Winter fun at Fête des neiges
This article was updated on December 20, 2019.
Montréal winter event Fête des neiges celebrates snow days in the best ways, turning Parc Jean-Drapeau into a playground for all ages, with a massive tube-sliding hill in the park's new Espace 67 area ice slides, an ice skating path, musical entertainment and more outdoor winter activities for all ages.
Experience the height of winter like a real Montrealer – out in the snow at Fête des neiges de Montréal. Featuring classic winter activities (and food and drink to match!), the 37th edition of family-friendly Fête des neiges happens every Saturday and Sunday over four weekends, from January 18 to February 9 at Parc Jean-Drapeau, a picturesque park set on an island in the St. Lawrence River.
This year, the festival spans the new Espace 67 site, part of Parc Jean-Drapeau's recent redesign. You'll be treated to an unprecedented 16 tube-sliding lanes with a spectacular view of the city from the top of the hill. Daring sliders can try the new Super Slide lanes if they've got a need for speed. You can also ice skate on a 300 metre refrigerated path through the woods (rent skates on site or bring your own), take a snowshoeing tour and more.
With dozens of activities, Fête des neiges will have kids – and parents – playing for hours. Go sliding down the sides of a pirate-themed Ice Ship, play hide and seek in snow forts, join a game of boot hockey or giant foosball, and watch ice sculpting, theatrical circus shows by Cirque Éloize acrobats and live music by local artists. There's even a space just for younger kids to play in the Penguins' Village and a chance for 5-to-8-year-olds to learn how to downhill ski. On the main stage, comedy and circus shows keep kids laughing and polar bear mascot Boule de Neige and his friends keep us warm with aerobics dance parties and hugs. Check the Fête des neiges program for all show and tour times.
Along with the new festival site comes another change this year: a new pass system: the affordably priced pass gives individuals and families unlimited access to all activities for the duration of the entire festival – plus free admission to the Stewart Museum and 25% off admission to the Biosphère, Environment Museum.
Food and fire
Several food trucks and restaurant cabins offer comfort food and gourmet treats along with classic winter staples like maple syrup taffy on snow, marshmallows for roasting, sugary beaver tails, hot chocolate and mulled wine. Warm up zones and an indoor rest area for parents with babies provide comfortable places to take a break. Gather family and friends, dress warmly and experience Montréal winter at its best at Fête des neiges.
Robyn Fadden, blogger
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.