Montreal en Lumiere Festival, Canada

‘Montréal en lumière’ is one of the largest winter festivals in the world, an annual celebration registering 1,300,000 festival site visits from fans experiencing the joy of Montreal wintertime through a unique program combining performing arts, gastronomy, free outdoor family activities, and a full night of exquisitely original discoveries!


In February, the festival transforms the ‘Quartier des spectacles’ and its ‘Place des Festivals’—the festive heart of downtown—into the ultimate destination! The free outdoor site bursts with open-air activities: braziers, shows, activities for children, outstanding lighting design, all showcasing Montreal’s renowned party spirit and flair for entertainment.

Folia de Reis, Andradina, São Paulo, Brazil

Andradina is a municipality located in the state of São Paulo in Brazil. It is located in the region of Araçatuba and Andradina. The Cultural Centre pioneers of Andradina: better known as the old station, is undoubtedly the Andradina postcard. The commune has a theatre (external), circumflex, where there has already been a scene of festivals, concerts, musicals, dances. The natural beauty can be seen in the woods and fields all around.
A tradition is maintained there. Of Portuguese origin, the sources say that the tradition came to Brazil in the 18th century. In the period from December 24th , Christmas Eve, until January 6th , the Epiphany, a group of singers and musicians roam the city singing verses about the visit of the magicians kings to the child Jesus. Ranging from door to door looking for offers, especially to collect food, animals, for the realization of the Saints Kings. The ‘Folia de Reis’ (madness of Kings), inherited from developed and Portuguese settlers in Brazil with its own characteristics; expressions preserved from generation to generation; it is a Catholic holiday that celebrates the three magicians kings. Homes visit, which lasts from the end of December until the day of the Kings, is made by organized groups, which many are motivated by social and philanthropic purposes. Properly dressed with costumes and instruments, approaches to magicians and other characters through music, dance and poetry, people who belong, enchant the population. In some cities, it is possible to admire a wonderful Nativity life-size. In addition to the musicians and singers, the group often also consists of dancers, clowns and other folk figures properly characterized according to local legends and traditions. All are organized under the direction of the master of the Kings and follow in the footsteps of the flag, performance of traditional rituals of beauty and cultural richness with veneration. In addition to this part, you could not miss the stalls of food, drinks and games, which sets the tone of the profane.


If you want to spend the holidays in the period of the ‘Folia de Reis’, it is better to make an appointment with any hotel or with owners of houses to rent for not you find without any place to stay.
This time of year is extremely hot; do not forget to take with you sunscreen and fresh clothes.

Quebec Christmas Market

In the recent years, in quebec  inspired by the European tradition for Christmas markets, those markets start to multiply across the province. Typically installed outdoor, Christmas markets are an opportunity to participate in several traditional activities (workshops, demonstrations, animations,…), to attend various shows (dances, songs, stories…), to do some shopping with artisans, enjoy typical and comforting, festive dishes in short, enjoy with the family or between friends, the magic of the holidays, a glass of war wine in hand!


Here are some suggestions for Christmas markets which are held in different regions of Quebec. Dress warmly and enjoy the walk!

Montreal region

If the visits of the famous Salon des métiers d’art (Place Bonaventure) and the Nutcracker market (Palais Des congres) are very pleasant and allow both to buy art, handicrafts and delicacies, it’s an indoor events. To be closer to the experience of European Christmas markets, put the cap on the following locations:

Christmas in the Park (Montréal)

From first to December 26, event is in three places in Montreal, Sun Life financial Esplanade, the Olympic Park as well as the Park of the companions of Saint Laurent and the Lahaie Park, both on the Plateau Mont-Royal. Besides the traditional activities, Christmas in the park presents this year 50 free concerts for all tastes, Mononc’Serge and sportsmen (December 12), quality Motel (13 December), Random Recipe and Betty Bonifassi (December 19), and Elisapie, Stefie Shock, and Daniel Boucher (December 20).

Christmas Market and traditions (Longueuil)

In the charming setting of Old Longueuil, the atmosphere of the Christmas Market is worth a visit on weekends, from 29 November to 21 December. To recall a small village of old, sixty illuminated houses are located at St. Mark Park, which also host more than 70 producers and artisans. On the program: Santa Claus visits P’tit Train du Nord, workshops for children, selling Christmas trees, singing, music, dance, comedy, and more.

The Capitale-Nationale

If the Old Port of Quebec Market takes festive Christmas tunes during the month of December also set course for the following foreign markets:

German Christmas Market (Old Québec)

From November 28 to December 14 (closed Mondays and Tuesdays), a small village of houses will come alive on the place of the City Hall of Quebec and its gardens, the German Christmas Market. You will find (mulled wine, sausages, German cakes, gingerbread, hot chestnuts, etc.), but also crafts and decorative items. Innovations this year a giant Christmas tree, a mountain chalet restaurant and more booths and products!

Christmas market in the Jacques-Cartier (Stoneham-et-Tewkesbury)

From 12 to 14 December in Stoneham, the Christmas Market of the Jacques-Cartier has over fifteen producers, local artists and artisans. Music, Christmas lights, entertainment, shows, creative workshops and sports activities are also waiting for you.

The Christmas Market in Baie-Saint-Paul (Charlevoix)

Enjoy the magical atmosphere of the Christmas Market in Baie-Saint-Paul, in the heart of Charlevoix artisans, local producers and artists come together in the spirit of the European Christmas: kiosks, lighting the large Christmas tree, gathering folkloric shows, traveling entertainment, competition leaders, Santa Claus race, and more. From 28 to 30 November, and December 5 to 7.

Across the province

Visit the Christmas Market in l’Assomption

(29 November to 23 December), where you can discover artisans, enjoy delicious local produce, warm up before the braziers, enjoy mulled wine, admire the lights and let yourself be charmed by music and friendly atmosphere!

Also visit the Christmas Markets in downtown Joliette, from 4 to 23 December. An exciting program awaits you, including a multimedia work, an exhibition of the artist Jacques Thisdel, the horse-drawn carriage rides, tasting a giant gingerbread, a parade, and a host of other activities and entertainment including highlight is undoubtedly the evening of 19 December, whit DJ Champion will make visitors dance outdoors.

Eastern Township

Hard to miss the Christmas Market of Sherbrooke, illuminated by one of the biggest Christmas tree in Canada … and a big wheel! From December 4 to 21, you can explore the artisans’ village where they will be happy to show their products and works in the holiday spirit.

Christmas markets of old town Quebec Drummondville

As part of the activity The illuminated town Desjardins Village Québécois d’Antan in Drummondville, the century-old houses in the main street of the village welcome craftsmen who will make you discover jewelry, chocolates, stained glass windows, wooden chests, wine, jams, etc. On 12 and 13 December and from 19 to December 31 (except December 25).

The Christmas Market in Val-David (13 and 14 December)

Christmas Market in Mont-Laurier (20 and 21 December)

Christmas Light – Notre-Dame-du-Cap


From 12 to 14 and from 19 to 21 December, the Shrine of Our Lady of the Cape will host a Christmas market, as part of the annual event Christmas Light. In a magical atmosphere, you can take part in activities or visiting attractions (forest of a thousand lights, reduced model, stained glass or heritage chapel). A rewarding family outing and a chance to find unique gifts for all.

In addition to this list, small fairs and Christmas markets are pointing the nose everywhere in November and December. So stay tuned to what is organized near you!