Although pandemic safety precautions mean festivities may look different, there are still many ways to celebrate the “most wonderful time of the year.” Read on to discover five fun activities families can enjoy to get in the holiday spirit hosted by Montreal Centre-Ville. a non-profit organization that brings together nearly 5,000 businesses in the downtown core.
Journey of the mischievous elves
Santa’s naughty elves stole his laundry off his clothesline and hid his clothes all over downtown Montreal. Join the scavenger hunt throughout downtown stores by carefully reading the clues found online. (Head down to Ste. Catherine St. and Guy St.). Once you follow the clues and spot one of Santa’s clothes hidden in Ste. Catherine St. stores, write down the letter found in the clothing. At the end of the scavenger hunt, families can unscramble the letters to form three words.
Afterwards, families can drop off the completed form at the toy workshop on Ste. Catherine St. for their chance to win a weekly draw for one of five prizes of $1,000 in gift certificates.
Rudolph needs your family’s help to make sure he gets to work on time on Christmas eve! Participate in the Rudolph mission scavenger hunt and learn fun facts about Montreal’s history as you discover the best place to watch Santa Claus’s sleigh take off at midnight. After following the steps on this online form, families can enter for their chance to win a weekly draw for one of five prizes of $1,000 in gift certificates from downtown stores.
Giving to those in need is the best way to get into the Christmas spirit. If your family has toys that your kids don’t play with anymore, the Toy Workshop collects used toys for children in need. Visit the website for more details.
Visit Santa’s sleigh
Capture the memories of this year’s festivities and stand in front of Santa’s sleigh for a spectacular photo opp. Taking a photo behind this unique display will make it seem like Santa Claus is flying in his sleigh behind you – what fun! Be sure to take advantage of this unique opportunity on display located by the Musée d’art Contemporain de Montréal.
Write to Santa
Everyone looks forward to writing their Christmas wish list, and this year shouldn’t be any different. Children can drop off their letters to Santa in the large mailbox in the designated post office before Dec. 10 for a greater chance of a reply from old St.Nick. As you know, Santa has a very busy schedule, so the sooner, the better.
Bonus: Video call Santa
Meeting Santa at Complexe Desjardins is a beloved Montreal Christmas tradition for many families. This year, Santa will be the one to welcome the children from his living room on a special one-on-one meeting with Santa. Book your appointment with Santa between December 2 to 24, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m here.