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Cold weather festing hath no fury like the ever-strengthening MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE winter arts and culture festival, which brightens moods and sets downtown Montréal alight with excitement each and every year. A blizzard of entertainment and activities awaits visitors at both indoor and outdoor locales, so let this be your guide to navigating the storm. THE EVENT The 17th edition of the MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE winter arts and culture festival at various locations in downtown Montréal from February 18 to March 5, 2016. WHAT YOU’RE GETTING YOURSELF INTO Over the course of 17 days, MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE will enjoy some 1,300,000 visits from fearless fun seekers at what has become one of the largest winter festivals in the world. The annual happening hosts an expansive, eclectic and high-powered program of performing arts (live music, theatre, dance, circus arts and more) at many of the city’s best venues. There are also almost innumerable gastronomic options (some 500 chefs, wine producers and culinary experts have participated over the years) and a lively range of events and activities on the action-packed outdoor site that visitors can participate in. THE LAY OF THE LAND Where everything’s happening The almost 200 paid indoor performances and… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: January 15 to 21

Montréal makes the most of every snowfall with the incredible winter activities of Fêtes des Neiges, outdoor dance party Igloofest, restaurant event Happening Gourmand, international dance, theatre and film, and all kinds of live music. Winter entertainment Montréal is well known for brightening up winter and helping you keep your most fun New Year’s resolutions – this week get happy in the snow at Fêtes des Neiges, a family-friendly weekend of activities, from giant ice slides to zip lines, and entertainment at Parc Jean-Drapeau. Keep your parka on for the nighttime entertainment of massive outdoor dance party Igloofest, now in its 10th year – this Friday go for Paul Kalkbrenner, Kim Ann Foxman, Alicia Hush and more, while on Saturday it’s Dave Clarke, Misstress Barbara, Debbie Døe and more, along with eye-popping visuals, at the Jacques Cartier Pier in the Old Port. Outdoors at Place des Festivals, play on the 30 illuminated see-saws of interactive art exhibition Luminothérapie until January 31. Go ice skating and sliding at Village MAMMOUTH at the Olympic Stadium Esplanade, skate to music at the Old Port’s Bonsecours Basin rink, and cheer as the Montréal Canadiens play the Boston Bruins at the Bell Centre on January 19…. / Read More →

Free things to do this December in Montréal

We anticipate December’s holiday shopping, gift giving and celebratory meals and parties long before the first snow falls, yet Montréal also offers a flip side that doesn’t cost a thing and can often be just as glamorous. Read on for free and easy December fun! Merry making Old Montréal’s December-long winter extravaganza, Merry Montréal, adds shine to the Old World edifices and glitter to the cobblestones – drink free hot chocolate and coffee, watch Christmas-themed films like Home Alone and Elf on an outdoor screen, warm up around fires, bring kids to see Santa at the Christmas market at Place Jacques-Cartier, call the North Pole, broadcast holiday wishes on “Wish-a-Phones,” and top it all off at the end of the month with the Merry Montréal New Year’s Ball. Outdoor illumination Become a kid again – or just join the kids at play already – at this year’s edition of Luminothérapie, an interactive-art playground filled with 30 seesaws emitting sound and light at Place des Festivals, beginning December 10. Also watch for state-of-the-art video projections on nearby Théâtre Maisonneuve and UQAM’s President–Kennedy building as well as the Grande Bibliothèque, UQAM bell tower and five more looming facades. Winter in the parks… / Read More →

Dance the Winter Away at Igloofest 2015

When the going gets cool, the cool get dancing in Montreal’s Old Port. As the mercury hits rock bottom in January and February, the bottom end gets a boost for the thousands upon thousands of electronic music fans who bundle into Igloofest’s Igloo Village over four weekends of top-rated local and international DJs…

Infographic: Igloofest 2015 in Montréal’s Old Port

IGLOOFEST 2015 is ready to bring the heat to Montréal! Check out this infographic for a quick reference to ticket prices, dates and the incredible DJ line-up. Remember to bundle up! If you wear the proper attire, then Igloofest could be best night of your year. Without the right gear, you’ll spend the entire night thawing inside instead of dancing outside! Note: The infographic is an animated GIF so please let it load before scrolling. Details January 16 – February 8, 2015 Jacques-Cartier Quay in the Old Port of Montréal Some icons made by Freepik from is licensed by CC BY 3.0

Montreal’s Olympic Park Winter Village 2015

We can be comfortably certain that the African wise man or woman who coined the proverb “It takes a village to raise a child” wasn’t figuring Montreal’s Olympic Park Winter Village into their observation. Still, as villages go, while our annual celebration of winter recreation may or may not raise your offspring’s life game, it’s pretty much guaranteed to supply him or her (or you) with the kind of outdoor frozen fun that creates memories that do indeed last a lifetime.

Montreal Holiday Guide for the Family

Deck the halls with a sparkling array of family-friendly things to do and see in Montreal this season. Dancing rats, ride-able train sets, roasted marshmallows, a veritable choir-palooza and answers to the burning question “Who Is the Real Santa Claus” are all part of the festive fun…

Winter Sports in Montreal 2014

For sports-minded Montrealers, plunging winter temperatures and copious amounts of frozen precipitation are less of an impediment to activity than they are an invitation to get outdoors and indulge themselves in a variety of different sporting options that are otherwise impossible during the steamy summer months…

A Very Merry Holiday and New Year’s Eve Party In Old Montreal

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The snow is making us cozy, the holidays are making us generous, and the typical holiday snacks are making us hungry. With unique outdoor activities to artisan shopping fairs, Montreal knows how to make the most out of the winter holiday season. Check out the very merry activities happening in Old Montreal from December 13, 2014 to January 3, 2015 for Merry Montreal!

Where to enjoy a delicious hot chocolate in Montréal

Montréal is a city of festivals and we will find any reason to party. From month-long summer festivals to ones that take the winter by storm, we let nothing hold us back. Celebrating the season and the gift of frostbite, one needs to prepare adequately for outdoor activities; warm jacket, toque, scarf, gloves and the quintessential hot chocolate.