Montreal embraces the centuries-old traditions of Europe each year with a series of Christmas markets throughout the city. Whether your taste is for German style street food and traditional crafts or highly contemporary individual gifts from up to the minute creators, Montreal Christmas Markets have a special surprise waiting to be discovered.
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Throughout the city prior to the holiday season, Christmas markets bring a traditional flavor to Montreal. It's not all mulled wine and carols - though these are celebrated, too - because Montreal Christmas Markets really do have something for everyone. There are markets in churches, theatres - and exhibition centers too. Montreal Christmas Markets really are a Christmas voyage of discovery.
1. Weinachtsmarkt: An authentic German market
Montreal’s only traditionally German Christmas market is to be found in St. John’s Lutheran Church, just off Place des Arts. Here visitors delight in browsing - and buying - handmade Christmas crafts created in the age old European tradition. There's also German inspired cuisine to enjoy, in the shape of sausages, sauerkraut and of course a glass of mulled wine.
2. Montreal's Christmas Village
There are more than 50 chalet style wooden stalls to investigate at Montreal's enchanting Christmas Village at the Atwater Market. Market holders display unique gifts that can't be found anywhere else. This most atmospheric of Montreal Christmas markets also features visits to Santa, story-telling and seasonal games to play.
3. Salon des metiers d'art du Quebec
For those seeking something totally original as a Christmas gift, Salon des metiers d'art du Quebec at Place Bonaventure Exhibition Halls is a must. More than 400 artisanal makers from across Quebec gather to sell their wares, from jewelery to handmade winter clothing and, of course, gourmet food to enjoy.