It's that time of the year again, folks, when twinkling lights and festive decorations take over the streets in preparation for Christmas! And while Montreal generally does a great job of creating a pretty special place all over town, everyone knows there's nothing quite like the charm of Old Montreal to truly bring the holiday spirit to life.
Every weekend until December 20, as part of the 3rd edition of Merry Montreal, the charming Place Jacques-Cartier is being transformed into a giant Christmas Market, inviting all of us to share in some good old fashion holiday magic.
Find everything from local products, unique hand-crafted items, Xmas trees and decorations, and of course, the big guy himself - Santa Claus! This is the ideal place to pick up some delicious treats and original gifts for all your friends and family.
So before the cold and snow really set in, make sure to enjoy a stroll down the historic Jacques-Cartier square to take in the very festive atmosphere of one of the most beautiful Christmas markets in Quebec!
The Christmas Market happens Thursday and Friday evenings starting at 4pm, and weekends from noon until 6pm.
Archaeology museum Pointe-à-Callière is bringing its popular 18th-century market back to Old Montreal this year. The museum says its market occupies the same spot as the one first established by French settlers.
Once again at the Place Royale, craftspeople will be selling their wares and demonstrating colonial skills.
Sutton, Quebec spokesperson Isabelle Capmas confirmed to MTL Blog that Bill and Hillary Clinton were spotted in at least one store, kitchen accessory boutique Atelier Bouffe, in the Estrie town's centre on Wednesday.
Capmas said it was possible they visited other stores, too.
A photo of the power couple was posted to the City of Sutton's Facebook page according to Global News reporter Michael Armstrong but had to be taken down, Capmas said, due to an "outburst of abusive and defamatory comments," though a majority of commenters expressed enthusiasm.
The Clintons seem to have a fondness for the scenic Eastern Townships. Reports in 2017 documented the Clintons' visit to the town of North Hatley.
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"You will, of course, be able to enjoy what downtown businesses have to offer you : an umissable shopping experience! But you will also be amazed by several surprises that we have in store for you and something new for this edition!" reads Montréal centre-ville's announcement.
Past events have featured hundreds of boutiques and restaurants, musicians, DJs, graffiti artists, acrobats and exclusive deals as Sainte-Catherine shopfronts move forward onto the pedestrian-only street.
According to Montréal centre-ville, more information about programming will be released soon via its Facebook and Instagram pages. Stay tuned for details!
La Sainte-Catherine Célèbre
Price: Free entry
When: September 10 to 12, 2021
Address: Rue Sainte-Catherine (pedestrianized between Rue de Bleury and Rue Chomedey)
Why You Need To Go: Make the most of September by getting outside for a well-loved activity: shopping! Sainte-Catherine shopfronts move onto the street to become what's billed as Canada's largest sidewalk sale.
A Bombay spokesperson described the maze as a "large-scale [...] whimsical oasis" with walls that "cloak the discoverable experiences within."
The maze installations are being created by Quebec's Charlie Larouche (Glassware Artist), Jeroen Kleijn (DJ & Olfactory Artist) and Chantal Royer (Botanical Artist) who were inspired by the taste of Bombay Bramble, a new naturally-flavoured raspberry and blackberry gin.
The experience will be completely free, and anyone over the age of 18 can take part.
In addition to a Bombay Bramble sample, guests will leave with a signature Bombay Sapphire Balloon Glass that they can use to stir up fun drinks at home.
Hedge Maze at the Old Port
Bombay Sapphire Canada
When: August 6: 4 p.m.-8 p.m.; August 7 and 8: 1 p.m.-8 p.m.
Address: 430, boul. Saint-Laurent, Old Port, Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: Hedge mazes are fun, but even better when they're boozy.