It's that time of year again folks — when Mariah Carey starts blasting on every radio station and the Christmas planning commences. As you start planning your holiday to-do list, visiting one of the Montreal Christmas markets is sure to be on the top of it.
And lucky for us, two of them just released more details about what to expect this season.
The traditional Atwater Christmas Village is making its way back to the city starting November 25 with about 30 different stands to explore and a sugar shack to get some sweet treats at, plus free activities like circus acts and movie nights.
Access to this winter wonderland can be found on rue St-Ambroise, just outside the Atwater Market.
Opening two days later on November 27, Jean-Talon's Christmas Market is focusing on gourmet food this year — so make sure to show up hungry.
Plus, it'll be twice as big as last year, meaning more snacks to eat, more mulled wine to drink, and more local artisans' gifts to buy.
Starting November 20, Montrealers can pick themselves up a Christmas tree at either of these two markets, as well as at the Maisonneuve Market.
Montreal's Atwater And Jean-Talon Christmas Markets
Where: Atwater Market and Jean-Talon Market
When: Montreal Christmas Village at Atwater Market:
– November 25: 4-7 p.m.
– November 26 to December 19: Fridays from 5-10 p.m., Saturdays from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Jean-Talon Christmas Market: November 27 to December 23, 2021
– November 27 to December 19: Fridays from 12-6 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sundays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
– December 19 to 23: open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Why You Need To Go: To get your daily dose of holiday cheer this year.
Quebecers might not be able to celebrate Christmas as they had planned, but at least it will be pretty. The Weather Network's Quebec forecast calls for a possibly "perfect" holiday thanks to an incoming weather system that's poised to bring some snowfall to the province.
In a Thursday report, the Network said Montreal has a 100% chance of a white Christmas.
Environment Canada's seven-day forecast for the metropolis, meanwhile, shows "light" snowfall starting the night of Christmas Eve and continuing at intervals through Saturday afternoon.
However, the snow could give way to "freezing drizzle" later in the day, according to the federal weather agency. It says Christmas day temps will peak at -6 C but could feel as low as -19 in the morning thanks to 20 km/h winds.
Environment Canada shows a 30% chance of snow by Saturday night.
That might not be all the snow Montreal gets in the next week, either.
There's also a 60% chance of flurries from Wednesday, December 29 through Thursday, December 30, according to EnviroCan.
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Price: $60/person for a reservation; Hiverside also accepts walk-ins
When: Thursdays to Saturdays
Where: Riverside Bar, 5020, rue Saint-Ambroise, Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: The cold will never stop Montrealers from enjoying the things we love, like a night out for drinks. Riverside's transformation into Hiverside, a bar carved from real ice, is the perfect example.
Why You Need To Go: Montreal's new supper club, 212, now serves Sunday brunch so the good times keep rolling straight through to your favourite meal of the week. There are some fancy dishes on offer like eggs benedict with cognac and caviar hollandaise and frittatas dusted with actual gold powder.
While you may be tempted to cozy up at home this winter, there are so many great spots and things to do around Montreal that are even more magical this time of year. If you're obsessed with Christmas, it's time to scratch that itch. So, create a bucket list and dive right in to make the most of the holiday season.
Shop on the decorated version of rue Sainte-Catherine
Why You Need To Go: Just when you thought Old Montreal couldn't get any more charming, you go for a stroll there at Christmas time. From the Maison Pepin alley to the gorgeous lights set up as part of Lumière sur le Vieux-Montréal, gorgeous decorations and illuminated paths will light your way as you explore this historic part of town.
Why You Need To Go: Don't limit yourself to the sights of the holidays — indulge in the tasty drinks, too. This bar is like taking a trip down a Christmassy wormhole and landing in the best holiday fever dream ever.
Address: Place Émilie-Gamelin, Parc des Compagnons-de-Saint-Laurent and Parc Lahaie
Why You Need To Go: If you think Montrealers loved public squares during the summer, you should see us during the holidays. Noël dans le Parc, with live performances planned throughout the whole month of December at Place Émilie-Gamelin, is the perfect example.
Address: McKibbin's Irish Pub, Maman, Parc Jean-Drapeau and Custom Conditioning
Why You Need To Go: Always wished your life could play out like a holiday rom-com? Now it can... sort of. Netflix's new Christmas movie Single All the Way was filmed in the Montreal area — and, thanks to a map made by Netflix, you can actually pinpoint the exact locations and follow in the characters' footsteps.