Mot des ministres

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


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.

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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Old Port of Montréal

Skating Rink (Activity with fee)

Bonsecours Basin

Opening December 1! 

Perfect ice, incredible views of historic Old-Montreal and the river, and dynamic, exhilarating and entertaining activities are what await you at the Old Port skating rink all winter long! The great music and special lighting only add to the fun!.

Our musical evenings and matinees everyone can enjoy! 

  • Classical Mondays
  • World Music Thursdays
  • Alternative Rock Wednesdays
  • Romantic Thursdays
  • Eighties Fridays
  • Rhythm Saturdays
  • “Chansons françaises” Sundays

And the Ballroom Matinees on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to noon.

Skating rink schedule
December 1  to March 10, 2013
Monday to Wednesday: 10am to 9pm
Thursday to Sunday: 10am to 10pm
December 22 to January 6 : daily 10am to 10pm
Musical evenings starting at 7 pm

Ice maintenance (Closed for about 30 minutes)
Monday to Wednesday :1:30pm, 4:30pm, 6:30pm
Thursday and Friday: 1:30pm, 4:30pm, 7:30pm
Saturday and Sunday: 11:30am, 2:00pm, 4:30pm and 7:30pm

December 22 to January 6 : 11:30am, 2:00pm, 4:30pm and 7:30pm
One-day access
Adults, teen and seniors : $ 6
Children (6 to 12) : $ 4
Children under 6 : free
Family ** : $ 15

Season pass
Single  : $ 29
Family ** : $ 58
Extra child : $ 11

15 persons and more : $3/child
Adults, teens and seniors (13 and over): $4
Reservations: 514-496-2281
*Taxes not included.
**For 2 adults + 2 children (6-17) or 1 adult + 3 children.

Renseignements :  514 496-PORT
Accessible to all
Access for people with reduced mobility: partial



TELUS Fire on Ice! (free activity)

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Skating Rink, Bonsecours Island or the Promenade

The TELUS Fire on Ice musical fireworks will project you into a universe of shapes and colors, created and put to music by internationally-recognized fireworks experts, known worldwide for their expertise and originality. This series of ‘pyro-musical’ shows not only kicks off the winter season, but puts you right at the heart of holiday magic! Only the best pyrotechnic firms in Quebec were selected to ignite the skies over the Old Port:


Saturday December 1 2011 at 8p.m.
Saturday December 8  2011 at 8p.m
Saturday December 15  2011 at 8p.m
Saturday December 22  2011 at 8p.m
Saturday December 29 2011 at 8p.m
Saturday December 31 2011 at midnight (New Years Eve)
Saturday January 5  2012 at 8p.m




A little history, a little humor

On December 31st 1999, a Grand Bal was organised on place Jacques-Cartier to celebrate the new millenary. Inspired by traditional neighborhood festivities, Montrealers celebrated  the New Year with quebec folkloric music. The instant triumph, scored by the presence of more than 25 000 people, inspired us to repeat the experience. Today, we organize the 11th edition of the New Year’s Grand Bal.
In 2004, with a desire to elongate the pleasure, we developped « The Old Montreal’s Extravaganza Festival ». The festival offers multiple activities and events within which the Old Montreal’s museums, patrimonial heritage and institutions collaborate and expose the holiday frenzy. This amalgam bestows to the Old Montreal the perfect location for the holiday celebration.

Funny facts and peculiar anecdotes!
Having many events on a regular basis within the Old Montreal’s Extravaganza Festival isn’t without surprise. For your pleasure, we decided to share several anecdotes and comic facts which occured over the past years.
In 2004, during the Grand Bal, a snowstorm accompanied by powerful gusts of wind transformed the singer into a snowman and blew up the guitarist’s amplifier.
Yet another year more than 50 centimeters of snow fell during one night, covering the entire scene on which the band should have played.
In 2008, for the first outdoor screening, the organizing committee had chosen a magnificent lieu by the St Laurence River. Whilst awaiting the sunset to start the movie, the legendary breeze of the river cooled down, transforming the spectators in ice cubes.

The same year, even though the process had followed the rules and delays, the Neapolitan Nativity scene, arriving directly from Italy, came in 10 days later. The customs had held baby Jesus captive for an unexpected time.

In 2009, in collaboration with the Russian Centre for the Children Mechta, the event A Russian Christmas was presented at the Bonsecours Market.
However, the event had been so successful the security refused access to any more participants 30 minutes before the beginning.
One of the most spectacular surprises of the Extravaganza happened within the Star Christmas Tree event. The tree designed by producer Denise Robert was auctioned for 35 000 $ which was then offered to the Dr Julien Foundation, a pediatric institution aiming to develop and help children in need as much as possible.
Over the past years, more than 100 000$ per year were given to charities by auctioning Mrs Robert’s Christmas tree ornamentations. Thank you and congratulations Mrs Robert.

Still within the Star Christmas Tree, only one red Christmas ball was found in the historian Marcel Tessier’s tree. Surprisingly, all the other were blue.

Crime on Place Jacques-Cartier !
The news went around the world. In fact, the baby Jesus from the human-sized Nativity Scene situated on the place Jacques-Cartier had been stolen. The organizing committee received a call the next day saying this event had done the front page of a daily newspaper in Vancouver.
For the first edition of the New Year’s Grand Bal, in 1999, the organizing committee had planned a massive balloon take-off for the countdown. When the time had come, all the balloons were taken outside by the stage. The radical temperature change considerably affected their size. We feared they’d never fly away but happily, hundreds and hundreds of ballons were released on the New Year’s Eve of the New Millenary !



Souvenir Photos : Parteners


Souvenir Photos : Foreign Christmas

Souvenir Photos : Star’s Christmas Trees

Souvenir Photos : Star’s Christmas Trees

Souvenir Photos : Cribs

Souvenir Photos : New Years Eve