Updated December 10, 2016
Montreal is a city that thrives on winter, and its celebration of Christmas caps the solstice season with indoor and outdoor activities, many of which continue through December till New Year's Day.
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There are a lot of Christmas events for kids at the Grande bibliothèque: note, they will all be in French.
Expozine is held November 12 and 13 at Église St-Denis, 454 Laurier East, right at the metro. It's a small press and indie fair featuring more than 200 vendors – books, cards, comics, tchotchkes, calendars, posters and all manner of other printed material. Free admission.
The Santa Claus parade is held on Ste-Catherine on Saturday, November 19, starting at Fort at 11 a.m. and moving east to Saint-Urbain.
Marché Nënë is a craft fair with 45 exhibitors held November 19-20 at 5333 Casgrain in the Mile End.
The Marché Casse-Noisette takes place November 24 to December 4 at the Palais des congrès offering food, toys and gifts.
African Christmas market at 425 Beaubien East, inside the church hall at the corner of St-Denis. Thursday to Saturday, November 24-26.
The annual Tibetan cultural fair takes place November 26 at Santa Cruz Church, 60 Rachel West – handicrafts bazaar, live traditional music and dance performances, as well as Tibetan cuisine. Admission $5.
The Marché HAUT+FORT involves more than 40 local designers in a fair at Concordia's EV building atrium from November 26-27.
souk@sat is on from November 29 till December 4. Once again, there should be an interesting selection of locally designed and produced goodies and gifts.
A popup Christmas bar will be serving festive drinks at 323 Ontario East, near Sanguinet, December 1-31.
The pedestrian section of Prince Arthur will be the site of a Christmas market from the beginning of December to Christmas Eve, Thursdays to Saturdays.
Lyric Theatre presents A Candlelight Christmas at Loyola Chapel, December 1-3. Tickets are $28.
Notre Dame Basilica has various Christmas season performances, with a benefit concert on December 2 and organ performances from December 27 to 30, $10.
Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Church in Old Montreal has seasonal choral performances Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. from December 3-23, an opening concert on December 2 and a closing concert on December 23. Admission is by donation only except for the opening and closing concerts.
The École Rudolf Steiner in NDG holds a Christmas fair on December 3 featuring more than 40 artisans and vendors. 4855 Kensington, corner Somerled, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
A Christmas market comes to the esplanade of Place des Arts from December 2‑24.
The Salon des Artistes Récupérateurs takes place December 2-4 at the Maison du développement durable, 50 Ste-Catherine West. Forty designers focused on recycling and repurposing offer clothing, jewellery, decorative objects and other gifty things.
Mont-Royal Avenue has a Christmas program starting with a torchlight parade on Saturday, December 4. The Noël dans le parc group is doing events in Lahaie Park and the Parc des Compagnons-de-St-Laurent, both in the Plateau, and also at Place Émilie-Gamelin, throughout the season.
The Old Port's skating rink opens in late November, depending on the weather. The Chateau Ramezay offers a whole range of seasonal activities from December 3 till January 8 and the Pointe-à-Callière history museum's feature inquiring into the real Santa Claus is given both in French and in English from December 3 to 31. Place Jacques-Cartier is also the site of a weekend market from December 1-24, Thursday and Friday evenings, weekend days. The season culminates with the grand New Year's party on Place Jacques-Cartier on New Year's Eve.
The biggest craft fair in town, the Salon des métiers d'art, takes place at Place Bonaventure from December 8-18. Free admission.
Puces Pop is holding two Christmas bazaars this year, on two successive weekends, December 9-11 and 16-18, at St-Denis church, 5075 Rivard at Laurier. A hundred artists and artisans will have goods for sale – a different group of sellers each weekend.
A new Luminotherapie installation opens December 8 on the Place des Festivals, featuring 13 giant zoetropes. Till January 29. Free.
The Montreal Botanical Garden's traditional Christmas exhibit iwill be open from December 17 to January 8, with a tropical theme this year.
Marché Artistique has a sale December 17-18 at 5945 Cartier, corner Rosemont.
At St. Joseph's Oratory there is the Christmas concert Chantons Noël on December 2 and 3 with various guests and the Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal, tickets $42.20 and up. Christmas masses are at various times, the 9 p.m. and midnight Christmas Eve services requiring a $5 pass you must buy in advance.