Indoor Activities

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


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:

Souvenir photos clic here

Stars Christmas Trees participants from 2008 to 2012.


  • 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 

  • 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




  • 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 




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


Pointe-à-Callière - Montreal Museum of Archeaology and History Proposes : Who is the Real Santa Claus?

350, place Royale
Corner de la Commune
Old-Montréal (Québec)
Canada H2Y 3Y5

Family activity (Admission fee)
Saturdays and Sundays, December 8-9, 15-16, 22-23
And 26, 27, 28, 29 and December 30
From 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (last departure in English at 3:00 p.m.)

Who is the Real Santa Claus?

While visiting the Museum, visitors of all ages will enjoy meeting some delightful holiday characters. Who Is the Real Santa Claus? introduces them to entertaining figures waiting for them in the archaeological remains at the Museum. Visitors ages 4 to 10 are sure to enjoy St.Nicholas, Befana, little Lucy and our own North American Santa Claus. They’ll listen to each holiday figure explain how Christmas is celebrated in his or her part of the world, and then decide for themselves which one is the “real” Santa Claus. Come for a joyous world tour of holiday traditions!

Opening hours
Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed December 25 2012 and January 1 2013
Open December 26 and January 2 from noon

Individual price
18,00 $

Family 1 adult – 3 children (18 years old and less) or
2 adults – 2 children (18 years old and less)
38,00 $

Children (0 – 5 years old)

Children (6 – 12 years old)
7,00 $

Students (13-17 years with student ID.)
9,50 $

Students (18-25 years with student ID.)
10,50 $

Elders (65 years old with ID)
14,00 $

Château Ramezay Museum

280, Notre-Dame East Street
Old Montreal, QC

Christmas at Château Ramezay

Around the Fireplace… Holiday Traditions 

There is no doubt about it: rosy cheeks, pine trees, lights and snowflakes… it will soon be the holiday season! To celebrate, the Château Ramezay offers throughout the month of December a series of very entertaining activities that will bring cheer to the whole family.

Hang up your Christmas stocking!
The Château Ramezay invites kids to hang up a Christmas stocking on one of its fireplaces. This is a unique activity in Montreal. So beware: no naughty kids allowed!

Stockings are on sale at the Château Ramezay.
Price: $10.

Stockings are hung from December 1 to 23, 2012.

Stockings must be picked up during the week of January 6, 2013.










Once upon a time…

… there was a Château where young and old gathered joyfully to hear tales be told. Eric Michaud and Francis Désilets will take you into a world where little devils and flying canoes actually exist!

Entrance fee to the museum: 10$ for adults

Dates : Saturdays, December 3, 10, 17, and 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 2 p.m. in French; 3:13 p.m. in English.








Baking workshop: make a brioche the old fashioned way

Following the purest of culinary traditions, kids are invited to bake a sweetbread using a time-honoured Nouvelle-France recipe.
Churn the butter, break-up the sugar, knead the dough, and have a taste of the delicious brioche you made.

Reservations required at 514-861-3708, ext. 221.

Entrance fee to the museum: $5 per participant

Coût : No more than 10 participants per workshop.

Dates : Saturdays and Sundays, December 1, 8, 15, 22  1 p.m., in French and December 26 to 30 and January 2 to 4 at 1 p.m. in French and 2:15 p.m. in English

Choir and quartet

To put you in the holiday mood and for the delight of all ears, the Château Ramezay invited a choir and quartets to perform various repertories: Christmas songs for children as well as traditional and international songs.

Sunday December 2, 9 and the 16

For more information on these activities go to or


The Château Ramezay – Historic Site and Museum of Montréal, a non-profit organization, safeguards and makes accessible a collection that reflects and attests to the history of Montréal and Québec. It was the first building in Québec to be classified an historic monument and is the province’s oldest private historical museum. Visit our website:

• Informations

Julie Villeneuve, Coordinator, Telephone: 514 861-3708 poste 225 | Fax: 514 861-8317

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




Exhibition of Santa Clauses

World Trade Center of Montreal
747, Square Victoria
Montreal, QC

• Exhibition of  Santa Clauses
December 2012
Monday to Sunday
7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Come discover the many faces of Santa Claus! From the Saint Nicholas of Medieval times to today’s most modern, high-tech, communication-savvy jolly man in red, who continues to reward good little girls and boys from various cultures around the world. You can also admire our giant Christmas tree and our magnificent 20-foot-high holiday chandelier in the Ruelle des Fortifications.


Cinéma en 3D!

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Celebrate the holiday spirit with this animated 3D film, overflowing with laughter and surprises. 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. After a series of misadventures, the story comes to a happy ending celebrating joy and friendship. This whimsical film was created by the Jimmy Neutron film team. It’s wonderful entertainment for all ages!

Opening hours and rates on the Montréal Science Centre’s website.

Presented by Montreal Science Center 
Quay King-Edward
Quays of the Old Port, Montreal



Sir George-Etienne Cartier National Historic Site of Canada

458, East Notre-Dame Street (Berri)
Old Montreal, QC

The holiday season begins on November 16 at Sir George-Étienne Cartier National Historic Site with its popular Victorian Christmas.

Through December 23, the historic home of the Cartier family will be decked out in its most beautiful Christmas decorations. The inspiring period bourgeois décor promises to be a veritable feast for the eyes! Wednesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


 “A Victorian Christmas” – 24th Edition

From November 21 to December 23 2012

Open to public every weekend, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Open to groups from Wednesday to Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.



The popular Victorian Christmas is back! The historic home of the Cartier family will be decked out in its most beautiful Christmas decorations.


Festive Tours

From November 21 to December 23. Every Saturdays and Sunday.

Catch the holiday spirit in the home of the illustrious George-Étienne Cartier, father of the Canadian Confederation.

Join our costumed guides and learn about the secrets of holiday home décor in the 1860s from the master of the house and his servant!

Storytelling Matinee, The Night Before Christmas

November 27 and December 3, 10 and 17

Enter the magical world of Christmas Eve with a reading of Clement Clark Moore’s famous story, The Night Before Christmas.

This story has inspired numerous illustrators and forever changed our image of the character who hands out presents to good children.




At the Christmas Table
November 27 and December 4, 11 and 18

Take your seat at the Cartier table and join the family’s chief steward for a special presentation on the art of entertaining.

You’ll learn about the origin of certain traditional holiday dishes, what people ate in the Victorian era, and, of course, a few basic rules of etiquette and entertaining!
To receive more information about these activities or to make a reservation, call 514 283-2282.

Adult: Person 17 to 64 years of age
Senior: Person 65 years of age or over
Youth: Person 6 to 16 years of age
Family/Group: Up to seven people, with a maximum of two adults, visiting a national historic site together.
School Groups: Students of elementary and secondary schools.
Fees listed are valid until March 31 2013. Please check back on April 1 of each year for new and updated fee information.

Adult 3,90 $
Senior 3,40 $
Youth 1,90 $
Family/groups 9,80 $
Commercial group, per person 3,40 $
Family/Group:, per student 1,90 $

Independent visitors
Animated tours  3,90 $

A Victorian Christmas (entry fees + animated tour)
Adult 7,80 $
Senior 7,30 $
Youth 5,80 $
Family/Group 19,60 $

School Groups (included entry) 

Discover the Cartier House 4,35 $
The Etiquette Game 4,35 $
Victorian Styles and Furnishings 6,30 $

Playground for groups (includes entry)
Victorian Children’s Party 9,25 $

Adult Groups (includes entry)
Guided Tour  7,80 $
Exquisite Politeness – Etiquette Requires it! 11,20 $

Tour Operators (includes entry)
Guided Tour 7,30 $
Theatrical Tour 10,75 $
The Sky is Blue, Hell is Red 14,20 $

Notre-Dame-du-Bon-Secours Chapel

Christmas concerts in Old Montreal District

From December 1 to 23, 2012, Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel will resound to the music of the ChoraliesOffered on Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 and 3:00 p.m., these concerts of Christmas carols will help you to experience the magic of the holidays. Given the huge success of last year’s offerings, a closing concert with the Da Capo ensemble will be presented on Sunday, December 23rd at 8:00 p.m.

New this year, two Sundays will be devoted to musical themes. Sunday, December 9, the Modulation vocal ensemble will offer jazz harmonies. And prepare to thrill and to dance to the lively gospel hymns of the Diversion group on December 16.

Approx. 45 minutes for the Christmas concerts
Approx. 90 minutes for the closing concert

Voluntary offering

400, East Saint-Paul Street
Old Montreal, QC


Notre-Dame Basilica

424, St-Sulpice Street
Old Montreal, QC

December 14 and 15
Les Stars chantent Noël
2pm and 8pm

Eight artists unite to interpret traditional Christmas songs in some of the most beautiful churches of religious heritage including Notre-Dame Basilica.
The artists:
Claude Barzotti, Judith Bérard, Jean-François Breau, Marie-Êve Janvier, Éléonore Lagacé, Marie Denise Pelletier, Gino Quilico, Annie Villeneuve, Ensemble Vocal Extravaganza

Tickets: admission network or 1-855-791-1245

December 19-20
Concert de l’OSM : Berlioz: L’Enfance du Christ 
7:30 p.m.

The OSM is performing L’Enfance du Christ for the first time under the direction of Kent Nagano, along with some of the most beautiful Canadian voices as well as the OSM Chorus. A great concert for the holiday season, presented in the majestic setting of Notre-Dame Basilica.

KENT NAGANO, conductor
MICHÈLE LOSIER, mezzo-soprano (the Virgin Mary)
TYLER DUNCAN, baritone (Joseph)
GINO QUILICO, baritone (Herod)
ALEXANDRE SYLVESTRE, bass-baritone (Householder)
PHILIP KALMANOVITHCH, baritone (Polydorus)
ISAIAH BELL, tenor (Centurion)
ANDREW MEGILL, OSM chorus director

Tickets and info : or 1-888-842-9951

December 24
Christmas Eve masses
7:00 p.m., 9:30 p.m. and midnight

In addition to our traditional 9:30 pm and midnight masses, a family mass is offered at 7 pm. This mass focuses on traditional hymns, accompanied by a choir that will make you discovered different sounds from the organ.

For each of the three masses:
Tickets: adults $5.00, 17 and under $2.00.  Free admission to the 2nd balcony.
You may reserve in person at 424 rue St-Sulpice from Monday to Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

December 25
Christmas masses
Masses are at 9:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

And Then There Was Light

Come witness Montreal and the Basilica’s history through the city’s most stunning light and sound show. This magnificent show uses today’s most advanced multimedia techniques to highlight the Basilica’s historical, cultural, architectural and spiritual legacy…and its many outstanding works of art

« And Then There Was Light » represents the work of 150 artists and skilled technicians and uses the most advanced digital technologies as well as complex mechanics. The lighting is entirely robotized and the images, filmed in high definition, are saved on a server specially developed for this technology. Wireless headsets are available to listen to the show in English or French.

Tuesday to Thursday – 6:30 p.m.
Friday – 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
Saturday – 7:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. 

Additional representations: December 27th and 28th at 5pm

There are no shows on Sundays and Mondays as well as on the following dates:
December 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 25, 26 and January  1st 2013

Adults: $10.00
Ages 18 and under:$5.00
Ages 60 and older:$9.00

Take a seat at the organ !
December 23rd, 24th, 28th, 29th, 30th and 31st, 2pm

The large organ of Notre-Dame come alive to offer you an hour of exclusivity. With your friends, come sit at the balcony of the organ to attend the rehearsals of Pierre Grandmaison. A unique opportunity to hear our organist playing its finest pieces. Come enjoy this moment of pure happiness!

Cost:  Adult: 10$, 7-17 years old: 8$
(Entrance fee included)

*A minimum of 10 people is required for the activity to take place. Maximum 90 places

Introduction to the history of Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal, the oldest Neo-gothic building in the country. Presentation of the Basilica’s history, and its majestic carved and golden interiors.

Every day, except December 14, 15, 26 as well as January 1 2013

Offered several times a day, in French and in English
Duration: 20 minutes

Adults: $5.00
Ages 7 to 17: $4.00