Photo cred - Vieux-Port de Montréal
There's no question, Montreal is a romantic city, and especially so over the holidays. Decked out with pretty lights and falling snow, this city always celebrates the season in style, which does help ease us into the brutality that's ahead. But while you're running around finishing up exams, or finding gifts for your family, or embarrassing yourself at your office party, it's sometimes easy to forget about your SO. So make that special someone feel extra special this month and enjoy some of the many things Montreal has on offer during the holidays.
Ice Skating in the Old Port
The setting alone is enough to swoon over with the added bonus of cuddling up to keep each other warm.
The Biodome/Botanical Gardens
Ideally, you'd love to go somewhere tropical like the Bahamas, right? Well Montreal's Biodome will have to do, so take some time to stroll hand in hand through the many environments of the Biodome, or why not check out the "Candy Village" happening at the Botanical Gardens next door. Details here.
Luminothérapie @ Quartier des Spectacles
Luminothérapie returns to transform the Quartier des Spectacles into a free romantic outdoor wonderland. This year, 50 pivoting prisms create a giant mesmerizing kaleidoscope set to ambient music and will put your love in a whole new light.
Telus Fire & Ice Fireworks
If you are not already skating around romantically on the Bonsecours Bassin, then hit up the Old Port Saturdays through December and marvel at the shiny fireworks while you get all snuggly and such. Details here.
Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride
A horse-drawn carriage ride in the Old Port always makes for some quality time with your SO, but if you're looking for a change of scenery, for the whole month of December, Mont-Royal Avenue is offering free romantic calèche rides as part of Noël dans le Parc. Details here.
Christmas Carols @ Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel
No holiday season is complete without the festive sounds of Christmas Carols, amirite, and Montreal’s oldest chapel will be filled with some of the loveliest the city has to offer every weekend this December. Details here.
Salon Des Métiers d'Art @ Place Bonaventure
The annual Salon Des Métiers d'Art is a great place to pick up some locally-made seasonal gifts for your partner, or your partner's parents perhaps... Happening December 5-21.
Bota Bota Spa
The holday season can be stressfull what, with all the snow, and the gift shopping, and the awkward office parties, so hitting up a spa together is a no-brainer really. So get your robes on, and fall in love with Bota Bota's magical location.
Cirque du Soleil's 30th Anniversary Concert
Everyone's favourite circus is coming to town to put on a public concert at the Saint-Jean Baptiste Church, featuring songs from 35 of their shows. Makes a great change from the standard Christmas carol. Details here.
The Nutcracker @ Place des Arts
Nothing says Christmas time better than the whimsical Nutcracker ballet. Get a little fancy and take in some culture together at the beautiful Place des Arts. Details here.
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Photo cred – M.A. Poirier Photographe