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Like every year, Montreal offers a number of great activities and events during the 2017 holiday season.  Whether you’re visiting from out of town, or looking for a way to boost your holiday spirit, we’ve picked the top 7 activities in Montreal in the 2017 holiday season.

Santa Claus Parade

NOVEMBER 18, 2017

December Event Christmas Parade

A Montreal Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without the city’s annual Santa Claus Parade, a tradition since 1925. Better known as the Défilé du Père Noël, the Montreal Santa Claus Parade typically features thousands of delighted kids waiting to catch a glimpse of Santa Claus, with about 15 to 20-ish floats proceeding along downtown artery and top shopping destination, Ste. Catherine Street, from Fort to St. Urbain.


Christmas Parade

DEC 1, 2017

Plaza St. Hubert’s Défilé des rêves 2017 is scheduled to run on Friday, December 1, 2017 as of 6 p.m. starting at the corner of Bellechasse and St. Hubert. To engage visitors, an entertainment area set up at the corner of Saint-Hubert and Bélanger Streets offers activities from 6 p.m. The parade includes marching bands, singers, dancers, entertainers, and floats, and officially starts at 7 p.m., at the corner of Bellechasse and Saint-Hubert Streets 


The Nutcracker Ballet

DEC 2 – 3, 2017

December Event Nutcracker

 A Montreal’s own. The traditional Christmas tale of Clara’s journey to the Land of Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets, but given a fresh appeal with multimedia projections. See the magic unfold as over 80 young dancers join 40 members of the company’s corps de ballet on stage.


Fire on Ice – Fireworks in Old Port


The Holidays start with a bang when these musical fireworks light up the sky over the the Old Port. Magical, spectacular fireworks -a unique, innovative show every time- burst over the St. Lawrence to create a thoroughly original urban winter experience. Bundle yourself up and head down to Old Port for the Fire and Ice “pyro-musical” show. It starts at 8 pm every Saturday and runs for about 15 minutes.

Montreal en Fêtes

DEC 21, 2017 – JAN 1, 2018

December Event Merry Montréal

Experience the festivities of the holiday season in a unique and magical setting filled with beautiful attractions and a multitude of restaurants, shops, and specialty boutiques.


Crystal by Cirque du Soleil – Bell Centre

December 20-31 2017 

Crystal is not just an ice show, it’s the very first experience on ice from Cirque du Soleil. Watch world-class ice skaters and acrobats claim their new frozen playground with speed and fluidity as they challenge the laws of gravity with never-before-seen acrobatics. A new kind of performance as Cirque du Soleil meets the ice to defy all expectations.

Old Montreal New Year’s Eve Party

DEC 31, 2017 – JAN 1, 2018

 Get down and warm yourself up with the whole family at the hottest party of the season! At 7 p.m., the Old Port and Place Jacques-Cartier will come alive with Montreal’s biggest New Year’s Eve party. At the stroke of midnight, marvel at the fireworks and dance the night away until 2 AM to the sounds of a DJ.