The holiday season is upon us, at least on Montreal terms. We definitely have a soft spot for the holidays in this city because our market scene is already thriving.
I have compiled a list of 15 holiday markets and events that you need to check out this season. There is definitely a market for everyone on this list, from traditionalists, to local-art-lovers, and even yogis! Check it out.
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It is pretty clear that there is no shortage in variety when it comes to the Holidays in Montreal. We are lucky to live in a city with so much culture and diversity. Make the most of it all by checking out the places on this list, and if I happened to miss your favourite market let me know! I would love to check it out.
November 17th - 25th
Montreal's Official Santa Parade
This is the perfect excuse to gather up your friends, grab some hot cocoa and sit back and enjoy the holiday magic. Besides the man himself, the parade will also feature Christmas ferries, other holiday characters, music, dancing and more.
When: November 18th
Where: Fort to St Urban Street
For more info click here.
Montreal's Alley Christmas Market
This Christmas Market hosted by The Pepin Shop is truly unique and brings together a fusion of Old Montreal's undeniable charm and the holiday spirit in one pretty festive package.
When: November 23rd-December 24th.
Where: 378 Rue St-Paul O
This is the most "kid friendly" event on the list, so if you have little ones in your life who want to get involved in the holiday festivities, this is the one for you. Admission is free, and you can spend the day browsing the selection of clothing, accessories and toys.
When: November 18th - November 19th
Where: 5333 Avenue Casgrain
Marche de Novembre
Hosted by On sème and Laucolo, this market features goodies from 35 expositions. There is bound to be something for everyone to love with that kind of variety. Admission is also free, which is always a perk! If you're looking for one market that has it all, definitely check this one out.
When: November 18th
Where: 6524 Rue St-Hubert
Holiday Aboriginal Artisan Fair
This event is being hosted by Concordia University, and it aims at supporting the Aboriginal community in Montreal. Proceeds and donations at this event will be going towards creating winter care packages to be donated to Aboriginal shelters in Montreal. This is the perfect event to grab some unique gifts and to give back to the community at the same time.
When: November 22nd
Where: 1400 boul. de Maisonneuve O.
For more info click here.
5th African Christmas Market
If you're looking for a unique twist on the traditional holiday market, this one is for you. Centre Afrika is hosting their 5th African Christmas Market. The market will feature holiday crafts and goods infused with African flare. Come out and support local African artists and entrepreneurs, and be transported into the beautiful African culture.
When: November 23rd - 25th
Where: 425 Rue Beaubien E
Marché Éphémère EtsyMTL
This one day pop-up shop is being hosted by The Collectif Créatif Etsy Montreal. This is also the first time for this event, but it is promising to be a great event to kick off your holiday shopping! With plenty of variety of artisan crafts and unique gifts, you can definitely find something special for everyone on your list here.
When: November 23rd
Where: Windsor Station
Sustainable Holiday Artisan Market
This market is definitely a unique one on our list. It will feature sustainable goods like jams, fair trade items, handmade ceramics and more. It is also taking place in the Concordia Greenhouse, which is a pretty cool location in itself. This is the perfect stop to shop for a gift for the environmentally conscious people in your life, or to grab some cool items for yourself this season.
When: November 28th
Where: Concordia Greenhouse
Le Petit Marche de Noel
This little market is bound to be a hit with anyone. It features decorations, beauty products, food, children's items and plenty more. This is the first edition of this market, so we don't have any photos of the event for you, but we're sure it's going to be absolutely adorable and full of holiday charm.
When: November 25th - 26th
Where: 5333 boul. St-Laurent
Place des Arts Winter Wonderland Playground
This is the eighth time that we will be seeing an installation like this in Montreal thanks to Quartier des Spectacles. This year's installation is called "Impulse" and it involves a series of different sized seesaws that light up and play music while they are being used.
When: November 30th - January 28th
Where: Quartier des Spectacles
For more information check out their website.
Village de Noël de Montréal
Atwater Market is being transformed into a "Christmas Village" that you definitely won't want to miss! There will be plenty of free activities going on throughout the event like face painting, musical shows and even holiday movies being streamed for everyone to enjoy!
When: December 7th-10th, as well as December 15th-17th
Where: Corner of Atwater and St-Ambroise
Check out their official website for more information.
Ashtanga Yoga Holiday Market
Calling all Yogis! There is even a Yoga holiday market in Montreal this year for the first time ever! Stop by Ashtanga Yoga Montreal to browse a selection of holiday items and gifts from all of their members. We can imagine this one will be the most zen of the bunch, and a perfect place to find some goodies to treat yourself. They are still welcoming more artisans to participate, so if you have some items that you would like to share, you can definitely get involved. Click the link below for more info.
When: December 2nd
Where: 372 rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest, Suite 118
Vintage Christmas Market
What's better than a Christmas market? A vintage Christmas market! Combining two of Montreal's favourite things, holidays and anything vintage, this market is bound to be a hit. Browse their selection of nostalgic ornaments, jewellery, clothing, books, records and everything retro. This is definitely going to be a hit for the old soul in all of us.
When: December 9th
Where: 284 Rue de l'Église, Verdun
Holiday Market 2017 - Etsy Montréal
Another exciting event from Etsy to look forward too is their 2017 holiday market. This is quite possibly the largest on the list, with goods from over 100 artisans from Montreal and it's surroundings. This is your opportunity to shop local, support the community and find unique one-of-a-kind gifts for your loved ones this season.
When: December 16th - 17th
Where: Théâtre Denise-Pelletier
Designer Holiday Market
This is not just your average market, this is a truly designer market and all of their goods are fit to impress even the most elegant guests. Over twenty designers will be opening the doors to their personal workshops for you to explore. There will be experts in interior design, fashion, beauty and more.
When: December 7 - December 10
Where: 2065 rue Parthenais