One Perfect Winter Day in Montreal with Kids

Montreal. What to do in Montreal in winter with kids.
Head to the Old Port area in Montreal with your kids. Photo Credit: Catherine Parker

Sure it might be winter and the days might be shorter though Montreal offers lots of winter fun for families. With indoor activities paired with outdoor festival fun, spend the perfect day in Montreal during the winter with kids.

What to do in Montreal in Winter with Kids

Breakfast at Maison Christian Faure
Kids Cooking Class at Maison Christian Faure
Afternoon Tea at Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel
Enjoy a Montreal Winter Festival with Kids
What to do in Montreal in winter with kids.
Enjoy the best looking croissants in Montreal at Maison Christmas Fauve. Photo Credit: Catherine Parker

Breakfast at Maison Christian Faure

First, start your day with a French petit dejeuner at the Maison Christian Faure for its heavenly croissants, butter or chocolate. And sample a brioche with butter and house-made jam. Then order a café au lait or chocolat chaud.

Cooking class at Christian Faure What to do in Montreal in winter with kids.
Learn the proper technique for French pastries at the Maison Christian Fauve. Photo Credit: Catherine Parker

Family Cooking Class at Maison Christian Faure

For a family cooking class head upstairs for a pastry class taught by Chef Christian Faure, MOF–or Meilleur Ouvenir de France, or one of the other instructors. Though widely known in the U.S. the MOF is special culinary designation of the highest rank in France. With a selection of classes for families, kids 8 and older can learn how to bake a masterpiece.

With 6-hour classes, families can bake a proper French macaron, a gingerbread house, or viennoiserie and brioche, including croissants. Or choose a tart class or summertime ice cream and sorbet class.

Most importantly each family gets a professional workstation outfitted with pro tools and constant instruction. Then take home what you make.

Located in the Old Port section, find Maison Christian Faure at 355 Place Royale. Classes start at 9:30 and end at 3:30. Reservations required.

Afternoon Tea at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel. What to do in Montreal in winter with kids.
Afternoon tea is served upstairs at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel at the Roselys Restaurant. Photo Credit: Catherine Parker

Afternoon Tea at Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel

After learning the fine art of French pastry celebrate with afternoon tea at Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel. With views of the main dining room of the Rosélys Restaurant, find china teacups and an attentive staff.

Since kids enjoy fruity flavors order the Flora’s Berry Garden Herbal Tea. Additionally adults can savor a bolder tea, like the Grand Bazar Spice. For nibbling The Queen Elizabeth Hotel offers a special tea menu for guests under 12.

As one expects the tea treats are served on a silver three-tier stand. Start with the savory offerings and taste the influence of the French with a foie gras macaron. Likewise the Japanese make a mark with an maki cucumber sandwich that raised the bar on the quintessential tea time favorite with a hint of citrus.

Spend a perfect winter day in Montreal during the winter with kids. Start with the best croissants in Montreal then learn how to make a French pastry classic. Follow up with a cup of tea and end the day at one of Montreal's winter festivals. #TMOM #QuebecOriginal #Montreal #Canada

Then  find a plate of scones and clotted, or Devonshire cream. Though traditional and satisfying for Anglophiles, the scones taste like an oil-based scone recipe instead of a butter recipe.

So the delicately prepared desserts anchor the teatime stand and find a fusion of classic tea favorites with new flavors. First I eye the matcha tea and chocolate cake. Of course the thimble-sized fruit tart garnished with an edible flower tempt me. Lastly  sample a lemon meringue tartlet and a chocolate, milk foam and maple plaquette featuring delicate flavors as well.

Located in downtown Montreal at 900 Boulevard René-Levesque Quest. And afternoon tea is served Thursday through Sunday from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Montreal en Lumiere. What to do in Montreal in winter with kids.
First layer up and to spend the evening at one of Montreal’s winter festivals, like Montreal en Lumiere. Photo Credit: Catherine Parker

Montreal Winter Festivals with Kids

After a day inside play outside as the sun sets. From late November and through mid-March Montreal is famous for its outdoor winter festivals. So layer up and head outdoors.

Luminothérapie—Located in the Quartier des Spectacles it’s Montreal Light Therapy Festival. For the shortest days Montrealers enjoy a festival dedicated to light.

The Luminothérapie runs from late November to early January.

IglooFest—Located in Old Port section of Montreal this a popular music festival. With a solid line-up of electronic music it’s a must do for music-loving kids.

The IglooFest runs from mid-January to February.

Montreal en Lumiere—Located in the Quartier des Spectacles this festival features live music, a ferris wheel and an ice slide all for free. And bring some marshmallows to toast  at the numerous fire pits across the site.

The Montreal en Lumiere starts in late February and runs until mid-March.

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Catherine Parker has a passion for travel and seen all 50 U.S. States. As a former flight attendant with one of the largest airlines, there isn't a North American airport that she hasn't landed in at least once. Since clipping her professional wings after 9/11, she combines her love of the open road with visiting architectural and cultural icons. She is based out of Central Texas dividing her time between writing and restoring a pair of 100-year-old houses. She shares her life with her three kids and her husband.

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