Montreal is already the unofficial festival and party capital of North America. But combine that enthusiasm with holiday spirit and you also get perhaps the most festive city on the planet. Frequent snowfalls only contribute to Montreal's winter wonderland.
TL;DR The Grand Marché de Noël de Montréal has been cancelled this year because of "partnership and sponsorhip issues related to the work on St-Denis."
Hundreds of diverse events, both longstanding and completely new, come to the city each year. In 2018, for example, the city will host everything from pop-up Christmas bars to dozens of holiday markets.
Perhaps the most anticipated event is the annual Grand Marché de Noël, which brings together dozens of artisans and food vendors in colourful huts gathered around a giant Christmas tree.
After three years at Place des Arts, the market was set this year to take over rue St-Denis in the Quartier Latin. The company that manages it even promised a Christmas tree unlike any before for the 2018 edition.
But now, all of those plans have been thwarted.
The Marché de Noël website announces that "after three extraordinary years of operations, it is with a big heart that we announce that we will have to take a break this year."
Unforunately, "partnership and sponsorhip issues related to the work on St-Denis force [the market managers] to make such a decision."
Yes, Montral road construction has forced planners to cancel yet another major event. The Marché website promises that it will return for in 2019 once work on the street is complete.
The Montreal holiday season this year will lack perhaps its most attractive and exciting feature.
Hopefully, construction will actually meet its deadline and the market can make its triumphant return next year.