Things to do in Montréal in January 2021

Robyn Fadden

Robyn Fadden is a Montréal-based writer and editor who searches out city secrets, new bands, life-changing art and things to do with her perpetually active kid. Robyn has covered major events for HOUR, MUTEK, ARTINFO, CKUT 90.3FM and more.

Ring in a new year by rediscovering Montréal’s unique sights and sounds this January. Made-in-Montréal creativity shines throughout the city, from downtown streets to Luminothérapie’s illuminated artistry and immersive experiences.

Note: Due to current public health directives, some businesses and attractions may be temporarily closed or may have reduced hours or services, so we recommend that you call ahead or visit their websites for the most up-to-date information. As well, under the province-wide curfew in effect from January 9 to February 8, 2021, residents must be home between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. so plan your activities accordingly. For more details on the current situation in Montréal, click here.

Winter city sights

Downtown is a winter wonderland this month too: just off Ste-Catherine Street, watch for the Lights on Peel illuminated artwork honouring the Kanien’keha:ka clans, while outside Place des Arts explore the terrasses of the illuminated Jardins d’Hiver until January 3 and play at Luminothérapie all month. Watch for new ways to have winter fun this season too, including colourful, creative “winter stations” in several neighbourhoods and all kinds of outdoor activities.

Illuminated urban art

One of many free things to do this winter, Montréal’s annual outdoor art event Luminothérapie brightens the whole Quartier des spectacles until March 14. This year see 10 different sound-and-light artworks throughout the area, including Loop zoetrope pods outside Place des Arts, animated video projection Index on the façade of the Pavillon Président-Kennedy, and the inflatable shadow-theatre spheres of Nouvelle Lune – unique winter fun for all ages. On the façade of the Grande Bibliothèque see MAPP_MTL's Un monde multicolore, and discover more art throughout the city.

A city of lights

In January, Montréal still shines bright: known as a City of Lights year round, Montréal keeps the twinkling lights on through winter, from the Jacques-Cartier Bridge to main shopping and restaurant avenues Sainte-Catherine StreetSaint-Laurent BoulevardSaint-Denis StreetMont-Royal Avenue and Laurier Avenue

Things to do in Montréal in January 2021

Robyn Fadden

Robyn Fadden is a Montréal-based writer and editor who searches out city secrets, new bands, life-changing art and things to do with her perpetually active kid. Robyn has covered major events for HOUR, MUTEK, ARTINFO, CKUT 90.3FM and more.

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