Montreal Christmas luxury vacation is an Ogilvy’s tradition.
Take one weekend out of your Christmas holidays schedule and experience a luxury vacation shopping trip to Montreal where a truly one of a kind experience awaits you.
Every Christmas for as long as I can remember my mother would gather all the neighbour children, bundle us up nice and warm and take us on the famous underground transportation system aptly referred to by locals as the “Metro.“
We would board the Metro porting cups of hot cocoa purchased in the Metro general store or `depanneur` and head towards downtown for our annual Christmas extravaganza. Thirty years later I still consider Montreal one of the greatest Christmas shopping luxury vacation spots in the world and a Christmas must do.
Located on one of the busiest main streets in Montreal known as Ste. Catherine Street is a Grand Dame landmark department store called Ogilvy’s and the main reason we took this yearly Christmas shopping trip and continue to do so.
Famous for its’ long held traditions this department store is one of the most luxurious and unique places to shop in Montreal. A stone built magnificent structure over a hundred years old, it is the most unique department store perhaps in the entire world. Originally, a single store it has since been transformed into a mega center that includes many boutiques and a fifth floor music hall called Tudor Hall.
Here you can spend hours shopping in boutiques such as Anne Klein, Louis Vuitton and Bugatti without ever stepping outside. As a complimentary private service personal shopping consultants like Francine Langevin will assist you with your wardrobe, Christmas wishlist and gift ideas to set you on your Merry way.
Although the shopping is exceptional it is not the shopping that attracts yearly visitors to this unique spot. For the past fifty years a Scottish bag piper has been summoned to action each and every day from noon until one o’clock to fill the department store with famous highland music.
Sitting underneath the most beautiful decorated gigantic Christmas tree Santa and his elves greet the Children as the adults are memorized by the sounds of these highland pipes ringing throughout the megacenter Outside on the streets hundreds gather to take pictures and marvel at the famous Ogilvy Christmas window. This window is decorated each and every year with a winter wonderland village that has always inspired Montrealers young and old. A integral part of this unique luxury travel experience, Christmas in Montreal would not be the same without a trip to Ogilvy’s department store window display.
Top off this unique luxury vacation experience with a weekend stay at the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth located minutes from many boutiques, restaurants, bars and theatres. The hotel is located on top of the Montreal train station and has been the hotel of choice for British royalty since its inception. The Queen Elizabeth is the top five star hotel in Montreal and as a Virtuoso exclusive member you will receive room upgrades, buffet breakfast for two daily in Bistro Le Montrealais and a 50$ food and beverage credit.
Located in the hotel is the world famous Beaver Club. After a long day of Christmas shopping this luxury vacation gourmet dining experience makes this trip extraordinary.
Our luxury travel advisors suggests that you take a romantic horse and buggy ride through the cobblestone streets of old Montreal to make your weekend the perfect Christmas luxury vacation. As snow falls lightly on your nose, you will feel like you have been instantly transported into mid century France as you marvel at the amazing stone architecture filled with French mid century royal influence that winds through old Montreal. Artists and musicians fill the streets with unique European flare and the hundreds of bars, boutiques and restaurants offer their own unique speciality items.
The perfect Montreal luxury vacation Christmas shopping extravaganza, hot homemade cocoa, a trip to Ogilvy’s Christmas window display, a caleche ride through old Montreal, and a stay at the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth, priceless.