The Casse-Noisette Market, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

The Casse-Noisette (Nutcracker) Market is a Christmas market philanthropic in Montreal on the ground floor of the Convention Center Galleries. This event was created in 2010 by Les Grands Ballets in favor of the Nutcracker Fund for Children. You will find many exhibitors who were selected for their rarity, quality and originality of their products and each exhibitor will give 10% of its sales to the Nutcracker Fund for Children Grands Ballets. These funds are used to help children from disadvantaged backgrounds to attend a performance of the ballet and also to participate in educational workshops. The funds are also used to restore the costumes and scenery of the show. This lets around 2,800 children to participate.

Tips

The event takes place from November 29th to December 9th 2018 and it opens at 11:00.
You can reach the place by subway; go down at the Place d’Armes metro station (orange line) or by bus; lines 55 or 129.
Go with your family and friends, it’s for a good cause and the admission is free.

St. Joseph’s Oratory, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

St. Joseph’s Oratory is the largest church in Canada, located on the northwest flank of Mount Royal in Montreal. The secondary element of the site is the Catholic basilica whose dimensions, its cross and the dome (60 m high and 39 m in diameter) are remarkable. The place has gardens where you can take a holy path with several sculptures that represent the Passion of Christ. Brother André took the initiative for its construction which started through donations and in 1904 a small modest chapel dedicated to St. Joseph, was inaugurated but it could not contain all the faithful while its doors were open and the faithful were praying outside so they decided to expand the place and the same was extended twice for the present appearance that can accommodate 1,000 people. The walls are covered with silver granite and the dome is covered with copper. There are several sculptures, paintings, stained glass windows, a chime and a large important organ. There are 283 steps to climb to the oratory and nearly a hundred are in wood for pilgrims who want to get it on his knees. Outside the church there is the Chapel of Brother André that is also his grave. He was beatified in 1982 by Pope John Paul II. Father André was known to receive sick people and heal them through his prayers to St. Joseph so there is a chapel where you’ll see the canes, prostheses, corsets, etc., which left the sick who felt healed.

Tips

At Christmas time, you can visit a part of a collection of more than 900 nativity scenes in the Oratory Museum.
The heart of Brother André is exposed behind a wrought iron gate in the exhibit room dedicated to his life and his work.

Boutique Ricardo, Saint-Lambert, Quebec, Canada

Boutique Ricardo is a shop on the South Shore of Montreal who introduced us to the universe of Ricardo, the renowned chef followed for several years through its programs on Canadian television and in other countries. If you are a lover of the kitchen you will find everything you need even as Ricardo cookbooks. There are products of known brands and of course accessories of Ricardo collection. Inside Space Ricardo include Mama Choka, a chocolate shop that offers nuts, marshmallows, assorted chocolate bars, etc. To complete the store, there is a café that offers a few simple dishes thought by Ricardo, where you can also buy some products.

Tips

If you want to go to the café in a group, it is appropriate to reserve the places especially if you go at weekends.

If you can not visit the place, go and see all products on the Ricardo site and you will be able to buy them online.

310, rue d’Arran, Saint-Lambert
J4R 2T5, Qc, Canada