November 24, 2016


Montréal, November 24, 2016 – From December 2 to 24, VIA Rail Canada (VIA Rail) will be kids’ preferred transportation method at the Grand Marché de Noël de Montréal. Onboard VIA Rail’s Mini Christmas Train, decorated with holiday lights, children will be transported through the festivities at the Grand Marché. Children can board the train at the entrance to the Marché, which will take place on Place des Arts’ Esplanade and Sainte-Catherine Street. Parents can make a donation if they wish and all the donations will go to Sainte-Justine’s Tree of Lights and the Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation.

“VIA Rail is happy to partner with the Grand Marché de Noël de Montréal, a can’t-be-missed event during the holiday season,” said VIA Rail’s President and Chief Executive Officer Yves Desjardins-Siciliano. “We congratulate the organizers of this event in creating a place for Montrealers to gather and celebrate together. We hope that the many children who ride VIA Rail’s Mini Train will enjoy taking part in this festive celebration!”

About the Grand Marché de Noël de Montréal
Imagine a winter wonderland ringed with traditional wooden stalls, with play areas, activities for both young and old during the day and night, refreshment and gourmet food stalls, all on Place des Arts’ Esplanade. It’s a can’t-be-missed destination during the holiday season.

The Grand Marché de Noël de Montréal is a shopping destination for all your holiday gifts and party needs!  You will find something for everyone here: wines and quality spirits, locally made goods, sweets, jewelry, toys, and tastefully selected items. Get carried away by the magnificent songs of the choirs or get your legs moving with Jean-François Berthiaume, step-dancing master. The Grand Marché de Noël de Montréal is a tribute to tradition and guaranteed fun!

About VIA Rail Canada
As Canada's national rail passenger service, VIA Rail ( and its 2,600 employees are mandated to provide safe, efficient and economical passenger transportation service, in both official languages of our country. VIA Rail operates intercity, regional and transcontinental trains linking over 400 communities across Canada and about 180 more communities through intermodal partnerships, and safely transports nearly four million passengers annually. The Corporation was awarded seven Safety Awards by the Railway Association of Canada over the last eight years. For more information, visit: