Montreal December Festivals & Events

Montreal December Festivals & Events

  • October 27 to January 3, 2023

    Birth of Planet Earth

    How did Earth become a living planet as a result of the violent birth of our solar system?

  • November 12 to December 21, 2022

    Montreal Bach Festival

    Revel in the works of this musical giant in some of the swankiest spots in the city.

  • November 16, 2022 to Janaury 16, 2023

    Habitat Sonore: Listening room

    This space is an invitation to sound immersion. PHI welcomes you to an intimate and relaxing environment where you can discover sound in all its forms—from sound baths to short audio films and music albums to chromotherapy. Enjoy a wide variety of poetic, meditative, and performative content.

  • November 17, 2022 to March 12, 2023

    Headdresses from around the World

    The exhibition Headdresses from around the World, the Antoine de Galbert Collection features over 300 pieces of headwear from Africa, Asia, Oceania, and the Americas. Take a journey around the world to meet the people who wore them!

  • November 19 to December 31, 2022

    Le Grand Marché de Noël de Montréal

    Inspired by the charming Christmas traditions from around the world, this event offers a Christmas market and village with many free outdoor activities. Imagine a fairy-tale setting in the heart of Quartier Latin in downtown Montreal, bustling with life day and night, traditional log cabins, illuminated christmas trees, tasty delights and much more.

  • November 24 to December 18, 2022

    Montreal's Christmas Village

    Take part in the cultural, festive and culinary activities that will take place in Montreal during the holiday season and celebrate in total safety, the delicious northern charm of the city.

  • November 25 to December 11, 2022


    Britishow, it’s a musical road trip in 112 songs in 90 minutes!

  • November 25, 2022 to Janaury 3, 2023

    Railway Christmas

    Exporail, the Canadian Railway Museum will transport its visitors into the Magic of Christmas. Many vehicles will be decorated and illuminated in the Grand Gallery, activities will be offered and Santa will meet the visitors! Railway Christmas is a must-see event for the whole family!

  • November 25, 2022 to Janaury 8, 2023

    Holidays on the Point

    Come to Place Royale in the heart of Old Montreal to set your sights on our seasonal decor that conjures up the coziness of ski chalets while paying tribute to winter sports. Take a break from the holiday hubbub and get comfy on our stools surrounded by light-adorned trees. The only thing missing may be a mug of hot chocolate!

  • November 26, 27 and December 3,4, 2022

    Holiday Market - Collectif Créatif Montréal

    The perfect occasion to shop local, support your makers and get one of a kind presents for this Holiday season!

  • November 26 to December 18, 2022

    Jean-Talon Christmas Market

    Merchants of the Jean-Talon Market suggests relaxation for a warm holiday season with the family.

  • December 1, 2022 to January 8, 2023


    Illumi is a magical, captivating and extraordinary nocturnal outdoor journey created from thousands of monumental light sculptures.

  • December 1, 2022 to February 5, 2023

    International Digital Art Biennial

    This exhibition offers a reflection on the transition that we must accomplish in this post-pandemic era disrupted both geopolitically and climatically. By taking a look at our time while trying to anticipate the consequences of our past and future decisions, these artists are in a way pathfinders, messengers.

  • December 1, 2022 to March 5, 2023


    This winter, the heart of the city is the place to be – Luminothérapie is here to get you moving and enjoying the outdoors! With an all-new interactive experience on the Esplanade Tranquille skating rink, a series of six colourful installations on Sainte-Catherine St. extending to Phillips Square and original video projections, everyone is invited to take a break and have some fun.

  • December 3 to 18, 2022

    Noël sur l'Avenue

    Make the most of the holiday season by participating in festive activities. On the program, the famous Marche de Noël aux flambeaux and the carriole contes et légendes. In addition, Noël dans le parc recreates a small village of yesteryear with many activities and concerts in the heart of the Avenue.

  • December 3 to 31, 2022

    Noël dans le Parc

    The Christmas in the park festival welcomes Montrealers to experience the magic of Christmas village. Visitors will find free entertainment in the form of live music, poetry, bonfires, and many surprises.

  • December 7, 2022 to February 28, 2023


    Downtown Montréal comes to life this holiday season with interactive installations and plenty to do and see in the heart of the city.

  • December 8 to 18, 2022

    Salon des métiers d'art du Québec (SMAQ)

    The SMAQ is 11 days to discover nearly 190 outstanding exhibiting craftsmen offering exceptional objects that carry stories. Focus on this flagship event and its 66th edition which will definitely be festive, urban and eco-responsible.

  • December 9 to 30, 2022


    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.

  • December 15 to 31, 2022

    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.

  • December 31, 2022

    New Year's Eve Party

    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 our DJ.

  • Annually in December

    Nutcracker Market

    Annually at the end of November - The Nutcracker Market offers values such as originality and rarity as far as the selection of merchants, products and services, with a magical setting inspiring a sense of wonder so typical of the holiday spirit. Exhibitor categories include, among others, jewellery, dinnerware, local products, interior and outdoor décor items, body-care products and toys.

  • Annually in December

    Salon du jeu de société de Montréal

    The Salon du jeu de société de Montréal is a board game convention for beginners and experienced gamers. Try the latest games releases, talk to designers and play their prototypes, include new games to your collection and much more! The SJSM is an event to discover the amazing world of board games with your family or friends!

  • Annually in December

    Who Is the Real Santa Claus?

    December is the time to meet Santa Clauses from around the world, accompanied by our interpreter-guides. During the month of December, young and old alike are invited to come see Babushka, Melchior, Black Peter and Santa Claus.

  • Annually in December

    Fire on Ice

    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.

  • Annually from December to March

    Skating Events at the Old Port

    Being festive is the Old Port’s guiding principle, and no efforts are spared to live up to it. Each season brings new and exclusive events, festivals, shows, celebrations, and more. With marvellous music and glorious gastronomy to cater to all tastes and cultures, you’ll find here a cordial atmosphere to delight and nourish, and so much more.