MONTREAL — Montreal’s got hustle, bustle and some quality holiday down time.
Here’s how to have some fun this season.
First up, Pointe-a-Calliere, the Montreal Museum of Archaeology and History, presents its annual holiday meet-and-greet called “Who is the Real Santa Claus?” The event explores how the holidays are celebrated all around the world with costumed actors who play different versions of “Santa” including St. Nicholas, Lucy, Befana and Santa Claus himself. The activity starts at 12:50 p.m. Dec. 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 24, 26, 27, 28 and 29. At 350 Place Royale. Admission costs $20 for adults, $16 for seniors and $42 for a family of four. Youth and student prices are also available. Admission includes access to all exhibitions. Call (514) 872-9150 or visit www.pacmusee.qc.ca.
Most appropriate for the holiday season is “Toys,” an interactive exhibition for the young — and young at heart — at the McCord Museum. Designed for children ages 3 to 9, this year’s fourth edition features a collection of vintage space-themed toys dubbed “Mission Cosmos,” where young visitors can help a scientist find his way back home. The McCord Museum is at 690 Sherbrooke St. W. Admission costs $14 for adults, $10 for seniors (65 and over) and $8 for youths 13 to 30. Admission for “Toys” is free for children 12 and younger. The McCord is open to the public for free from 5 to 9 p.m. every Wednesday evening. Call (514) 398-7100 or visit www.mccord-museum.qc.ca.
Things get all warm and cozy with Chateau Ramezay’s annual seasonal event “Around the Fireplace ... Holiday Traditions.” Here, each of the museum’s five fireplace mantels are all thematically decorated as Yule logs, Christmas trees, stockings, Advent calendars and vintage greeting cards complement the New France holiday mood. “Holiday Traditions” runs through Jan. 5. In addition, a family activity baking workshop is held from 1 to 3:45 p.m. weekends throughout December as well as Dec. 26 through 30 and Jan. 2 through 5. Museum admission costs $10 for adults, at 280 Notre Dame St. E. Call (514) 861-3708 or visit www.chateauramezay.qc.ca.