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Things to do in Montréal: January 20 to 26

It’s a busy, entertaining winter week in Montréal as the city’s 375th anniversary continues – have fun at outdoor family-friendly festivals, a soapbox derby, late-night open-air parties, world-class dance productions and art exhibitions, rock shows and more. Wintery ways to celebrate Montréal Montréal’s 375th anniversary Les Hivernales events keep us active this week, starting with another weekend of free and family-friendly activities at Fête des neiges, transforming Parc Jean-Drapeau into a playground with a massive ice-sculpted Pirate ship, snow tubing, a Ferris Wheel, live shows and so much more. Downtown, be sure to catch the high-speed La Descente Saint-Denis soapbox derby race on Jan. 21. Go ice skating in the Old Port or party at electronic music festival Igloofest, pairing exquisite visuals with electronic music by   Josh Wink, Steve Bug and more artists on Friday and Chris Liebing, Jennifer Cardini and more on Saturday, while Claptone and Lauren Lane get weekend #3 going on Jan. 26. And day or night, try Igloofest’s Nordik ice slide on Place Jacques-Cartier or visit the Nordik Village next to Quai Jacques-Cartier. Repost from @vieuxportmtl Vous avez bien lu. @mtlzipline ouvert les fins de semaine de l’hiver et pour la période des Fêtes. | This is real people! @mtlzipline will be open on weekends during the winter and… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: January 13 to 19

Montréal makes the most of winter weather this week at outdoor festivals for families and party-goers alike – celebrate the city’s 375th birthday with us by dancing in the snow, tubing down ice slides, skating in the parks, drinking by the fireplace, singing along to your favourite songs and more! 375th anniversary activities Winter activities meet Montréal’s 375th anniversary head on this week, in Les Hivernales events. It’s the first weekend of free and family-friendly Fête des neiges activities at Parc Jean-Drapeau, including a massive ice-sculpted Pirate ship, snow tubing, a Ferris Wheel and live shows. And it’s the second weekend of the also free and family-friendly Barbegazi winter action sports festival downtown – try the skill-testing obstacle course, snowskating, fatbiking and more, Jan. 13-15. Electronic music festival Igloofest brings the party to the Old Port, pairing exquisite visuals with electronic music by Carl Cox, Miss Me and other electro greats on Friday and Joris Voorn, Djdeanja Schneider and more on Saturday, while MK, Will Clarke and Ardalan get weekend #2 started on Jan. 19. And you don’t have to stay out late to try Igloofest’s Nordik ice slide on Place Jacques-Cartier or visit the Nordik Village next to Quai Jacques-Cartier. More winter wonders There’s nothing quite like playing outside in the… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: January 6 to 12

Montréal officially kicks off celebrations for its 375th! The city marks its momentous anniversary this week – and all year – with seasonal activities and events, including a winter action sports festival, a giant ice slide and winter villages, an outdoor electronic music fest, all kinds of art and more. It’s January at maximum fun! Winter activities Les Hivernales events kick off Montréal’s 375th anniversary, beginning with the free Barbegazi winter action sports festival, Jan. 6-8 and 13-15 downtown – try the skill-testing obstacle course, snowskating, fatbiking, wood cutting and Christmas-tree throwing. Montréal has even more free things to do this winter – go ice skating at Mount Royal Park’s Beaver Lake or Park La Fontaine and at the Olympic Stadium Esplanade’s Village Mammouth where there’s also a tube slide, food and drink, and an activity area for kids. In Old Montréal, take a ride down the Nordik ice slide on Place Jacques-Cartier, opening Jan. 12 – and when you get to the bottom, visit the Nordik Village next to Quai Jacques-Cartier – both built by electronic music event Igloofest. Spin fairy-tale images in giant zoetropes at this year’s Luminothérapie art playground at Place des Festivals. And now that the World Junior Hockey Championships has finished a stellar series at the Bell Centre, watch the Montréal Canadiens return to home ice on Jan. 9… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal December 30 to January 5

Ring in the New Year in Montréal with fabulous gourmet dinners and glamorous parties, ice skating under a firework-filled sky, cabaret shows or hockey games, or simply a relaxing walk along snowy streets. Happy New Year! New Year’s in Montréal In the city that parties hard no matter what the weather, New Year’s Eve might be the biggest, wildest party night. Expect fun before and after midnight at Montréal’s family-friendly and free New Year’s Eve Party in the Old Port with fireworks and live music from Alex Nevsky, Bernard Adamus, Klô Pelgag and more. Dance the night away with Gogol Bordello at L’Olympia, in the SAT’s immersive audiovisual dome or at Île Soniq’s Ceremonie 2017 with Dirty Audio and Jason Ross. Some of Montréal’s best hotels throw their own swanky, champagne-flowing events, as does the Casino de Montréal and almost every bar in the city – find out where to be on NYE in our New Year’s Eve Guide and make your New Year’s resolutions Montréal-style. Outdoor activities Take a winter walk through beautiful Old Montréal, where Place Jacques-Cartier features a market, entertainment, fire pits and warm drinks courtesy of Merry Montréal until New Year’s Day. Step inside the art-filled 13 giant zoetropes of this year’s Luminothérapie outside Place des Arts. Rent skates and take a turn on the Old Port’s… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: December 23 to 29

Montréal slows its pace this week for the holidays yet there’s still so much to do – go gift shopping or ice skating, see The Nutcracker or a hockey game, warm up by a fireplace or dance late into the night. However you celebrate, Montréal wishes you a happy holiday season. Let it snow  Downtown’s Le Grand Marché de Noël de Montréal stays open throughout Christmas Eve –  find gifts, food and drink, kids activities, live music and Canada’s tallest Christmas tree on Sainte-Catherine Street outside Place des Arts. Right around the corner, art lights up when you push levers in the 13 giant zoetropes of this year’s Luminothérapie. Listen to live music, eat, drink and roast marshmallows over open fires at Noël dans le Parc at Place Émilie-Gamelin, Parc des Compagnons and Parc Lahaie, open right up to and including Christmas Day. Go ice skating at the Old Port’s Natrel Skating Rink or at Village Mammouth, turning the Olympic Stadium Esplanade into a winter fun zone with a refrigerated rink, tube sliding, food trucks and a market. See our round-up of winter activities for all ages for more things to do, including tropical adventures at the Botanical Garden and Biodôme, hosting Christmas for the Animals on Dec. 26. Last-minute shopping Outdoors, in beautiful Old Montréal there’s a… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: December 16 to 22

Montréal glitters this week as artistic light projections play across Mount Royal’s peak, outdoor activities keep everyone warm, markets beckon with local creations, The Nutcracker ballet delights, and live music has us singing along. Winter in the city Downtown’s Le Grand Marché de Noël de Montréal transforms Sainte-Catherine Street into a sparkling wonderland outside Place des Arts – find gifts and goodies, kids activities, live music and Canada’s tallest Christmas tree. Right around the corner, make art move with the push of a lever in the 13 giant zoetropes of this year’s Luminothérapie. The Old Port’s Natrel Skating Rink lights up with fireworks on Dec. 17. Hear music, eat, drink and even see Santa during Noël dans le Parc at Place Émilie-Gamelin, Parc des Compagnons and Parc Lahaie. Village Mammouth turns the Olympic Stadium Esplanade into a winter fun zone with ice skating, tube sliding, food trucks and a market. See our round-up of winter activities for all ages for more things to do, including tropical adventures at the Biodôme and the Botanical Garden. And find seasonal solace at some of the city’s most stunning churches and other sacred sites. Rise and shine au Salon des métiers d’art. J6. Une photo publiée par Baltic Club (@lebalticclub) le 13 Déc. 2016 à 8h58 PST Shop local, shop… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: December 9 to 15

The festive season truly fires up this week in Montréal – the city celebrates with outdoor events and markets brimming with local treats, Santa’s doing photo-op visits, The Nutcracker ballet graces the stage, along with Christmas concerts, a Leonard Cohen tribute and more. Festive fun outdoors In the heart of downtown, outdoor market Le Grand Marché de Noël de Montréal glitters alongside Canada’s tallest Christmas tree outside Place des Arts – find locally made gifts and goodies, activities for kids, live music and more. While there, take a turn on the colourful 13 giant zoetropes of this year’s Luminothérapie interactive outdoor art. Merry Montréal adds entertainment, a market, fire pits, films and warm drinks to the ambience of Old Montréal, and fireworks light up the Old Port’s Natrel Skating Rink on Dec. 10. Live music and circus, food and drink, weekend visits with Santa – and with friendly sheep and amusing elves too! – make Noël dans le Parc a must at downtown’s Place Émilie-Gamelin and at Parc des Compagnons and Parc Lahaie in the Plateau. Over at the Olympic Stadium Esplanade’s Village Mammouth go ice skating and tube sliding, snack on food truck fare and shop at the winter market. Find Santa and more seasonal things to do in our round-op of winter activities for… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: December 2 to 8

That festive holiday glow hits the streets of Montréal this week – a massive Christmas tree and an interactive art installation illuminate downtown’s Place des Festivals, markets packed with local creations pop up everywhere (and so does Santa), and new art, film and live music inspire. Festive outdoor events Canada’s biggest Christmas tree, illuminated by thousands of lights, brightens up December outdoor market Le Grand Marché de Noël de Montréal, where you’ll find all kinds of local gifts and goodies plus an activity area for kids, live music and more. Right around the corner, play in the 13 giant zoetropes of this year’s Luminothérapie interactive art project, opening Dec. 7. There’s more joy to be had at Noël dans le Parc at downtown’s Place Émilie-Gamelin (opening Dec. 2 with live music from Beat Market and Loco Locass) and at Parc des Compagnons and Parc Lahaie in the Plateau all month, as well as at the Merry Montréal celebrations in Old Montréal.  Santa also comes to the Plaza St-Hubert Christmas Parade on the evening of Dec. 2, Mount-Royal Avenue celebrates with the annual Noël sur l’Avenue all month, including a candle-lit parade and fireworks at  Parc La Fontaine on December 3 at 7 pm. Find more Santa and seasonal things to… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: November 25 to December 1

Montréal says goodbye to November and hello to December with glittering outdoor entertainment and indoor magic kingdoms, Cirque du Soleil’s OVO, designer Christmas markets, amazing new films, dance and theatre, and concerts for all tastes. Winter ready Step into an entertaining winter wonderland during Noël dans le Parc at downtown’s Place Émilie-Gamelin and at Parc des Compagnons and Parc Lahaie in the Plateau neighbourhood, starting Dec. 1. Meanwhile in Old Montréal , join in the Merry Montréal celebrations, featuring a market on Place Jacques-Cartier, live music, food, microbrews and more. Visit Santa at the Complexe Desjardins Magic Kingdom, where you’ll also find a mini train and carousel, multimedia show Fontaine Boréale and performances, or find Santa in many forms at the historic Stewart Museum in a magical (and free) figurine exhibition. And explore the city streets with Art Public Montréal and in smart-phone multimedia tour Cité Mémoire in Old Montréal. Seasonal shopping Go shopping for locally made home decor, toys, clothing and accessories, beauty products, food, drink and more at the Marché Casse Noisette, transforming the lower promenade of the Palais des congrès into a glittering marketplace, Nov. 24 to Dec. 4. There’s more creative Montréal-made goods at the Souk @ SAT designer market, Nov. 30 to Dec. 4. Or shop vintage at the Empire Exchange launch in Mile End on Dec. 1. We’ve… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: November 18 to 24

As Montréal waits for its first snowfall, Santa Claus arrives in a parade, Mozart’s Don Giovanni and wild circus shows thrill, new art and film transform perceptions, and live music from electro to Bach rocks our world. Seasonal sights Santa comes to town early for Montréal’s annual Santa Claus Parade on Nov. 19 along Sainte-Catherine Street starting at 11 am at Fort Street and ending at Place des Festivals – see floats, marching bands, Santa and his elves, and more! Walk through the city streets and among the skyscrapers on tours by Art Public Montréal. See another side of Montréal in quaint neighbourhoods and big parks, and step into the past in Old Montréal on multimedia tour Cité Mémoire. Indoors, see Nintendo characters in lifelike wax at the Grevin Museum’s Super Mario and Friends exhibition, and go on tropical and outer space adventures at the Space for Life’s Botanical Garden, Insectarium, Biodôme and Planetarium. In sports: the Montréal Canadiens play the Toronto Maple Leafs on Nov. 19, the Senators on Nov. 2, and the Hurricanes on Nov. 24 at the Bell Centre and Montréal’s Minor League Soccer team the Impact play Toronto FC on Nov. 22 at Olympic Stadium. Go shopping for all kinds of cute kids’ stuff at Marché Néné in Mile End this weekend, or get… / Read More →