- From visiting all of Montreal's Christmas markets to seeing outdoor shows, our city is stacked with free things to do this December.
- It's the last month of the year, so it's time to do everything you didn't do in the last 11 months.
- Find out what activities you can be doing all month long below!
It may be cold outside, but one thing is for sure, we won't run out of free things to do in Montreal during December. Although we know Montreal has tons of Christmas markets happening, there are also so many other free things you can do this month, like go to concerts, interactive shows, and outdoor activities for everyone from couch to sports enthusiasts. The problem won't be finding something to do, it will be figuring out which ones you have the time to do. Money is usually pretty tight around the holiday season with gifts, dinners, and Christmas parties to attend. But luckily, Montreal takes this into account and has a host of free events and festivities to explore.
The city can be beautiful in the winter, so even if nothing on this list fits your mood, you can always take a snowy stroll through the Old Port or spend a few bucks at the dollar store, grab a crazy carpet, and head to the hill for a day of sledding.
And, of course, there is always the option of just holing up at home in your PJs on the couch and hoping no one asks you to go outside.
Without further ado, here are the top 30 free things to do in Montreal in December.
Check Out The Ogilvy Christmas Window Display
When: Now until January 5
Where: 690 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest; McCord Museum
Enjoy Free Outdoor Shows At Noël Dans le Parc
When: Now until December 24
1500 Rue Berri; Place Émilie-Gamelin
1858-1988 Ave. du Mont-Royal E.; Parc des Compagnons de Saint-Laurent
4921 Blvd. Saint-Laurent; Parc Lahaie
Check Out The Fountain Show At Complexe Desjardins
When: Now until December 31
Where: 150 Rue Sainte-Catherine O.; Complexe Desjardins
Talk To Giant Monoliths At Luminothérapie
When: November 28 – January 26
Where: Between Jeanne-Mance & Balmoral; Place des Festivals
Walk Through The Christmas Alley at Maison Pepin
When: Now until December 22
Where: 378 Rue Saint-Paul O.; Maison Pepin
Stroll Through The Nutcracker Market
When: November 28 – December 8
Where: 1001 Jean-Paul Riopelle; Palais des Congrès
Visit The Atwater Village de Noël Christmas Market
When: Weekends November 29 – December 22
Where: 138 Avenue Atwater; Atwater Market
Browse The Holiday Pop-Up Book Fair
When: November 30 – December 1; 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Where: 1400 Blvd. de Maisonneuve O.; Concordia University, McConnell Building Atrium
Tour All The Christmas Must-See Events With Grand Circuit Féérique de Montréal
When: Beginning December 1
Where: Multiple locations
Enjoy The Bach Festival At Saint Joseph's Oratory
: December 1; 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Where: 3800 Queen Mary Rd; Saint Joseph's Oratory
Browse The Winter Edition Of The Puces POP Fair
When: December 6 – 8 & 13 – 15
Where: 5075 Rue Rivard
Visit Local Artisans At Salon Des Métiers D’Art Du Québec
When: December 6 – 22
Where: 800 Rue de la Gauchetière O.; Place Bonaventure
Take An Outdoor Zumba Class
When: December 7; 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Where: 10905 Rue Basile-Routhier
Get Some (Pop) Culture at Mini-Comiccon
When: December 7 – 8; 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Where: 1001 Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle; Palais des congrès de Montréal
Listen To A Christmas Concert With Les Choralies
When: Saturdays & Sundays: December 7 – 22; 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Where: 400 Rue St-Paul E.; Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel
Enjoy A Free Movie From Cineplex
When: December 7, 2019; 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Where: Cineplex Theatres
Visit An All Vegan Market
When: December 7 – 8
Where: 50 Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest; Maison du développement durable
Take Part In The Noël aux Flambeaux
When: December 7; 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Departure: Parc des Compagnons (Mont-Royal / Cartier)
Arrival: Parc La Fontaine (Entrance De La Roche)
Stream The CBC Sing-In Concert Live
When: December 8;
Search For Unique Gifts At Etsy Montréal Holiday Market
When: December 13 – 15
Where: 4353 Rue Ste-Catherine E.; Théâtre Denise-Pelletier
Grab Free Cider At The Noël Sur la Promenade Masson
When: December 14 & 21; 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Where: 5349 4e Avenue; Promenade Masson
Go Ice Skating At Beaver Lake
When: TBA (usually around mid-December)
Where: Beaver Lake
Watch Natrel's Fire On Ice Fireworks Show
When: Saturdays; December 14 – January 4; 8 p.m.
Where: 333 Rue de la Commune; Old Port Basin
Go Cross Country Skiing On Mount-Royal
When: Dependent on snowfall (usually mid to late December)
Binge All The Netflix Christmas Movies
Where: Your couch
Check Out The Time Out Market's Marché de Noël
When: December 16 & 17; 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Where: 705 Rue Sainte-Catherine O.
Warm Up At 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
Visit The MMFA For Free
When: December 21, 2019 – January 5, 2020
Where: 1380 Sherbrooke O.
Learn Inner Peace At A 90 Minute Meditation Class
When: December 4; 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Where: 6380 Rue Sherbrooke O.
Ring In The New Year At Merry Montreal
When: December 31
Where: Old Port
Enjoy the last month of the decade! Au revoir 2019!