14 things to do in Montreal this weekend: December 29 to 31

Dec 29 2017, 5:08 pm

New Year’s Eve weekend has arrived! From holiday events to New Year’s celebrations, these festivities will bring in your 2018 with a bang!

Check out the winter village at Olympic Park 

The traditional winter village at Montreal’s Olympic Park has officially returned for 2017 and 2018.

From now until March 25, 2018, you can enjoy outdoor skating on a brand new frozen trail, browse the pop-up shops and discover artisanal products, and take part in plenty of other fun winter activities.

Where: Olympic Park, 4545 Pierre-de Coubertin Ave
When: Until March 25, 2018
Time: Thursday and Friday: 4:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 am to 9:00 pm.
There are also special hours during the holidays. Check website for details.

Naturel Fire on Ice

The Old Port is about to get lit up for the holiday season. Four free musical fireworks shows will light up the sky over Montreal in December and January.

Where: Old Port, Rue de la Commune Ouest
When: December 30 and January 6, 2018
Time: All shows start at 8 pm
Price: Free!

Go skating at the Old Port skating rink 

Known for its outstanding quality of ice, excellent facilities, and breathtaking views of the city and the Saint Lawrence River, this is the place to go skating in Montreal.

When: Until March 11, 2018
Where: Natrel Skating Rink, Bonsecours Basin, Old Port

Mary Poppins at Théâtre St-Denis

A live production of Mary Poppins comes to Théâtre St-Denis for the holiday season.

Where: Théâtre St-Denis, 1594 St-Denis Street, Montreal, Quebec H2X 3K2
When: Until December 30, 2017
Times: Various show times, check website for details
Tickets: Available online

Ty Dolla $ign

Rapidly rising American singer and songwriter Ty Dolla $ign, whose real name is Tyrone William Griffin Jr., will offer his Montreal fans a reason to get the New Year’s Eve celebrations started a day early. His 2015 debut studio album peaked at number 14 on the US Billboard 200.

Where: New City Gas, 950 Ottawa St.
When:  Saturday, December 30 at 10 pm
Tickets:  Available online at $20 to $40.

Fontaine Boréale

Montreal’s amazing light-up holiday water fountain show is back at Complexe Desjardins until December 31. Come discover this year’s edition of Fontaine Boreale –an immersive light-show that features the magic of the holidays.

Where: Complexe Desjardins, 150 Saint-Catherine St W
When: Until December 31, 2017
Times: 3:30 pm, 4 pm, 5 pm, 6 pm, 7 pm, 8 pm, 9 pm, 10 pm
Price: Free

Visit Montreal’s pop-up Christmas Bar, Miracle Montreal

Last year’s Miracle Montreal was a huge success. Now Montreal’s Christmas-themed pop-up bar is back with several new pop-up locations!

Spreading joy through Christmas-flavoured cocktails and music, you won’t be able to resist stopping here for a drink in December. Miracle Montreal will have everything from jingle bell nog and Santa-quila to a Christmapolitan and a Snowball Old Fashioned.

 Various pop-up locations, check Facebook page for this year’s details!
When:  Unitl December 31, 2017

Barbie Expo

What: Come and check out the world’s largest Barbie exhibit this month. The exhibit will feature Barbies of various ethnicities, dressed in traditional clothes, as well as great Hollywood stars (Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, etc.). A separate section is reserved for haute-couture dolls, which have been dressed by Dior, Chanel, Givenchy and many more notable names from the fashion industry.

Where: Les Cours Mont-Royal, 1455 Peel Street,
When: Now until December 31

Le Banquet populaire

Inspired by Camillien Houde, the p’tit gars de Sainte-Marie, the Banquet populaire will channel the sharing spirit of Montréal’s former mayor. Enjoy this festive New Year’s Eve feast!

Where: Marché Bonsecours, Vieux-Montréal
When: December 31, 2017
12 pm 


There’s no better place to celebrate New Year’s Eve than at a concert – especially one that involves a well-known DJ and a more intimate venue. American DJ and music producer Borgeous closes the year with a dance party on December 31.

Where: New City Gas, 950 Ottawa St.
When:  Sunday, December 31 at 10 pm.
Tickets:  Available online at $30 to $60

Party du Nouvel An Montréal en Fêtes

Get ready for one of the biggest New Year’s Eve Parties in Canada! The countdown to 2018 is on!

Where: Quai Jacques-CartierQuais du Vieux-Port de Montréal
When: December 31, 2017 to January 1, 2018
 6 pm to 2 am

Visit the most decorated Christmas house in Montreal 

Sami Hajjar transforms his home into an amazing light display. Last year, his home took on a Minion Christmas theme with over 15,000 lights. This year, Hajjar is turning it up a notch with a Frozen Land theme that includes over 100,000 shining lights.

Where: 9035 Jean-Bourdon Avenue, Montreal
When: Until January 5, 2018
Time: Light shows take place at 6 pm, 7 pm, 8 pm and 9 pm


A light-up winter wonderland will be taking over Place des Festivals this winter for the eighth annual edition of Luminothérapie. This year’s display is called Impulse and it is an interactive work made up of light-up seesaws.

Where: Place des Festivals, Jeanne Mance St.
When: Until January 28, 2018
Time:  Sunday to Wednesday: from noon to 10 pm
Thursday to Saturday: from noon to 11 pm

Go snowshoeing 

Thanks to Montreal’s plethora of urban parks, there are plenty of trails for you to wander this winter. Dig that old pair of snowshoes out of your closet or rent a brand new pair, whatever you do you’re sure to enjoy this snowy activity.

When: Until March 2018
Where: Check out our handy list!

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