Immerse yourself in the history of the city
Thursday, December 22 and Friday, December 23, 2016
Departure times: 6PM - French / 7PM - English
Activity length: 45 minutes
Departure: On the Place Jacques-Cartier in the corner of Notre-Dame
Loosely inspired by the history of Montreal, Cité Mémoire, a creation by Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon, in collaboration with Michel Marc Bouchard, invites you to meet a host of characters who've witnessed the city's evolution first-hand. Poetic, dreamlike and occasionally playful, the tableaux come alive with images, words and music. Projected throughout Old Montreal, the work appears on the very walls that surround us, the ground on which we walk, the trees that frame our present.
Specially for the holiday season, Montréal en Histoires offers a trip along the historic district of Old Montreal to discover some nocturnal paintings of the multimedia Cité Mémoire creation. A certified guide will be provided with a digital tablet and a speaker. No preparation needed.
Christmas-themed walking tour
On Saturdays 3, 10, 17, 24 and December 31st.
On Fridays 23 and 30 december from 6.15 p.m. to 7.45 p.m.
Led by a professional guide, wander through the historic streets discovering the secrets of Christmases past. A voyage through time, you will be introduced to the origins of holiday traditions that have been part of our culture for many years.
Discover "Who Is the Real Santa"
Pointe à Callières
December 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 23, 24 27, 28, 29, 30 and 31th, 2016
Starting at 12:30 pm to 4:45 pm
December is the time to meet Santa Clauses from around the world, accompanied by our interpreter-guides. 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.
Find the perfect Christmas gift
Ateliers & Saveurs du Vieux-Montréal
Created in 2008, Ateliers & Saveurs is the first school in North America who offer cooking classes, cocktail and wine tastings at the same space! Convivial and accessible, our classes are given in Montreal and in Quebec by professionals who are passionate by food. All our courses are participatory! Come touch, cook, prepare, taste, discuss, share while making you happy!
Skating on Bonsecours Island
Ile Bonsecours patinage
Come glide on the best refrigerated outdoor rink in town. This enchanted site welcomes skaters big and small and offers them breathtaking views of Old Montreal and Downtown.
Christmas in the eastern Old Montreal
L'est du vieux Montréal
This December, the eastern sector of Old Montréal will be brimming with the magic of Christmas! Stop by Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel for Les Choralies concert series, discover the origins of Christmas traditions at the Château Ramezay and experience a 19th century bourgeois Christmas at the historic Sir-George-Etienne-Cartier house! Find the perfect gift at the Marché Bonsecours or inspiration for your holiday attire at the Fashion Museum!
Live a virtual reality experience
In December, the Phi Centre presents animation works in its Virtual Reality Garden, an eclectic program of films, and Not Short on Talent, with a new selection of short films. Access to the Virtual Reality Garden and Not Short on Talent are free of charge.
Find the most beautiful view in town
Defy gravity like Spiderman from the top of the Conveyor Tower and experience a thrill of a lifetime! Controlled vertical descent facing the ground. Best view in town. For thrill seekers.
The magic of Christmas is revealed at the Sir George-Étienne Cartier National Historic Site
Lieu historique national de Sir-George-Étienne-Cartier
Experience the magic of a 19th-century bourgeois Christmas at the residence of Sir George-Étienne Cartier, adorned with its most beautiful decorations for the occasion. Meet characters dressed in period costumes, craft cards with family members, savour traditional hot beverages, and pose for a picture under the mistletoe. Discover or rediscover the traditions of Christmases past and present.
Relive the history of Montreal
Centre d'histoire de montréal
You are part of history! This is what the CHM says to Montrealers of all conditions and origins through its exhibitions, educational activities and projects in the boroughs.
Their everyday experience of the city, its neighbourhoods, its places and its events, enhances knowledge taken from written and visual archives. It also reveals the hidden history of buildings, places and streets that make up our common heritage, making it more accessible and meaningful for most of our fellow citizens.
Septembre 23, 2016 – April 9, 2017
Thusday to sunday from 10 to 5 p.m
Blue Spectrum is an immersion in the colour blue and its many shades, as seen through clothing and accessories made from 1900 to the present day. From sky blue to navy blue, the colour’s wide spectrum never ceases to inspire fashion designers the world over, to the delight of generation after generation.
This exhibition features pieces by international designers such as Christian Dior, Balmain and Comme des garçons, as well as pieces by young graduates and current students of Montreal’s fashion, textile, jewellery and leather-working schools.
around the Fireplace!
From December 3, 2016 to January 8, 2017,
From December 3, 2016 to January 8, 2017, five of the Château Ramezay’s mantelpieces will be decorated to illustrate the origin of different Christmas traditions, from Christmas cards, to Christmas stockings and Advent calendars...find out how these customs started!
Hang a stocking by the fireplace!
From December 3, 2016 to January 8, 2017,
Only the Château Ramezay offers this activity! Hang a Christmas stocking by the fireplace and come back in the New Year to see what Santa has left you! (But remember, participants “better be good”!)
Hang your stocking from December 3 to 30, 2016. Pick it up
The Old Montreal Food Tour
3 hours or a 2.3 km (1.4 mile) walk
7 food stops, including 4 sit down places
Starting at $54 + ticketing fees and taxes for adult tickets
(Children's prices available)
Offered on 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 27 28, 29, 30 of December at 11:00 AM.
Old Montreal is one of Canada’s most charming attractions. We discover its notable culinary establishments while visiting important historical landmarks. 4 of the tasting locations are sit-down restaurants, including one brewpub with local craft beer. They range from a local gluten-free baker, to an authentic English style fish ‘n chip shop Join us on a delicious discovery of the Old City!