When it comes to the holidays, Montreal is the place to be. The entire city lights up this time of year against a snowy backdrop, making you feel like you’ve stepped into a magic snow globe. Montreal is always jam-packed with holiday events taking place all across the city too. With so much to see and do around here come Christmas, there’s ample opportunity to explore, shop, and ease into the holiday flair. And what better way to enjoy the festivities than at a Christmas market? To find the right one for your needs, here’s your guide to Montreal’s Christmas Markets.
Looking for unique gifts to fill everyone’s stocking with? The Nutcracker Market offers original and rare items from over 100 local merchants. The 10th edition of this popular market will take place from November 28th till December 8th this year. Held at the Palais des Congrès shopping mall, it’s easy to get to and explore. Whether you’re looking for kids’ toys, jewellery items, home décor or clothing, there’s something here for everyone on your list.
The Atwater Market
The Old Port area transforms into a Christmas village at the end of November until right before Christmas Day. It’s the perfect spot to find all the gifts you need to fill everyone’s stockings and to place items under the tree. Made up of tiny little chalet huts, local artisans will be showcasing everything from maple taffy to Christmas scents to winter apparel for you to browse through. There’s also live music, Christmas carolers, food tastings, fire pits, decorations, and more to embrace those holiday vibes.
Noël dans le Parc
Three parks across the city will be transformed into miniature Christmas villages that resemble the North Pole. Featuring artisan booths, gourmet treats, famous artists, and performers, there will be a wide range of festive activities to partake in with the whole family. It’s also the perfect place to pick up a real Christmas tree from one of the local growers right on-site to bring home! Keep your eyes out for the list of activities and events that will take place between November 30th and December 25th!
Etsy Holiday Market
Calling all craft lovers! The Etsy Montreal team is putting together a holiday market to showcase all the local creative artists’ works right before Christmas. This will give residents and visitors a chance to support local makers and find exactly what they need to finish off their shopping lists. Don’t worry about the weather, the market will take place at Théâtre Denise-Pelletier. Just remember to mark off December 13th to the 15th weekend on your calendars so you won’t miss out.
If you’re ready to get into the festive spirit, head down to Old Montreal’s Place Jacques-Cartier from December 19th to the 31st for Merry Montreal, one of the biggest outdoor Christmas markets in the city. Here you will find everything from holiday treats to festive activities and music to enjoy while you browse.