Suggestions for a festive outing during the Holidays

This text is part of the special Plaisirs booklet

In a week, it will be Christmas. We will then have a few days off and we will certainly want to take the opportunity to get some fresh air, body and soul, while waiting for the new year. What to do as a couple? Where to go with the family? What activities to indulge in solo? Here, the ideas …

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Before or after a skating session on the refrigerated ice ring in the Old Port, head for the Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours chapelto hear the last free Christmas concerts of the Choralies. Saturday afternoon, we’ll be all ears for Jazz pop and high heels ; Sunday for Christmas organs and santons. No reservation is necessary.

Are you interested in traditions, legends and decorations that contribute to the magic of Christmas? Kaleidoscope towers has concocted three walking tours in downtown and in Old Montreal on these themes. Two 90-minute circuits and another of 2.5 hours are offered until December 30.

In the category “I make myself sweat with joy”, the Cité thermale Förena, located in Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, leaves no one behind. In fact, between two dips, you can take part in meditation and sensory stretching sessions, as well as the German Aufguss ritual. Guided by a master of thermotherapy, it leads to a state of total relaxation in the sauna.

To sit down at a restaurant alone during the holiday season, it certainly requires “winning conditions”. In Chinatown, the new chic Italian-Japanese restaurant Tiramisu brings together two: counters and long tables promoting conviviality and a warm welcome. Tirami are meaning roughly “cheer me up” in Italian, that couldn’t be more appropriate!

On the evening of the 31st, we will rather blend in with the crowd of revelers Time Out Market. On the program, a New Year’s Eve including a festive atmosphere thanks to a musical host, a choice of dishes and a midnight toast – or not, since families are also invited to a non-alcoholic section.

Arm in arm, arm in arm, we …

… will see Suspension, at the Maison de la culture du Plateau-Mont-Royal. Multidisciplinary artist Jennifer Alleyn promises us a immersive sensory experience through his photographs, videos and installations. Until January 30, 2022.

… ski! Head for Saint-Ferréol-des-Neiges, where we will put our penates at Inn and countryside, a new unpretentious establishment located near Mont Sainte-Anne. “I imagine our visitors so comfortable that they go downstairs to have their coffee in their pajamas in the common room! »Says co-owner Patrice Drouin, mountain biking pioneer in Quebec.

… take advantage of the après-ski to be completely charming on the occasion of the English tea served by the StoneHaven mansion. Located in Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, the manor has just obtained its affiliation with the Relais & Châteaux family. Recently renovated, the prestigious establishment showcases an early 20th century decoration and layout.e century.

… can take one of the cooking or wine appreciation classes offered Workshops & Flavors, but we decide quickly, because places are flying like hot cakes! Available in Montreal and Quebec.

With the kids

On the side of Saint-Adolphe-d’Howard, we learn to ski Hok (snowshoeing) at the sports resort of Mount Avalanche or we set off on the slopes. “This small family mountain is a well-kept secret in the Laurentians: thanks to a microclimate, the conditions are always good,” says Catherine Simard, owner of theLes Conifères hostel. To prolong the pleasure of the getaway, stay with her and taste her organic scones by the fireplace.

Walking alpacas, let’s face it, it’s not trivial! The gentle “giant poodles” of Domaine Poissant, in Mont-Saint-Hilaire, nothing better than to stretch your legs along the beautifully decorated trail for the Holidays.

How about stepping into a Christmas storybook? This is what the Sherbrooke History Museum, where short stories, photographs, games and tales bring festive traditions to life. Falala, a very nice fox, and his companion Belzy, a funny little elf, guide the children through the exhibition Christmas stories (s). At nightfall, you can also participate, in Jacques-Cartier Park, in themultimedia activity Sparks, signed Moment Factory. Entrance is free, but you have to reserve your place.

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