Want to experience the magic of Christmas in a fairytale setting? Come to the Laurentians this winter for a dazzling holiday season! Christmas takes on its full significance in this enchanting region where snow rules the day at this special time of year. Come celebrate with family, friends, or significant others amid fairytale landscapes fit for the most beautiful winter activities. As the region’s towns and villages are covered in a thick downy blanket, come take part in various local festivities and events. Entertainment, glittering decorations, and a warm friendly atmosphere are sure to light up your holiday season like never before.
Meet Santa Claus!
Over the next few weeks, Saint Nick himself will be making appearances across the region to spread joy to young and old. Until December 24, visit to Carrefour du Nord in Saint-Jérôme or Place Rosemère to meet magical characters, talk to Santa, and take pictures. On December 17, Kris Kringle will be sitting down to feast at Cidrerie Lacroix. Enjoy a delicious breakfast with friends or family in a festive atmosphere. On December 18, you can see Santa parade through the streets of Oka alongside Star Fairy and his elves for some Christmas magic before the big day arrives. On the evening of December 19, meet Mr. Claus in his holiday caravan at Sommet Saint-Sauveur. Finally, Santa will be greeting little ones on the walking trails and among the lights at the Route des Gerbes d’Angelica, where you can bask in a nostalgic atmosphere that evokes Christmases of old until January 7.
Towns and Villages Are Alight With the Magic of Christmas
The holidays just wouldn’t be the same without Christmas lights! To admire the sparkling spectacle, stroll through the village of Sainte-Thérèse. There, you’ll find decorations illuminating the Place du Village and nearby buildings. The businesses of Saint-Sauveur have decked rue Principale with festive ornaments and garlands. It’s the ideal spot for getting in the holiday spirit while walking off a big dinner. Visiting the Mont-Tremblant area? Stop downtown at Espace Public to admire a new interactive sound and light installation called Echoes – A Voice From Uncharted Waters. At Tremblant Resort, Place Saint-Bernard has been transformed for the holidays with decorations and a huge tree filled with ornaments. For even more Christmas lights, check out the lights of Mont-Laurier, where residents compete to have the best-decorated house in town.
Take Advantage of Hotel Packages
The holidays are a period packed with action and emotion for many of us. So, why not take a load off and gift yourself a hotel package in the region? Auberge Val Carroll in Harrington is offering a Christmas solo package that includes one night’s stay for one person, a delicious three-course Christmas dinner, and a hearty breakfast. For a family getaway, go no further than the Grand Lodge Mont-Tremblant! Stay for one night on December 24, 25 or 31 and enjoy a delicious buffet on Christmas or New Year’s Eve. If you’re looking for a more relaxing experience, Sivananda Ashram Yoga Camp offers two Joy of Christmas packages that include a yoga retreat, Christmas carols, a play, sleigh rides, bonfires, skiing, and other outdoor activities. You can also take advantage of the camp’s special New Year’s retreat to start the year on a strong, positive footing.
Enjoy Prestige Stays
This holiday period, why not stay at one of the region’s premier hotels and resorts? Hôtel Manoir Saint-Sauveur invites you to its Christmas brunch on December 25 and its New Year’s Eve gala dinner on December 31. These two packages both include one night’s stay at the hotel. While you’re there, take the opportunity to relax at the spa! To the north, stay at StoneHaven Le Manoir Relais & Châteaux in Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts on December 24 and 25 to savour the festive features of the Art of Feasting package: sweet treats upon arrival, six-course gourmet dinner, musical ambiance, and more! On December 31, start the year off in style with the Art of Celebration package, which includes champagne at midnight. Finally, find joy at Estérel Resort, where you can participate in a wealth of activities from December 23 to January 8: à-la-carte games, Christmas movie screenings, a hot chocolate bar, bonfires, etc. You can also take advantage of the resort’s Perfect Christmas Gift promotions to treat your loved ones during the festive period.
Feasting in the Laurentians
This year, why not leave Christmas dinner to a professional chef and concentrate on savouring the celebration? Several restaurants in the region are hosting holiday meals this year. Visit Restaurant La Quintessence for a Christmas set menu on December 24 or 25. For even more culinary delights, an eight-course menu has also been prepared for New Year’s Eve. For a stellar December 31, Archibald Microbrasserie invites you to celebrate the big countdown to the musical stylings of Band 4 Play and a DJ set while sampling a special menu. For those of you who prefer a more intimate setting, try the Altitude restaurant lounge at Casino de Mont-Tremblant and enjoy live piano music on December 25 or January 1. The experience is available for both dinner and a festive brunch.
A Gourmet Holiday at Casino de Mont-Tremblant
Discover the Altitude restaurant at Casino de Mont-Tremblant! From the view of the mountain to the food you’ll be served, everything is a feast for the eyes in this chic restaurant-lounge. The modern décor and the menu will make your date a memorable one. Every dish is a work of art, showcasing the chef’s creativity. Enjoy unforgettable evenings with fantastic live bands for your most melodic holiday yet!
- December 23 from 7 p.m.: Valérie Jalbert
- December 24 from 6 p.m.: Marky B. Trio
Experience the magic of Christmas with a show!
Get a healthy dose of Christmas nostalgia by attending a show or concert in the region. At the Petit Théâtre du Nord in Boisbriand, liven up your evenings until December 17 with Les Veillées Festives, a theatrical revue combining storytelling, wild music, and the history of the Laurentians. On December 17 in Oka, enjoy the Christmas in the Time of Jean-Sébastien Bach concert by the Da Capo choir and chamber orchestra. Located in Saint-Jérôme, Théâtre Gilles-Vigneault is putting on the Noël, une tradition en chanson concert on December 21. This musical extravaganza is perfect for awakening your inner child! To the north in Saint-Sauveur, Giorgia Fumanti’s Christmas magic concert will take place on December 17. This talented soprano will be joined by the Saint-Sauveur youth choir and the Académie Lafontaine choir. An enchanting evening is sure to be in store! Last but not least, visit Val-David for Christmas concerts by vocal ensemble Ô Chœur des Glaces on December 17 and 18. Their renditions of classic and traditional songs are guaranteed to put you in the holiday spirit!
So many ways to have fun!
Looking for unique activities that the whole family will love? Come to the Laurentians to take part in tons of festive fun!
- From December 7 to January 8, Blainville’s Noël Enchanté exhibit will immerse young visitors in a colourful world featuring all their favourite Christmas carols.
- All you athletes can take part (or just watch!) the Santa Claus Run in Saint-Eustache on December 18. Be sure to wear your Santa, Mrs. Claus or elf costume for the occasion!
- Thursdays and Fridays from December 22 to 30, discover space at evenings dedicated to astronomy with a professional astronomer at Domaine Saint-Bernard in Mont-Tremblant.
- On December 31, dance the night away at the fluo New Year’s Eve party at Tremblant! You’ll celebrate the new year with a torchlight descent, great music, and fireworks.
- And if you’re still looking for ideas to keep your kids occupied this holiday season, check out the special programming at MégaMaze Blainville and MégaMaze Saint-Jérôme.
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