dark it gets in North America this time of year. Enter Montreal's Luminothérapie.Continue to 10 of 18 below.
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Montreal Festivals December 2017: Urban Tales
Every year just before the holidays, Centaur Theatre proposes Urban Tales, a theatrical series of dark, kooky, cynical takes on seasons greetings in December. Count on bizarre, enchanting, twisted stories in a cabaret setting. In 2017, it runs from December 7 to December 16, 2017. The theme this year is Immigrant Songs: First Xmas in Montreal. Details.Continue to 11 of 18 below.
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Montreal Festivals December 2017: Fire on Ice
Montreal's annual weekly fireworks are back in 2017. Details here.Continue to 13 of 18 below.
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Montreal Festivals December 2017: Olympic Park Winter Village
Back in business as of December 15, the Olympic Park's winter village proposes skating, DJ sessions and more.Continue to 14 of 18 below.
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Montreal Festivals December 2017: Skate!
It's that time of the year again. Most, if not all of Montreal's best outdoor skating rinks are open by the third or fourth weekend of December.Continue to 15 of 18 below.
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Montreal Festivals December 2017: Winter Fun
The moment old man winter drapes Montreal in a duvet of white, these fun-filled winter activities become an option.Continue to 16 of 18 below.
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Montreal Festivals December 2017: What's Open and Closed During the Holidays
What's open and closed in Montreal during the holidays? Find out with the most exhaustive breakdown ever produced in Montreal that didn't involve ripping off some other writer's list. Bad-dum-chhhhh.Continue to 17 of 18 below.
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Montreal Festivals December 2017: New Year's Eve
Figured out your plans for New Year's Eve yet? Yes? No? Maybe so? I've got a few must-see Montreal NYE 2018 events for your consideration, everything from free outdoor fun to posh indoor feasts.Continue to 18 of 18 below.
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Montreal Festivals December 2017