Enjoy free, family-friendly activities for the holiday season!
For the holidays, Pointe-à-Callière is being transformed into a magical place where kids can have fun, create, and nurture their sense of wonder.
From November 17, 2023 to January 8, 2024
Inside and outside the Museum
350 Place Royale, Old Montréal
A magical setting
Slow the frenzied pace of the holiday season by visiting our enchanting setting on Place Royale, in the heart of Old Montréal! Gleaming trees, welcoming wooden huts, and welcoming benches will fill you with the spirit of the season.
Who is the real Santa Claus?
December 26, 2023
From 12 pm to 4 pm
December 27 to 30, 2023
From 11 am to 4 pm
5 performances per day (45 minutes each) at 11:15 am, 12:15 pm, 1:15 pm, 2:15 pm, and 3:15 pm
Youville Pumping Station (173 Place D’Youville)
Free, register at the reception area in the Éperon building
Meet Christmas characters from around the world and hear them tell their tales. Each will tell you the story of Christmas from his or her respective homeland.
So, what do you think? Who is the real Santa Claus?
Follow Santa as he looks for his runaway reindeer and trace his roots back to Saint Nicholas.
Learn more about Saint Nicholas—who rewards good children at Christmastime in Europe.
Listen as Pascual, the old man of the mountain, explains the Christmas rituals and traditions of Ecuador.
Meet Saint Lucy, who heralds the light that leads to the start of the holiday season in Scandinavia.
A world of Christmas tales and legends the whole family can enjoy!
December 26 to 30, 2023 and January 2 to 6, 2024
From 1 pm to 4 pm
Lobby of the Mariners’ House
Free upon presentation of an admission ticket of Pointe-à-Callière
Take part in creative workshops relating to the exhibitions The St. Lawrence River, Echoes from the Shores and Come Aboard! Pirates or Privateers?
Postal Art with Elaine Fafard-Marconi – December 26 and 27
Delve into the world of maritime tourism along the majestic St. Lawrence River. Vacation means… postcards! Create your own postcard using various photos and archival reproductions. They’ll be ready to mail… or to stick on the fridge!
Make an Indigenous medicine bundle with the Kina8at organization – December 28 and 29
Medicine bundles are an ancestral Indigenous tradition used to collect significant objects and symbols that serve to guide and protect the wearer. Join your family in sewing your own medicine bundle filled with herbs that grow along the St. Lawrence River.
Screen-printing on paper and cyanotypes with Léa Mercante – December 30 and January 2
Try your hand at the screen-printing technique, taking inspiration from our patterns relating to the exhibition The St. Lawrence River, Echoes from the Shores. Let your imagination run wild!
Make a lighthouse with Les Ateliers C – January 3 and 4
A fun, colourful, and festive activity that young and old alike can really get into… Build a lighthouse inspired by those that guide sailors along the shores of the river.
Art on natural stones with Les Ateliers C – January 5 and 6
Let the river be your inspiration as you create an original work of art on natural stones. Whether whale or fossil, the river is an endless source of inspiration!
Please note: crayons and drawings to colour will be available at all times to keep younger children entertained.