Winter Fun in Montreal
Updated: Feb 10
Montreal is a city that never stops, not even for winter. There is a constant stream of events happening all winter, here are a few of our favorites for the next month.
Illumi: December 24 was the longest night of the year, but it will be quite some time before the days are longer then the nights again. If you are looking to ward off the winter gloom Cavalia’s Illumi is for you. Located just off shore in Laval, Illumi is a festival of lights and sounds with more than 10 million lights as part of the world’s largest multimedia light and sound show!
Walk through 8 different worlds of light including the Magic Lanterns, an Asian themed world with sparkling flowers and a mighty dragon. Or, the Infinite Poles, a magical land of igloos and penguins. Illumi also hosts many seasonal vendors and food stands to meet all your needs.
If you are worried about the trip there is a free shuttle running between Montmorency metro and the Illumi site. Tickets are selling out quickly so don’t wait to book yours.
Barbegazi: Staying active during the winter is very important for both your physical and mental health. Cold weather and short days take a toll on everyone. To promote winter sports Montreal hosts Barbegazi! A festival dedicated to winter sports and fun.
You can find all sorts of great things to do here from rock climbing, tug of war and arm wrestling to snow skating, fat biking and an obstacle course. Let us not forget our personal favorite, Ax Throwing! There is delicious food and warm fires where you can toast marshmallows. And, of course, you can meet Barbegazi himself!
Igloofest: Igloofest’s 14th installment happens between January 16th and February 8th on the Jacques-Cartier Pier in the Old Port. This two-stage venue is the heart of Montreal’s winter dance scene. With multiple dates and both local and international DJs spinning the night away.
New Years Eve in the Old Port: Montreal en Fetes is holding an out of this world New Years Eve party starting at 7pm and running to 2am at Nordic Square. This open-air concert features local artists such as Praise and Bernard Adamus and is hosted by the hilarious NEEV. This event is completely free.
Nordic Square is a generally happening place during December with activities Thursday through Sunday. There are children’s stories for the kids and bars serving local products for the adults. Relax by the fire and enjoy a live concert or walk through the public art instillation.
There are plenty more winter activities coming up in the next few months. Keep an eye out here for more suggestions to keep you active and social this winter season.