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Les Marchés Publics de Montréal
November 2, 2021

Christmas magic transforms Montreal's public markets!

All press releases Christmas magic transforms Montreal's public markets!


Montreal, November 1st 2021 – The Christmas tree vendors will be the first to return, starting November 20, bringing the first hints of holiday magic to our public markets. It will be the perfect time to choose your tree and decorations, a few days before the opening of the eagerly anticipated Atwater and Jean-Talon Christmas markets!

The very popular markets attracted more than 50,000 visitors in 2020. These essential stops for safe Holiday shopping will be returning for their second and sixth editions, respectively. While supporting the local economy shoppers will enjoy aromas of maple, chocolate and mulled wine, as well as free family-friendly activities like the Bal de Lutins (Elves’ Ball), which will delight children and adults, all in an enchanting festive setting.

“This year, the Holidays will be all about reunions, and the public markets are working harder than ever to be welcoming places for all Montrealers. Alongside our regular vendors’ already diverse culinary offerings, the Christmas markets at Jean-Talon and Atwater markets will add some magic, with activities for families and new local products to discover. It’s an excellent way to support our businesses and celebrate all things local! We are pleased to be working with La Lutinerie once again, and to be part of the Circuit Féerique de Montréal,” said Nicolas Fabien-Ouellet, executive director of Marchés publics de Montréal.

“The Holiday season is a time not only for getting together, but also for supporting local producers and artisans. That is the central mission of all our events, and we are very pleased to be able to count on the highly effective participation of Montreal’s public markets as we work to fulfill it,” said Line Basbous, executive director of La Lutinerie, the organizer of the Christmas Villages at both Atwater and Jean-Talon markets.

The Christmas Market at Jean-Talon Market, open from November 27 to December 23, will be focused on delicious food. Based on the success of its first edition, the market will occupy twice as much space, with twice the number of vendors! There will be a multitude of local products (foie gras, cider, maple products) and gift ideas made by local artisans (jewellery, decorative items, wellness products…), as well as plenty of on-site snack options – raclette, tartiflette, churros and mulled wine will all be available to fill you with Christmas cheer. More details will be announced soon.

Christmas market dates and times
November 27-December 23, 2021.
Free admission | north side of Jean-Talon Market
November 27 to December 19: Fridays from noon to 6 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
December 19 to 23: open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Getting to Jean-Talon Market
In the winter, visitors can take advantage of 60 minutes of free parking under the permanent awnings; there are also 320 underground and outdoor spaces ($)| Metro: Jean-Talon and De Castelnau stations | Bus: 51, 55, 92 and 93.

With some 30 stands, the Atwater Market Christmas Village will have everything to delight family and friends, from gourmet products to local crafts. From November 25 to December 19, take a stroll through a Christmas wonderland and grab a bite at the sugar shack, Le Chalet savoyard or La Baraque à frites. This cherished seasonal destination for the whole family includes plenty of free activities to delight children, including sledding-and-movie nights, circus acts and much more. Stay tuned!

Christmas Village dates and times
November 25-December 19, 2021.
Free admission | On St-Ambroise St., just outside Atwater Market
November 25: 4 to 7 p.m.
November 26 to December 19: Fridays from 5 to 10 p.m., Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Getting to Atwater Market
Visitors can take advantage of 90 minutes of free parking on the street and in the market’s parking spaces | Cycling: 200 bike-locking posts are available year round | Metro: Lionel-Groulx station | Bus: 35, 36 or 108

The Jean-Talon, Atwater and Maisonneuve markets, all open year round, will welcome their Christmas tree vendors starting November 20.

The Jean-Brillant neighbourhood market will be open 24/7 until November 7, and will be dedicated to Christmas trees starting around November 20.

The Mont-Royal kiosk, whose summer season is now over, will reopen on November 5 as a sugar shack, open daily from noon to 6:30 p.m. Christmas trees will be available from the end of November.

About the Corporation de gestion des marchés publics de Montréal
The Corporation de gestion des marchés publics de Montréal is a social economy enterprise responsible for the planning, development and operation of Montreal’s public markets. Its mission is improve access to fresh food through a network of public markets that brings Montrealers closer to local farmers and agri-food businesses. Since 1993, it has been mandated by the Ville de Montréal to manage the Atwater, Jean-Talon and Maisonneuve markets, six neighbourhood markets and three Solidarity markets. It is a non-profit organization governed by a board of directors composed of five merchants and five residents of the Montreal urban agglomeration. Its membership includes nearly 200 merchants active at the public markets. The Corporation’s network of public markets is frequented by more than three quarters of Montrealers, with more than 3 million visits annually.


Diane Leblanc
Director, communications and marketing
Corporation de gestion des marchés publics de Montréal

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