Temperature is starting to get cold and some regions even started getting snow. It’s just a matter of weeks before Montreal is covered in snow and we all start thinking about the fun activities we can do outside! With winter just around the corner, Montreal has tons of events planned for this coming year. Here’s a list of activities you definitely don’t want to miss out on this year.
Santa Claus Parade
The annual Santa Parade which will take place on Saturday, November 17th this year is an all-time favorite! The parade begins at 11h am on rue du Fort and ends at Place des Arts at 1h30 pm. During the event, Saint-Catherine Street will be completely closed and set to open at the end of the parade, so 1h30 pm. Make sure to check it out this year, because it’s definitely the parade you don’t want to miss!
When? Saturday November 17th 2018
Where? Downtown Montreal
If you like to party then Igloofest is the place for you! Amazing DJ, dancing, drinking are all on the menu at Igloofest. The coldest music festival in the world, Igloofest is a must when it comes to Montrealers who want to party all night outside. Make sure to dress up warmly though because the festival takes place during the coldest winter months so you want to be prepared.
When? January 17th – February 2nd 2019
Where? Jacques-Cartier Quay in the Old Port of Montreal
Fêtes des Neiges
Contrary to popular belief, Fêtes des Neiges is not only for kids! Yes, they have great activities for the little ones, but they also have great things for grown-ups. Taking place from the end of January until early February, Parc Jean-Drapeau turns into a winter wonderland that is sure to blow your mind, no matter your age. Admission is free, but certain activities are not. They also offer equipment rentals for a small fee. It’s definitely worth the visit if you’re looking for something fun to do this winter outside and is cost friendly.
When? January 19th – February 10th 2019 (Saturday and Sunday only)
Where? Parc Jean-Drapeau
Montreal en Lumière
Debuted in 2000, Montreal en Lumière is an event that takes place outdoors in the streets of Montreal. It’s one of the largest winter festivals in the world and gathers up to 1 million visitors every year. The event includes culinary activities, an impressive light show, performing arts, music and so much more! With over 600 artists, 226 shows and 6 countries represented, this is an event you definitely want to add to your calendar.
When? February 21st – March 3rd 2019
Where? Quartier des Spectacles and Place des Festivals
Stay up all night and party? Yes, please! Happens only once a year and it’s a huge success every single time. Only a true Canadian can understand the fun of staying up all night to party in the below zero temperature. This winters Nuit Blanche is scheduled to take place on March 2nd, so make sure to mark it in your calendars!
When? Saturday, March 2nd 2019
Where? Old Montreal (specific address to come soon)
Le Grand Marché de Noël de Montréal
Perfect place to get unique gifts for Christmas. It’s great if you want to browse, get ideas for gifts, take in the Christmas spirit and just be merry! They also have an entertainment for the kids and great workshops along with food and wine tasting.
When? November 30th – December 23rd 2018
Where? Quartier Latin
Who doesn’t want to see Santa in his train??? The Holiday Train will be traveling all of Canada once again starting off in Montreal this year. With live music and each cabin decorated with a Christmas Theme, it’s fun to watch no matter your age. There are multiple locations in Montreal and different time slots, so make sure to check out their schedule and where the train will be so don’t miss out!
When? November 25th – November 27th 2018
Where? Multiple locations