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 (free)
Location : Marché Bonsecours
Dates : Friday December 14 2012 to Saturday January 5 2013
Heures : 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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
Stars Christmas Trees participants from 2008 to 2012.
Pointe-à-Callière - Montreal Museum of Archeaology and History Proposes : Who is the Real Santa Claus?
350, place Royale
Corner de la Commune
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!
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
Family 1 adult – 3 children (18 years old and less) or
2 adults – 2 children (18 years old and less)
Children (0 – 5 years old)
Children (6 – 12 years old)
Students (13-17 years with student ID.)
Students (18-25 years with student ID.)
Elders (65 years old with ID)
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.
Stockings are on sale at the Château Ramezay.
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
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: www.chateauramezay.qc.ca.
Julie Villeneuve, Coordinator, Telephone: 514 861-3708 poste 225 | Fax: 514 861-8317
Skating Rink (Activity with fee)
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
Adults, teen and seniors : $ 6
Children (6 to 12) : $ 4
Children under 6 : free
Family ** : $ 15
Single : $ 29
Family ** : $ 58
Extra child : $ 11
15 persons and more : $3/child
Adults, teens and seniors (13 and over): $4
*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
SEVEN WINTER FIREWORK !
TELUS Fire on Ice! (free activity)
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
World Trade Center of Montreal
747, Square Victoria
• Exhibition of Santa Clauses
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.
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
Quays of the Old Port, Montreal
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.
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.
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 $
HERITAGE PRESENTATION SPECIAL PROGRAMS
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 $
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 Choralies. Offered 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
400, East Saint-Paul Street
Old Montreal, QC
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.
Claude Barzotti, Judith Bérard, Jean-François Breau, Marie-Êve Janvier, Éléonore Lagacé, Marie Denise Pelletier, Gino Quilico, Annie Villeneuve, Ensemble Vocal Extravaganza
Concert de l’OSM : Berlioz: L’Enfance du Christ
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
PASCAL CHARBONNEAU, narrator
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 : osm.ca or 1-888-842-9951
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.
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
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
Ages 7 to 17: $4.00