This week Montrealers woke up to their very first snowfall. With December and the Holiday season on the horizon, Montreal has an increasing array of interesting activities on offer for all ages that can help provide opportunities for cherished lifelong memories and more so, an opportunity to spend quality time together.
Here below are some of my top activity picks for the last week of November 2015:
Great Gift Ideas for a Great Cause!
Les Grands Ballets' Nutcracker Market is back at the Palais des congrès de Montréal - Montreal Convention Center. As Montreal’s first philanthropic Christmas market, 10% of sales benefit the Nutcracker Fund for Children.
As you walk along the giant central aisle, your children will get to meet the Sugar Plum Fairy as well as sample some sweet treats as you shop for unique gourmet delights, sumptuous jewellery, decorative objects, must-have beauty and wellness products and unique toys that would make the perfect gift. There’s something for everyone! Come shop for a great cause, admission is free!
The market runs daily from the November 26th to December 6th, 2015.
For more information and opening hours please consult: http://www.marchecassenoisette.com/en/
Glitz at the Ritz:
The Ritz-Carlton Montreal will open its doors to the general public on Sunday, November 29, 2015 during an exclusive open house event just because: “ Everyday is a Celebration”
Some of the highlights include:
The Oval Room—Montreal’s most opulent ballroom—will be dressed for a wedding. Open house guests can take in the décor while enjoying complimentary canapés and food stations, champagne and live entertainment. The Gold and Grey Rooms will host a Jewish ceremony. In the Blue Room, guests will get a first-hand look at a how a baby shower can be hosted at Ritz-Carlton Montreal.
Staged as a loge (dressing room), the Green Room will feature elegant make-up and spa services, catering to girlfriends’ getaways and bachelorette parties.
In partnership with Mont Blanc, The Ritz and Carlton Rooms will feature the men’s lounge and full-service whiskey bar with complimentary drinks.
The Palm Court—arguably the city’s most glamorous lobby—will be set up for tea service—a ritual that is offered daily, 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The ticketed event ($30 per person) will take place from 10:00 am. to 2:00 p.m. and is open to anyone who is interested in history, fine culinary cuisine, lavish decorations and grand event planning.
A Christmas Night - The Trio Fibonacci’s first Christmas concert:
Acclaimed internationally, The Trio Fibonacci have achieved international acclaim and combine to form one of the only piano trios in the world able to deliver brilliant and inspired interpretations of both traditional works and cutting edge contemporary music .
This Friday, they invite the public and their families to ignite the emotions of passion and nostalgia of the Holidays season with their Christmas concert held on November 27th at 7:30 pm at Bourgie Hall.
Notably the Trio will perform, for the very first time in North America, the complete Seasons by the Great Russian master Tchaikovsky that is a veritable echo of each passing month. Listeners can expect to hear new colours and unexpected dialogues in this original transcription for a piano trio.
Also on the program, the public will be transported by the melancholy beauty of A Winter’s Journey (Winterreise) by Schubert — undoubtedly one of the most striking song cycles — before “Joining us around The Christmas” Tree by Franz Liszt, a work full of light and childhood fantasy composed for his grand-daughter.
A Christmas Night will allow theTrio Fibonacci’s audience to experience the moments of marvel which make this time of the year unique, bringing light and laughter to the themes so emblematic of the Christmas spirit.
Tickets on sale at Bourgie Hall 1339, Sherbrooke West, Montreal or at www.mbam.qc.ca/concerts
The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train makes its annual stop in Kahnawake
The Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke (MCK) is pleased to announce Kahnawàke’s 11th annual Canadian Pacific Holiday Train stop in Kahnawàke on Friday November 27th 2015 at Adirondack Junction at approximately 7:00pm.
In what has become an annual tradition in the community, there will be live entertainment around the beautifully decorated train and volunteers will be on site to accept donations and handout hot chocolate and healthy snacks.
All monetary donations will go to the Kahnawake Christmas Basket and all food donations to the Kateri Food Basket. Over the past decade the Holiday Train has raised close to $9.5 million and 3.3 million pounds of food for local food banks across North America.