MONTREAL — Père Noel is coming to town.
With the holiday season officially under way in Montreal, here are some ways to enjoy some seasonal cheer north of the border.
First up is Pointe a Calliere’s perennial holiday favorite, “Who is the Real Santa Claus?” Attendees will meet costumed actors who play different versions of “Santas” from around the world. It’s an opportunity to mingle with Melchior; chitchat with Babushka; hang about with Black Peter; and share a tale or two with the man in red himself, Santa Claus. The activity is held Dec. 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23 and 26 through 30. English tours are at 12:45 and 3 p.m. at 350 Place Royale. Admission costs $18 for adults, $14 for seniors, and $38 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 for details.
La Tohu, Montreal’s premier circus arts venue, presents its holiday family show “Timber!” Dec. 18 through 31. Presented by the circus troupe Cirque Alfonse, the family-friendly show combines acrobatic lumberjacks, traditional Quebec music and some pretty sharp axes. Tickets start at $28. La Tohu is at 2345 Jarry St. E. Call (514) 376-8648 or visit www.tohu.ca for more information.
The Centaur Theatre presents its annual “Urban Tales,” seasonally nontraditional, original cabaret-style stage works for mature audiences only. The show is held Dec. 12 through 15 at 453 St. François Xavier St. Tickets cost $22 for adults. For questions, call (514) 288-3161 or visit www.centaurtheatre.com.
Things get all warm and cozy with Chateau Ramezay’s seasonal event “Around the Fireplace ... Holiday Traditions.” Each of the museum’s five fireplace mantels are thematically decorated as Yule logs, Christmas trees, stockings, Advent calendars and vintage greeting cards. “Holiday Traditions” runs through Jan. 6. The museum is at 280 Notre Dame St. E., and admission costs $10 for adults. Call (514) 861-3708 or visit www.chateauramezay.qc.ca for details.