No ballet performance, or any entertainment production really, is as synonymous with the Christmas season as The Nutcracker. Every holiday season, children and adults alike watch the classic ballet performance and are filled with festive glee. In Montreal, we take The Nutcracker next level with the annual Nutcracker Market at Palais de Congres.
A holiday-themed marketplace that opens today and runs 'til December 7th, the Nutcracker Market is put on by Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, with tons of different vendors on site (from food to home decor) perfect for people on your gift-list. 10% of all funds from vendors also go the Les Grands Ballets’ Nutcracker Fund for Children, created 15 years ago to allow underprivelged children to see the ballet, meaning the gifts you buy will spread Xmas cheer beyond your friends and fam.
Heading to the Nutcracker Market can also get yourself some pretty sweet presents too. Simply by attending the event (and filling out a brief form) you can enter in a contest to win four tickets to a showing of The Nutcracker, a prize valued at $400. A winner will be chosen every day, so even though the holidays are all about being selfless, going to the Nutcracker Market just to win yourself some pricey tickets to the ballet is totally justified. We won't tell.
The Nutcracker Market will be held at the ground floor of Palais des congrès, beginning today and ending on December 7th. To get all the info on the opening hours, the contest, and vendors on-site, head to the official website here.
While there are a million and one spots to enjoy a 5 à 7 in the city, not everywhere does happy hour quite like this Montreal restaurant in the Village.
Resto Keela serves $6 drinks from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., including house draft beer, house red or white wine, and speed rail mixed drinks, which is a choice of vodka, rye, rum, or gin — a pretty hard drink deal to beat.
As for food, you can go every week and try a different $6 dish at happy hour. "The $6 bites change from week to week but we always offer 3-5 options," owners Kristin Murphy and Johnny Hamilton told MTL Blog.
I went on September 10 and got to try green beans with a cashew romesco sauce and feta crumble, chorizo sausage, chicken Kaarage with kimchi cucumbers, and organic cherry tomato salad with blue cheese. And I kid you not when I say these dishes all take your taste buds on a culinary trip to heaven.
Keela's full menu is also filled with tons of unique dishes for you to try. The celery root carpaccio is hands down my favourite.
Every Friday night, you can hear the sweet voice of Bud Rice sing live at the restaurant.