How to make your own New Year’s Eve in Montréal

Jamie O'Meara

Jamie O'Meara is Editor-in-Chief at C2 Montréal and the former Editor-in-Chief of alt-weekly newspaper HOUR Magazine.

This page was updated on December 23, 2021.

NOTE: Government and public health authorities recently announced new sanitary measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. We strongly recommend that you call or consult the websites of the businesses mentioned in this article before making plans.

Just because the boisterous dance parties and other spirited gatherings that usually accompany New Year’s Eve in Montréal are on hold this year, it doesn’t mean the city’s always-deep desire to celebrate is in any way diminished. Here are a few suggestions for putting the happy in your New Year, from the comfort of your own home, or safely with your own family outdoors in neighbourhoods around the city. 

Live the magic of the holidays

Experience Old Montréal's restaurants invite you to experience the magic of the holidays with a sumptuous selection of the best places to enjoy delicious food and drink. Whether it's for brunch, dinner, or New Years Eve, now is the time to share a little holiday cheer with your loved ones. For those who can’t to come in person but want to support their favourite restaurant, you can purchase gift cards. They are valid in more than 20 establishments in Old Montréal, including more than 10 restaurants, terraces, hotels and spas

Get into the spirits of the season

In the absence of your fave New Year’s cocktail bar, assume the role of barkeep yourself and get things shakin’ with a little home-made mixology. Montréal’s exploding craft distillery scene is home to a diversity of imaginative spirits with names as creative as the contents of the bottles, including Oshlag Gin Hibiscus (named for the city’s Hochelaga-Maisonneuve neighbourhood), Cirka Terroir vodka (with licorice and caramel aromas) and Distillerie de Montréal Orange Électrique spritz (a gentian-based bitter liquor). We suggest you let Rose Simard, a Montréal entrepreneur and the founder 1 ou 2 Cocktails, provide you with a little (a lot) of mixing inspiration

Rock your New Year’s Eve tunes

If you’re going to play bartender at your New Year’s Eve soirée, you might as well multitask and put your DJ hat on as well. Get your gang cutting the (living room) rug with these great playlists assembled by Montréal artists. Lists run the gamut from disco to hip-hop to jazz, and there are even playlists courtesy of indie music festival Pop Montréal, weekly electro dance party Piknic Électronik and a special holiday mix featuring Montréal musicians.  

Brighten up your New Year’s Eve!

Each winter, art event Luminothérapie shines a little light into our lives with fun, luminous, interactive and contemplative works in the Quartier des Spectacles. The 12th edition of Luminothérapie taps into Montréal’s affinity for technological innovation with a playfully artistic edge, turning downtown’s Quartier des spectacles into an interactive (and highly Instagrammable) art playground from December 2 to February 27.

Why not an evening walk?

Montréal is a true City of Lights all year round, but it shines particularly bright during the winter holiday season as we prepare to welcome the New Year. Alongside bustling shopping streets bedecked in twinkling lights like Sainte-Catherine Street, the streets of Old Montréal are sparkling with the spirit of the season. You can download a PDF map of the holiday highlights of this historic quarter here.

Jamie O'Meara

Jamie O'Meara is Editor-in-Chief at C2 Montréal and the former Editor-in-Chief of alt-weekly newspaper HOUR Magazine.

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