During the wintertime, Montreal is very white due to the fall of heavy snow. The festive lights during the holiday season make the snowy landscape of the city come to life with twinkling lights, large holiday displays, and Christmas carols.
If you live in Montreal or planning to spend your holidays with family and friends in the city, here are some of the events and locations you can include in your itinerary to make your trip worthwhile. This article also lists some of the things you can do at these events.
On its 12th edition, Luminothérapie is giving the Quartier des Spectacles a more festive feel with its colorful light installations on display from December 2, 2021, to February 27, 2022. Bring your family and friends with you as you explore the whole park decked with different coloured light installations. There’s a lot of things to do here, like watching video projections, playing at the seesaws, and exploring the light installations of the park.
When? December 2, 2021 to February 27, 2022
Where? Quartier des Spectacles | Bounded by Saint-Hubert, City Councillors and Sherbrooke streets, and René-Lévesque Boulevard
Residents and tourists in Montreal always look forward to seeing not only the twinkling of Christmas lights and holiday displays but also the fireworks display at Montreal’s Old Port. Watching fireworks during the holidays is an age-long tradition in Montreal. Every year, specially selected Saturdays are nights where the sky is lit up with fireworks accompanied by music. This place is a beautiful place to cap of the night and relax under the colourful lights of the city.
When? Starting on December 15, 2021
Where? Montreal Old Port | De la Commune Street between the St. Lawrence River and Old Montreal
Aside from seeing holiday lights, shopping, and singing carols, ice skating is also one of the fun activities you can do once it starts snowing, coinciding with the holiday season. If you are up for some active, fun, and even a romantic holiday activity with friends, family, kids, and your special someone, head over to Parc La Fontaine. You can also go to the Atrium Le 1000 across the mall downtown if you prefer a smaller skating space.
During the holiday season, Mont-Royal is the place to be. This park is lined with Christmas markets, Christmas trees, and plenty of people who are there to go on a Christmas shopping spree or to simply admire the lights. The park comes to life with the different activities done in the area during this time of the year. Bring your family with you, shop, and watch the free shows and events offered each day.
The Jacques Cartier Square in Montreal is transformed into a Christmas community you would see inside a Christmas globe during the holiday season. This cobbled stone-floored square is filled with lights and markets that sell different foods, drinks, and holiday items. Aside from locals and tourists, there are holiday mascots and musical performers that flock the streets. Shopping, dining, and drinking are other activities you can do here aside from watching the different light displays at the square.
For families looking for the best place to spend the holidays doing fun-filled activities, this historic house and museum constructed in the 18th century is the perfect place to be. It is decked with Christmas lights during the holiday season, which makes it a mesmerizing place to visit to admire the view and do different holiday-themed activities, including baking workshops.
The Atwater Market’s Christmas Village is a go-to destination for an excellent holiday adventure with family and friends. This market is filled with different shops where you can buy gifts, food, and Christmas trees for your home. Of course, because this market is filled with lights, do not forget to take advantage of posing in your favorite holiday decorations and take some awesome holiday photos you can share on your social media.
When? December 19, 2021 onwards.
Where? Atwater Market | 138 Av. Atwater, Montreal, QC H4C 2H6
Step into Hogwarts this Christmas season by visiting Maison Pepin. This boutique in Montreal designed its rustic, charming alleyway to look like a store in Harry Potter’s Hogwarts. Aside from your usual shopping escapade, get your pictures taken by a professional photographer hired by this shop which can serve as a good memento for this year’s holiday celebration.
When? Every day in December
Where? Maison Pepin | 378 Saint-Paul St. W, Montreal, QC H2Y 2A6
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