By Keven Tremblay
In a monthly column featuring must-visit events in Québec from a person who lives there, Keven Tremblay acts as your personal tour guide. Making sure you’re aware of the best and biggest events the province has to offer, he highlights what makes the predominantly French-speaking province so special.
German Christmas Market
This event will give you the opportunity to experience what European Christmas markets are all about. In this small, outdoor village made of 60 wooden kiosks you will be able to try a variety of delicious German treats and local products from Québec. This is the perfect place to find some beautiful and unusual gifts for the holidays. An outside bar is also part of this village and you will want to try their exquisite hot wine. Imagine yourself walking at night in this little Christmas town with snow gently falling from the sky. The German Christmas market of Québec city is the perfect one to prepare you for the holidays.
Date: Dec. 1–18
The Old Montreal and the Old Port celebrate the holidays, thanks to the fourth edition of Merry Montréal. Enjoy with us magic moments in the beautiful and unique decor of one of the oldest neighborhoods of North America. Take a stroll through beautiful streets and discover all the activities it contains, its historical cachet and its restaurants, boutiques, and hotels. Don’t wait and come to discover all these unique attractions! Do not miss Merry Montreal’s Christmas Market, nor the Outdoor Holiday Flicks and the incredible New Year’s Eve Party! Merry Montreal offers numerous ways to celebrate the holidays with friends and all your loved ones.
Date: Dec. 1–31
Salon des métiers d’art de Montréal
This really is a major must-go-to cultural event in Montréal if you’re a fan of arts and crafts. Why? Because you will have the chance to meet more than 300 exhibitors from Québec province, Canada, and even worldwide renown artists and artisans. It’s wonderful to discover their new works of art and see and touch Québec talent and creativity. It’s a place where artists and their audience come together. This event will give you a lot of different and one-of-a-kind ideas for gifts and treats. The Salon des métiers d’art de Montréal is a really exciting event for any arts lover.
Date: Dec. 8–18
Celebration of Montréal’s 375th Anniversary
This will be the ideal occasion to celebrate Montréal’s identity via its past, spaces, people, presence, and influence. To do so, a program of activities and celebrations will highlight Montréal’s creativity and knowledge. Montréal lights up, gets moving, ignites, and reinvents. Until then, expect to see lovely projects for facilities and urban designs come to light that will leave behind a significant legacy for future generations and lasting memories of this great historic celebration. The city will celebrate through music, art, and sport so there’s really something for everyone. Starting at the end of 2016, Montréal will celebrate through all of 2017.
Date: Dec. 31, 2016 to Dec. 31, 2017