Monday, 13 December 2010

December in Montréal Ho Ho Ho

These are a few of my favorite things

Planning on a visit to Montréal this month? You won’t be stuck looking for things to do.

If the great outdoors takes your fancy, skating is always high on the list. Beaver Lake on Mount Royal (right in the center of the city) is fun this time of year. Pretty lights, a little music, great for all ages. Skates can be rented at the chalet. If you prefer indoors, you can visit Atrium - Le 1000 de la Gauchetière. Open year round, you can rent skates there, stay warm and even take a break for lunch at one of the small restaurants. (OK, I didn’t say I do all these things – I just like them)!

Last weekend we visited the Salon des métiers d'art which is a huge exhibition of work by Quebec artisans. Jewelry, glass, sculpture, woven goods, accessories, home decor, and so much more. On until December 22 at Place Bonaventure.

The Nutcracker is being performed by Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal throughout December at Place des Arts. A true Christmas treat for all ages.

I love visiting Old Montreal in the winter. It's calmer than during a summer heat wave, and it's very beautiful. You can sit in a cozy little fondue restaurant and watch the snow fall outside. Perfect. (This we’ll do next weekend).

Even the birds are decorating
You’ll hear Christmas music all over the city including Notre-Dame Basilica where they hold concerts, choirs and have light and sound shows. The Montreal Symphony Orchestra will be performing there December 15 and 16th.

If you're downtown, you must check out Ogilvy's Christmas window.  A Christmas tradition since 1949.  You'll find little noses pressed to glass to see what's new this year.

Did I mention great food and drink?

If none of this appeals, you can check out the theatre, bars, concerts (rock, jazz etc.), hockey games (if you can get tickets that is) and and and…….well, there’s a lot to do! You’ll love it!

Brought to you by Susan Donohue for Tourism Montréal (although they don’t know it). I also work for the Paris Tourist office although they haven't noticed yet either!

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Place des Arts - Concerts
Bell Center - Hockey
Montreal Concerts and shows

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  1. Anonymous12/13/2010

    Hi Sue,
    You make it sound so wonderful I might even brave the snow and take a look - Wanda

  2. Sure Wanda - snow is half the fun! Hope you come to visit.

  3. I love the little birdhouses in the tree :-)

  4. The birdhouses were put up downtown by a private group. I'm surprised the city left them but I'm glad they did - birds need homes too :)