November is here, and with it comes a fresh wave of festivals, events, and activities in Montreal! Whether you’re diving into the holiday spirit, or simply looking for delightful food, music, and cinematic experiences, there’s no shortage of options.
We’ve compiled a list of standout events that deserve a spot on your November calendar. So, as the last traces of fall linger, let’s dive into what this month has in store for us.
Kicking off the month is the eagerly anticipated MTL à TABLE, now in its 11th edition, and it’s sure to be a culinary delight. With over 125 restaurants from Montreal participating, you’ll have a wide array of flavors and cuisines to explore. Each of these establishments offers special table d’hôte menus, ranging from $38 to $83, featuring enticing 3 or 4-course meals.
While reservations aren’t mandatory, it’s a wise move to secure your spot directly with the restaurant of your choice. MTL à TABLE promises to be an incredible journey through Montreal’s diverse culinary landscape.
Date: November 3rd-19th, 2023
In the heart of November, the Bach Festival arrives, bridging the past and present through the timeless compositions of Johann Sebastian Bach. This event is a beautiful celebration of classical music that features an impressive roster of around 30 events. Among them, you can indulge in concerts, recitals, enlightening discussions, and even activities tailored for the younger generation. The festival’s venues are scattered throughout Montreal, including the grand Maison symphonique, the spiritual Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal, and several charming churches.
The Bach Festival brings together both established maestros and emerging talents from across the globe, promising an incredible blend of music that transcends time.
Date: November 10th-December 3rd, 2023
Photos via Bach Festival
Get ready to embark on a cinematic journey like no other as the Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) launches its 26th edition This festival is where big names in the documentary world share the spotlight with up-and-coming talents, creating a great mix of storytelling. It is your gateway to the best of documentary filmmaking that will be taking place on the big screen in different theatres around Montreal.
For film enthusiasts, the passport ticket option is your golden ticket, granting you access to all the extraordinary, thought-provoking, and visually captivating stories being shown throughout the month. Get ready to dive into this incredible world of films at the Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) and let your cinematic senses soar.
Date: November 15th-26th, 2023
Brace yourself for the ultimate spectacle of the season, the Canadian Holiday Train! As it makes its way through Canada and the United States, this year marks the 25th anniversary edition and promises to be a memorable one. With incredible artists like Tyler Shaw, Kiesza, and Virginia to Vegas on board, it’s a holiday journey you won’t want to miss. Grab your loved ones and prepare to be dazzled as the train pulls into town.
The Canadian Holiday Train is more than just a visual treat; it’s also a heartwarming initiative. Not only does it raise funds for food banks, but it also sheds light on the pressing issue of food insecurity. At each stop, CPKC makes a generous donation to the local food shelf, and they encourage everyone to join in and contribute. So, get ready to be a part of this festive and charitable journey with the Canadian Holiday Train!
Date: Montreal: November 21st, 2023 – Other Quebec Cities: November 22nd-23rd, 2023
Photos via CPKC
Ho, ho, ho! 11AM Santa’s coming to town! It’s that time of year again when Santa Claus himself makes an appearance downtown Montreal with his annual Santa Claus parade. The 71st edition of this beloved tradition is set to kick off the holiday season with joy and wonder. With 13 incredible floats, the parade will start on René-Lévesque Boulevard, then make its way up Robert-Bourassa and along Sainte Catherine Street. Early risers can look forward to Santa Claus’s stunt at Esplanade PVM starting at 10:30 AM, and the celebration doesn’t stop there. After the parade, make sure to check out Les Petites Tounes concert at 12:15 PM.
Every year the Santa Claus Parade marks the arrival of the holiday season, making it a must-attend event. So, grab your spot early for the best view, and let the festivities begin!
Date: November 25th, 2023
With the arrival of Santa Claus, means the gift of the Great Christmas Market, back at Quartier des spectacles for yet another exciting holiday season. This classic market features 30 charming wooden chalets, each showcasing the work of local and regional artisans. It’s a heartwarming experience for all, including your four-legged companions! Why not get ahead of your holiday shopping and explore all the handcrafted treasures?
This holiday market is a highly anticipated event for Montrealers, and the sight of these picturesque chalets never fails to ignite the festive spirit. And here’s the best part – entry to the market is free, but with such delightful finds, you’ll likely be tempted for a holiday shopping spree. After all, ’tis the season to share and discover the wonderful offerings of the Great Christmas Market!
Date: November 25th-December 30th, 2023
Photos via Noel Montreal