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.
Montreal, you've almost made it through another doozy of a week. But don't fret because another week means another weekend. The weekend is an opportunity to do fun things that can cheer you up and make you feel better about the world, but in order to find them, you actually need to leave your apartment.
So get your butt off the couch. Might we recommend showering? And then try one of these activities! Whatever you're up to this weekend, here's hoping it brings some light back into your life.
Take Advantage Of The Last Free Weekend To Visit The McCord
Address: McCord Museum, 690, rue Sherbrooke O., Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: To celebrate its 100th birthday, one of Montreal's favourite museums gifted us 100 days of free admission, which comes to an end this week. Take advantage of free art, culture and Montreal history while you still can!
Why You Need To Go: Parc Jean Drapeau offers some of the coolest winter activities, like cross-country skiing, sledding, a skating trail and more, proving to the world that no one does winter quite like Montreal!
Why You Need To Go: Restaurants also need a pick-me-up right now. If you order takeout or delivery, not only do you support local eateries during a tough time, but you get to enjoy delicious food while you do it!
Address: Montreal Botanical Garden, 4101, rue Sherbrooke E., Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: Plants and flowers have been known to brighten even the gloomiest of days. Although Espace pour la vie had to close its museums due to government restrictions, the Botanical Garden's outdoor areas remain open. Can't handle the cold? Lufa Farms offers free virtual tours of its Ahuntsic rooftop greenhouse each week.
We're all in need of a little extra fresh air right now and one Montreal restaurant has found a way to motivate us into getting it.
"For your mental health," BarBara is offering free coffee to anyone who can prove that they've walked at least five kilometres that day, and there are free candles and Cacio e Pepe waiting for people who have moved their legs even more than that.
All you need to do is have any fitness app that can show much the time and date along with how you've much walked and present it to an employee when you get to the restaurant. You also need to follow the restaurant on Instagram.
This offer is valid until Wednesday, January 12 and "until supplies last."
Here are the rewards based on the distance you've moved as stated on the restaurant's Instagram post:
5K walk -> You get any type of coffee in a regular size, pistachio latte included ;)
10K walk -> You get any type of coffee in a regular size, pistachio latte included ;) and a pack of candles for home.
Where: Librairie Saint Henri Books, Indigo, Argo Bookshop, etc.
Why You Should Go: To buy yourself a new book to keep you occupied during curfew hours! Retail stores remain open at 50% capacity under new restrictions, but keep in mind that they'll be closed on the first three Sundays of January.