• From visiting all of Montreal's Christmas markets to seeing outdoor shows, our city is stacked with free things to do this December.
  • It's the last month of the year, so it's time to do everything you didn't do in the last 11 months.
  • Find out what activities you can be doing all month long below!

It may be cold outside, but one thing is for sure, we won't run out of free things to do in Montreal during December. Although we know Montreal has tons of Christmas markets happening, there are also so many other free things you can do this month, like go to concerts, interactive shows, and outdoor activities for everyone from couch to sports enthusiasts. The problem won't be finding something to do, it will be figuring out which ones you have the time to do. Money is usually pretty tight around the holiday season with gifts, dinners, and Christmas parties to attend. But luckily, Montreal takes this into account and has a host of free events and festivities to explore.

The city can be beautiful in the winter, so even if nothing on this list fits your mood, you can always take a snowy stroll through the Old Port or spend a few bucks at the dollar store, grab a crazy carpet, and head to the hill for a day of sledding.

And, of course, there is always the option of just holing up at home in your PJs on the couch and hoping no one asks you to go outside. 

Without further ado, here are the top 30 free things to do in Montreal in December. 


Check Out The Ogilvy Christmas Window Display

When: Now until January 5

Where: 690 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest; McCord Museum 

Read more!


Enjoy Free Outdoor Shows At Noël Dans le Parc

When: Now until December 24

Where:

1500 Rue Berri; Place Émilie-Gamelin

1858-1988 Ave. du Mont-Royal E.; Parc des Compagnons de Saint-Laurent

4921 Blvd. Saint-Laurent; Parc Lahaie

 
 
 
 

Check Out The Fountain Show At Complexe Desjardins

When: Now until December 31
 

Where: 150 Rue Sainte-Catherine O.; Complexe Desjardins

 
 

Talk To Giant Monoliths At Luminothérapie 

When: November 28 – January 26

Where: Between Jeanne-Mance & Balmoral; Place des Festivals

Read more about the interactive show!


Walk Through The Christmas Alley at Maison Pepin

When: Now until December 22 

Where: 378 Rue Saint-Paul O.; Maison Pepin 

Find out more about this hidden Old Port alley!


Stroll Through The Nutcracker Market

When: November 28 – December 8

Where: 1001 Jean-Paul Riopelle; Palais des Congrès

More info


Visit The Atwater Village de Noël Christmas Market 

When: Weekends November 29 – December 22

Where:  138 Avenue Atwater; Atwater Market

Read more about it


Browse The Holiday Pop-Up Book Fair 

When: November 30 – December 1; 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Where: 1400 Blvd. de Maisonneuve O.; Concordia University, McConnell Building Atrium

Click here for more info!


Tour All The Christmas Must-See Events With Grand Circuit Féérique de Montréal

Enjoy The Bach Festival At Saint Joseph's Oratory 

When: December 1; 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Where: 3800 Queen Mary Rd; Saint Joseph's Oratory 

Check it out


Browse The Winter Edition Of The Puces POP Fair

When: December 6 – 8 & 13 – 15

Where: 5075 Rue Rivard

Visit the Facebook event page for more info!


Visit Local Artisans At Salon Des Métiers D’Art Du Québec

When: December 6 – 22

Where: 800 Rue de la Gauchetière O.; Place Bonaventure

Read more about this event!


Take An Outdoor Zumba Class

When: December 7; 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Where: 10905 Rue Basile-Routhier 

Check it out!


Get Some (Pop) Culture at Mini-Comiccon

When: December 7 – 8; 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Where: 1001 Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle; Palais des congrès de Montréal

Check out the Facebook page!


READ ALSO: Loto-Québec Is Looking For 3 Unclaimed Winners Who Could Be Millionaires For The Holidays


Listen To A Christmas Concert With Les Choralies 

When: Saturdays & Sundays: December 7 – 22; 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Where: 400 Rue St-Paul E.; Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel

Find out more


Enjoy A Free Movie From Cineplex

When: December 7, 2019; 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Where: Cineplex Theatres

Read more about the free movies playing!


Visit An All Vegan Market

When: December 7 – 8

Where: 50 Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest; Maison du développement durable

 

Take Part In The Noël aux Flambeaux

When: December 7; 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Where:

Departure: Parc des Compagnons (Mont-Royal / Cartier)
Arrival: Parc La Fontaine (Entrance De La Roche)

Find out more!


Stream The CBC Sing-In Concert Live

When: December 8;

Where: Anywhere

Find out more on CBC!


Search For Unique Gifts At Etsy Montréal Holiday Market

When: December 13 – 15

Where: 4353 Rue Ste-Catherine E.; Théâtre Denise-Pelletier

See the Facebook event page!


Grab Free Cider At The Noël Sur la Promenade Masson

When: December 14 & 21; 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Where: 5349 4e Avenue; Promenade Masson

Check out the webpage for more info!


Go Ice Skating At Beaver Lake

When: TBA (usually around mid-December)

Where: Beaver Lake

Check out the site for opening dates


Watch Natrel's Fire On Ice Fireworks Show

When: Saturdays; December 14 – January 4; 8 p.m.

Where333 Rue de la Commune; Old Port Basin

Read more about the show!


Go Cross Country Skiing On Mount-Royal

When: Dependent on snowfall (usually mid to late December) 

Where: Mount-Royal

Click here for more info!


Binge All The Netflix Christmas Movies 

When: Anytime 

Where: Your couch

Check out this list for the best ones


Check Out The Time Out Market's Marché de Noël

When: December 16 & 17; 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Where: 705 Rue Sainte-Catherine O.

Read more about the event!


Warm Up At Montreal's Christmas Nordic Square

When: December 19 – 31

Thursday – Friday: 4 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday: 12 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Where: Jacques-Cartier Square

Click for more info!


Visit The MMFA For Free

When: December 21, 2019 – January 5, 2020

Where: 1380 Sherbrooke O.

Get more info

Learn Inner Peace At A 90 Minute Meditation Class

When: December 4; 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Where: 6380 Rue Sherbrooke O.

Find more info!


Ring In The New Year At Merry Montreal

When: December 31

Where: Old Port

Check it out here


Enjoy the last month of the decade! Au revoir 2019!

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