November 28, 2014 — Sizzling with festivals and festivities on almost every street corner, Montréal summers serve up many flavours of fun. But Montréal did not make Lonely Planet’s list of the “happiest places on earth” based on fun in the sun alone. Montréal’s renowned festivals and nightlife, as well as its world-class restaurants, shopping and shows, make it an ideal spot for a Christmas holiday or a New Year’s Eve celebration with friends.
Celebrate good times
After snagging a souvenir bauble, revel in the festivities of Merry Montréal, Old Montréal’s holiday festival. Gaze at the breathtaking fireworks blazing up the sky at Telus Fire on Ice and enjoy the magical activities, street entertainment and wandering carolers. Taking place every Saturday night from December 13 to January 4, TELUS Fire on Ice is a musical fireworks display that lights up the winter sky over the historic Old Port. With fireworks, a countdown, and music for dancing under the stars, Old Montréal is also a great place to ring in the New Year.
When you’re ready to warm up, head over to the Balcon Cabaret Music-Hall and dance. Soul, Motown, Disco and Pop music are featured in the holiday special, which runs from November 28 to December 20 and includes dinner and a show. In addition to a soul-flavoured New Year’s Eve celebration, the Cabaret a ‘60s pop night on December 30 to get the festivities started early.
Numerous Montréal bars, restaurants and hotels have specials to help guests celebrate the New Year. Consult the Tourisme Montréal blog for recommendations.