Top 5 Winter Events in Montreal for the Family to Enjoy

If you want to get away from the daily stressors of life, you should consider making the most of Montréal's winter holiday season with your family. There, you can always find something to celebrate and indulge in joyous events. To help you save time, we have composed a list of the top 5 winter events in Montreal for the entire family to enjoy.

1.       Eva Blue

When you want to see Montreal shine throughout December, you will have plenty of Magical Holiday Events to look forward to. You should go outside Place des Arts and stroll along the Village de Noël's winter garden path Jardins d'Hiver. You can see larger-than-life decorations throughout downtown and treat your eyes to lighting installations that will make the streets more appealing. Another attraction is pop-up performances that might enchant you. There you will also find many fun & games, and holiday activities from XP_MTL

To add to the fun, you can play in this year's Luminothérapie art playground at Place des Festivals where you can have a look at illuminated, interactive art that will delight the child in your heart. You can also enjoy building facades in Place des Festivals and throughout the Quartiers des spectacle, where you will see joyful new projection art as well. Walk a few more blocks to see Ogilvy's classic holiday window display Enchanted Worlds that is on Victoria Street outside the McCord Museum.

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2.       Moment Factory

If you want to enjoy something really bright and festive, you must consider Merry Montreal's Place Nordique along Place Jacques-Cartier in mid-December. You can visit the peacefully illuminated square outside Notre-Dame Basilica. When you step inside, you can see a fantastic multimedia show named AURA. When hoping to make the most of your weekends in November or looking to do something fun every night from December 18 to January 2, you can check out the historical projections of Cité Mémoire on building facades.

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3.       Thibault Carron

The Mount Royal Park lookout is the perfect place to be when you want to see Montréal's festive glory from the top. You can also pick the 360-degree view of the city on La Grande Roue de Montréal. There you can also watch the ice skaters who are having fun at the illuminated Old Port of Montréal outdoor ice skating rink.

4.       SDC - Les Quartiers du Canal

If you want to enjoy festive lights, music, and hot chocolate, you can visit Noël dans le Parc at Place Émilie-Gamelin downtown. To make things more interesting, attend free concerts by local musicians or play holiday-themed games in Parc des Compagnons and Parc Lahaie in the Plateau neighborhood.

To complete the gifting process, you can also shop at Montréal holiday markets like the Marché de Noël de Jean-Talon at Jean-Talon Market or the Village de Noël de Montréal at Atwater Market. You can also take a stroll down Mont-Royal Avenue and enjoy its holiday atmosphere along with doing great shopping.

Also, Complexe Desjardins will transform into a Christmas village where you can enjoy concerts, do holiday shopping and have lots of holiday fun.

5.       Don't Miss Out on Holiday Music and Shows

There will be several holiday concerts and theatrical events in Montreal this year. From December 9 to 28, you can enjoy Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal's The Nutcracker. The Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal will organize the concert series Hervé Niquet and Berlioz's L'Enfance du Christ (The Childhood of Christ), Handel's Messiah, and more throughout the winter. 

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The Salle Bourgie concert hall at the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts will also present beautiful concerts this holiday season. It will include A Charlie Brown Christmas concert by the Taurey Butler Trio. If you have kids, take them to the rollicking Le grand bal de Noël.

If you want to get involved from a distance, you can sing along with the CBC Christmas Sing-In on CBC Music and CBC Radio One at noon. You can also welcome 2022 at the Merry Montréal New Year's Eve party planned for December 31, where you can find live music and a lot more!




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