But the most exciting news might be the long-awaited return of the downtown Christmas market.
While last year visitors could only explore a "winter garden"-themed set of outdoor installations at Places des Arts, organizers tell MTL Blog that "the full Christmas market experience" is finally back again this year as the Grand Marché de Noël de Montréal.
Details about all three markets are limited, but complete programming is coming this fall to the Noël Montréal website.
Where: Atwater Market, Jean-Talon Market, and Place des Arts, Montreal
When: Montreal Christmas Village at Atwater Market: November 25 to December 19, 2021 Jean-Talon Christmas Market: November 27 to December 23, 2021 Grand Marché de Noël de Montréal on Sainte-Catherine: November 20, 2021 to January 2, 2022
Why You Need To Go: For some much-needed holiday joy after a dreadful couple of years.
The sixth edition of Montreal's Atwater Christmas Village is serving up seasonal cheer in the heart of the Sud-Ouest. Without a doubt one of the most festive spots in the city, the village consists of dozens of small huts in a European holiday market-style arrangement.
Visitors can browse the creations of local artisans, grab some mulled wine, churros, crêpes or waffles and even catch some free performances.
This year, the Atwater Christmas Village will host concerts, choruses, DJs and circus acts. Santa will be back in his yurt to greet families.
As in previous years, "soirées gourmandes" will take place every Friday: "La Montréal Raclette Party" on November 26, "Noël en Alsace" on December 3, "Noël au soleil" on December 10 and "Noël à la cabane" on December 17.
Jean-Talon Market will host a market covering an area twice the size of its inaugural edition in 2020. It opens on November 27.
The Grand Marché de Noël de Montréal is also making its grand return to the Quartier des Spectacles after a yearslong absence. Open since November 20, it features an Alsatian village and, of course, a huge Christmas tree at its centre.
Bonjour-Ho-Ho-Ho! The city finally feels like it's coming alive with Christmas decorations and holiday spirit at every turn. And you know what that means? This weekend in Montreal is going to be unreal.
If you want to feel all those festive holiday feels then the first thing you have to do is get your butt off the couch. Here are a bunch of things you can do and places you can go as you get excited about this special time of year.
Montreal Christmas Village at Atwater Market: November 25 to December 19, 2021 Jean-Talon Christmas Market: November 27 to December 23, 2021 Grand Marché de Noël de Montréal on Sainte-Catherine: November 20, 2021 to January 2, 2022
Address: Atwater Market, Jean-Talon Market, and Place des Arts, Montreal
Why You Need To Go: You know the holidays are in full swing when the markets start popping up here, there and everywhere.
The city has been trying hard to get people to come into downtown Montreal for their holiday shopping. So, in an effort to get people into shops, Montreal's Ville-Marie borough announced that it will make street parking totally free on evenings and weekends throughout the holiday season.
"We hope that many Montrealers will come to support our downtown merchants for their holiday shopping. Our merchants give the city its special colours and flavours. After another year marked by the pandemic, they need our support more than ever," Mayor Valérie Plante said in a press release.
Even those giant, unsettling inflatable nutcrackers are back on rue Sainte-Catherine to stare at you with their vacant gaze.
"Downtown merchants are delighted that on-street parking is free on evenings and weekends for holiday shopping," said Glenn Castanheira, general manager of SDC Montréal Centre-Ville.
"The downtown area has been hit hard by the pandemic and this measure is in addition to a series of initiatives aimed at promoting economic recovery, including festive programming in collaboration with the City of Montreal and our partners."
Street parking will be free in downtown Montreal on weeknights from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m and on weekends, from December 3, 2021, to January 2, 2022.
This article’s cover image was used for illustrative purposes only.
Winter is just around the corner and even if you're lamenting the loss of warm sunny days, you can't deny that Montreal knows how to do winter right. From our Christmas markets and extreme weather to our snowy slopes and outdoor rinks, winter in the city is truly magical.
But even though we'relooking forward to winter, we really wanted to hear what you all think. So, we took to Instagram and asked "what are you looking forward to the most about winter?" And you folks didn't disappoint!
We collected close to 200 replies and even though we asked for serious answers only, a lot of you gave us some silly ones. But we forgive you, because one of you reminded us of the simple, yet chaotic pleasure of watching cars slide down an icy hill.
EPIC! Crazy Car Pileup in Montreal. Bus Police and Snowplow!
Here's what Montrealers just like you are looking forward to the most this winter.
An overwhelming number of you were most excited about Christmas and all Christmas-related things. We're talking twinkle lights, we're talking jingle bells, we're talking holiday markets, gift-giving, elves and even Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
Montreal LOVES Christmas. And is it any wonder why? This city bloody knows how to do Christmas right and goes all out on the holiday cheer.
Love it or hate it, you're gonna see some snow in Montreal this winter (you might even be seeing some right now!). But honestly, it seems like most of you quite enjoy the snow and all the snowy activities that you can enjoy.
A few newcomers to the city said they're looking forward to seeing it covered in white for the first time.
Some of you seem to only hate snow because it makes you look cool.
So our suggestion is to embrace the fluffy stuff and take full advantage of it. Up for a bit of sledding?
While you could theoretically do it all year round, there's something special about ice skating in the winter.
It's one of the most quintessential winter experiences and makes for a perfect date. Montreal is silly with beautiful outdoor skating rinks too, which is probably why so many of you picked skating as your favourite winter activity.