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.
Why You Need To Go: This installation in Quartier des Spectacles is a great way to lift your winter spirits and is certainly a great way to bring back some much-needed colour and light to the seasonal winter darkness.
Why You Need To Go: We all get a little lazier on these colder days and are looking for some serious comfort food, so supporting local restaurants and ordering takeout is the clear solution. Bon appétit!
Address: Bois de l'Équerre, 49, rang de l'Équerre, Laval, Quebec
Why You Need To Go: This park in Laval actually feels like you've walked into a fairytale. With 13-kilometre trails, snowshoe rentals, and free parking, there are so many reasons to enjoy this stunning spot.
Why You Need To Go: Adding a little pizzazz to the weekend, Illumi is the perfect place to escape the city and the everydayness of the winter. Whether you're going solo, with the family, or taking that special someone, this will definitely add some spark to your life.
Grab your winter jacket and snow pants and enjoy a ski or snowshoe session at Montreal's Parc Frédéric-Back, all for free! With temperatures plummeting and snow piles rising, now is the time to get out and experience some of the city's best winter activities.
Cultural institution TOHU is offering free equipment rentals at the park from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday until March 6 (weather depending). Visitors can pick up skis, snowshoes and even winter kites on a first-come-first-served basis and explore 9 kilometres of trails.
Lounge chairs and those mysterious spheres dotting the park's vast snowy fields offer opportunities for rest and some great photo-ops.
The ski and snowshoe rental counter is located on rue Paul-Boutet. Renters can take out equipment for a maximum of two hours. TOHU requests that visitors wait outside the rental station until an employee comes out to help.
Guests are also invited to bring their own winter equipment, as wait times can vary and availability is limited.
Although rentals are free, fees may apply for any damages to the equipment or if the return time exceeds the two-hour limit, TOHU warns.
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.