Tree of light between office buildings

Christmas Lights Around Montreal

As the days get shorter and colder in December, Montreal starts to become a little magical as the various Christmas displays appear around the city. Here are a few neighbourhoods worth braving the cold to enjoy the lights.

Old Montreal

When you add some white snow and Christmas lights to the cobblestone streets, old stone buildings, Notre Dame cathedral, and Marche Bonsecours, Old Montreal transforms into a Christmas wonderland. It’s a great neighbourhood to explore in early December to get into the holiday spirit.


Every year, downtown Montreal has impressive Christmas light displays along and around St. Catherine’s, McGill-College, Crescent Street and Place Ville Marie. Wrap up your walk with the charming classic mechanical window display at Ogilvy’s, which has been a family destination for generations.

Plateau Mont Royal

Plateau Mont Royal has a different Christmas display in the square around metro Mont Royal. From there, enjoy the lights along Mont Royal, St. Laurent and St. Denis.
Square around metro Mont Royal, Dec. 2012

The Village

Each year, there is usually a colourful light display along St. Catherine between St. Andre and Papineau.
St. Catherine’s looking toward The Village, Dec. 2012
While the weather is not too cold, it’s a good time to grab your camera and get out and enjoy the Christmas lights while the season lasts. Happy holidays!

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