Most of Montreal's major attractions offer special holiday programming and events. We've tracked down some of the more interesting venues to help you and your family and friends enjoy the holiday season in Montreal. Since the holiday season includes time off school, many of the attractions listed here offer free or reduced admission for kids too. Special holiday programs are suited to all family members and include such diverse activities as watching the animals at the Montreal Biosphere open their gifts, a look at first Canadian artifacts at the Mc Cord Museum and free entry to the Stewart Museum's Santa show.
Christmas concerts abound at such important Montreal venues as the Notre Dame Basilica. Since Montreal is the city of festivals, you're sure to find evening entertainment in Montreal's large music halls in the downtown core. While visiting Saint Joseph's Oratory on Mount Royal, take advantage of the skiing and skating opportunities there too. For more seasonal outdoor activities, be sure and visit Montreal parks such as Parc-nature de l'Ile -de- la-Visitation on the northern edge of the city where you can skate, ski and sled - all accessible by public transportation. Equipment rentals are available at select locations throughout the holiday season.