- Christmas markets are popping up all over the place, so MTL Blog has made you a list of the best ones that are coming up this holiday season.
- 13 is seen as a bad number, but not when it comes to this list!
- Find out which holiday events made the cut below!
It seems every day now there is a new announcement of yet another Christmas market or must-see holiday event around the Montreal area. How does one keep up with them all?
With that in mind, we took a look at the best markets and holiday festivities in and around the city. We wanted to keep it close so we made sure all of the spots on the list are no further than a 1.5-hour drive outside of Montreal. Unfortunately, that also means no easy excuse for a road trip.
There is no one right way to celebrate the holiday season. Some love the shopping or a chance to listen to live music, others just want an excuse to be in front of a fire on cold winter nights. But whatever floats your holiday boat there is something for you in the area.
From Christmas themed pop-up bars and decorated holiday trains to European style markets and high-end designer goods, Montreal has covered it all. We do love any reason to host a party or festival and luckily, the winter months are no different.
Keep reading below to find out 13 of the best holiday festivities you should try to visit this year.
Illumi Village of Lights & Christmas Market
When: November 8 - January 5
Where: 2805 Boulevard du Souvenir, Laval
This is the largest village of lights in the world and comes complete with a Christmas tree that stands as tall as Statue of Liberty. Need we say more?
Miracle Christmas Pop-Up Bar
When: November 22 - December 26
Where: 131 de la Commune O.
Decked out in the most festive of Christmas decorations, this is the Montreal pop-up bar to visit to get your holiday spirit revved up. YOu can take pride wearing your ugly Christmas sweaters while sipping specially concocted cocktails.
CP Holiday Train Stops In Montreal
What: Charitable fundraiser featuring a train decked out in holiday lights and free concerts
When: November 26
Montreal Ouest EXO station; 6:45 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Beaconsfield EXO station: 8:20 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
CP's Holiday Train is making the rounds again this year. The US and Canadian trains will be making stops in Montreal where you can listen to free live music and enjoy the train's decorative light show.
When: November 28 - December 8
Where: 1001 Jean-Paul Riopelle; Palais des Congrès
You can shop while doing some good! Ten percent of sales will go to the Grands Ballets’ Nutcracker Fund which allows sick and underprivileged children to attend a free performance of The Nutcracker. With over 100 vendors to choose from, you can get all of your holiday shopping done in one spot.
Atwater Christmas Village Market
When: Every weekend from November 29 - December 22
Where: 138 Avenue Atwater; Atwater Market
Atwater Market is most Montrealers favourite spot during the holidays when it transforms into a festive Christmas village. There are 50 makeshift chalets serving up everything from locally produced art to food.
Noël Dans Le Parc
When: November 30 - December 24
Where: Place Émilie-Gamelin; Parc Des Compagnons
De Saint-Laurent; Parc Lahaie
Noël Dans le Parc takes place in three parks around Montreal. You can buy your Christmas tree, listen to live music or warm up in front of a bonfire while sipping mulled mine.
Lanaudière’s Christmas Market Circuit
When: Late November through December
Where: Lanaudière (Joliette, Terrebonne, l'Assomption)
Being able to tour through three European style Christmas markets makes this hour and a half drive from Montreal more than worth it. There is also tons of free entertainment to go along with all the shopping.
When: November 27 - December 1
Where: 1001 Rue Lenoir, RCA Building
For high-end designer goods, finely made jewelry and other upmarket finds, Souk is where to go. This is the ultimate in the Montreal design scene and you won't find these products in any mall.
Salon Des Métiers D’Art Du Québec
When: December 6 - 22
Where: 800 Rue de la Gauchetière O.; Place Bonaventure
Everything here has been crafted by Quebec artisans - over 400 artisans come from around the province for this 11-day event. No matter what you're shopping for, you're sure to find something to take home.
Le Village Illuminé Desjardins Du Village Québécois D'Antan
When: Select days through December
December 6 - 7
December 13 - 14
December 20 - January 2
From 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: 1425 Rue Montplaisir, Drummondville, Quebec
Over 25,000 Christmas bulbs light up this little town only an hour away from Montreal. Local artisans sell everything from local wines and leather products to some of the most delicious baked goods you've ever eaten.
Marché de Noël Végane
When: December 7 - 8
Where: 50 Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest; Maison du développement durable
You don't have to be Vegan to enjoy this all-vegan market. From soaps to pastries, cosmetics to clothing - everything sold here is made without any animal exploitation.
Etsy Montréal: Marché Des Fêtes - Holiday Market
When: December 13 - 15
Where: 4353 Rue Ste-Catherine Est; Théâtre Denise-Pelletier
This is the perfect Christmas market if you're looking to shop for unique, locally produced crafts. There are over 100 Quebec artisans who will be showcasing their products.
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
In the middle of Montreal's Old Port, the pedestrian street of Jacques-Cartier turns into a winter wonderland with bonfires, carolers and every type of Quebec comfort food a person could want.
Which Montreal Christmas events will you hit up this year?