Things to do in Montréal in December 2020

Robyn Fadden

Robyn Fadden is a Montréal-based writer and editor who searches out city secrets, new bands, life-changing art and things to do with her perpetually active kid. Robyn has covered major events for HOUR, MUTEK, ARTINFO, CKUT 90.3FM and more.

The holiday season still shines bright and beautiful in Montréal this December. Magical winter villages and markets, illuminated Christmas trees and city streets, interactive outdoor artwork and more make the season merry this month.

Holiday city sights

Downtown becomes a winter wonderland this month, with Ste-Catherine Street becoming a pedestrian zone from Bleury to Saint-Laurent, the Lights on Peel illuminated artwork honouring the Kanien’keha:ka clans, and more. Outside Place des Arts, stroll along the Village de Noël's tree-lined winter garden path and rest on the terrasses of Jardins d’Hiver from December 3 to January 3.

While shopping along Ste-Catherine Street, watch for festive floats from the Santa Claus Parade and Follow Santa Claus in Christmas window displays. And the season wouldn't feel complete without Noël dans le Parc in Place Émilie-Gamelin downtown and Parc Lahaie and Parc Compagnons-de-Saint-Laurent in the Plateau – this year with virtual Concerts sous le sapin by Québec musicians such as Damien Robitaille. And in Old Montréal, it’s bright and festive at Merry Montreal’s Place Nordique along Place Jacques-Cartier from December 17 to 21 and from December 24 to 27.

Illumination throughout downtown

Montréal's annual outdoor art event Luminothérapie brightens downtown all winter until March 28. This year see 10 different sound-and-light artworks throughout the Quartier des spectacles, including Loop zoetrope pods, animated video project Index on the façade of the Pavillon Président-Kennedy, and the inflatable shadow-theatre spheres of MoonGARDEN. And on the façade of the Grande Bibliothèque see MAPP_MTL's Un monde multicolore.

Christmas markets and shopping

Shop local for your gifts this season at Montréal holiday markets, both in person and online – a great way to support Montréal shops, artists and designers. The Marché de Noël de Montréal at Place des Arts, the Village de Noël de Montréal at Atwater Market and the Marché de Noël de Jean-Talon at Jean-Talon Market all amaze and delight with food, gifts and more.

Discover unique works by Montréal designers at Souk MTL online until December 17. SOUK also launches design space SOUK Habitat on the 20th floor of Place Ville Marie, with by-appointment virtual shopping. Also shop for locally made creations at the online Puces Pop Winter Edition starting December 4. Complexe Desjardins is open for shopping in-person and online – and kids can live chat with Santa from the North Pole! And fill your home with music from Montréal's excellent vinyl stores.

Things to do in Montréal in December 2020

Robyn Fadden

Robyn Fadden is a Montréal-based writer and editor who searches out city secrets, new bands, life-changing art and things to do with her perpetually active kid. Robyn has covered major events for HOUR, MUTEK, ARTINFO, CKUT 90.3FM and more.

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