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Nov. 8, 2023

What to do after the Santa Claus Parade in Montreal?

On November 25th, the magic of the Santa Claus Parade will once again enchant the streets of Montreal. But what to do once the last float has disappeared into the distance and the magic begins to fade? Don’t worry, downtown Montreal is brimming with festive activities. Whether you’re a foodie seeking holiday flavors, an art enthusiast looking for inspiration, or a gift hunter with a long list, the city has everything to captivate you. Don your scarf, lace up your boots, and embark on an unforgettable day in the heart of Montreal with these five must-have experiences.

The Great Montreal Christmas Market at Place des Festivals

Right after the parade festivities, why not continue on a magical note at the Great Christmas Market? Starting at 11 am, Place des Festivals in the Quartier des Spectacles transforms into a true winter village. Among the many wooden chalets adorned with twinkling garlands, you’ll discover a range of local and regional artisans.

For foodies, the enticing aromas of churros, beaver tails, mulled wine, and many other local specialties will fill the air, awakening your appetite. But the Christmas market isn’t just about a gourmet experience. You’ll also find unique gift ideas, handmade jewelry, artisanal toys, and much more.

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Downtown Illuminations

After a stroll through the market, head over to Square Dorchester. Exceptionally for this special day, the park will be lit up from the morning, offering a luminous spectacle in the heart of the city. You’ll find yourself in a setting straight out of a fairy tale.

But the show doesn’t stop there. As night falls, other sites come to life. The arches of Christ Church Cathedral will offer a majestic sight, illuminating Sainte-Catherine Street. And what about Place Jean Paul-Riopelle? Its modern lights will sparkle, infusing a festive atmosphere.

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Les arches de la cathédrale Christ Church

A Unique Shopping Experience

The holidays are approaching, and what better way to start your Christmas shopping than amidst the festivities? Discover Complexe Desjardins where, in addition to finding a multitude of shops, you’ll have the chance to meet Santa Claus in person! And that’s not all, just a short walk away, you can admire the famous animated window displays at The Bay and take advantage of tempting holiday discounts. Special activities that children won’t want to miss are also planned, such as a candy bar and the presence of mischievous elves.

And as if that wasn’t enough, this year marks the launch of the Grand concours Gagne tes achats contest, which gives you a 1 in 10 chance to win the value of your purchases and other fabulous prizes. More details soon!

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A Literary Journey at Salon du Livre de Montréal

Head to Salon du Livre de Montréal for a literary journey. Located at the Palais des congrès, this fair is more than just a book sale. It’s a deep dive into the Québécois and international literary world. Meet authors, attend workshops, discover new works, and much more. For children, there are animations and workshops, making this outing a rewarding family adventure. Don’t miss the book signings, those special moments where you can exchange a few words with your favorite author. Discover here the 2023 program.

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Holidays at the McCord Stewart Museum launch day

The Museum welcomes you on November 25 for the grand launch of its holiday programming! Free activities for the whole family will be available the entire day: storytelling, guided tours, workshops to create elf hats and snowy landscapes. Nothing less! 

What’s more, Café Notman is joining in the festivities: hot chocolate will be offered to all Museum visitors. During this special day, enjoy a 25% discount on children’s books at the Museum Boutique.

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