Montreal Christmas -- or Noël -- events and activities as well as shopping options are plentiful, as per usual, and 2013 promises yet another great Christmas season. Whether you love or loathe the holidays, celebrate with or without family, it can be a really fun time of the year, even solo! Tailor a Montreal Christmas -- or humbug season -- that suits you and your lifestyle with a little help from your Guide to Christmas in Montreal.
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A Montreal Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without the city's annual Santa Claus Parade, a tradition since 1925. Better known as the Défilé du Père Noël, the Montreal Santa Claus Parade typically features thousands of delighted kids waiting to catch a glimpse of Santa Claus, with about 15 floats proceeding along downtown artery and top shopping destination, Ste. Catherine Street, from Fort to St. Urbain.
Find out when and where the Santa Claus Parade is held and view pictures of a previous edition.
Photo courtesy of Plaza St. Hubert
A low key alternative to Montreal's largest Christmas parade (see above) is Montreal's second largest Christmas parade, the Plaza St. Hubert's Défilé de Noël -- French for "christmas parade" -- a lesser known annual event held usually a week after the popular downtown Santa Claus parade.
Find out when and where the Défilé de Noël is held.
Image courtesy of the Quays of the Old Port
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Photo © Rebecca Munroe
The annual conundrum. What to buy? I feel your agony, so I thought I'd offer up some delightful inspiration ... à la Montreal. All of my gift ideas, which cover both budgets big and small, are either made by Montrealers, distributed by Montrealers, serviced by Montrealers and/or sold by Montrealers. Either way, a Montrealer is involved in some manner or other.
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Montreal Christmas shopping options are many. Overwhelmingly so. But let's face it. We work long hours. We run ourselves ragged in the name of raising good kids. We cram our hearts out to ace exam season. We bite our tongues as local weather
's you-suck factor grows exponentially with every week. We're tired dammit! Holiday shopping pressure is the last thing we need! So I sifted through Montreal's myriad bazaars and craft fairs
to find the best bets for people with varying budgets and limited time to shop. And for those new to town or just passing through, my Montreal shopping centre rundown
will likely be useful.
What's open and closed in Montreal on Christmas? The city pretty much shuts itself down on December 25th, but there are a few exceptions to the rule.