Odyssée 2022. If you’re in Downtown Montreal, XP_MTL has you covered with 30 Good Plans for the Holiday Season. Schedule details here.
For the past 5 years, XP_MTL has added to the urban environment of Ste-Catherine Street with showcases to promote culture. For the month of December, XP MTL has created festive activities in the downtown core at the inter section of McGill College & Ste Catherine Street. These events will feature surprise concerts, art installations, interactive experiences and kiosks selling unique local artisanal products.
Throughout the winter months, Montreal’s Underground City is buzzing with activity. In response XP_MTL created Unplugged Souterrain, where Quebecois artists will perform surprise concerts to entertain the passers by and energize the underground with live music. This initiative is made possible thanks to the support of the Quebec Ministry of Tourism.
Ste Catherine street is the largest commercial artery in the country. During the holiday season it is swarming with shoppers. In order to enhance the holiday spirit XP_MTL created a weekend festival program featuring performances by several Christmas Choirs. They will sing both outdoors on the street and in the warmth and comfort of the Eaton Center.
Giant Art Installation
The giant art installation The Legend of the Bears is on display in front of the Montreal Eaton Center. Inspired by a First Nations legend, Cree artist Jason Carter created this artwork in the hope of comforting all who come across it. For the Cree, when a bear visits you in our dreams, it is a good omen for your future. These three luminous bears watch over the city center and bring comfort to passers-by.
Looking for holiday gift ideas? Discover the pop-up store M.A.D. Shoppe, presenting products from local designers at Place Ville Marie. The shop will feature products created by over 20 companies including: La Pimbêche, Mamé, Coopers Den, Another Land Nearby, Selv Rituel, Happy Tears, Moonday, Groom, Milo & Dexter, Esser, Hydroflora, Out Of The, Bkind, Kraywoods, Kata Fashion, Pony, Hip & Bone, Bygianno, Ohana, Le Cartel and La Natura Casa. In addition, visitors will be able to meet the creators during special events on December 1, 8, 22 and 28.
30 Good Plans for the Holiday Season
XP_MTL has created 30 separate routes you can use to explore downtown Montreal during the holidays that will introduce visitors to a host of activities. An advent calendar full of surprises, an experiential journey with free activities, contests and more! The routes are full of recommendations for the most festive window displays, the top 10 shopping tips and the 10 gastronomic tips to discover downtown!
These events were created by XP_MTL in partnership with the City of Montreal, the Government of Canada, Tourisme Montreal and the Government of Quebec, and its official partner La Presse. Further support was provided by merchants, retailers and other players in the heart of the metropolis like Place Ville Marie, Montreal Eaton Centre, McCord Stewart Museum, Time Out Market Montreal, Cinema du Musée, Delta Hotels Marriott Montreal, Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art, Holt Renfrew and Ogilvy. An additional thank you to our dear distribution partners including the borough of Ville-Marie, the Quartier des Spectacles Partnership, Fashinnovation and Best Kept Montreal.
Also, during the holiday season do not miss the treasured production of Les Grand Ballets The Nutcracker from December 9-30 at Place des Arts. It’s a masterpiece by Fernand Nault. More information here.
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