Things to do in downtown Montreal after Santa Claus Parade

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After Santa Claus Parade, enjoy other holiday activities offered in downtown Montreal. Whether it’s for your holiday shopping or family activities, you’re sure to find the perfect outing for you!

Downtown Montreal is full of activities to do, especially during the holiday season. The traditional urban landscape gives way to a magical setting to celebrate the arrival of winter. After attending the popular Santa Claus Parade, which will be held on November 23rd on René-Lévesque Boulevard, you can easily find other holiday activities to end the day.

1. Discover the Christmas windows

The Christmas windows of downtown stores are a must if you want to get into the holiday spirit. Head to Sainte-Catherine Street to discover dozens of equally original Christmas windows. You can even find the perfect gifts for your loved ones. One Christmas window that you must see is the one at the Ogilvy store at the McCord Museum. Every Christmastime since 1947, these Christmas windows, custom made by the German toy manufacturer Steiff, are eagerly awaited!

Photo : Marilyn Aitken – Musée McCord
Photo : Marilyn Aitken – Musée McCord

2. Take a look at the XP_MTL installations

If you are on Sainte-Catherine Street at night, you must take a look at XP_MTL‘s installations for the holiday season. Corner McGill College and Sainte-Catherine Streets, you will come across a large illuminated structure in the shape of a Christmas tree. It is the ideal place to take beautiful pictures!

3. Skate at the Atrium Le 1000

After a day outdoors, there is nothing better than a winter activity indoors. With your children, head to the Atrium Le 1000 to lace up your skates. You can rent the ice skates on site!

Photo : Atrium Le 1000
Photo : Atrium Le 1000

4. Experience the magic of the holidays at Alexis Nihon

A series of activities and workshops for kids will be held on all three storeys of the shopping centre: musical performances featuring princes and princesses from popular kids’ movies, a magic carpet yoga session, balloon sculptures, cookie decorating, and face painting!

With these few ideas in mind, you probably know where to go after Santa Claus Parade. For all holiday activities taking place in downtown Montreal, consult our 2019 Christmas Activity Guide.