The cobblestone streets of Old Montreal bustle with classic sights and all-new entertainment this holiday season: each weekend, from December 14 to January 5, Merry Montreal lights up the historic district, inviting everyone to eat, drink, and, of course, be merry…
(festive food) Many of the city’s best restaurants call Old Montreal home and really get into the holiday spirit during Merry Montreal. Gourmet holiday feasts abound, created by some of the city’s most distinguished chefs, who aim not only to please but to truly impress. Restaurants offer seasonal table d’hôte meals, unique menu items and cocktails, and hassle-free accommodation for large parties, all in the name of holiday decadence and joviality.
(fun for all-ages) True to Montreal’s famous festival style, during Merry Montreal’s Vibrant Weekends, the neighbourhood teems with family-friendly activities indoors and out, from theatrical performances to choirs singing in public squares to an unusual interactive audio tour around historic sites, replete with hot chocolate and mulled wine. Mistletoe in unexpected places encourages romantic moments, while elves invite kids to let their wishes be known via direct phone line to the North Pole and Santa. A Christmas Market brings together dozens of Old Montreal shops and their variety of holiday gifts. And for anyone who feels the winter chill, warm up inside giant wrapped presents strewn throughout the neighbourhood.
(fantastic parties) When it comes to New Year’s Eve in Montreal, the possibilities for celebration seem endless – an extravagant dinner out, drinks with friends, a walk through snowy streets, and without a doubt, an abundance of parties to attend. Merry Montreal hosts one of the biggest New Year’s Eve events in town: a free party at Place Jacques-Cartier, from 7 p.m. until well after midnight, featuring live music by The Lost Fingers, a countdown to midnight, fireworks and more. Along with the New Year’s Eve main event, Old Montreal’s famed hotels pull out all the stops during Merry Montreal, offering special deals throughout the month and transforming their restaurants, bars and lobbies into cozy havens and winter wonderlands, perfect for parties and impromptu gatherings.
Merry Montreal, December 14, 2013 to January 5, 2014
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