Montreal during the holidays – As we all know, Christmas and New Year’s Eve are only a week apart from each other and a lot of us are enjoying their “Holidays” at this time of the year. Between the annual Christmas family dinner on December 24th and the New Year’s Eve party on December 31st, there is almost a full week of “free time” to fill. But, as we are all enjoying some vacation time, a lot of establishments are also closed. That’s why we complied a list of few ideas (that are open!) that will inspire you on “what to do” between Christmas and New Year’s Eve in Montreal.
Where to shop
Head to Complexe Desjardins until December 30th to discover Marché de Lëon, a special general-store concept in Santa’s village where you’ll find all sorts of thematic gift ideas in a chalet-like décor.
Marché Artisans, “the downtown Montreal pantry” located in the hotel Fairmont Queen Elizabeth, will remain open every day during the Holidays. You can shop fine groceries, gourmet products (pastries, cakes, chocolates and other delicacies) and food (crepes, pizza, pasta, oysters, wine) to eat on site or to go.
Where to eat and drink
A lot of restaurants are closed during the Holidays, but we can always count on the (very good) hotel restaurants, that have to stay open because of their location, and also few others that luckily for us decided to open their doors this Holiday season.
Restaurant Henri (Hotel Birks) will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day during the Holidays with a special dinner menu on Dec. 24, 25th and 31st
Rosélys (Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth) will be open every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as High Tea from in the afternoon from Dec. 27th-30th
Speakeasy Montreal will be open every day during the Holidays for dinner and drinks
Restaurant Modavie will be open every day for lunch and dinner, and has prepared a special 5-course holiday menu, available only under reservation on the 24th, 25th, 31st of December and 1 January. There will also be live music during these festive evenings.
Nom Nom (W Hotel Montreal) will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day during the Holidays with a special NYE’s evening package that includes dinner and drinks (and party)
Bevo Pizzeria will be open every night during the Holidays, with a special 3-course holiday menu for New Year’s Eve on December 31st.
Miracle Montreal, the Christmas pop up bar, will be open every night during the Holidays until December 30th
Things to do
Merry Montréal in Old Montreal’s Place Jacques-Cartier is a celebration that features outdoor fire pits, food, warm drinks, music and free activities for the whole family. Plus, of course, an enormous Christmas market! Buy everything from yummy treats to candles to crafts and accessories for the people on your list, and then bring them back on December 31st for the biggest New Year’s Eve party in the neighbourhood.
Corteo’s Cirque du Soleil show is back after 15 years and better than ever. Presented at the Bell Center every day until December 30th, it is the first time this classic from Le Cirque is presented in an auditorium. A thousand miles from what we were used to see these past years, Corteo is going back to the basics in a beautiful and inspiring show that is absolutely perfect for the Holidays.
The 9th edition of LUMINOTHÉRAPIE is bringing us Domino Effect in Le Quartier des Spectacles until January 27th. The domino effect art installation by artist Ingrid consists of 120 dominos brightly coloured distributed across several stations in different ways, creating a wide range of sound and lighting effects. It is fun and free to every one.
The ultimate Montreal winter spa, Bota-Bota-spa-sur-l’eau will be open every day during the Holidays except December 25th. Take advantage of your vacation days at the most impressive spa and unwind while enjoying the views of Old Montreal and snowy downtown. by: Catherine Maisonneuve, Lifestyle Editor
by: Catherine Maisonneuve, Lifestyle Editor