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Montreal Christmas Events in 2013

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Montreal Christmas Events: 2013 Parades, Carols and More
The holiday season is filled with family-friendly, Christmas-themed activities in Montreal, from special museum exhibits to carols, theatre and several free happenings perfect for a tight budget.

MONTREAL CHRISTMAS EVENTS: 2013 SCHEDULE FOR NOVEMBER

  • Place Ville-Marie's Christmas Tree
    If there's an event that marks the beginning of holiday season in Montreal, it's the lighting of Place Ville-Marie's Christmas tree, a downtown tradition since 1962 when PVM first opened its doors. Made in New York, the "tree" is decorated with 13,000 lights, measuring 19.20 metres high (63 feet) and 7.92 metres in diameter (26 feet). Outside Place Ville-Marie (map).
    When: November 2013 through January 2014
  • Christmas Shopping Guide
    It's never too early to get started. Includes a hand-picked list of fairs and bazaars featuring unique and often affordable finds.
    When: November through December 2013
  • Pick Your Own Christmas Tree
    These five pick-your-own Montreal Christmas tree vendors are a 30- to 90-minute drive from the city and in many cases, propose additional activities and holiday fun for the whole family. Cost varies by farm and tree size.
    When: November through December 2013
  • St. Joseph's Oratory Nativity Scenes
    St. Joseph's Oratory Nativity Scenes exhibit has been a tradition since 1981, but in 2012, the St. Joseph's Oratory Christmas nativity scenes depicting Jesus Christ's birth are focusing on animals traditionally found in the manger. Open on both Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Admission $4, $3 seniors and students, $2 ages 6 to 17, free for kids under 6; $9.50 family rate (2 adults, 2 youth). At St. Joseph's Oratory (map).
    When: November 2013 through April 23, 2014
  • Santa Vs. the Snowman: IMAX 3D
    "Lost in the Great North a snowman comes upon Santa’s village. Jealous of the warm and cheerful atmosphere that permeates the village, he attempts to capture the spirit of Christmas." Admission $11.50 adult; $10.50 senior; $10.50 teens ages 13 to 17; $8.50 kids ages 4 to 12; $36.50 family package (2 adults and 2 kids ages 4 to 17 or 1 adult and 3 kids). At the Montreal Science Centre IMAX (map).
    When: November 11, 2013 to January 5, 2014
  • Parade de Noël Anjou
    The east end neighborhood Anjou's annual Friday evening Christmas parade is one of Montreal's major Christmas parades and one of two nocturnal processions held in the city every holiday season, save 2010's isolated cancellation. Bring your flashlights! View parade route.
    When: November 15, 2013 at 7 p.m.
  • Santa at the Mall
    Find the shopping centre closest to you on this list and call them to find out when Santa will be available.
    When: generally mid-November through December 2013
  • TOYS 4
    An exhibit on toys just for kids. Admission $14 adult; $10 senior; $8 student; free for ages 12 and under; $28 family package (2 adults and 2 kids ages 16 and under; 1 adult and 3 kids ages 16 and under); free admission Wednesday 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and the first Saturday of every month in from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. At the McCord Museum (map).
    When: November 16, 2013 to April 6, 2014
  • Free Holiday Season Exhibition
    "A swarm of happy Santa Claus arrives at the Stewart Museum... meet these pleasant figurines and take part in exciting activities for the whole family. Children are invited to participate in an observation game in which the Santa Claus figurines are the stars. At the end of this mission, our clever little ones will find the mystery word related to the Holiday Season. Santa Claus is not the only one who can offer gifts! During the visit of Santas Are Taking Over the Stewart Museum exhibition, your children or grandchildren and you can craft a gift bag in the form of Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer who accompanies Santa on his great trip around the world. Finally, children who have been good can watch a series of Christmas short films from the National Film Board of Canada on a big screen. Hot chocolate and cookies included!" Free admission to all museum exhibits for the duration of the holiday season exhibition. At the Stewart Museum (map).
    When: November 16, 2013 to January 5, 2014
  • Salon du livre
    Meet your favorite French writers and find the perfect bookworm gift at North America's largest French literature gathering. Admission $8, $6 if purchased online, $6 seniors and students, free for kids 12 and under accompanied by a parent, $12 per full festival passport (photo required). At Place Bonaventure (map).
    When: November 20 to November 25, 2013

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