Montreal Christmas Guide

Hundreds of fun Christmas events and activities throughout Montreal: parades, fun at the malls, Santa sightings, cooking classes, holiday movies, theatre & concerts, storytimes, crafts and more!



The following information is for November, 2018 through January, 2019. Check back often as this Guide will be updated regularly!
We've searched high and low for all the fun around Montreal. Scroll through to see all the events or use the hyperlinks below to go directly to a specific section. Happy holidays, everyone.

Parades                                                                    Santa Fun at the Malls

Santa Sightings & Parties                                       Merry Museum & Tourist Attractions

Christmas on Ice                                                     Cooking Classes

Christmas Theatre & Music Concerts                   Holiday Movies

Storytimes, Crafts, Workshops & More                 ​Craft Fairs, Bazaars & Markets


PARADES

Nov. 17
Montreal Santa Claus Parade

Ste. Catherine St., between du Fort and St. Urbain Sts., Montreal. All ages. Bilingual. 11 a.m. FREE. 514-398-9438. Families are invited to gather for the 68th celebration of the Santa Claus Parade with floats, music, singing, dancing and Santa Claus. destinationcentreville.com

Nov. 18
Brossard Santa Claus Parade

Quartier Dix30, 6000 de Rome Blvd., Brossard. All ages. Bilingual. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. FREE. 450-926-1030. The parade will start at Place Extasia and heads down Avenue des Lumieres. Several floats will entertain young and old in the buildup to Santa’s arrival. Toddlers and children will also get the chance to meet Santa once the parade is over and there will be elves and other fun characters around. facebook.com/events/203024047262240/

Dec. 2
Hudson Santa Claus Parade

Westwood Senior High School, 69 Cote St. Charles, Hudson. All ages. Bilingual. 1 p.m. FREE. 450-458-6699. Starting at Westwood Senior High School and ending at the community centre. Enjoy watching the parade, sipping some hot chocolate and meeting Santa at the community centre afterwards. This year's theme is 'An Elvis Christmas' and features Montreal Pipes and Drums, the Ottawa Caledonian Pipes and Drums and the AGBU Scouts marching band. hudson.quebec


SANTA FUN AT THE MALLS

Nov. 17 to Dec. 24
Santa Visits

Galeries d'Anjou, 7999 les Galeries d'Anjou Blvd., Montreal. All ages. Bilingual. 9 a.m. FREE to visit. Cost for photos. Online reservations recommended. 514-353-6140. Come see Santa while he’s visiting from the North Pole and have your picture taken together. cfshops.com/galeries-d-anjou

Nov. 17 to Dec. 24
Visit Santa

Fairview Mall, 6801 Trans Canada Highway, Pointe-Claire. All ages. Bilingual. 9 a.m. FREE to visit. Cost for photos. Online reservations recommended. 514-695-1610. Come see Santa while he’s visiting from the North Pole and have your picture taken together. cfshops.com/fr_CA/fairview-pointe-claire

Nov. 17 to Dec. 24
Visit with Santa

Carrefour Laval, 2025 le Carrefour Blvd., Laval. All ages. Bilingual. 9 a.m. FREE to visit. Cost for photos. Online reservations recommended. 450-687-1360. Come see Santa while he’s visiting from the North Pole and have your picture taken together. cfshops.com/carrefour-laval

Nov. 17
Holiday Surprises

Complexe Desjardins - La Grande-Place, 150 Ste. Catherine St. W., Montreal. All ages. Bilingual. 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. FREE admission. 514-281-1870. A full afternoon program of animations with Boule Baladine, a musical show with Virgule et Celestine, acrobatic feats and juggling by the Kif-Kif sisters, and M. Bip stilt walkers. complexedesjardins.com

Nov. 18
Santa Arrives

Carrefour Angrignon, 7077 Newman Blvd., LaSalle. All ages. Bilingual. 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. FREE admission. 514-363-9413. The show La Nuit magique de Noel will start at 11 a.m. (Hudson Bay aisle). At noon, Santa will arrive and greet visitors. From noon to 4 p.m. there will also be animation, face painting and carousel rides. carrefourangrignon.com

Nov. 18
Santa Claus Parade & Activities

Quartier Dix30, 6000 de Rome Blvd., Brossard. All ages. Bilingual. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. FREE. 450-926-1030. After a parade at 11 a.m., children will also get the chance to meet Santa and there will be elves and other fun characters around. Right next to Santa’s house, there is a Christmas lounge where everyone can relax and enjoy activities. facebook.com/events/203024047262240/

Nov. 18
Santa Claus Arrival

Place Vertu Shopping Centre, 3131 Cote-Vertu Blvd., St. Laurent. All ages. Bilingual. 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. FREE. 514-331-5213. Celebrate the arrival of Santa Claus. A parade begins at 11:30 a.m. and then lots of free activities, such as face painting, caricature, arts & crafts, and culinary workshops, hot chocolate kiosk and train rides ($). placevertu.com

Nov. 24
Santa's Arrival

Les Jardins Dorval, 352 Dorval Ave., Dorval. All ages. Bilingual. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. FREE admission. 514-636-4094. Help greet Santa to the Magic Kingdom with many fun activities. There will be a holiday show (at 11 a.m.), face painting, balloon sculptors, musical trio, mascots, a stilt walker, holiday-themed workshops and more. facebook.com/JardinsDorval

Nov. 24
Santa Arrives

Galeries des Sources, 3237 Sources Blvd., D.D.O. All ages. Bilingual. Noon to 4 p.m. FREE. 514-421-0401. Drop by to see Santa arrive at the mall and enjoy holiday animation, music, games, hot chocolate and much more. galeriesdessources.com

Nov. 24
Santa Claus Parade & Fun Day

Les Avenues Vaudreuil, 3110-3218 de la Gare, Vaudreuil-Dorion. All ages. Bilingual. Noon to 6 p.m. FREE. 450-242-1101. See Santa's arrival and enjoy an afternoon of shows, pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting, mascots, animation, popcorn and cotton candy, gifts and more. facebook.com/events/190462061877426

Dec. 1
Santa Arrives

Complexe Desjardins - La Grande-Place, 150 Ste. Catherine St. W., Montreal. All ages. Bilingual. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. FREE admission. 514-281-1870. Join in on laughter, song and dance starting at 10 a.m. to celebrate the holiday season. Enjoy Christmas stories, Boule Baladine animations and the show from Les Animeries, Le sapin bavard. Until 5 p.m., kids have a chance to visit Santa Claus to share their wish list and have their photo taken together. Other activities await such as the show Fontaine boreal,  a performance by the Academie du ballet metropolitain at 1 p.m., and Later, at 3 p.m., the sounds of the Afrika Intshiyetu choir. complexedesjardins.com

Dec. 1
Visit with Santa

Marche de l'Ouest, 11600 de Salaberry Blvd., D.D.O. All ages. Bilingual. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. FREE. 514-685-0183. Come welcome Santa and enjoy a marching band, a magician, face painting and other surprises. marchedelouest.luxyweb.com

Dec. 1 - 22
Holiday Fun

Les Jardins Dorval, 352 Dorval Ave., Dorval. All ages. Bilingual. Saturdays & Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. FREE admission. 514-636-4094. Visit with Santa and enjoy holiday-themed workshops and face painting. facebook.com/JardinsDorval

Dec. 1 - 24
Visit Santa

Complexe Desjardins, 150 Ste. Catherine St. W., Montreal. All ages. Bilingual. Various dates and times (see website for details. Reservations recommended. 10 a.m. FREE admission, cost for photo. 514-281-1870. Visit Santa and take a picture. complexedesjardins.com

Dec. 8
Visit Santa & Mrs. Claus

Plaza Pointe-Claire Shopping Centre, 269 St. Jean Blvd., Pointe-Claire. All ages. Bilingual. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. FREE admission. 514-694-5917. Visit and take pictures with Santa & Mrs. Claus and enjoy a variety of activities. All donations benefit West Island Community Shares. Non-perishable food will be collected for On Rock Community Services. facebook.com/PlazaPointeClaire


OTHER SANTA SIGHTINGS & PARTIES

Nov. 23-25 & Nov. 30 ro Dec. 2
FEZtival of Trees

Karnak Temple, 3350 Sources Blvd., D.D.O. All ages. Bilingual. 10 a.m. (various closing times – see website for details). Adults $2, children 12 & under FREE. 514-684-7393. A Christmas tree extravaganza with holiday-themed activities, photo ops with Santa, refreshments and raffles for beautifully decorated Christmas trees and presents. All funds raised cover the operating expenses of the Karnak Shrine Center including the Shriners Hospital in Montreal. feztivaloftrees.com

Nov. 24
Light up the Village

Pointe-Claire Village, Bord du Lac (between Cartier and Golf Ave.), Pointe-Claire. All ages. Bilingual. 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. FREE. 514-630-1200. Enjoy inflatable and jumbo games, a petting zoo, a wood turner, DJ music, roaming carollers, roasted chestnuts, hot chocolate ($) and Beaver Tails ($). There will also be a fire & light show, the lighting of the Christmas Tree, and Christmas carols performance. pointe-claire.ca

Nov. 27
CP Holiday Train
 (two stops)
Montreal West AMT commuter station, 7499 Harley Ave., Montreal West at 6:30 p.m.
Beaconsfield Train Station, 104 Elm St., Beaconsfield. At 8 p.m.
FREE to watch. Donations of food and money greatfully accepted. The CP Holiday Train is North America’s longest rolling food bank fundraiser that offers live music, fun entertainment and Santa. Be sure to be there when the train pulls into the station all lit up – it’s a spectacular sight. cpr.ca/holiday-train/canada

Nov. 27
Holiday Train & Festive Village

Valois Bay Village, 114 Donegani Ave., Pointe-Claire. Bilingual. 6:30 p.m. FREE admission. 514-630-1214. Come see the CP Holiday Train and enjoy many fun activities such as a stilt walker, food truck (Gaufrabec waffles), a photo booth, collective mural art activity, dance performance and a DJ, glow-in-the-dark tattoos, collection of non-perishable food, and Christmas carols. Hot chocolate, coffee, baked goods will also be sold. pointe-claire.ca

Nov. 28
Christmas Theatre & Lunch: Grinchmas​

Dawson Boys and Girls Club, 666 Woodland Ave., Verdun. Ages 5 & under, with a caregiver. English. 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. FREE. Registration required. 514-767-9967 ext. 231. The Parents & Tots animation team will bring Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch Who Stole Christmas storybook to life with a live action interpretation during a reading. Storytime will be followed by crafts and games, then a potluck lunch. dawson.bgccan.com

Nov. 30 to Dec. 23
Marche de Noel de Montreal

La Place du Marche, St. Ambroise at Atwater, Montreal. Bilingual. Fridays from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturdays from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. FREE admission. Visit many artisan chalets, enjoy unique animation for all ages,  gourmet evenings, concerts, film screenings in open air and many activities for children. The 2018 novelty is the travelling caravan, accompanied by Santa Claus, that will criss-cross the districts of the South-West every Saturday of December until Christmas. facebook.com/events/286347135325974

Nov. 30 to Jan 6
Dream Land Christmas Light Display

Sami Hajjar's Christmas Display, 9035 Jean-Bourdon Ave., St. Laurent. All ages. Bilingual. FREE. With this year’s theme - Dream Land: Where Magic Happens - see over 250,000 lights, spotlights, inflatable decorations and more all synchronized to music with daily show times at 6 p.m., 7 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. facebook.com/events/1040937236088043/

Dec. 1
Breakfast & Photo with Santa

Provigo Lasalle, 6767 Newman Blvd., Lasalle. All ages. Bilingual. Two seatings: 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. $10 per person. Registration required. 514-364-7168. Children have a chance to sit on Santa’s knee, have their photo taken and the whole family can enjoy a pancake breakfast. Copy of the photo is included. pccookingschool.ca

Dec. 1
A Christmas Morning

Centre Harpell, 60 St. Pierre St., Ste. Anne de Bellevue. All ages. Bilingual. 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. FREE with Carte-Loisirs, $5 without. Registration by Nov. 23 required (residents only). 514-457-1605. Show, animation, and meeting Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus. sadb.qc.ca

Dec. 1
Breakfast & Photo with Santa

Provigo Montreal Sherbrooke, 7600 Sherbrooke St. E., Montreal. All ages. French. 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. $10 per person. Registration required. 514-257-4511. Children have a chance to sit on Santa’s knee, have their photo taken and the whole family can enjoy a pancake breakfast. Copy of the photo is included. pccookingschool.c

Provigo Montreal St. Jacques, 6600 St. Jacques St. W., N.D.G.. Bilingual. 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. $10 per person. Registration required. 514-481-6959. Children have a chance to sit on Santa’s knee, have their photo taken and the whole family can enjoy a pancake breakfast. Copy of the photo is included. pccookingschool.ca

Dec. 1
Christmas Celebration: Magie Polaire

Parc-Garneau St., 2370 Parc-Garneau St., Montreal. All ages. Bilingual. 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. FREE. 514-766-4131. An afternoon with Santa Claus and his friends, the lighting of the Christmas tree, workshops and demonstrations of ice sculpting, antique snowmobile exhibit, educational kiosks with birds of prey, dancing, stories, food truck and much more. facebook.com/events/246802192861274

Dec. 2
Outdoor Tree Lighting

Christ Church Beaurepaire, 455 Church St., Beaconsfield. Bilingual. 10 a.m. FREE. Donations welcome. 514-697-2204. Outdoor tree lighting and carol singing event supported by the churches of the West Island Network. Make a difference for others by bringing a gift for a refugee family new to our community. beaconsfield.ca

Dec. 2
Visit with Santa

Indigo Place Montreal Trust, 1500 McGill College Ave., Montreal. All ages. Bilingual. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. FREE. 514-281-5549. Bring the little ones to meet with Santa Claus to share their wish lists with him. Be ready to take some photos. facebook.com/indigopmt

Dec. 7
Tree Lighting Ceremony

Lakeshore Dr. (between Tulip Ave. and Martin Ave.), Dorval. All ages. Bilingual. 5 p.m. FREE. 514-633-4000. Drop by for many activities including a children's choir, performance by a rock/blues band, street performers, and more. There will also be a visit from Santa Claus. ville.dorval.qc.ca

Dec. 7 - 9
Marche de Noel de Laval

Laval Nature Centre, 901 Park Ave., Laval. All ages. Bilingual. Opens daily at 10 a.m. FREE admission. 450-978-8000. The 8th edition of the Christmas Market at the Laval Nature Centre. Fill up on gift ideas from 70 exhibitors, under a heated big top. Also check out the sale of natural Christmas trees, a horticultural workshop, carriage rides, the Village des arts in lights, and much more. Santa Clause awaits children wanting to share their wish lists. marchedenoel.laval.ca

Dec. 8
Breakfast with Santa

Stephen F. Shaar Community Centre, 394 Main Rd., Hudson. All ages. Bilingual. 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Residents: Adults $4, children 2-10 $2, non-residents: Adults $6, children 2-10 $3. Advance ticket purchase required. 450-458-6699. Enjoy pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausages, potatoes, baked beans, fruit, juice, coffee and hot chocolate. Children can then have a visit with Santa Claus. hudson.quebec

Dec. 8
Breakfast & Photo with Santa

Provigo le Marche Vaudreuil-Dorion, 501 St. Charles Blvd., Vaudreuil-Dorion. All ages. Bilingual. 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. $10 per person. Registration required. 450-455-6161. Children have a chance to sit on Santa’s knee, have their photo taken and the whole family can enjoy a pancake breakfast. Copy of the photo is included. pccookingschool.ca

Dec. 8
La Grande Bûche

Lalonde Park, Lalonde St. (corner of Ste. Anne & St. Pierre Sts.), Ste. Anne de Bellevue. All ages. Bilingual. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. FREE admission. 514-457-6498. Come see the impressive 20m long Christmas log that will be sold by the slice or as a 30 cm. boxed section to bring home. Also, enjoy authentic Swiss hot chocolate, live music, face painting and more. Santa Claus will be visiting from the North Pole to visit with the children. facebook.com/events/263776460999824

Dec. 8
Holiday Gaming Fun Day

Gamerz Cafe, 4820 St. Jean Blvd., Pierrefonds. Ages 4 & up. Bilingual. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. FREE. 514-675-9111. Activities for all, including access to all board games and video games, crafts for young children, a holiday photo booth, Pokemon training, mystery games with prizes and discounts on all food items. gamerzcafe.com

Dec. 8
Christmas Celebration

Gadbois Complexe, 5485 Cote St. Paul, Montreal. All ages. Bilingual. 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. FREE. 514-872-2786. A host of activities: taking pictures with Santa, an interactive Christmas show, face painting, inflatables, swimming, skating, board games, a draw for gift certificates and more. Don’t forget to bring your swimsuit, skates, blade guards and a lock. facebook.com/events/293562864830790

Dec. 9
Christmas Show & Visit from Santa

Ile Perrot Community Centre, 150 Perrot Blvd., Ile Perrot. Ages 3-8. French. 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. FREE. Registration required. 514-453-1751. Parents and young children can enjoy making a Christmas decoration and a special holiday show. Afterward, a special visitor will meet with the children. ile-perrot.qc.ca

Dec. 12
Christmas Tree Lighting

Westmount City Hall, 4333 Sherbrooke St. W., Westmount. All ages. Bilingual. 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. FREE admission. 514-989-5226. Families are invited for a holiday celebration with activities, hot chocolate and treats. Non-perishable food donations welcome. westmount.org

Dec. 15
Elves' Winter Wonderland

Dorval Aquatic and Sports Complex, 1295 Dawson Ave., Dorval. All ages. Bilingual. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Certain activities have a small cost - visit website for details. 514-633-4000. Many activities throughout of the day including a brunch & photo session with Santa and his wacky elves, arts & crafts, face painting, games, treats, swimming with elves & penguins, rock climbing, archery tag, arcades, storytime, and a holiday movie marathon. ville.dorval.qc.ca

Dec. 16
Breakfast with Santa

Montreal West Town Hall, 50 Westminster St. S., Montreal West. All ages. Bilingual. Four seatings: 8 a.m., 9 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. $40 in advance, $50 at the door for a family of 4. 514-485-8598. Enjoy a full hot breakfast and lots of activities for the whole family such as arts & crafts, a cupcake decorating station, face painting, a caleche ride, holiday music and of course a visit with Santa. montreal-ouest.ca

Dec. 16
Breakfast with Santa

Provigo Le Marche Pierrefonds, 4849 St. Jean Blvd., Pierrefonds. All ages. Bilingual. 3 sittings: 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. $7.50 per person. Registration required. 514-624-6369 ext. 130. Pancakes are grilling, syrup is ready to pour, biscuits for jam toppings, orange juice and more. What better way to start the day than with a breakfast with Santa. pccookingschool.ca

Dec. 16
Christmas Gym Party

Le Petit Gym de St. Laurent, 1936 Thimens Blvd., St. Laurent. Ages 1-12. Bilingual. 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. $15 per person. Registration required. 514-331-1496. Take part in fun gym activities, artwork, hot chocolate, and a visit with Santa. A special Le Petit Gym gift to all participants. lepetitgym.ca

Dec. 20
Family Neighbourhood Holiday Party

Little Red Playhouse, 263 Percival Ave., Montreal West. Ages 2-6. Bilingual. 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. FREE. Online registration required. 514-486-4032. Enjoy a morning of crafts, games, snacks, cookie decorating, music, face painting and more. bit.ly/lrpHoHoHo

Dec. 22
Breakfast & Photo with Santa

Provigo Montreal Rachel, 2925 Rachel St. E., Montreal. All ages. French. 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. $10 per person. 514-522-4442. Children have a chance to sit on Santa’s knee, have their photo taken and the whole family can enjoy a pancake breakfast. Copy of the photo is included. pccookingschool.ca

Dec. 22
Christmas Party

Le Prevost Library, 7355 Christophe Colomb Ave., Montreal. Ages 3 & up. Bilingual. 10:30 a.m. FREE for library members. Registration required. 514-872-1526. Enjoy a live musical show featuring Gustave and then visit with Santa and have a snack. calendrier.bibliomontreal.com


MERRY MUSEUMS & TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

Nov. 23 to Jan 6
Railway Christmas

Exporail, the Canadian Railway Museum, 110 St. Pierre St., St. Constant. All ages (geared to children 3-8). Bilingual. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Adults $20.40, children (3-12) $10.20, toddlers (0-2) free. 450-632-2410. See decorated trains filled with toys, hunt for Christmas stockings, decorate a holiday treat, write a letter to Santa, enjoy crafts and even visit with the jolly man on the Santa Train (see website for visit schedule). exporail.org

Nov. 30 to Jan. 5
Alight at Night Festival

Upper Canada Village, 13740 County Road #2, Morrisburg. All ages. English. Various dates from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. (see website for details). Adults $16, youth 5-12 $12, children 4 & under free. 1-800-437-2233. Bundle up for an evening stroll through this picture-perfect postcard setting and see close to one million lights adorn the heritage buildings, trees and fences of the village. Take a horse-drawn wagon ride, hop on board a life-size toy train, hear holiday music and carolling and more. uppercanadavillage.com

Dec. 1-30
A Victorian Christmas

Sir George-Etienne Cartier National Historic Site, 458 Notre Dame St. E., Montreal. All ages. Bilingual. Weekends from Dec. 1-30 and daily from Dec. 26-29. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Adults $7.80, children $3.90. 514-283-2282. Join costumed guides and learn about the secrets of holiday home decor in the 1860s. Enjoy storytelling and discover what holiday dishes people ate in the Victorian era. Also, there will be hot chocolate tasting, a souvenir photo booth and Christmas card workshops. pc.gc.ca

Dec. 1-Jan. 6
Around the Fireplace...Holiday Traditions

Chateau Ramezay, 280 Notre-Dame St. E., Montreal. All ages. Bilingual. Tuesdays to Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1). Adults $11, children 5-17 $5.75, family of four $26.50. 514-861-3708. See five of the museum's fireplaces sumptuously decorated according to a particular theme. Each mantelpiece will explain the origin of a specific Christmas tradition ... Christmas cards, Christmas stockings, advent calendars and more. chateauramezay.qc.ca

Dec. 1 – Jan. 6
Santa's Village

Village du Pere Noel, 987 Morin St., Val David. All ages. Bilingual. Weekends from Dec. 1-16 and daily from Dec. 22 to Jan. 6 (closed Dec. 25). 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $18 for ages 2-65, seniors $16, free for children under 2. 800-287-6635. Head north and enjoy outdoor fun in the playground and petting zoo. Take a ride on the mini-train, do some tubing, go skating on the rink, ride on the zip-cords, and visit the cabins that each have a special theme inside. Inside one of the cabins, Santa awaits your visit and is always happy to have his picture taken. noel.qc.ca/en

Dec. 1 – Jan. 7
Bread-Baking Workshops

Chateau Ramezay, 280 Notre Dame St. E., Montreal. All ages. Bilingual. Weekends from Dec. 2-17 and daily from Dec. 26-30 and Jan. 2-7. 11 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Adults $11, children ages 5-17 $5.75, family of four $26.50. 514-861-3708. Learn how New France bread was made, then try your hand at making, baking and tasting some colonial-style sweet bread. chateauramezay.qc.ca

Dec. 15 - 31
Who is the Real Santa Claus?

Pointe-a-Calliere - Montreal Museum of Archaeology, 350 Place Royale, Montreal. Various dates and times – see website for details. Adult $22, student (13-17) $13, youth (5-12) $8, child 4 & under free. 514-872-9150. While visiting the archaeological remains, children will encounter four Christmas characters who will explain how the holidays are celebrated in their parts of the world. pacmusee.qc.ca

Dec. 16 - March 17
Enchanted Worlds

McCord Museum, 690 Sherbrooke St. W., Montreal. All ages. Bilingual. Opens at 10 a.m., Tuesdays to Sundays. Adults $19, FREE for children 12 & under. 514-861-6701. See two of the famous Ogilvy's Christmas window displays (one outside the museum and one inside). Children can also take part in a treasure hunt and other holiday activities. musee-mccord.qc.ca

Dec. 22-Jan. 6
Holiday Magic

Ecomuseum Zoo, 21125 Ste. Marie Rd., Ste. Anne de Bellevue. All ages. Bilingual. Daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed Dec. 25). Adults $14.75, children 3-15 $8.50, free for toddlers under 2 years. 514-457-9449. Discover wildlife in an enchanting winter wonderland. Visitors are invited to observe the reactions of the animals as they receive a special gift/snack from the museum's elves. zooecomuseum.ca


CHRISTMAS ON ICE

Dec. 8
Christmas Celebration

Gadbois Complexe, 5485 Cote St. Paul, Montreal. All ages. Bilingual. 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. FREE. 514-872-2786. A host of activities is planned for the afternoon: taking pictures with Santa, an interactive Christmas show, face painting, inflatables, swimming, skating, board games, a draw for gift certificates and more. Don’t forget to bring your swimsuit, skates, blade guards and a lock. facebook.com/events/293562864830790

Dec. 15
Skating with Santa

Glenfinnan Arena, McGill, Macdonald Campus, 21111 Lakeshore Road, Ste. Anne de Bellevue. All ages. Bilingual. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. FREE. 514-457-1605. Skating, festive music, animation and free hot chocolate. A helmet is mandatory for ages 13 & under. ville.sainte-anne-de-bellevue.qc.ca

Dec. 16
Christmas Skating Party

Kirkland Arena, 16950 Hymus Blvd., Kirkland. All ages. Bilingual. 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Admission is FREE with donation of non-perishable food items. 514-630-2719. Come visit Santa and celebrate Christmas on skates. Many surprises for all. ville.kirkland.qc.ca

Dec. 16
Christmas on Ice

Dorval Arena, 1450 Dawson Ave., Dorval. All ages. Bilingual. 2 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. $1 per person. 514-633-4000. Skate with Santa Claus to the sounds of Christmas music and a magical decor. There will be drawings for several door prizes. Bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to Community Aid in Dorval. ville.dorval.qc.ca

Dec. 16
Binky's Holiday Party

Beaconsfield Recreation Centre, 1974 City Lane, Beaconsfield. All ages. Bilingual. 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. $5 per person. 514-428-4520. Skating, inflatables and entertainment with Binky and his friends: Peppa Pig, The Grinch, Winnie the Pooh, Bugs Bunny and many more. beaconsfield.ca

Dec. 16
Christmas on Ice

Raymond-Bourque Arena, 2345 Thimens Blvd., St. Laurent. All ages. Bilingual. 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. FREE admission. 514-956-2580. Enjoy skating, free activities, animation, music and door prizes. ville.montreal.qc.ca


COOKING CLASSES

Gingerbread House Decorating
Children can make their very own gingerbread house with pre-assembled pieces, royal icing and candies. All ages (children under 5 must be accompanied by an adult). $18 per person (maximum 2 people per house). 24-hour advance registration required. pccookingschool.ca

Dec. 7 - Provigo Le Marche Pierrefonds, 4849 St. Jean Blvd., Pierrefonds. Bilingual. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. 514-624-6369 ext. 130. 
Dec. 15 - Provigo Montreal Sherbrooke, 7600 Sherbrooke St. E., Montreal. French. 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. 514-257-4511.
Dec. 15 - Provigo Montreal St. Jacques, 6600 St. Jacques St. W., N.D.G. Bilingual. 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. 514-481-6959. 
Dec. 15 - Provigo Le Marche Vaudreuil-Dorion, 501 St. Charles Blvd., Vaudreuil-Dorion. Bilingual. 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. 450-455-6161.
Dec. 16 - Provigo Montreal Rachel, 2925 Rachel St. E., Montreal. French. 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. 514-522-4442.
Dec. 21 - Provigo Le Marche Pierrefonds, 4849 St. Jean Blvd., Pierrefonds. Bilingual. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. 514-624-6369 ext. 130.
Dec. 22 - Provigo Lasalle, 6767 Newman Blvd., Lasalle. Bilingual. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 514-364-7168.
Dec. 22 - Provigo Montreal Rachel, 2925 Rachel St. E., Montreal. French. 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. 514-522-4442.

Holiday Appetizers
Children will learn to make a cheese tree tray, star sandwiches, cookie-cutter pizzas and caramel-gingerbread cookies. Ages 6-11. $15 per person. Twenty-four-hour advance registration required. pccookingschool.ca

Dec. 1 - Provigo Le Marche Vaudreuil-Dorion, 501 St. Charles Blvd., Vaudreuil-Dorion. Bilingual. 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. 450-455-6161.
Dec. 8 - Provigo Montreal Sherbrooke, 7600 Sherbrooke St. E., Montreal. French. 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. 514-257-4511.
Dec. 8 - Provigo LaSalle, 6767 Newman Blvd., LaSalle. Bilingual. Noon to 2 p.m. 514-364-7168. Dec. 14 - Provigo Le Marche Pierrefonds, 4849 St. Jean Blvd., Pierrefonds. Bilingual. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. 514-624-6369 ext. 130.
Dec. 15 - Provigo le Marche Kirkland, 16900 Transcanada Highway, Kirkland. Bilingual. 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. 514-426-3005 ext. 119.
Dec. 20 - Provigo Le Marche Pierrefonds, 4849 St. Jean Blvd., Pierrefonds. Bilingual. 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. 514-624-6369 ext. 130. 

Holiday Snacks for Toddlers
Parents and tots can get into the spirit of the season by making taco cups and sweet potato bitesAges 2-6, with a parent/caregiver (older siblings welcome). $9 per child. Twenty-four-hour advance registration required. pccookingschool.ca

Dec. 1 - Provigo le Marche Vaudreuil-Dorion, 501 St. Charles Blvd., Vaudreuil-Dorion. Bilingual. 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. 450-455-6161.
Dec. 8 - Provigo Montreal Rachel, 2925 Rachel St. E., Montreal. French. 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. 514-522-4442.
Dec. 8 - Provigo Lasalle, 6767 Newman Blvd., Lasalle. Bilingual. 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. 514-364-7168.
Dec. 14 - Provigo Le Marche Kirkland, 16900 Transcanada Highway, Kirkland. Bilingual. 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. 514-426-3005 ext. 119.

Dec. 8
Cupcake Workshop

Marie-Uguay Library, 6052 Monk Blvd., Montreal. Ages 6-12. French. 2 p.m. FREE for library members. Registration required. 514-872-4414. Decorate a festive Christmas cucpake. calendrier.bibliomontreal.com

Dec. 8
Christmas Baking

Pointe-aux-Trembles Library, 14001 Notre-Dame St. E., Montreal. Ages 6-12. French. 2 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. FREE for library members. Registration required. 514-872-9170. With the help of a nutritionist, have fun preparing a delicious holiday recipe and learn about cultural origins of some holiday treats. calendrier.bibliomontreal.com

Dec. 9
Cookies,  Cupcakes & Christmas Cards

St. Henri Library, 4707 Notre-Dame St. W., Montreal. Ages 7 & up. French. 2 p.m. FREE for library members. Registration required. 514-872-2879. Make a cookie or cupcake with a Christmas theme. Afterward, make a Christmas card to share on the holidays. calendrier.bibliomontreal.com

Dec. 15
Cookies, Cupcakes & Christmas Cards

St. Charles Library, 1050 d'Hibernia St., Montreal. Ages 7 & up. French. Two times: 1 p.m. or 2:30 p.m. FREE for library members. Registration required. 514-872-3035. Make a cookie or cupcake with a Christmas theme. Afterward, make a Christmas card to share on the holidays.  calendrier.bibliomontreal.com

Dec. 15
A Gingerbread Christmas

Bibliotheque du Boise, 2727 Thimens Blvd., St. Laurent. Ages 3-5, with a caregiver. Bilingual. 2 p.m. FREE for library members. Registration required. 514-855-6130 ext. 4436. A sweet activity where children will decorate and sample these popular holiday cookies. calendrier.bibliomontreal.com


CHRISTMAS THEATRE & MUSIC CONCERTS

Nov. 20 - Dec. 16
Theatre: Pain
d'epice
Illusion Theatre, 6430 St. Denis St., Montreal. Ages 3-6. French. Saturdays and Sundays at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. $17.50. Registration required. 514-523-1303. A baker decides to make a cookie just for herself. But when it comes out of the oven, the cookie comes to life. illusiontheatre.com

Dec. 1
Theatre: Casse-noisette

Centre educatif communautaire Rene-Goupil, 4105 47th St., Montreal. Ages 5 & up. French. 11 a.m. FREE. 514-596-4420. Two storytellers will narrate the story of The Nutcracker using puppets and shadow puppets. accesculture.com

Dec. 1
Puppet Show: Le Genie de Noel

Beaconsfield Library, 303 Beaconsfield Blvd., Beaconsfield. Ages 3-7. French. 2 p.m. $5 per child (free for accompanying parent). Tickets on sale at the library. 514-428-4460. It’s  Christmas Eve and Noella has so much work to do but she doesn’t want to disturb her husband, Santa Claus. Maybe she could ask the Christmas genie to help her? beaconsfield.ca

Dec. 2
Theatre: Les Noels de mon enfance

Mercier Library, 8105 Hochelaga St., Montreal. Ages 5-11. French. 2 p.m. FREE for library members. Registration required. 514-872-8738. A musical production with puppets that tell stories of childhood memories. calendrier.bibliomontreal.com

Dec. 2
Theatre: Casse-noisette

Riviere-des-Prairies Community Centre, 9140 Perras Blvd., Montreal. Ages 5 & up. French. 2 p.m. FREE. Passes required. 514-872-9815. Two storytellers will narrate the story of The Nutcracker using puppets and shadow puppets. accesculture.com

Dec. 6
Christmas Music Concert

Auditorium de l'ecole Pierre-Dupuy, 2000 Parthenais St., Montreal. All ages. Bilingual. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. FREE with donation of money, non-perishable food, new books or toys. Enjoy Christmas songs performed by the Pierre-Dupuy choir and the Youth Fusion Music Workshop. Donations will benefit students in Centre-Sud. facebook.com/events/1796340177159690

Dec. 6-9
Candlelight Christmas

Loyola Chapel, 7141 Sherbrooke St. W., N.D.G. All ages. Bilingual. Thursday & Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Adults $30, students/seniors $27, children 12 & under $14. 514-743-3382. Annual holiday event, featuring seasonal songs from around the world with live musical accompaniment. lyrictheatrecompany.com 

Dec. 8
Outdoor Holiday Concert

Centennial Park, 288 Beaconsfield Blvd., Beaconsfield. All ages. Bilingual. 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. FREE - donations to the food bank encouraged. 514-428-4480. Kerry-Anne Kutz and the McGill Youth Choir present a family-friendly holiday performance with lots of audience participation. Get into the spirit of the season, enjoy some free hot chocolate, and bring a donation for the food bank. beaconsfield.ca

Dec. 8
Theatre: Il etait une fois ... Noel

Philippe-Panneton Library, 4747 Arthur-Sauve Blvd., Laval. Ages 4-8. French. 2 p.m. FREE for library members. Registration required. 450-978-8919. A show that uses small objects, music, pictures, lights and mysterious characters to tell the story of Santa Claus and the magic of Christmas. biblio.ville.laval.qc.ca

Dec. 8 & 9
The Nutcracker - Ballet Ouest​

Centre Pierre-Peladeau (Salle Pierre-Mercure), 300 de Maisonneuve Blvd. E., Montreal. All ages. Bilingual. Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets starting at $20. 514-987-6919. Young and old are invited to discover or rediscover the magical and enchanting story that has delighted generations of children. balletouest.com

Dec. 9
Theatre: Stella et l'Etoile de Noel

Langelier Library, 6473 Sherbrooke St. E., Montreal. Ages 2-8. French. 10:30 a.m. FREE for library members. Registration required. 514-872-4227. Stella, the eldest daughter of the Star Fairy, has been jealous since the birth of her little celestial sister. One day, while her mother is busy hanging stars in the sky, Stella angrily knocks the polar star to Earth. Unfortunately, Santa Claus uses the Polar Star to guide him on Christmas Eve. If Stella does not find the polar star by nightfall, there will be no Christmas. calendrier.bibliomontreal.com

Dec. 9
Bach Before Bedtime | A Jazzy Holiday Show

Tanna Schulich Hall, 527 Sherbrooke St. W., Montreal. Ages 6 & under, with  a caregiver. Bilingual. Two showtimes: 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Adults $12, children over 6 months $7. 514-935-3933. An interactive and sensory-stimulating chamber music concert performed by Montreal’s premiere classical musicians. A whimsical story accompanies each piece, bringing meaning to the music. Young children have the chance to conduct the musicians, play along with percussion instruments, interact with the performers and even try their instruments, experiencing the thrill of engaging with the musicians. bachbeforebedtime.com

Dec. 9
Theatre: Le Noel du Petit Gnouf

Pierrefonds Cultural Centre, 13850 Gouin Blvd. W., Pierrefonds. Ages 4-8. French. 1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. FREE. Registration required. 514-624-1110. A holiday tale of courage, love and hope. A theatrical reading of the tale by Dominique Demers. calendrier.bibliomontreal.com

Dec. 9
Christmas Carolling​

Lawn Bowling Clubhouse, 401 Kensington Ave., Westmount. All ages. Bilingual. 6 p.m. FREE admission. 514-989-5226. Join your neighbours for an evening of carolling. Spiced wine and soft drinks will be served. Please bring a sweet or savory treat to share. westmount.org

Dec. 11
Bach Before Bedtime | A Jazzy Holiday Show

Salle Claude-Leveille, 175 Ste. Catherine St. W., Montreal. Ages 6 & under, with a caregiver. Bilingual. Two showtimes: 11 a.m. to noon and 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Adults $12, children over 6 months $7. 514-935-3933. An interactive and sensory-stimulating chamber music concert performed by Montreal’s premiere classical musicians. A whimsical story accompanies each piece, bringing meaning to the music. Young children have the chance to conduct the musicians, play along with percussion instruments, interact with the performers and even try their instruments, experiencing the thrill of engaging with the musicians. bachbeforebedtime.com

Dec. 14
Christmas Concert

Saint Peter and Saint Paul Church, 1 de l'Eglise Ave., Pointe-Claire. All ages. English. 8 p.m. FREE. Share the joy of the holidays at an annual Christmas concert. stpeterstpaul.ca

Dec. 14 – Jan. 5
Theatre: Snow White and the Seven Dwarves

Hudson Village Theatre, 28 Wharf Road, Hudson. All ages. English. Various dates and showtimes – see website for details. $23. 450-458-5361. The evil Queen Elvira has a dastardly plan! All she needs to do is get her stepdaughter, Snow White, out of the way. Hopefully, with the help of all her friends (including seven rather particular ones), Snow White will thwart Elvira’s plan and live happily ever after. villagetheatre.ca

Dec. 15
Christmas Show:
Kamishibai
Plateau Mont-Royal Library, 465 Mont Royal Ave. E., Montreal. Ages 3-6. French. 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. FREE for library members. Registration required. 514-872-2271. On Christmas Eve, a mysterious suitcase appears on the doorstep. In an instant, it turns into a small theatre that tells wintry tales. calendrier.bibliomontreal.com

Dec. 15
Theatre: Pas de Noel Sans Etoile

Salaberry Library, 4170 de Salaberry St., Montreal. Ages 2-7. French. 10:30 a.m. FREE for library members. Registration required. 514-872-1521. The evil wizard, Zebulon, is jealous of the joy of Christmas and decides to remove all the stars from the sky. Without the stars, Santa Claus will not be able to find his way on Christmas Eve. The Star Fairy and the little elf, Flocondoux, must find a way to save the night. calendrier.bibliomontreal.com

Dec. 15
Theatre: Le Lutin
Mecanicien
Cafe de Da, 545 Fleury St. E., Montreal. Ages 3-7. French. 10:30 a.m. FREE for library members. Registration required. 514-872-5674. Vilebrequin, the mechanic elf, must prepare Santa’s sleigh so there will be no problems on Christmas Eve. This interactive, hands-on show lets children become elf apprentices while they sing, dance and have fun. ville.montreal.qc.ca

Dec. 15
Theatre: Atchoum au pays de glaces

Jacqueline de Repentigny Library, 5955 Bannantyne St., Verdun. All ages. French. 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. FREE for library members. Registration required. 514-765-7173. The story of Atchoum, a little penguin orphaned at birth. With the help from his friends, Atchoum learns to make peace with his past, overcome his fear of water and accept himself for who he is. calendrier.bibliomontreal.com

Dec. 15
Theatre: Casse-noisette

Maison de la culture du Plateau Mont Royal, 465 Mont Royal Ave. E., Montreal. Ages 5 & up. French. Two showtimes: 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. FREE. Passes required. 514-872-2266. Two storytellers will narrate the story of The Nutcracker using puppets and shadow puppets.  accesculture.com

Dec. 15
Theatre: Pas Noel Sans Etoile

Marie-Uguay Library, 6052 Monk Blvd., Montreal. Ages 2 & up. French. 2 p.m. FREE for library members. Registration required. 514-872-4414. The evil wizard, Zebulon, is jealous of the joy of Christmas and decides to remove all the stars from the sky. Without the stars, Santa Claus will not be able to find his way on Christmas Eve. The Star Fairy and the little elf, Flocondoux, must find a way to save the night. calendrier.bibliomontreal.com

Dec. 15
Theatre: Le Noel du Petit Gnouf

Mordecai-Richler Library, 5434 Parc Ave., Montreal. Ages 2-6. French. 2:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. FREE for library members. Registration required. 514-872-2142. A holiday tale of courage, love and hope. A theatrical reading of the tale by Dominique Demers. calendrier.bibliomontreal.com

Dec. 15
Theatre: Dans nos Maison

Maison de la culture de Notre-Dame-de-Grace, 3755 Botrel St., Montreal. Ages 3 & up. French. 3 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. $2. Passes required. 514-872-2157. A Christmas show inspired by the Quebec tale Rikiki et par la legende du Geant Beaupre. A farmer discovers that a goblin who has taken up residence at home has had fun playing tricks on him. When the farmer finally catches him, the elf offers three wishes in exchange for his freedom ... accesculture.com

Dec. 16
Theatre: Casse-noisette

Maison de la Culture Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie, 6707 de Lormier Ave., Montreal. Ages 5 & up. French. Two showtimes: 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. FREE. Passes required. 514-872-1730. Two storytellers will narrate the story of The Nutcracker using puppets and shadow puppets. accesculture.com

Dec. 16
Theatre: Dans nos
Maison
St. Leonard Library, 8420 Lacordaire Blvd., Montreal. Ages 3 & up. French. 11 a.m. FREE. Passes required. 514-328-8400. A Christmas show inspired by the Quebec tale Rikiki et par la legende du Geant Beaupre. A farmer discovers that a goblin who has taken up residence at home has had fun playing tricks on him. When the farmer finally catches him, the elf offers three wishes in exchange for his freedom ... accesculture.com

Dec. 16
Theatre: Maxsam et les coutumes du temps de fetes

Nun's Island Library, 260 Elgar St., Nun's Island. All ages. French. 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. FREE for library members. Registration required. 514-765-7266. Through music and songs, children will learn the origins of Christmas and discover different holiday customs celebrated around the world. calendrier.bibliomontreal.com

Dec. 16
Theatre: Des Pinatas Pour Noel

Maison de la Culture Mercier, 8105 Hochelaga St., Montreal. All ages. French. 2 p.m. FREE. 514-872-8755. Take part in an animated tour of Dominick Trudeau’s exhibition Joyeuses Creches. Afterward, there will be a creative workshop inspired by a colourful Mexican tradition where you will create your own festive pinata for the holidays. accesculture.com

Dec. 16
Puppet Show: Three Wishes

Pointe-Claire Cultural Centre, Stewart Hall, 176 Lakeshore Rd., Pointe-Claire. Ages 3 & up. English. 3 p.m. FREE, passes required. 514-630-1220. One day in December, while lounging on a cloud, the Spirit of Christmas has a tremendous hiccup. It shakes him so violently that he loses his balance and falls down to earth. The Spirit finds refuge with a peasant couple and grants them three wishes as thanks. But then a jealous neighbour demands three wishes, too. Will he be blessed by fate as well? pointe-claire.ca

Dec. 16 & 23
Theatre: Le Petit Noel de Quebec
Issime
Place des Arts, Theatre Maisonneuve, 175 Ste Catherine St. W., Montreal. Ages 2-6. French. 11 a.m. $32.99. 514-842-2112. The musicians, comedians, and singers from the famed Quebec Christmas show, Quebec Issime, have created a special concert for children, all set to the majestic and wonderful decor of another beloved Holidays show, Decembre. Children will be able to sing and dance with Santa’s dwarfs, fairies, and other Christmas characters! placedesarts.com

Dec. 17
Christmas Concert & Food Drive

Dorval-Strathmore United Church, 310 Brookhaven, (corner Carson ave.), Dorval. All ages. English. 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. $15.00 in advance ($20.00 at the door) plus a non-perishable food item. 514-793-9879. An evening of Christmas favourites and other popular music with some of the finest musicians in Montreal. Featuring: The Mimosa Wind Ensemble and The Pipes and Drums of the Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment of Canada). All profits will be used to buy food for the Dorval Community Aid Christmas Basket Program and other food bank initiatives. dorvalstrathmoreunited.weebly.com

Dec. 22
Theatre: Le Noel du Petit Gnouf

Bibliotheque du Vieux St. Laurent, 1380 Eglise St., St. Laurent. Ages 4-8. French. 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. FREE for library members. Registration required. 514-855-6130 ext. 4744. A holiday tale of courage, love and hope. A theatrical reading of the tale by Dominique Demers. calendrier.bibliomontreal.com

Dec. 22
Theatre: Des Pinatas Pour Noel

Maison de la Culture Mercier, 8105 Hochelaga St., Montreal. All ages. French. 3 p.m. FREE. 514-872-8755. Take part in an animated tour of Dominick Trudeau’s exhibition Joyeuses Creches. Afterward, there will be a creative workshop inspired by a colourful Mexican tradition where you will create your own festive pinata for the holidays. accesculture.com

Dec. 27 & 29
Theatre: Des Pinatas Pour Noel

Maison de la Culture Mercier, 8105 Hochelaga St., Montreal. All ages. French. 2 p.m. FREE. 514-872-8755. Take part in an animated tour of Dominick Trudeau’s exhibition Joyeuses Creches. Afterward, there will be a creative workshop inspired by a colourful Mexican tradition where you will create your own festive pinata for the holidays. accesculture.com


HOLIDAY MOVIES

Dec. 1
Elf

Various Cineplex locations throughout Quebec. All ages. English. 11 a.m. $2.99 per ticket. cineplex.com

Dec. 7
The Polar Express

Dollard-des-Ormeaux Library, 12001 de Salaberry Blvd., D.D.O. All ages. English. 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. FREE for library members. Registration required. 514-684-1496. Families can watch a classic holiday movie on the big screen. ville.ddo.qc.ca

Dec. 8
Polar Express 3D

Various Cineplex locations throughout Quebec. All ages. English. 11 a.m. $2.99 per ticket. cineplex.com

Dec. 14
Family Movie Night

Beaconsfield Library, 303 Beaconsfield Blvd., Beaconsfield. All ages. French (with English subtitles. 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. FREE for library members. Registration required. 514-428-4460. Watch the holiday movie l'Etoile de Noel, while nibbling on some popcorn. beaconsfield.ca

Dec. 27
Holiday Films

Westmount Library, 4574 Sherbrooke St. W., Montreal. Bilingual. 2 p.m. FREE for library members. Registration required. 514-989-5229. Spend an afternoon watching a special holiday-themed movie. westlibcat.org

 


CRAFTS, STORIES & HOLIDAY FUN

Nov. 24
Build a Gingerbread Man Ornament

Home Depot, Various Montreal locations. Ages 5-12. Bilingual. 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. FREE. Contact your local store to register. Kids will learn how to build a Gingerbread Man Picture Frame Ornament with easy to follow step-by-step instructions. homedepot.ca

Nov. 24 & 25
Write A Letter to Santa

Guy-Godin Library, 120 Perrot Blvd., Ile Perrot. All ages. Bilingual. 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. FREE for library members. Registration required. 514-453-1751 ext. 230. Families are invited to the library where volunteers will be on hand to help children write their letter to Santa Claus. All material provided. facebook.com/events/1378580118911801

Nov. 25
Christmas Wreaths

Rosemont Library, 3131 Rosemont Blvd., Montreal. Ages 5 & up. French. 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. FREE for library members. Registration required. 514-872-6139. Celebrate the upcoming holiday season by making a natural Christmas wreath to decorate your home or front door. All material provided. calendrier.bibliomontreal.com

Nov. 29
Holiday Cards

Cote des Neiges Library, 5290 Cote des Neiges Rd., Montreal. Ages 7-12. French. 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. FREE for library members. Registration required. 514-872-5118. Come make some holiday cards to give out at Christmas, Hanukkah or any other special occasion. calendrier.bibliomontreal.com

Dec. 1
Write a Letter to Santa

Robert-Bourassa Library, 41 St. Just Ave., Montreal. Ages 13 & under. French. 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. FREE for library members. Registration required. 514-495-6208. After reading a story, you will make a Christmas card and a little gift for Santa and his elves. Our mailbox will allow you to post your cards directly to the North Pole or you can hand the letter to Santa Claus when he arrives in Outremont the next day (Sunday, December 2). calendrier.bibliomontreal.com

Dec. 1
Christmas Card Factory

Marie-Uguay Library, 6052 Monk Blvd., Montreal. Ages 4 & up. French. 2 p.m. FREE for library members. Registration required. 514-872-4414. Children will create holiday cards that will be offered to seniors who live in neighbourhood residences. calendrier.bibliomontreal.com

Dec. 1 - 9
Make a Christmas Ball

Le Musee des Maitres et Artisans du Quebec, 615 Ste. Croix Ave, Montreal. Ages 5 & up. Bilingual. Saturdays & Sundays at 2 p.m. $16 per family. Reservations required. 514-747-7367 ext. 7204. The holiday season is coming! We invite you into the workshop museum to make a Christmas ball. mmaq.qc.ca

Dec. 1 & 2
Write A Letter to Santa

Guy-Godin Library, 120 Perrot Blvd., Ile Perrot. All ages. Bilingual. 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. FREE for library members. Registration required. 514-453-1751 ext. 230. Families are invited to the library where volunteers will be on hand to help children write their letter to Santa Claus. All material provided. facebook.com/events/1378580118911801

Dec. 2
Mistletoe Making Workshop

Jouets LOL Toys, 653 Ogilvy Ave., Montreal. All ages. Bilingual. 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. $15 per person (groups of 4 or more $12 per person). Registration required. 514-278-8697. Enjoy holiday fun, games, trivia and make a mistletoe using fresh greenery, cones, ribbons and more. loltoys.ca

Dec. 2
Christmas Storytime & Songs

Pointe-Claire Library (Main Branch), 100 Douglas-Shand Ave., Pointe-Claire. Ages 3-6, with a caregiver. 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in English and 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in French. FREE for library members. Registration required. 514-630-1218. Listen to Christmas stories and carols. And, as a bonus, a bearded man all dressed in red will be dropping by to hear what people would like for Christmas. biblio.pointe-claire.ca

Dec. 2
Christmas Crafts

Saul-Bellow Library, 3100 St. Antoine St., Lachine. All ages. French. 2 p.m. FREE for library members. Registration required. 514-872-2811. Make little arts and crafts projects to help decorate your home for the holidays. calendrier.bibliomontreal.com

Dec. 2
Christmas Card Factory

St. Henri Library, 4707 Notre-Dame St. W., Montreal. Ages 4 & up. French. 2 p.m. FREE for library members. Registration required. 514-872-2879. Children will create holiday cards that will be offered to seniors who live in neighbourhood residences. calendrier.bibliomontreal.com

Dec. 7
North Pole Extravaganza

Beaconsfield Library, 303 Beaconsfield Blvd., Beaconsfield. All ages. Bilingual. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. FREE, drop-in. 514-428-4460. Holiday-themed activities, crafts, games and stories. beaconsfield.ca

Dec. 8
Build a Santa Sleigh with Reindeer

Home Depot, Various Montreal locations. Ages 5-12. Bilingual. 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. FREE. Contact your local store to register. Kids will learn how to build a Santa Sleigh with Reindeer with easy to follow step-by-step instructions. homedepot.ca

Dec. 8
Storycrafts: Countdown to Christmas

Beaconsfield Library, 303 Beaconsfield Blvd., Beaconsfield. Ages 3-8. Bilingual. 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. FREE for library members. Registration required. 514-428-4460. Listen to some holiday stories then make a festive crafts. beaconsfield.ca

Dec. 8
Letters to Santa

Jean-Corbeil Library, 7500 Goncourt Ave., Montreal. All ages. French. Noon. FREE for library members. 514-493-8268. Volunteers will be on hand to help you write your letter to Santa (or to someone else who is special to you). All materials supplied. calendrier.bibliomontreal.com

Dec. 8
Magical Holiday Experiments

Beaconsfield Library, 303 Beaconsfield Blvd., Beaconsfield. Ages 5-12. Bilingual. 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. FREE. Registration required. 514-428-4460. Magic crystals, artificial snow, cold slime and huge Christmas spheres. Presented by Decibel Science. Watch a science show then re-create some of the experiments yourself. beaconsfield.ca

Dec. 8
Christmas Card Factory

St. Charles Library, 1050 d'Hibernia St., Montreal. Ages 4 & up. French. 2 p.m. FREE for library members. Registration required. 514-872-3035. Children will create holiday cards that will be offered to seniors who live in neighbourhood residences. calendrier.bibliomontreal.com

Dec. 8
Christmas Felting Workshop

Maisonneuve Library, 4120 Ontario St. E., Montreal. Ages 7-10. French. 2 p.m. FREE for library members. Registration required. 514-872-4214.  Learn to make and decorate a beautiful felt Christmas tree. calendrier.bibliomontreal.com

Dec. 8
Super (Slimy) Snowman

Dorval Library, 1401 Lakeshore Rd., Dorval. Ages 6-12. Bilingual. 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. FREE for library members, $3 for non-members. Registration required. 514-633-4170. Use a little science and a lot of creativity to make a unique, wintry snowman from slime. biblioweb.ville.dorval.qc.ca

Dec. 8
Christmas Storytime​

St. Michael Library, 7601 Francois Perreault St., Montreal. Ages 5 & under, with a caregiver. French. 2 p.m. FREE for library members. Registration required. 514-872-4250. Your little ones will be treated to special stories with a Christmas theme. calendrier.bibliomontreal.com

Dec. 8
Letters to Santa & Cookie Decorating

Le Prevost Library, 7355 Christophe Colomb Ave., Montreal. All ages. Bilingual. 2 p.m. FREE for library members. Registration required. 514-872-1526. A family workshop where you will write a letter to Santa Claus and them decorate a Christmas cookie. calendrier.bibliomontreal.com

Dec. 8
Make a Christmas Reindeer

Pointe-Claire Library (Valois Branch), 68 Prince Edward Ave., Pointe-Claire. Ages 3-6, with a caregiver. English. 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. FREE for library members. Registration required. 514-630-1219. Kids will create a reindeer plant stake using a variety of craft materials. biblio.pointe-claire.ca

Dec. 8
Christmas Card Factory

George-Vanier Library, 2450 Workman St., Montreal. Ages 4 & up. French. 3 p.m. FREE. Registration required. 514-872-2002. Children will create holiday cards that will be offered to seniors in neighbourhood residents. calendrier.bibliomontreal.com

Dec. 9
Make a Christmas Ornament
Ste. Anne-de-Bellevue Library, 40 St. Pierre St., Ste. Anne de Bellevue. Ages 6-12. Bilingual. 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. FREE for library members, $5 for non-members. Registration required. 514-457-1940. Make a Christmas ornament using recycled greeting cards. All materials provided. sadb.qc.ca

Dec. 9
Letters to Santa

Bibliotheque du Vieux St. Laurent, 1380 Eglise St., St. Laurent. Ages 3-8, with a caregiver. Bilingual. 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. FREE for library members. Registration required. 514-855-6130 ext. 4744. Children and their parents can decorate a special letter to be mailed to Santa Claus. calendrier.bibliomontreal.com

Dec. 9
Make a Christmas Reindeer

Pointe-Claire Library (Main Branch), 100 Douglas-Shand Ave., Pointe-Claire. Ages 7-12. Bilingual. 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. FREE for library members. Registration required. 514-630-1218. Kids will create a reindeer plant stake using a variety of craft materials. biblio.pointe-claire.ca

Dec. 9
Elves' Workshop: Bingo & Snow Globes

Kirkland Library, 17100 Hymus Blvd., Kirkland. Ages 6-12. Bilingual. 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. FREE for library members. Online registration required. 514-630-2719. Get in the holiday mood with a game of Christmas Bingo where everyone is a winner. Afterward, make a craft. biblioweb.ville.kirkland.qc.ca

Dec. 9
Make a Holiday Ornament

Cote St. Luc Public Library, 5851 Cavendish Blvd., Cote St. Luc. Ages 3-7. Bilingual. 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. FREE for members, $5 for non-members. Registration required. 514-485-6900 ext. 4121. Help decorate the library’s literary tree with homemade holiday ornaments you’ll create during this activity. csllibrary.org/calendar

Dec. 9
Pop-Up Christmas Cards

George-Vanier Library, 2450 Workman St., Montreal. Ages 7-12. French. 3 p.m. FREE. Registration required. 514-872-2002. Create a 3D pop-up Christmas card to offer over the holidays. calendrier.bibliomontreal.com

Dec. 12
Christmas Storytime & Songs

Pointe-Claire Library (Valois Branch), 68 Prince Edward Ave., Pointe-Claire. Ages 3-6, with a caregiver. English. 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. FREE for library members. Registration required. 514-630-1219. Listen to Christmas stories and carols. And, as a bonus, a bearded man all dressed in red will be dropping by to hear what people would like for Christmas. biblio.pointe-claire.ca

Dec. 13
Christmas Origami

Cote des Neiges Library, 5290 Cote des Neiges Rd., Montreal. Ages 7-12. French. 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. FREE for library
members. Registration required. 514-872-5118. Make your own Christmas decorations by folding sheets of paper into magical creations. calendrier.bibliomontreal.com

Dec. 13
Christmas Storytime

Octogone Library, 1080 Dollard Ave., Lasalle. Ages 3-7. Bilingual. 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. FREE for library members. Registration required. 514-367-6379. Come in pyjamas to listen to Christmas stories. calendrier.bibliomontreal.com

Dec. 14
Pyjama Storytime with Santa

Kirkland Library, 17100 Hymus Blvd., Kirkland. Ages 3-7. Bilingual. 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. FREE for library members. Online registration required. 514-630-2719. Put on your best flannel pajamas and come listen to some of the greatest Christmas stories.  A very special guest will be present, bearing gifts. biblioweb.ville.kirkland.qc.ca

Dec. 15
Christmas STEM Workshop

Robert-Bourassa Library, 41 St. Just Ave., Montreal. Ages 6-12. French. 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. FREE for library members. Registration required. 514-495-6208. A workshop filled with STEM science experiments with a Christmas theme. calendrier.bibliomontreal.com

Dec. 15
Make a Christmas Ornament

Pointe-aux-Trembles Library, 14001 Notre-Dame St. E., Montreal. Ages 7-12. French. 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. FREE for library members. Registration required. 514-872-9170. Learn how to use a needle, thread and coloured felt and make a unique Christmas ornament to help decorate your tree. calendrier.bibliomontreal.com

Dec. 15
Christmas Stockings

Le Prevost Library, 7355 Christophe Colomb Ave., Montreal. Ages 7 & up. French. 2 p.m. FREE for library members. Registration required. 514-872-1526. Get into the holiday spirit by making a Christmas stocking to hang at home. calendrier.bibliomontreal.com

Dec. 15
Storytelling & Hot Chocolate

Dorval Museum of Local History & Heritage, 1850 Lakeshore Dr., Dorval. All ages. Bilingual. 2 p.m. FREE admission. 514-633-4314. Sip on some hot chocolate and listen to some holiday stories. ville.dorval.qc.ca/en/events

Dec. 15 - 30
Make a Mini Sled

Le Musee des Maitres et Artisans du Quebec, 615 Ste. Croix Ave, Montreal. Ages 5 & up. Bilingual. Saturdays & Sundays at 2 p.m. $16 per family. Reservations required. 514-747-7367 ext. 7204. To celebrate the first snow, come make your own small sled on which you will be able to leave sweet notes for your family. mmaq.qc.ca

Dec. 16
Gift Preparation

Kirkland Library, 17100 Hymus Blvd., Kirkland. Ages 6-12. Bilingual. 2 a.m. to 4 p.m. FREE for library members. Online registration required. 514-630-2719. Make a wonderful gift for someone who is dear to you. biblioweb.ville.kirkland.qc.ca

Dec. 16
Enchanted Christmas Pyjama Storytime​

Municipal Library, 40 St. Pierre St., Ste. Anne de Bellevue. Ages 3-7. Bilingual. 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. FREE for library members, $5 for non-members. Registration required. 514-457-1940. Wear your pyjamas and bring your favourite blanket or stuffie and enjoy some holiday-themed stories. ville.sainte-anne-de-bellevue.qc.ca

Dec. 22
Santa's Workshop

Kirkland Library, 17100 Hymus Blvd., Kirkland. Ages 7-12. Bilingual. 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. FREE. Online registration required. 514-630-2719. Make a beautiful Santa Claus statue and a Christmas decoration for your tree.  biblioweb.ville.kirkland.qc.ca

Dec. 28
Holiday Bingo

St. Leonard Library, 8420 Lacordaire Blvd., St. Leonard. Ages 6-12. French. 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. FREE for library members. Registration required. 514-328-8500. Enjoy a few games of Christmas-themed bingo. calendrier.bibliomontreal.com


CRAFT FAIRS, BAZAARS & MARKETS

Nov. 17
Holiday Market

Wilder Penfield Elementary School, 551 Westminster St., D.D.O. Bilingual. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. FREE admission. Close to 40 local vendors and artisans. There will also be food, refreshments and a raffle. facebook.com/events/2191903461089806

Nov. 17 & 18
Art Etc Handcraft Sale

Montreal West Town Hall, 50 Westminster Ave. S. (at Avon), Montreal West. Bilingual. Opens daily at 10 a.m. FREE admission and parking. Annual juried show of quality arts & crafts with more than 30 artisans. There will be a tea room, door prizes, and more. facebook.com/events/252565022274701

Nov. 18
Kateri Christmas Craft Fair

Knights of Columbus Hall, Malone Hwy., Kahnawake. Bilingual. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. FREE admission. 50 vendors selling arts & crafts, traditional beadwork, woodwork, paintings, baked goods, chocolate, knitting, clothing, candles and more. Raffles and door prizes. Also, a traditional cornbread & sausage fundraiser by the Kahnawake Library. facebook.com/events/2582933791747232

Nov. 21
Scholastic Enchanted Forest Book Fair

Clearpoint Elementary School, 17 Cedar Ave., Pointe-Claire. Bilingual. 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. FREE admission. Purchase new books - perfect for the holidays - and enjoy featured readings by authors. Refreshments will be available. facebook.com/events/176231483254327

Nov. 24
Craft Fair

Edgewater Elementary, 220 Cardinal Leger, Pincourt. English. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. FREE admission. Come and enjoy more than 40 vendors who will be selling handmade Christmas crafts, decorations etc. There will also be activities, raffles, used book sales, a bake table and delicious café onsite. edgewater.lbpsb.qc.ca

Nov. 24
Christmas Fair

Church of the Epiphany (basement), 4322 Wellington St. (corner of Gordon Ave.), Verdun. Bilingual. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. FREE admission. Over 20 local vendors selling hand-made items. Refreshments will be available. 

Nov. 24 & 25
Artisan Fair

Stewart Hall Cultural Centre, 176 Lakeshore Rd., Pointe-Claire. Bilingual. Nov. 24 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Nov. 25 from noon to 5 p.m. FREE admission. 514-630-1220 ext. 1777. Forty juried artisans offering original, hand-made creations: jewellery, wooden objects, clothing, and more. pointe-claire.ca

Nov. 29-Dec. 9
The Nutcracker Market

Palais des Congres, 1001 place Jean-Paul-Riopelle, Montreal. Bilingual. Opens daily at 11 a.m. (see website for closing times). FREE admission. 514-871-8122. Huge market with close to 100 merchants offering Christmas and holiday gift ideas such as clothing, accessories, beauty aids, household items, food, kids' toys and more. grandsballets.com/en/nutcracker/market

Nov. 30-Dec. 2
Holiday Book & Toy Fair

Plaza Pointe-Claire Shopping Centre, 269 St. Jean Blvd., Pointe-Claire. Bilingual. Friday from noon to 7 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. FREE admission. 514-694-5917. Books, toys and gifts at great discounts. Also, book & toy raffle prizes with proceeds benefiting partageaction. facebook.com/PlazaPointeClaire

Nov. 30 - Dec. 23
Marche de Noel de Montreal
La Place du Marche, St. Ambroise at Atwater, Montreal. Bilingual. Fridays from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturdays from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. FREE admission. Visit many artisan chalets, enjoy unique animation for all ages,  gourmet evenings, concerts, film screenings in open air and many activities for children. The 2018 novelty is the travelling caravan, accompanied by Santa Claus, that will crisscross the districts of the South-West every Saturday of December until Christmas. facebook.com/events/286347135325974

Dec. 1
Holiday Fair & Bake Sale

Valois United Church, 70 Belmont, Pointe-Claire. Bilingual. 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. FREE admission. Sale of handmade crafts of 20 artisans, home baking, used books, quilts, knit and sewn items and crafts. Tea room available until 11:30 a.m. Lunch served until 1 p.m. 11

Dec. 1
Holiday Fair

Clearpoint Elementary School, 17 Cedar Ave., Pointe-Claire. Bilingual. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. FREE admission. 40+ vendors offering art, baked goods, clothing, comics, crafts, jewelry, pet treats & accessories, preserves, raffles, toys and more. Children's activities include a Kids Spa, Kids Only Room, ornament & cookie decorating, and visits with Santa Claus. Visit the gently used kid's clothing & books room. Refreshments include a Chili Off, Domino's Pizza and more. The Beat Squad will be on hand playing music and handing out Beat bags. facebook.com/clearpointelementaryholidayfair

Dec. 1
Christmas Fair

The Sacred Heart School of Montreal, 3635 Atwater Ave., Montreal. Bilingual. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. FREE admission. A festive fair featuring jewelry, wood crafts, alpaca items, handmade soaps, handmade items, a raffle and more. There will be a cafe selling homemade lunches, baked goods and more. sacredheart.qc.ca

Dec. 1
Marche de Noel

Ecole Rudolf Steinder de Montreal, 4855 Kensington Ave., N.D.G. Bilingual. 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. FREE admission. Old fashioned Christmas market with crafting workshops for kids, live music, homemade treats, lunch, and a variety of artisans and vendors. facebook.com/events/2111824525534395

Dec. 2
Annual Arts & Crafts Fair

Centennial Regional High School, 880 Hudson St., Greenfield Park. Bilingual. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. FREE. 514-895-7440. There will be more than 110 Artisans with a huge selection of handmade articles available at reasonable prices; knitted goods, jewelry, toile painting, Christmas decorations, porcelain, ceramics, quilts, woodwork, etc. crhs.rsb.qc.ca

Dec. 2-8
Karonhiarahstha's Winter Wonderland

Kateri Parish Hall, River Rd., Kahnawake. Bilingual. Daily from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. $10 for 25 tickets. A week-long fundraiser featuring more than 20 fully decorated Christmas trees to be raffled off. Lucky winners will get the tree, decorations and the gifts and prizes underneath. facebook.com/events/707228722985863

Dec. 6
Holiday Vendor Fair

Beechwood Elementary School, 13155 Shelbourn St., Pierrefonds. Bilingual. 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. FREE admission. Over 40 vendors, a raffle, bake sale, Santa Claus and more. Donations of non-perishable food items or toys appreciated. facebook.com/events/1855797274533467=

Dec. 7-8
MaNDA Arts Market

Rudolf Steiner School of Montreal, 4855 Kinsington Ave., N.D.G. Bilingual. Friday from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. FREE admission. Discover local NDG artists and get some holiday shopping done. The market also features food, musical entertainment and children's activities. facebook.com/events/1791042811171447

Dec. 7 - 9
Marche de Noel de Laval

Laval Nature Centre, 901 Park Ave., Laval. Bilingual. Opens daily at 10 a.m. FREE admission. 450-978-8000. The 8th edition of the Christmas Market at the Laval Nature Centre. Fill up on gift ideas from 70 exhibitors, under a heated big top. Also check out the sale of natural Christmas trees, a horticultural workshop, carriage rides, the Village des arts in lights, and much more. Santa Clause awaits children wanting to share their wish lists. marchedenoel.laval.ca

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