11 Joyful Things To Do In Montreal This Weekend That Cancel Out The 'Blah' Of 4 pm Sunsets

Add brightness & colour to your life this weekend... even if it's dark by mid-afternoon.

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11 Joyful Things To Do In Montreal This Weekend That Cancel Out The 'Blah' Of 4 pm Sunsets
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Montreal may be getting a little darker and drearier, but we can always count on the weekend to spark joy in the city.

In a place as colourful as Montreal, you can bet there are plenty of things to do this weekend if you want to add brightness to your life — yes, even when the sun sets at like 4 p.m.

Sip Drinks At Miracle Bar

When: November 15 to December 26, 2021

Address: 351, Place d'Youville, Montreal, QC

Why You Need To Go: A bar so festive with drinks so delicious that even the Grinch himself would be snapping Insta pics.

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Watch A Christmas Drag Show Over Brunch

Price: $25 for tickets; Menu is $15 to $25 with bottomless mimosas for $39

When: December 12, 19, 26 at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Address: 351, Place d'Youville, Montreal, QC

Why You Need To Go: Pancakes with a side of holiday pizzazz!

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Check Out This Brand New Art Gallery

When: Opened December 1

Address: Allégorie Galerie D'Art, 2301, rue Saint-Patrick, Montreal, QC

Why You Need To Go: Appreciating the beautiful work of local artists can be a serious mood booster.

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Try Montreal's New Italian-Japanese Fusion Restaurant

Address: Tiramisu, 989, boul. Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC

Why You Need To Go: Located where Old Montreal meets Chinatown, this funky new spot brings together two cultures to create something utterly delicious.

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Watch A Free Film, Thanks To Fantasia

Price: Free!

When: December 10 to 19

Address: J.A. de Sève Cinema at Concordia University, J.W. McConnell Building (Library building), 1400, boul. de Maisonneuve O., LB-125

Why You Need To Go: Celebrating its 25th anniversary, Fantasia Film Festival is offering Montrealers the chance to see some amazing flicks at absolutely no cost.

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Bring Home New Plant Friends

Address: Stemhaus

Why You Need To Go: Looking for some greenery to get you through the winter? This local spot has everything you need to instantly bring greenery and life into your home.

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Track Down A Cake Vending Machine

Address: Place Montreal Trust, Montreal Eaton Centre, CF Fairview Pointe-Claire, Galeries d'Anjou

Why You Need To Go: Straight from the Cake Boss himself, you can now satisfy your sweet tooth with more ease than ever before!

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Pop Bubbly From A Champagne Vending Machine

Address: W Hotel, 901, rue du Square-Victoria, Montreal, QC

Why You Need To Go: If cake vending machines weren't exciting enough, there's now also a vending machine that serves you champagne so you can make anything and everything a cause for celebration.

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Visit A Christmas Market

Address: Throughout Montreal

Why You Need To Go: Festive cheer and artisanal goodies!

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Go Skating In Old Montreal

Price: $8.05

When: Opens December 11

Address: Bassin Bonsecours, Montreal, QC

Why You Need To Go: What says "winter in Montreal" more than skating at the Old Port?

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Catch A Flick At Cineplex With 2-For-1 Tickets

Price: Varies but around $11.75 for two tickets pre-tax

When: December 8 to 12

Address: Various Cineplex locations when you buy tickets online

Why You Need To Go: A BOGO deal is all the more reason to ditch Netflix for the big screen (and a face full of popcorn)!

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In Quebec, a vaccine passport is required to access many businesses and activities deemed non-essential, including restaurants and bars.

This particular end-of-the-week celebration is a little bit different than most thanks to the abundance of snow we got this week (plus stores are now open on Sundays again). But, like always, this weekend is full of fun things to do in Montreal.

So grab your coats and your toques and make the most of our winter wonderland! These must-do activities will add some much-needed magic to your weekend.

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Grab your winter jacket and snow pants and enjoy a ski or snowshoe session at Montreal's Parc Frédéric-Back, all for free! With temperatures plummeting and snow piles rising, now is the time to get out and experience some of the city's best winter activities.

Cultural institution TOHU is offering free equipment rentals at the park from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday until March 6 (weather depending). Visitors can pick up skis, snowshoes and even winter kites on a first-come-first-served basis and explore 9 kilometres of trails.

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Who needs a trip to Italy when you've got a taste of it in Montreal's very own Verdun? In the age of COVID-19, with dining rooms currently closed, we've got you covered on a must-try spot that is bound to fulfill all of your takeaway needs. BOSSA is an Italian restaurant and grocery store that prides itself on being family-run, and their signature sandwiches certainly set them apart.

Located on rue Wellington, BOSSA offers over 20 varieties of hot and cold sandwiches. From their sausage and peppers mix ($11.95) and prosciutto mortadella ($12.95) to their roasted chicken sandwich fixed with pesto, dried tomatoes, and a balsamic reduction ($12.95), you'll be salivating just thinking about it — we certainly are!

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Montreal, you've almost made it through another doozy of a week. But don't fret because another week means another weekend. The weekend is an opportunity to do fun things that can cheer you up and make you feel better about the world, but in order to find them, you actually need to leave your apartment.

So get your butt off the couch. Might we recommend showering? And then try one of these activities! Whatever you're up to this weekend, here's hoping it brings some light back into your life.

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