12 things to do in Montreal today: Sunday, January 12

Jan 10 2020, 1:00 pm

Whether it’s stripping off your pants for a metro ride, skating on refrigerated ice, or a few exhibitions, here is what’s going on around Montreal today, January 12.

No Pants Subway Ride – Montreal

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The cheekiest event of rear year is returning to Montreal today.

Because anytime you’re instructed to show up to an event “with pants,” you know something interesting is about to go down.

The No Pants Subway Ride is an annual global event started by Improv Everywhere in New York in 2002 (except we call it a “metro.”)

When: Sunday, January 12
Time: 2 to 4 pm
Where: Sherbrooke Station – Orange Line
Price: Free

Natrel Skating Rink

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Old Port Skating rink

The Natrel Skating Rink in Old Montreal is now open to the public, offering some real nice ice. If you’re brave enough to tackle the cold, strap on some skates and get moving.

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.

Even if the weather doesn’t bode well, the refrigerated ice’s surface can withstand it.

When: Sunday, January 12
Time: 10 am to 10 pm
Where: Natrel Skating Rink, Bonsecours Basin
Price: $5.22 for kids six to 12; $7.83 general admission, free for kids under six

Snow Tubing on Mont Royal



Take advantage of the pride of Montreal by snow tubing down it.

Discover the exhilaration of snow tubing down reserved lanes next to the toboggan hill overlooking Beaver Lake.

When: Sunday, January 12
Time: 10 am to 4 pm (until 6 pm on Saturdays and Sundays)
Where: Mont Royal Park
Price: $6 for 4 to 11 year olds, $10 for 12 years old and up

Notre-Dame Basilica

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Celebrate Sunday mass at Montreal’s most viewed structure at 11 am and hear a 25-person choir accompanied by the organ. Or, take a walking tour of the basilica which is an absolutely gorgeous spectacle. It is filled with hundreds of wooden carvings, several religious statues, and gigantic stained glass windows.

When: Sunday, January 12
Time: 12:30 to 4 pm on Sundays (mass starts at 11 am)
Where: 110 Rue Notre Dame Ouest
Price: Free

Nextdoor Pub & Grill

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Nextdoor Pub & Grill is the place to be on Sunday. They offer deals at both ends of their hours – bottomless caesars and mimosas in the afternoon and 29 cent chicken wings at night. Park yourself at Nextdoor for as many caesars or mimosas you can handle and then relax by eating all the 29 cent wings as you can.

When: Sunday, January 12
Time: 8 am to 3 pm caesar/mimosa deal, 4 pm to midnight wing special
Where: 5175A Rue Sherbrooke Ouest

Let’s Get Married 2020

If you’re about to get hitched, the Let’s Get Married show features a variety of wedding specialists giving wedding tips and their essential products for both bride and groom will be for sale.

When: January 11 – 12
Time: 10 am – 5 pm
Where: Place Bonaventure, 800, rue de la Gauchetière
Price: $4.75, available online

The Phantom of the Opera


The classic musical, from composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, makes its way to the gorgeous Théâtre St-Denis for a French version of the popular play.

When: Sunday, January 12 (and the 23 to 26)
Time: 2 and 7:30 pm
Where: Théâtre St-Denis
Price: $40.80 – $134.40

Bleu, Blanc et Bouge


The Montreal Canadiens foundation has six outdoor, refrigerated rinks around the island. The professional-level rinks provide the opportunity for hockey players to develop their skating skills on exceptional quality ice.

The program is divided into six sessions of approximately 45 minutes each.

The rink is free to use but has rather strict schedules so the shinny hockey players don’t hit the ice at the same time as the little skaters.

Rinks can be found at the following spots around Montreal:

  • Villeray-St-Michel-Parc-Extension : François-Perrault Park
  • MontrĂ©al Nord : Carignan Park
  • Verdun : Willibrord Park
  • LaSalle : Hayward Park
  • CĂ´te-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grâce : Confederation Park
  • Ahuntsic-Cartierville : MĂ©sy Park
When: Saturday, January 11
Time: Varies per rink
Where: Various locations around Montreal


The theatrical show, Riverdance, which consists of traditional Irish music and dance is tapping its way to Place des Arts all weekend in celebration of its 25th anniversary.

When: Sunday, January 12
Time: 2, 7:30, and 8 pm
Where: Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts
Price: $145.85, available online


Place des Festivals

Quartier des Spectacles

Place des Festivals is lit.

The Quartier des Spectacles’ public square is hosting the 10th edition of Luminothérapie through Pop!, a celebration of five fantastical creatures that aim to light up the city during the dark days of winter.

Because if anything can lighten up our bleak winter, it’s Luminothérapie, Quebec’s largest temporary public art installation.

When: From now until January 26
Time: 12 to 11 pm
Where: Place des Festivals
Price: Free

Amaze Escape Room

SmartyPantz Escape Room

Escape the cold and try to figure your way out of an escape room this weekend.

Try your luck at escaping from a prison, a military facility, a lost temple, or a laboratory. Make a reservation, choose your adventure and then you have anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour to get out of any respective room. Each mission is reserved solely for your group and you’re given a walkie-talkie in case you need hints/get scared.

When: Sunday, January 12
Time: 2pm – 10:30pm
Where: 3550 Rue St. Jacques
Price: $15-$30 depending on your chosen mission (per person). Make your reservation first online.

Imagine Van Gogh

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Montreal has been coated with an exhibition of the works of Vincent Van Gogh, the Dutch post-impressionist painter who is among the most famous figures in the history of the art world.

The exhibition, Imagine Van Gogh, which opened last week, takes guests through the world of colours and emotions of Van Gogh’s works through gigantic murals and an immersive soundtrack.

When: Sunday, January 12
Time: 10 am to 6 pm
Where: Arsenal Contemporary Art Contemporain
Price: $26 to $36, available online

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