This is Montreal's attempt to compete with the legendary tree at Rockefeller Center in New York. The company had actually made a call to the public to help them find the perfect tree, and it looks like they found it.
I know it's not too much of a confession, considering pretty much nobody loves winter, but still. The only thing I do like about winter? The holidays.
There's something super festive and awesome about the holiday season, and honestly, nothing makes me feel as happy as all these Christmas festivities.
And when I see someone who's obviously just as thrilled about the holidays as I am? Yeah, that's just the cherry on top of an awesome sundae.
One Montrealer in particular seems to be full of the holiday spirit: he just might have one of the most decorated houses in the whole city, located in Montreal's Cartierville (9035 Avenue Jean-Bourdon).
The decorations include lights everywhere (on the house, on the lawn, in the trees); Christmas-themed Minions, wreaths, colour-changing snowflakes, and a whole lot of awesome.
Guys, there's even a giant, inflatable nutcracker on the other side of the house!
Is this the most Christmassy house in Montreal? Quite possibly, friends. Quite possibly
The tree is 20 meters high and it take over 13,000 individual lights to illuminate it.
Depending on your age, it may seem like the tree has always been there, but in reality there was a time where the tree didn't exist.
The year was 1962 and Place Ville-Marie had recently opened, Christmas was arriving quickly and the new square needed a worthy decoration. So they decided on a 20 meter high tree that was shipped in from the Laurentians.
That's right, the "Christmas tree" used to be an actual tree. So what changed? Why did we replace a real tree with a fake reproduction made of wires?
You see, when the tree was first installed, the people who were responsible for the project did not take into consideration the wind.
The way Place Ville-Marie is built, creates a sort of wind tunnel, and everything gets blown towards where the tree stands.
So when they put the tree up, it kept getting blown down by the wind. It may sound funny, but when a 20 meter tall tree covered in electric wires and big spiky ornaments comes crashing down, you don't want to be anywhere near it.
They stood the tree back up, only the problem kept happening. And since Place Ville Marie didn't want to murder someone with a Christmas tree (coolest obituary ever?), they eventually replaced it with a tree made of cables and wires to allow the wind to pass through it.
Apparently every year 1,000 light get stolen from the tree. People show up, take pictures and snag themselves a little souvenir before leaving.
'Tis the season in Montreal for all things beautiful and bright! With the snow rolling in and the holiday season fastly approaching the entire city seems to be dressing itself up to look its best. Old Montreal has however caught our attention the most with its uniquely unconventional Christmas trees. Instead of the traditional pine tree they chose and normal bare tree and wrapped them up in very bright white lights that glow like almost nothing you have ever seen. If you are looking for something unique to do on a date or are just bored one night we suggest you go and find all 3 of said trees in and around Old Montreal. Below are listed all the places you can find them. Happy tree hunting everyone!