Unless you’re one of those super smart people who have been collecting things for your friends and family throughout the year (or, even better, are doing all of your shopping online) you’re going to have to hit the stores this month if you want to have something to show at your family gift exchange. But believe it or not, seasonal shopping in Montreal can be an awesome experience – whether you’re sipping mulled wine at an outdoor market, or browsing original art by Montreal talent! Here are our top picks for local markets happening this month, so you’ll feel more like “brilliant!” than “bah humbug”…
Marché Casse-Noisette / Nutcracker Market Until Dec 7
From beauty products to wine accessories to designer ready-to-wear, expect a fairly high-end Christmas shopping experience with affordable-yet-chic finds here and there. Proceeds go to funding Les Grands ballets Canadiens de Montréal’s Nutcracker Fund for Children, which sends underprivileged children to see the Nutcracker Ballet free of charge. Free admission.
Palais des congrès, 1001 Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle
The Botanical Gardens Christmas Fair, Dec 5-14
Know someone with a green thumb? Or just looking for a refreshing change to the hustle and bustle of St Catherine street? For something completely different, check out the Botanical Garden’s horticultural green market! Over 20 exhibitors will be offering their plant creations, yummy food items, and a host of other original objects at this festive event.
Montreal Botanical Gardens, 4101 Sherbrooke Street East
Prêt-à-Emporter IX, Until Dec 13
Know of a loved one who’s always wanted original art on their walls but just can’t afford the hefty price tag typically associated with fine art? Bring that special someone with you to Prêt-à-Emporter, look around and watch them. Is there a piece that speaks to them? You’ll know there is when they can’t look away or keep coming back for another peek. But when they do turn their back, get the artist’s card, ask them to reserve it for you long enough for you to get back to the kiosk without said loved one noticing, do whatever it takes to snap it up! All pieces range from $50 to $275.
Atelier Circulaire, 5445, av. de Gaspé espace 105
Puces Pop 12-14 Dec
A cult favourite in Montreal, Puces pop is in its 10th year, and featres independent sellers of crafts, art, food and fashion. It’s a great place to get original prints for the art lover in your family, jars of jams, jellies and marinades for your foodie friend, and hey, maybe a cute piece of jewellery just for you. Get there early to beat the crowds, and be sure to have cash on you.
Eglise St Denis, 5075 rue Rivard