26 things to do in Montreal this week: December 13-19

It’s the week before Christmas, and there are loads of fun things to do in Montreal this week to celebrate.

Maybe you’re already on a vacation break, or pretending to be (we don’t blame you). Regardless, there is a bunch of cool things (some literally) to discover across the island.

You know, save time buying those last minute Christmas presents …

The past couple of years have been tough to deal with, so maybe it’s time to get away from it all for a while.

Or heck, maybe after seeing the spa at the Wakefield Mill Hotel and Spa, you could book a stay forever.

The stone-walled inn, located 230 kilometers outside of Montreal, is located in the heart of Gatineau Park and offers enchanting outdoor dining, charming rooms, a relaxing spa, all mixed with history and panoramic views.

When: Open every day
Time: 3 p.m. (registration)
Or: 60 Chemin Mill, Wakefield
Price: Ranges from $ 181 to $ 600 + per night, reservations in line

Hiverside – Outdoor ice bar

You might be used to ordering drinks on ice, but this week you can literally order drinks on ice.

Sponsored by Cointreau and Gray Goose, Riverside St-Henri hosts a pop-up ice cream bar for the rest of the month.

Riverside’s pop-up winter event, aptly titled Hiverside, will feature an ice bar inside a massive 40ft by 20ft inflatable igloo.

The Universide will also offer music, dancing and three exclusive winter cocktails to guests.

When: December 16 – 18
Time: Thursday 7 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Or: 5020 rue Saint Ambroise
Price: Free entry. Reservations can be made in line (welcome without appointment)

It’s almost time to get those skates out of storage and plan a day trip to Wakefield, Quebec.

Eco-Odyssey nature park has created a whole new skating maze, offering five kilometers of frozen outdoor trails for guests to roam, covered by the province’s wonderful winter climate.

Because if you want to explore the province, what better way to do it outdoors on skates? There aren’t many more Quebeckers than that …

The skating adventure will be open every day from December 18 to January 9, then on weekends until March 6, 2022.

The site will have food trucks, drink options and heated rest stations where skaters can warm up.

When: December 18 – January 6 (then weekends until March 6)
Time: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Or: 52, Chemin les Sources, La Pêche Wakefield
Price: $ 15 – $ 20 (children under two enter free)

Montrealers can have their picture taken by a professional photographer in an enchanting Christmas-themed alley.

Saturdays and Sundays until December 19, photographer Caroline Perron will be on hand to take photos in front of the Christmas layout of the alley.

The alley has a fireplace, a comfy red armchair, lanterns and (obviously) a Christmas tree.

When: From now until December 19
Or: Between Palco and Dollarama (4023, rue Wellington, Verdun)
Price: $ 75 – $ 125, reservations in line

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) puts itself in the spirit of donation by allowing the general public free access to its permanent collections and to three discovery exhibitions.

The deal is part of the museum Holiday gift promotion, available until December 24.

Discover the free exhibitions to consult here.

When: From now until December 24
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Or: 1380 Sherbrooke West
Price: To free

A group of mice have infested Old Montreal.

But cute ones.

Les Soupis, a quartet of illuminated mouse puppets, will perform every Friday and Saturday at the hotel Le Saint-Sulpice in the Old Port.

When: Friday and Saturday until December 18
Time: 5:15 p.m.
Or: Hotel Le Saint-Sulpice
Price: To free

Once December arrives, you might want to think about setting up your tree if you haven’t already.

If so, two of Montreal’s enchanting holiday markets are now selling Falsam, Fraser, and Balsam trees, between $ 50 and $ 80, depending on the size.

Both markets also launched Christmas villages simultaneously, so you get two fun Christmas events in one stop.

When: From now until December 25
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
138 avenue Atwater & 7070 avenue Henri Julien
Price: Varied

Open table

If you’re looking for a place to bubble up as 2021 draws to a close (or 2022 accelerates), a private luxury suite at the W Hotel Montreal might be for you.

The W Hotel has teamed up with the iconic French champagne house Moët & Chandon and hosts a glass room dubbed the “Champagne Box” that you and your friends can book for private parties.

When: By February 2022
Time: 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Or: 901 Square Victoria Street
Price: $ 95 per person, mandatory reservation

Laval has become much brighter.

Illum, the outdoor light show, officially considered it the start of the holiday season and has 25 million LED Christmas lights to prove it.

To discover on foot or by car.

When: From now until January 3 (closed December 14 and 15)
Time: 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Address: 2805 Boulevard Du Souvenir, Laval
Price: $ 15.75 – $ 21.74, free for children under 4 (available online)

The 12th edition of Luminothérapie illuminated the Quartier des spectacles with an illuminated 55-foot whale, giant icebergs, musical swings and more.

When: From now until February 6, 2022
Time: Friday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Or: Quartier des spectacles
Price: To free

Since Christmas is usually associated with snow and ice, maybe it’s time for a change of element.

A giant Christmas fountain, known as the “Boreal Fountain,” returns to Complexe Desjardins for the holidays, and it splashes on Saturday.

The immersive multisensory experience features the Grande-Place water fountain at Complexe Desjardins, completely decked out in the spirit of Christmas.

When: December 4 – 31
Time: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Or: Desjardins Complex
Price: To free

This year, Miracle Montreal invested Parliament in the Old Port, bringing a sleigh full of festive sensations to the stone-walled pub.

Christmas-themed cocktails include the Christmapolitan, Christmas Carol Barrel, Old-Fashioned Snowball, Yippie Ki Yay Mother F **** r !, Jingle Balls Nog, Nice Shot, and Naughty Shot.

When: From now until December 26
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.
Or: 351 Place d’Youville

Travel through space and study the infinitely small to the unfathomable large at this exhibit that connects humanity to the rest of the universe.

When: Daily
Time: Sunday – Wednesday, 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Thursday – Saturday, 9 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. closed on Mondays
Or: 4801, avenue Pierre-De Coubertin
Price: $ 17 – $ 22, available in line

It’s starting to look a lot like Christmas in Montreal.

After taking a break the last vacation because of you-know-what, Noël Montréal has announced its return to the Quartier des spectacles, offering cultural, festive and culinary events downtown.

In addition to the festive atmospheres, each market will sell local products from maple syrup to toys, decoration, clothing, candy, food, trees and drinks (ideal for gifts). It will host Christmas events and great photo ops.

When: From now until January 2
Time: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Or: Quartier des spectacles
Price: Free entry

This fall, the PHI Center is offering completely free programming.

New exhibits include an augmented reality tour, a new music listening room called While alive, a multimedia installation on the windows of the PHI Center featuring Innu poet Joséphine Bacon, and a series of screenings of new films by emerging black artists from Montreal.

When: Daily
Time: Monday to Tuesday, 9 am to 5 pm; Wednesday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Saturday – Sunday, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Or: 315 Saint-Paul West
Price: To free

If you’re looking to take a little family trip, why not visit Ontario’s largest outdoor light festival, Lit at night?

Located approximately 140 km from Montreal, Upper Canada Village will undergo its winter transformation, as the historic site will be adorned with over a million lights.

When: December 2 to 5, December 9 to 12, December 16 to January 1 (closed December 24 and 25)
Time: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Or: Upper Canada Village, 13740 County Rd 2, Morrisburg, ONT
Price: $ 15, free for children under 4

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