Happy Holidays at the Casino de Montréal

Richard Burnett

The glitzy Casino de Montréal is the biggest casino in Canada, located in the historic Expo 67 French Pavilion on Ile Notre-Dame just minutes away from downtown Montréal. The casino serves up glitz, glamour, fine-dining and world-class gaming 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and has plenty of fun surprises for the 2017 holiday season.

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Gaming tables to Restaurant Tables

For those seeking a leisurely night out, the Casino de Montréal – where you can play everything from baccarat and blackjack to craps and roulette, not to mention the casino’s 3,000 slot machines – also boasts several bars, lounge areas and restaurants, including famed French chef Joël Robuchon’s first restaurant in Canada, L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, a jewel in Montréal’s cosmopolitan and internationally-celebrated restaurant scene.

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Cocktail Buffets

You can organize a cocktail buffet for groups of 25 or more starting at $40 per person at one of the Casino’s bars, though reservations are not available December 24-25-31 and January 1.

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Le Montréal seafood and grill

Le Montréal is a cozy seafood and grill restaurant located on the Casino's 5th floor which boasts a stunning view of Montréal. For the holidays, Chef Jean-Pierre Curtat and his team have created delicious three-course meals. Click here for the holiday season menu, here for the December 24-25 Christmas menu, and here for the New Year’s Eve menu. No reservations taken for December 23 to January 1.

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Gourmet buffets at Pavillon 67

Named after Expo 67, the Pavillon 67 is one of the most comprehensive buffet restaurants in Montréal, with a vast selection of dishes to match every palate. For the holidays, there are several menus from November 24 to January 1, 2018 (no reservations taken for December 23 to January 1): Brunch, Festive Brunch (December 25 and January 1), lunch and evening buffets, Holiday Buffet (December 26 to 30) and the Evening Buffet (December 24-25-31 and January 1).

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Cabaret du Casino

The intimate Cabaret du Casino (whose cabaret-seating seats up to 325) will offer Pavillon 67’s buffet in a relaxed ambiance with live music on December 31 (no reservations taken) and January 1 (reservations taken for 4 p.m. sitting only).

The Cabaret du Casino is also a superb concert venue: it looks and sounds great and the acoustics are outstanding, with its state-of-the-art 3D psychoacoustic system. There are two concert series at the Cabaret this holiday season:

Jingle bells will ring at the Nos plus belles chansons de Noël concert where three superb Quebec divas accompanied by four musicians will sing the great classics of the holiday season. The 75-minute matinee concert runs from November 28 to December 17. Showtime is 1:30 p.m. but a brunch-show special is also available with doors opening at 11 a.m.

The Band on Tour tribute concert to some of classic rock’s greatest bands features authentic Quebec rockers backed by a loud, live rock band playing a “100% English-language repertoire,” including songs by The Eagles, AC/DC, U2, The Police, Bon Jovi, Pink Floyd, Supertramp, Van Halen, Led Zeppelin and Queen. The 90-minute show runs to December 30, with two additional shows on January 5 and 6, 2018. Showtime is 9 p.m. but a dinner-show special is also available with doors opening at 6 p.m.

L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon

Famed French chef Joël Robuchon’s first restaurant in Canada, L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, offers two deluxe menus on December 31: a six-course dinner at 6 p.m., and an eight-course dinner at 9 p.m. Click here for the menus.

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New Year’s Rocking Eve!

The Casino de Montréal will ring in the new year with a festive party featuring the Playlist Coverband and the Tone Call Top 40 cover band performing live, alongside DJ Bruno Berdnikoff and DJ Miss Shelton, plus a live midnight countdown on the casino’s giant electonic screen, complete with dancers, balloons and confetti. The celebration begins at 4 p.m. and continues until 6 a.m. Free admission.

The Casino de Montréal offers free parking and coatcheck, and is also easily accessible via Jean Drapeau Métro station. Click here for directions.

Richard Burnett

Richard Burnett, blogger

Richard “Bugs” Burnett is a Canadian freelance writer, editor, journalist, blogger and columnist for alt-weeklies, mainstream and LGBTQ publications. Bugs also knows Montréal like a drag queen knows a cosmetics counter.

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