There is always something going on in the Old Port's St Jaques Cartier Square. While most tourists flock there in the summer, Montrealers know the best time to go to the square is in December. 

And this Christmas will be no different. Now in its seventh year, St-Jaques Cartier Square will transform into a winter wonderland and Christmas market thanks to Merry Montreal.

Dubbed "The Nordic Square," the festive outdoor market runs from December 19 to December 31. There are outdoor fireplaces to get all cozy with friends. There will be live performances, art installations, games, Quebec food tastings, and holiday decorations to get you in the spirit. And it's all free to experience. 

And hey, if the fires don't keep you warm, there will also be Quebec beer and mulled wine to keep you toasty. 

Even though we just got through our first week in October, there's nothing wrong with counting down the days until Christmas. Merry Montreal makes it nearly impossible to not get excited about the holiday season. The festivities make it easy to come out of hibernation. 

This year will also feature an epic ending to 2019 with Canada's biggest New Year's Eve party on December 31. 

The art installations and interactive games, like the giant game of Jenga they had last year, will keep you busy and laughing throughout the day. There are also outdoor Zumba sessions if you feel like getting your aerobics on.  

The reflecting crystal art sculptures should be back this year in case you missed them in the years prior — as no Montreal Instagram feed is complete without a couple of selfies in front of them.

There are giant collective billboards where you can add your own notes, drawings or personal messages too. But if personal messages don't intrigue you, make your way over to the wish-a-phone in the middle of the square and shout out your holiday wishes on a megaphone. 


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And we can't forget about the food. All of the Quebec comfort food faves like pâté chinois, pouding chômeur, and tourtière will be available from local restaurants and bars. There will also be a Quebec tasting spot to tease your palette with only the best Quebec products. 

The Nordic square is open every night until 9 p.m. And during the weekends you can enjoy the daylight hours starting at noon. 

What better way to get the holiday spirit on than pounding mulled wine, warming your feet by a fire, and basking in the glow of hundreds of Christmas lights. 


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

Cost: Free!

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