Last week, when I strolled around Old Montreal, the area was all about the season: 17th-century stone buildings were trimmed with garland, Christmas lights reflected on centuries old cobblestone streets and wreaths decorated old fashioned lampposts.
Montreal en Fetes (Merry Montreal) from December 14, 2013 to January 5, 2014, will bring Old Montreal to life. There will be choral and theatrical performances in public squares, interactive audio tours and life-sized gift wrapped presents to provide shelter from the cold.
Every Saturday at 8 PM from December 14, 2013 to January 4 2014, TELUS Fire on Ice will again light up the sky above Vieux-Port with stunning pyrotechnics. On New Year's Eve, during the Coca-Cola New Year’s Bash, fireworks will come to a dazzling climax.
During Montreal en Fetes, restaurants offer seasonal gourmet dishes and special prix fixe table d’hote menus. For corporate Christmas lunches and parties there are excellent venues for groups of all sizes. There is still lots of availability.
Creperie Chez Suzette, a 3-level restaurant, specializes in crêpes and fondue. Bistro et Magasin General du Vieux-Montreal, a bistro and gift shop, has a capacity of 39. Historical Les Filles du Roi at Hotel Pierre du Calvert is the only restaurant in Old Montreal with free parking. Vieux-Port Steakhouse, a 3 level dining establishment, accommodates up to 850 guests.
Major event venues include The Belvedere, Panoramic Hall, Espace Bernard Lamarre, and the Food Chain at Montreal Science Centre.
On the 4 weekends from January 16 to February 8, 2014, Igloofest will return and an igloo village will be built on a quay near the Jacques Cartier Bridge. Local and international DJs will entertain the crowd for dancing under the stars.
During Montreal en Fetes, some hotels offer Sweet Deal Packages. Tomorrow, we'll discuss Old Montreal hotels. Christmas in Montreal: Marvelous Merry Moments and Montreal Incentive Travel: Experiencing Old Montreal describe more about Old Montreal.
Photo Credits: Montreal Corporate Events, Executive Oasis International