What does Santa do in the off season? Play ball and camp, obviously.
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Quebecers know the construction holiday isn’t a success until everyone’s celebrated Christmas in July — Noël des campeurs.The genesis of the holiday isn’t clear, though many organizations and regions have made a play for its origin story. Those most likely to make a serious claim of ownership to Christmas in July are countries in the upside-down southern hemisphere, which celebrate traditional Christmas in their summertime, and the marketing world, which never met an opportunity it didn’t like.For those who can’t make it to a traditional campsite for Noël des campeurs, Parks Canada and Montreal’s Christmas Village have teamed up to bring the celebration to the city July 26 to 28 at the Berge des Coursiers site at the foot of the Five Roses factory. Admission and parking (!) are completely free.There will be tons of live music, art and nature workshops, games for kids and adults, booths featuring local artisans and, you know it, a visit from The Big Man himself.Saturday night, campers can bring their own tents or rent one from Parks Canada to get the full experience, including a Christmas brunch Sunday morning.The site is open from noon to 11 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Various events are held at the Berge des Coursiers, Lachine Canal National Historic Site and Old Port Montreal. Visit noeldescampeurs.com for more information.Related