What to do this weekend in Montreal: Dec 7-9

Sarah Deshaies produces the Andrew Carter Morning Show. Every Friday at 8:20am, she tells you about the big, quirky and off-the-beaten-path events happening in Montreal. Here is this week's list, with links for more information so you can get out and enjoy the city! 

To start off, here's a quick survey of Christmas markets on this weekend: 

  • The Nutcracker Market has jewellery, tasty treats, beauty products and toys for kids for sale, at the ground floor of Palais de congres until December 9. (Monies raised ensure disadvantaged and sick kids get to see the ballet, and attend workshops.) 
  • The massive Salon des métiers des arts du Quebec welcomes you and 400 exhibitors to Place Bonaventure. Browse through handmade items like winter gear, kids' toys and jewellery. 
  • For a younger crowd, the very popular Puces POP is back at Église Saint-Denis in the Plateau over two weekends. Browse through cheeky ceramics, spicy sauces, toys for kids bath products, and more! Note that different vendors are set up each weekend.  
  • Atwater Markets brings back its chic Christmas market for four weekends, beginning Friday: check out the boreal forest, the Gourmand Cauldron outdoor resto, events for kids and film screenings. 
  • The sometimes neglected space on Prince Arthur in the Plateau returns with its cheeky open-air market, inviting you to interact with its 'Vilain Sapin Chatouilleux'. This high-tech Christmas tree giggles and writhes when you try to tickle it! 
  • Close out the Festival of Lights at the Jewish Museum of Montreal, which repeats its Hanukkah Market on Sunday, with locally-made menorahs, candles, dreidels, cards and more goodies. The in-house Fletchers Cafe will be serving latkes and warm drinks. Sunday starting at 11am. While you're there, hit up their latest art exhibit, Zei Gezunt

Close out your Chanukkah with a dinner and dance on Saturday night at the Shaar Hashomayim in Westmount. 


​Megastar cellist Yo-Yo Ma is playing in the Montreal Bach Festival Friday night at the Maison symphonique. And the following day, he is following that up by playing in the metro! Catch him at Place des Arts metro at 2pm.


For folks with a dark sense of humour or who dislike Christmas (or both) be sure to check out the seasonal staple Urban Tales at Centaur Theatre. It's a series of darkly entertaining monologues, with live music between stories performed by director, Harry Standjofski. 

Children's theatre company Geordie presents The Trials of Robin Hood for its annual gala fundraiser fit for the whole family. Judges, firefighters and people from all walks of life come together to star in and support this community production. Friday and Saturday at the DB Clarke Theatre.

The Stewart Museum has kicked off its holiday programming in conjunction with its current exhibit, Paris on Display. Organizers have put together a snowball ornament workshop for kids and a 1pm story hour based around the French fairy tale of The Beauty and the Beast. The whole family gets in for $10.

Storytelling series Confabulation delves into its traditional December theme: family stories! Bust a gut laughing or cry Saturday at 8pm at the Phi Centre. 

Jireh Gospel Choir and Montreal Gospel Choir team up to bring over 100 singers and a live band to St Jean Baptiste Church (309 Rachel East) on Saturday, at 3 and 8pm.

The Montreal Jubilation Gospel Choir pays homage to Aretha Franklin at Salle Wilfrid Pelleter on Sunday night. 

Rave reviews have been rolling in around the world for Old Stock: A Refugee Love Storya klezmer folk musical based on a true story about Jewish-Romanian refugees who come to Canada. Its run at the Segal Centre has just begun, and tickets are going fast. I'll be hosting the Sunday @ the Segal panel, focusing on how indie shows hit the big time! Join us for coffee, pastries and the chat starts at 11am! 

The legendary burlesque dancer Scarlett James returns home to Montreal for her Christmas Review, Saturday at the Corona Theatre.

Celebrate 30 years since John McClane exploded onto movie screents with Strippee Ki-Yay: Die Hard Burlesque on Friday at the Wiggle Room, with dancers like Celesta O’Lee and Bijou Bisou. Saturday, we wanna rock and roll all night, and party every day at Kiss Burlesque.