Winter sparkles in the heart of downtown

Jani Pronovost

Jani relishes life’s little pleasures, especially those she can share with others. She and her trusty runners regularly take to the city’s streets in search of new things to see, eat and tell stories about! Between film sessions, she channels her creative energy into the written word. 

Sainte-Catherine Street will be adorned in her prettiest winter garb for the chilly season. From November 15 to mid-March, you’ll be able to stroll through a multitude of free experiences, light installations, magical decor and stations to warm up, even in the coldest weather!

The heart of Montréal is your perfect winter destination.

Lights on Peel: Honoring the Clans of the Kanien’keha:ka

When? From November 15

Where? On Peel Street

See downtown from a different perspective as you learn about the history of the Kanien'keha: ka clans. Through different illuminations, you’ll find out more about the different clans, their composition, the animals that represent them, as well as about archaeological discoveries made on this street.

Go there to:

  • hear the stories and learn about the realities of the Kanien'kehá: ka (Mohawk) people
  • discover the history of Indigenous peoples who lived on the island of Montréal in the 15th century
  • liven up your shopping experience downtown

Follow Santa Claus: A free walk for kids of all ages

When? From November 21 to December 28

Where? On Sainte-Catherine Street

This is not a traditional Christmas movie, but it’s every bit as magical. Your mission? Find holiday-related items hidden in the store windows of downtown merchants to help Santa Claus and Rudolph. Will you give them a hand?

Go there to:

  • take part in two free activities with your little ones: the Mischievous Elves Walk and Rudolph’s Mission. (Pssst! When you participate, you become eligible for tons of prizes with a total value of over $20,000.)
  • find three traditional floats from the Montréal Santa Claus Parade, like the toy workshop, the post office and the ever-popular Santa Claus sleigh. Oh yeah, it’s the REAL one.

Luminothérapie | Cœur battant: magical light and sound

When? From December 3, 2020 to March 14, 2021

Where? Quartier des Spectacles

And then there was light! For this 11th special edition, discover several interactive, sound and contemplative works throughout the Quartier des Spectacles. Stay tuned, the full list of works will be unveiled on December 3.

Go there to:

  • experience a magical moment of sound and light that will pulse through the city every evening as a sign of solidarity with the cultural community
  • admire and interact with the iconic Loop installation, designed by Olivier Girouard, Jonathan Villeneuve and Ottoblix
  • view images by Québec illustrators inspired by the literary works of great local authors like Joséphine Bacon, Dany Laferrière and Wajdi Mouawad, among others

Winter Gardens: A magical journey at Place des Arts

When? From December 5, 2020 to January 3, 2021

Where? On the Esplanade of Place des Arts and on Sainte-Catherine Street in the Quartier des Spectacles

Don't miss this chance to experience the magic of the holidays with family or friends at the Winter Gardens. Brought to you by Montréal’s Christmas Village team, this little treasure will immerse you in the magic of the season and help you forget all your worries for a little while.

Go there to:

  • discover a very special path that will take you to the foot of a majestic holiday tree
  • relax at the Forgerie or at the Fabrique, two illuminated patios
  • be entertained by enchanting skits in front of small chalets

Odyssée, le grand réconfort

When? December 2020 to late February 2021

Where? On Sainte-Catherine Street, West from the Quartier des Spectacles

Initiative lauched by XP_MTL, explore the giant installations adorning our beloved Sainte-Catherine Street and get into the spirit of the season!

On y va pour:

  • be amazed by the giant illuminated installations
  • look at some of the most beautiful window display
  • walk along Sainte-Catherine Street, more festive than ever

Buying local: more important than ever

The magic of the holidays is coming to downtown Montréal and you can feel it already. Everything has been planned to ensure a safe and engaging experience. So why not experience winter and the holiday season in the city a little differently this year?

The program of installations and activities will let Montrealers enjoy a little comfort and light as the nights get longer and the days get colder. And downtown retailers really need our support now more than ever. That’s why XP_MTL has launched a range of initiatives to encourage Montrealers to buy local. One of these is the creation of a one-of-a-kind competition. Participating retailers will let their imaginations run wild to create original and magical window displays to light up the downtown streets. And all you have to do is vote for your favourite window display for a chance to win a grand prize. All the details are here. See you downtown!

Free street parking for the holidays!

On-street parking spaces in the Ville-Marie borough will be free on weeknights from 6 to 9 p.m., and on weekends throughout the city of Montréal. Free parking will also be available on weekends at three parking lots at the Plaza Saint-Hubert. Get all the details here.

Jani Pronovost

Jani relishes life’s little pleasures, especially those she can share with others. She and her trusty runners regularly take to the city’s streets in search of new things to see, eat and tell stories about! Between film sessions, she channels her creative energy into the written word. 

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