10 MOST FESTIVE CHRISTMAS CITIES

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Les Féeries du Vieux-Montréal donnent l’occasion de découvrir toute la magie qui anime la métropole durant les fêtes de Noël et du Nouvel An. Grâce à une vingtaine de lieux d’animation, tant intérieurs qu’extérieurs, les participants de tous âges pourront vivre une expérience hivernale hors du commun.

En plus de diversifier l’offre touristique de la région de Montréal, cet événement rejoint l’un des objectifs fixés dans le Plan de développement de l’industrie touristique 2012-2020, qui est de développer le tourisme hivernal. Les événements d’hiver urbains permettent de distinguer notre destination à l’échelle nationale et internationale dans un marché où la concurrence est forte.

Le Québec est une destination de choix et j’invite les visiteurs de toute provenance à maximiser leur expérience de l’hiver québécois en visitant les régions environnantes pour apprécier les nombreuses activités offertes durant cette saison.

Pascal Bérubé

Ministre délégué au Tourisme

Foreign Christmas

December 16, Time: 3 p.m.

 

Bonsecours Marché  Ballroom

A cultural journey in the traditions surrounding the Holiday Season Celebration. 

December 25th is celebrated around the world in various manners. Each year, the Old Montreal Extravaganza Festival invites you to discover foreign cultures as well as their traditions to celebrate Christmas Eve.

Our guests for the 2012 edition, Russia, will offer some of their traditions through storytelling, song and dance. The program for this day: musical, gifts, folk dance, folk rhymes, not to mention the visit of famous mythical characters

        

Memories of toys

“Between nostalgia and childhood memories …”

Presented at the Bonsecours Market from the 20th December 2012 to 5th January 2013

The toy is the origin of our first desires and is the subject of our first concessions: “You’ll get one if you work well.” Today everything is allowed!

The exhibition: Memories of Toys offers a nostalgic and fun tour in the world of our childhood. He revisits the kid in all of us to marvel, but also to invites the visitor to a reflection.

The path: the exhibition is organized around twelve sequences: Timeless toys, toy for boys or girls, stimulating and society games, the world of toys in the twentieth century, the manufacture of the imagination…

$ 5 General Admission
$ 3 per child from 3 to 12 years

Free for children 3 and under$ 12 per family (2 adults and 2 children) 

 

Nativity Scenes Route

Nativity Scene (free)

This short tour will be available throughout the month of December

*The route is indicated on the program map and is free of charge

Date : December 14 to December 26, 2012

Place :  Place Jacques Cartier

Schedule

Throughout December

The Extravaganza invites the public to follow the Nativity Scenes Route, where everyone can discover and admire various nativity scenes created by local and foreign artists. This short tour will be available throughout the month of December

*The route is indicated on the program map and is free of charge

La Chapelle Notre-Dame-De-Bon-Secours,

Boutique de Pointe-à-Callière – Musée d’archéologie et d’histoire de Montréal (due to the Museum’s expansion work, the nativity scene will not be exposed this year).

Basilique Notre-Dame et

Noël Éternel.

 

December 14 to December 26

Man size Nativty scene at the corner of Place Jacques-Cartier and East St-Paul street.

New Years Eve Grand Bal

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For its 9th edition, Old Montreal’s Extravaganza and the Old Port of Montréal unite forces to create what promises to be THE EVENT of the year!  

New Year’s Eve Grand Bal (Free to all)

On the evening of December 31st, the New Year’s arrival will be celebrated once again at the very animated Place Jacques-Cartier. As usual, shows will take over the stage! At 10:00 p.m., festival-goers along with the group Raffy are invited to party before midnight.

 

Final Countdown at the Old Port 

The Final Countdown will take place on Monday, December 31st, at 23:59:50. Come celebrate the New Year at what promises to be the most memorable party of the year! Live the magic of fireworks presented by TELUS and dance to the New Year’s Party music, brought to you by Coca-Cola, from midnight to 2:00 a.m.

 

Locatin : Place Jacques-Cartier on the Rickard’s stage and at the Old Port of Montreal
Date : December 31
Time : 10 p.m. – Midnight : Live band « RAFFY »
Midnight – 2 a.m. : The Final Countdown of the Old Port, The TELUS Fire on Ice musical fireworks and dance to the New Year’s Party music, brought to you by Coca-Cola

Winner of Musique Plus « House Band Recherché » contest and « discovery of the summer » by Rythme Fm, RAFFY is a name to remember.

From Lionel Groulx College, music program, Raffy, Marc-André Binette, Martin Gauthier and François Mathieu meet for the first time and start their band. A mixture of  Rock, Pop and Reggae!

A multi-instrumental singer  and a dynamic band that will surely captivate you!!!

www.raffy.ca

RICKARD’S AND HOT WINE SERVED UNDER THE TENT (CORNER OF PLACE JACQUES-CARTIER AND NOTRE-DAME STREET)

 

 

 

 

Carriage Rides

 Rythme FM  Holiday Carriage Rides (free)
Departure : Bonsecours Market between noon and 6 p.m. (last departure 5:30 p.m.)
Saturdays and Sundays, December 15-16, 22-23, 29,30,31 and January 5, 2013

*Non-stop rides lasting around 30 minutes (depending of traffic)
*Customers may disembark by informng the coachman.

Once again, this year, the Old Montreal Extravaganza includes in its activities free carriage rides. The departure is set between noon and 6 :00 pm on Saturdays and Sundays at the Bonsecours Market and has a maximum capacity of 12 people. We invite you to take a ride in the Extravaganza carriage, which allows you to admire Montreal’s historical heritage during a route that includes Saint-Paul and Notre-Dame streets, through place d’Youville and Place d’Armes.

*Severe bad weather may lead to the cancellation of this activity. For information, contact 1 877 BONJOUR (266-5687)

A spectacular robbery!

Un vol spectaculaire vient d’être commis dans l’immeuble du Festival les Féeries du Vieux-Montréal!  En effet, les voleurs ont reussi a endormir les garde et a brouiller on ne saut comment les camera de surveillance. Malgré le grand soin qu’il ont pris pour commettre leur délit nous avons réussi a trace avec nos expert un portrait robot.

 

 

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Extravaganza’s Rallye Bottine on this week-end

Observe the smallest details on Christmas decorations 

During the Old Montreal’s Extravaganza festivities, Rallye Bottine is glade to make you notice, by the mean of a simple game, all the smallest details hidden among Christmas decorations in the Old Montreal.

Each participating team will be given a questionnaire and a map of the Old Montreal and will then search for answers.  In family, with friends or even with colleagues come and live the experience!

Do not forget… a pedestrian rally is not a race!

In fact, all you will have to do is walk, relax and observe everything around you.  Where is the answer?  That’s the question.   All you will have to do is to get to the targeted places and search for clues by looking at sculptures, historical monuments and Christmas decorations.

You could win a pair of tickets for the next “Rallye Open” oof September 7 2013 in Chambly or a private rally with your friends and family up to 50 people.

This game is offered on Sunday December 23rd from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (last departure at 3:00 PM). The price (including taxes) is only 10$ per person (children free under 12 years old).

Reservations mandatory for groups over 20 people at 514-242-9822 or by email info@rallyebottine.com

Extravaganza’s Rallye Bottine
www.rallyebottine.com
info@rallyebottine.com
LOCATION : Marché Bonsecours
Date : Sunday, December 18 2011
Time: From 10a.m. to 4p.m. (final departure 3p.m.)

Please make a reservation for more than 20 peoples.  Call 514-242-9822 or email at info@rallyebottine.com

Star's Christmas Trees

Star’s Christmas Trees (free)
Location : Marché Bonsecours
Dates : Friday December 14 2012 to Saturday January 5 2013
Heures : 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Where the stars meet!

For the 5th consecutive year, the program schedule will feature the Christmas Trees’ Exhibition, to which over fifty Quebec personalities have participated since 2008. The exhibition will be opened to the public as of Friday, December 14th, and will adorn the various isles of Marché Bonsecours until Saturday, January 5th, 2013. At the end of the event, ornaments will be donated to the “Les petits frères” charitable organization for distribution or resale in support of the cause.

 

New additions to the Stars’ Christmas Trees participant list will include Mrs. Denise Robert;

Visit this site if you wish to buy: http://www.journaldemontreal.com/sapin

Souvenir photos clic here

Stars Christmas Trees participants from 2008 to 2012.

2011

  • Alouettes de Montréal- Peter Dala Riva
  • Nico Archambault
  • Yves Beauchemin
  • Émily Bégin
  • Steve Marin
  • Sébastien Houle
  • Maxime Landry
  • Dominic Paquet
  • Les Petites Tounes
  • Marie-Christine Proulx
  • Denise Robert 
2010

  • Dominic Arpin
  • Jean-François Breau
  • Marie-Eve Janvier
  • Canadiens de Montréal- Andrei Kostityn
  • Jérôme Ferrer
  • Arthur L’aventurier
  • Jean Lapierre
  • Josée Lavigueur
  • Joel Legendre
  • Maxim Martin
  • Anouk Meunier
  • Marie Saint-Pierre

 

 

2009

  • Pierre Bruneau
  • Alain Chantelois
  • Tierry Daraize
  • Dubmatique
  • Bertrand Godin
  • Bruno Labrie
  • Jici Lauzon
  • LNI
  • Messmer
  • Caroline Néron
  • Simon Petit
  • Denise Robert
  • Christian Sbrocca
  • Anne De Shalla
  • Gérald Tremblay
  • Christopher Williams 

 

 

2008

  • Angèle Dubeau
  • Daniel Germain
  • Laurent Godbout
  • Kain
  • Benoit Labonté
  • Nathalie Lambert
  • Jici Lauzon
  • Herby Moreau
  • Jean-Claude Poitras
  • Shérazade
  • Marcel Tessier
  • Christopher Williams

 

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