Montreal Family Activities: November 2022
Hibernation mode has officially been turned off. Coming off the high of Halloween, the city is taking a bit of a break for the first week of November. But not for long. The rest of the month is quickly getting us out of the house and into holiday mode with all the Montreal family activities November 2022 has to offer.
Holiday shopping starts now at one of my favourite toy sales of the year. Featuring some of kids’ most-revered brands like Pokemon, Marvel, Cocomelon, Paw Patrol and, new this year, Squishmallows. There is bound to be something for everyone at prices of up to 70% off. New inventory is added often so you may want to make multiple trips. It’s also a great place to stock up on art activities and birthday loot bags.
The perfect opportunity for the parents to get a night out, at a discounted rate. But also, a chance for culinary-loving kids to experience some of the city’s best restaurants at prix fixe prices. If you’ve got picky kids, like mine, brunch is always a good option. While over a hundred restaurants are participating, I spotted Vieux Port Steakhouse at $17 per person with pastries to start and 5 great main options (omelette, bagel with lox…)
The event for any Paw Patrol or firetruck-loving kid is happening! WowMoms World Montreal will be hosting a special event with Marshall and the chance for kids to dress up as fire fighters and to learn safety protocols. Guests will also be able to ride in a fire truck. Space is limited so sign up early.
Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, who doesn’t love a good parade?! It begins at 11am at Guy and Ste. Catherine and will head all the way east to Jeanne-Mance.
The official details for this holiday market have yet to be released but it’s a must-attend event. While it is a great place to find locally sourced gifts, it’s also a great evening activity for the family. The market is set up in a series of cabins that line the Quartier des spectacles. From food kiosks to hot chocolate stands and fire pit warming stations, it’s the quintessential holiday experience.
The famous Oglivy holiday windows have had a new home for the past few years at the McCord Museum. This tradition dating back to 1947 is free to all, inside the museum, and kids will be able to get a hide and seek game to play at the admission desk. The Mill in the Forest exhibit (with the cute fishing frogs) will be outside for anyone passing by to enjoy.
McCord Museum, Free
For a city that doesn’t have its own basketball team, we’re recently getting a healthy dose of the sport. Over 3 days, 6 universities will compete in 9 games for the Classique du Nord, which the public can attend. Game times range by day. 3-day passes are available as well.
Place Bell, $20/general admission, seating up to $180/ticket
As always, make sure to buy your tickets early for this musical concert for the little ones. A special holiday presentation of the Nutcracker will include a live orchestral performance as well as dancers. There are two shows, one at 10:30am and one at 4pm.
Le Gesù, $15/each
Nothing quite says the holidays like the Canadian Pacific Holiday train rolling into town. This year, the bedazzled locomotives will pull into the Montreal West station at 6:45pm and Beaconsfield at 8:20pm with special guests Tenille Townes & Aysanabee. If you can’t make it that day, you can venture to Kanawakhe on November 26th at 4:45pm or St Constant at 5:50pm.