Best time to go to Montreal

Christmas Parades 2019

Noël is a special and magical time in the largest city of Québec

Christmas Parades in Montreal 2020 - Best Time
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Luis Medina | Santa Claus Parade

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Santa Claus Parade / Défilé du Père Noël (November 23, 2019)

Montréal Christmas is indeed magical—the streets and parks are illuminated and there are plenty of events, activities, and delicious foods to take in. You must be sure not to miss the annual Santa Claus Parade, which has been held since 1925. Le Défilé du Père Noël is observed by thousands of delighted kids waiting to see Santa Claus and the audience of this parade tends to reach 300,000 people! Around 20 floats proceed along René-Lévesque Boulevard between Guy St & Saint-Urbain St . The parade is usually held in late November.

Le défilé du Père Noël / Santa Claus Parade Montréal  2020
Le défilé du Père Noël / Santa Claus Parade Montréal
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Le défilé du Père Noël / Santa Claus Parade Montréal  2020
Le défilé du Père Noël / Santa Claus Parade Montréal
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Marche de Noël aux Flambeaux (December 7, 2019)

Throughout the month of December, the Avenue du Mont-Royal gets adorned with festive decorations to enchant the many Montrealers and visitors who participate in holiday festivities every year. The month-long celebrations begin with the popular Marche de Noël aux flambeaux (Mont-Royal Christmas Torchlight Parade), musical performances, and fireworks. The detailed programme is usually available mid-November on the Mont-Royal website.

Hudson Santa Claus Parade (December 1, 2019)

The Hudson Santa Claus Parade gives you the opportunity to have a hot chocolate with Santa Claus in a community centre on Main Road of Hudson, about an hour drive from Montreal city centre.

Christmas Mass at the Notre-Dame Basilica (December 24)

Another site worth visiting during Christmas time is the Notre Dame Basilica in Old Montréal. The church is ancient and beautiful and a Christmas Mass here is an experience in itself. Make sure to buy tickets in advance.

Défilé des Rêves (2020, TBA)

The second largest festive parade is called Défilé des rêves (French for "parade of dreams"). It is usually held on the last Friday of November or the first Friday of December with floats, marching bands, singers, and dancers on the streets. The parade used to start at 7 pm at the corner of Bellechasse and Saint-Hubert Street and proceeds to Jean-Talon Street. The last edition took place in 2017 because of the ongoing renovation project of Plaza St-Hubert, and the next edition will take place in 2020.