11 Things To Do In Montreal With $20 In Your Pocket For When You've Watched All Of Netflix

Since the beginning of the pandemic, our habits have definitely changed quite a bit. Many of the places we used to love visiting are currently closed, leaving a lot of us wondering how exactly to fill our newfound free time.

After all, Netflix can only make so many Tiger Kings and holiday movies. 

Thankfully, Montrealers are quick to adapt - and it's left us with a city still full of awesome things to experience, even if we might need to experience them a little differently. 

Better yet, there are even a bunch of awesome things to do that are inexpensive - which means that, yup, you won't have to break the bank to enjoy the activities Desjardins is proposing for you to liven up your Holiday season. Spending better will be the new mantra that will guide your consumption through the end of this special year.

After all, even if this year is slightly different from the others, we can always brighten up its last few weeks with some magical moments and end 2020 in style.

"Visit" Souk Montreal

Price: Free

When: Until December 17, 2020

Address: Online

Why You Need To Go: Christmas market organizers have also adjusted to the new reality, and are offering interesting alternatives to help us to support local creators - in spite of the circumstances.

The 17th edition of Souk Montreal is now 100% virtual, and it looks like it's going to be super fun!

Play Among Us

Price: Free

When: Anytime

Address: Online

Why You Need To Go: There's a reason why this game has gotten so popular lately. Among Us will put you and your friends on a space odyssey where your main goal is unmasking a secret impostor.

Conversations, manipulations, and accusations will lead to hours of fun.

Experience Lucille's Outdoor Holiday Market

Price: Free to attend

When: Weekends until December 20, 2020, from 12 p.m. until 9 p.m

Address: Lucille's Laval, 2565, boul. Daniel-Johnson, Laval, QC

Why You Need To Go: Situated in Laval, this outdoor holiday market features local vendors and festive vibes, all in a safe environment that's respectful of the COVID-19 measures put into place.

Oh, and let's not forget, they'll also have a Lucille's food truck at the ready to serve up some of their most delicious eats!

Luna Yoga

Price: Free

When: Depending on the schedule

Address: Online

Why You Need To Go: Many yoga centers and teachers have adjusted to the pandemic by offering their services online lately.

For instance, Luna Yoga offers a free trial week to anyone who wants to get started and there are also some classes that will enable you to take care of your "mind, body, and soul" for a nominal fee.

Safely Check Out Pub Randolph's Unique Christmas Market This Year

Price: Free to attend

When: Until December 23, 2020

Address: 6505 Rue des Écores, Montréal, QC

Why You Need To Go: With special stations set up to organize remote holiday parties, sections made to help find the perfect game for you, and - on some weekends - free hot chocolate and donuts, door prizes, and discounts, Pub Randolph's Christmas Market is every game-lover's dream! And note, they've made it a point to mention they will be respecting all safety measures that have been put into place.

Learn To Knit With La Maison Tricotée

Price: Free

When: Anytime

Address: Online

Why You Need To Go: Knitting is a soothing activity that stimulates creativity, and you can also use it to create super fun creations for your loved ones!

Handmade gifts are always the best and La Maison Tricotée offers free classes (in French) for all levels to help you get started even if you don't know the basics.

DIY Your Own Holiday Decorations 

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Price: Free

When: Anytime

Address: Online

Why You Need To Go: Use this extra free time to learn how to make your own Christmas garland - and many other crafty activities - on a budget. Plus, you can also use the above YouTube channel as inspiration to live a more minimal lifestyle in 2021. It's almost resolution time, after all.

Learn A New Language With Babell

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Price: Between $9.99 and $19.99 per month

When: Anytime

Address: Online

Why You Need To Go: We might miss travelling, but this just might be the perfect time to prepare for your next trip abroad by learning the language of the country you want to visit!

You can learn Spanish, Turkish, German, and much more for only $9.99 a month with a 12-month subscription.

Check Out IllumiNATION

Price: Free

When: December 17, 2020, to January 7, 2021

Address: Online and in some cities

Why You Need To Go: This year, you'll be able to enjoy the various artistic performances of Illuminations from the comfort of your living room.

This virtual show will allow you to live the immersive experience right from home!

Take A Safe Stroll Through The Winter Gardens

Price: Free to attend

When: Until January 3, 2021

Address: Place des Arts, Montreal, Quebec H2X 1Y9

Why You Need To Go: This beautiful and sprawling installation at Montreal's Place des Arts is the perfect thing to remind us that the spirit of the holidays is around us all the time. If you visit, be sure to respect all safety requirements.

Check Out Montreal's Official Christmas Market

Price: Free to attend

When: Until December 20, 2020

Address: 138 Atwater Ave, Montreal, Quebec H4C 2H6

Why You Need To Go: Deemed Montreal's Christmas Market, and back for a fifth year, this outdoor holiday paradise does not fail to deliver on its promise of holiday cheer! Discover local artisans and products in a festive atmosphere, and make sure to keep safe!

If you'd like to find more tips on how to spend wisely, you can visit the Desjardins website as well as its Facebook and Instagram pages!