13 things to do in Montreal today: Sunday, December 31

Dec 30 2017, 5:54 am

It’s the last day of 2017! There are plenty of exciting things happening around town today. Get out there and ring in the New Year in our wonderful city.

Montreal- New Year’s Eve Party

Montreal has a huge celebration planned to ring in the New Year.

A huge New Year’s Eve party will take place at Quai Jacques-Cartier and Place Jacques-Cartier as part of this year’s Merry Montreal festivities.

Merry Montreal is combining New Year’s Eve festivities and Montreal’s 375th-anniversary celebrations into one epic night.

Where: Quai Jacques-Cartier and Place Jacques-Cartier
When: December 31, 2017, to January 1, 2018
Time:  6 pm to 2 am
Admission: Free!

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.

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

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:  Until 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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