The Best Montreal Christmas Events for Families in 2019

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Montreal, Quebec is a festive city for families to enjoy year-round. But the Christmas season makes the city lights sparkle even brighter as the town shares its best family-friendly activities. Whether gathering for stunning performances, Christmas shopping, glittering displays, or outdoorsy activities, celebrate with these Montreal Christmas events for families. Updated for the 2019 season!

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Downtown Montreal Christmas Events For Families

Sharing the best Christmas Events in Montreal with Kids.Photo by: Benoît Durocher

With so much going on downtown, your family will inevitably be drawn to Montreal’s active city center. The holiday season de Montréal gets started with the lighting of Place Ville-Marie’s Christmas tree. Here families can begin to celebrate Christmas in old-world style. 

Get into the holiday spirit with a visit to the annual Santa Claus parade (the Défilé du Père Noël). Festivities on Mont Royal Avenue include caroling, visits with Santa, a Christmas parade, and Christmas in the Park during Noël sur l’Avenue. 

The annual Christmas in the Park festival 

Be sure to walk through Quartier des Spectacles. Here you will find Luminothérapie, a wintry spectacle of illuminated interactive artwork from November 28, 2019 – January 26, 2020. Looking for an indoor activity? Then take in the classic Christmas concerts.

Old Port and Old Montreal Christmas Activities for Families

Sharing the best Christmas Events in Montreal with Kids.Photo by: Old Montreal’s Extravaganza

Meander through the weekend festivities at Merry Montréal which include theatrical performances and traditional Christmas Markets in charming Old Montreal. Natrel Fire on Ice takes to the skies for nightly winter performances that combine pyrotechnics and Christmas music.

In nearby Old Port, families can enjoy the stunning fireworks displays, launched from Bonsecours Island, during Montreal’s New Year’s Eve bash. Your family can also bundle up and enjoy ice skating on the Old Port’s Bonsecours Basin anytime from mid-December through mid-March. Nearby, the Montreal Science Center features a number of interactive exhibitions and offers holiday-themed IMAX shows for families.

Christmas villages and shopping opportunities include: the Nutcracker Market at Les Grand Ballet, Marché des Fêtes, Salon des Métiers d’Arts, the German Christmas Market, Parc Des Compagnons, and Marché de Noël de L’Assomption.

Espace Pour la Vie & Olympic Park

Sharing the best Christmas Events in Montreal with Kids.Photo by: Micheal Vesia

Olympic Park gets in on the holiday spirit with its own Winter Village, offering ice skating rinks, sledding, ice trails, and more. When you need to warm up, go inside the Biodome for a Tropical Adventure. On December 26 of each year, the animals get to celebrate Christmas!

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More Montreal Christmas Events

Sharing the best Christmas Events in Montreal with Kids.Photo by: Exporail, the Canadian Railway Museum

Santa takes over the Stewart Museum on St Helens Island in the middle of the St Lawrence River. It’s a festive and free exhibit!

Head just outside town to explore Railway Christmas at ExpoRail. The Canadian Railway Museum, features holiday crafts, storytelling, and writing letters to Santa to be sent from the mail car. All around town, you’re likely to stumble upon beautiful holiday decorations and entertaining activities for the entire family this season!

Mount Royal, which sits at the highest point overlooking the city, offers outdoor family fun during the holiday season. Activities include snowshoeing and tobaggon trails that are sure to summon the magic of Christmas alive. 

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Visiting Montreal during another season? Check out these 8 amazing things to do in Montreal with kids year round.

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About the author

Cindi Brothers was previously Trekaroo's Colorado Destination Guroo and continues to be an active Superoo 2014-15. She's an active, outdoorsy mom of three (a ten-year old daughter and identical twin eight-year old boys) and wife to an Air Force husband. Though raised in Minnesota, she calls Colorado home. Anywhere she can find fun outdoor activities, good food, and friendly people is on her family's travel bucket list!