29 events to check out in Montreal this January

Jan 3 2018, 1:18 am

Start 2018 off right.

Don’t let the fact that the holidays are over get you down. There are so many ways to have fun in Montreal this winter!

From free fitness classes to a plethora of outdoor winter fun like snow tubing, snowshoeing, and more, check out 29 things to do in Montreal this January.

LeChop 2017

The 6th edition of the LeChop culinary festival is back next month.

And this year LeChop MTL wants to give back to the community. The organization has partnered with Share the Warmth to offer a delicious 2-course table d’hote menu at participating restaurants to help fight the battle against food insecurity.

When: Now until February 28, 2018
Where: Weinstein & Gavinos (1434 Rue Crescent), L’Atelier d’Argentine (1458 Rue Crescent and 355 Marguerite D’Youville), and Decca 77 (1077 Rue Drummond)

Afro-Urban dance classes

If you’re a fan of Afro-urban dance or just want to try something new, this class is for you! Rich’Art and his team are ready to give you an awesome dance experience!

Where: 551 Mont-Royal Avenue E, Montreal
When: January 6, 2018
Time: 3 to 5 pm 
Price: $10
Register: On Eventbrite

Montreal Puppy Meetup

This event is a monthly event taking place Le Doggy Café. It’s meant to bring together puppies and their owners to for a very cute play date. Bring your puppy and prepare for cuteness overload.

Where: Le Doggy Café, 4701 St. Denis St.
When: Saturday, January 6, 2018
Time: 11 am to 2 pm

Free fireworks at the Old Port

The Old Port is about to get lit up. Head down to the Old Port for some skating fun. Then cozy up with some hot chocolate and enjoy the fireworks. It’s the perfect January date night!

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

Free Yoga at Yoga Sangha

Come discover and share an oasis of peace and well-being at Yoga Sangha’s open house.

Where: 700 Saint-Antoine E.
When:  January 6, 2018
Times: Classes take place at various times throughout the day. Check Facebook for full schedule.
Price: Free

The Killers 

The Las Vegas natives will be rocking out Place Bell on January 6.

Where: Place Bell, 1950 Claude-Gagné Street,
When: January 6, 2018
Tickets: Available online, $45.75 to $109.25

No Pants Metro Ride

Our favourite winter event has returned. Happening on January 7, 2018, the international No Pants Subway Ride will be taking over the Montreal metro all afternoon long.

Where: TBA
When: January 7, 2018
Time: Between 2:30 and 4:30 pm

Celebrate winter at Espace pour la vie

Montreal’s Espace pour la vie is ready for January and they’ve got an amazing line-up of events to keep you merry all winter long.

Where: Espace pour la vie, 4101 Sherbrooke St E
When: Various dates and times check website for details
Tickets: Available online

Cardio on the ice with ex-Montreal Canadiens

Montreal’s beautiful Old Port skating rink is set to open this weekend and you can take the ice with some former Montreal Canadiens players. Get on your jerseys and skate amongst pros as they will help you learn basic techniques and perfect your skating, stick handling, puck control, and more.

Where: Old Port skating rink
When: January 9, 16, 23, 30/ February 6, 13, 20, 27/ March 6)
Time: 6 to 9 pm
Cost: Adult: $6.95. Skate rentals available onsite. Please note that skate sharpening is not available on theme nights.

The Art of Making Tea 

This workshop will examine the oldest form of medicine we have on this planet, the humble cup of tea. Moving outside the norms of black tea, green tea and coffee. The event will focus on the herbal medicinal teas.

Where: Concordia Greenhouse, 1455 de Maisonneuve West, 13th floor, 13th floor (take elevator to 12, then stairs to 13)
When: January 9, 2018
Time: 5:30 to 8 pm
Tickets: Available on Eventbrite,$16

Free live model drawing workshop

To celebrate the new year, Livart offers you the chance to participate for free in the first live model workshop of the session! Just bring your drawing materials; an easel, a stool and a side table will be loaned on site.

Where: Livart, 3980 St-Denis,
When: January 9, 2018
Time: 6 to 9 pm
Price: Free

The Office Trivia

Think you’re the master of knowledge when it comes to Michael Scott and Dunder Mifflin Paper Company? Take part in this trivia event and show off your skills.

You’re come dressed as your favourite character, and there will be a bonus prize for “Best Impression” of a character from the show. Winner will be chosen based on crowd applause!

Where: Mademoiselle, 5171 Ave du Parc
When: January 12, 2018
Time: 7:30 to 10 pm

Igloofest 2018

Montreal’s Igloofest is back and the full lineup has officially been announced.This year, the music festival will take place between January 18 and February 3. The ultimate winter music festival, we, along with thousands of tourists that flock the city, brave the freezing temperatures to enjoy a wild night of music in Quai Jacques Cartier.

Where: Jacques Cartier Quay at the Old Port
Times: Thursday: 7:30 to 11 pm
Friday and Saturday: 7:30 to 12:30 pm
When: January 18 to February 3, 2018
Tickets: Available online 

$5 wall climbing at Zero Gravity

Are you looking for an activity to keep you warm this winter?
Come try out Zero Gravity’s climbing walls for just $5!

Where: Zero Gravity, 4519 Papineau Avenue
When: January 13 and 14, 2018
Time: 9 am to 9 pm
Price: $5 for non-members and free for members

Free Snow Yoga

For a fourth year, Snow Yoga classes are taking place in our beautiful snowy Montreal parks. POP Spirit and the Borough of Plateau-Mont-Royal invite you to take the time to immerse yourself in the sublime white landscape offered by our winter in Quebec!
Bring your own rug and or a small blanket.

Where: Parc Lafontaine: every Saturday, from January 13 to March 17 (meeting point: facing the La Fontaine space)
Laurier Park: every Sunday, from January 14 to March 18
(meeting point: facing the chalet ( by the pool) of Laurier Park)
When: Various dates until March. Check Facebook page for details.
Time: Various times. Check Facebook page for details.
Price: Free!

Majid Jordan

Canada’s golden boys of R&B, Majid Jordan, are officially touching down in Montreal during their The Space Between world tour. You can check out this OVO-signed duo on Tuesday, January 16, 2018, at MTelus with to-be-announced special guests.

Where: MTelus – 59 Rue Sainte-Catherine Est
When: January 16, 2018
Time: Doors at 8 pm
Tickets: Available on Ticketmaster.

Shakira- El Dorado World Tour

Shakira is embarking on her El Dorado world tour and she will be making a stop in Montreal on Friday, January 19. The pop superstar’s latest tour supports her new album El Dorado, which features collaborations with artists such as MAGIC!, Carlos Vives, Cashmere Cat and  Prince Royce.

Where: Bell Centre
When: Friday, January 19 at 7:30 pm
Tickets: Available on Ticketmaster

McGill Symphony Orchestra

Enjoy the sounds of the amazing McGill Symphony Orchestra at Pollack Hall.

Where: Pollack Hall, 555 Sherbrooke St O
When: January 19 and 23, 2018
Time: 7:30 pm
Tickets: Available online

Fête des Neiges

Your favourite winter festival is back. Parc Jean Drapeau’s annual Fête des neiges returns for three spectacular weeks this winter. Taking place between January 20 and February 11, the park will host a myriad of snow-themed events and activities.

Where: Parc Jean Drapeau
When: January 20 to February 11, 2018
Tickets: Available online

Busty and the Bass

Montreal’s Busty and the Bass will be performing at the Corona Theatre. The band is known for its unique brand of music, which incorporates two vocalists, a horn section, and a diverse range of musical genres

Where: Corona Theatre, 2490 Notre-Dame Ouest, Montreal
When: January 26, 2018
Time: 8 pm
Tickets: Available on Evenko


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

Hot Rhythms on Ice

Every Wednesday, the Old Port skating rink will transform into a giant Salsa dance party for its Latin Nights! Skate the night away as a guest DJ plays Latin beats all night long.

Salsafolie will also be on site to help you learn how to dance Dominican Bachata and Merengue. There will be a special dance section reserved around the rink for you practice your moves. It’s going to be the hottest party in town!

Where: Natrel Skating Rink, Bonsecours Basin, Old Port
When: Until March 7, 2018 (except December 27 and January 3)
Time: 6 to 9 pm
Cost: Adults, teens and seniors: $6.95
Children (6 to 12) : $4.60
Children under 6: free

Skating in Old Port

Boasting perhaps the most picturesque rink in all of Montreal, the Bonsecours Basin outdoor skating rink will be up and running this December. Bring your own skates (and a hot date) and enjoy a magical night of skating under the stars to holiday tunes.
When: Until March 11,  2018
Where: Old Port

Visit Montreal’s man-made ski and  tubing hills 

Pente à Neige –an organization working to bring back skiing to the city by constructing man-made slopes at Parc Ignace-Bourget.

Now the slopes are open and the park includes ski and snowboard courses with a carpet lift, two slopes for tubing, a sliding trail and a free ice rink.

Where: Parc Ignace-Bourget
When: Throughout January
Hours: Thursday, Friday: 4 pm to 7 pm
Weekends: 8 am to 7 pm (snow tubing opens at 9 am)
Cost: Activity costs vary, check website for details

DJ on Ice

The Old Port of Montreal has decided to host themed nights throughout the week. While the “Workout on Ice” Tuesdays and the “Hot Rhythms on Ice” Wednesdays sound pretty cool, it’s the “DJ on Ice” Thursdays that have our attention.

DJ on Ice is the official event for nordic Thursdays. Every week, there will be hot mixes and killer beats, light shows, and magnificent backdrops.

Where: Natrel Skating Rink, Bonsecours Basin, Old Port
When: Until March 8, 2018 (except December 28 and January 4)
Time: 7 to 10pm
Cost: Adults, teens and seniors: $6.95
Children (6 to 12) : $4.60
Children under 6: free

V Winter Village

The traditional winter village at Montreal’s Olympic Park has officially returned for 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.
Prices:  Skates: $8 /Helmet: $3

Snow Tubing at Mount Royal

Snow season at  Mount Royal has officially kickedTickets are $9 for adults and $5 for children. Passes can be purchased from the Beaver Lake Pavilion. Don’t forget, it’s BYOIT (bring your own inner tube).

Where: Beaver Lake, Mount Royal
When: Starting on December 18, 2017
Hours: Monday to Friday, 10 am to 4 pm
Saturday and Sunday, 10 am to 6 pm
Price: $5 for kids 4 to 11,$9 for 12 and over

Go on a tobogganing adventure

Take your date on a classic winter adventure: tobogganing down one of the city’s many hills. Whether you’re more of a plastic disk, magic carpet, or wooden sled kind of person, there are plenty of places to enjoy an afternoon whizzing down Montreal’s natural slopes. Mount Royal, Parc Lafontaine, and Westmount are great places to go tobogganing this winter. Note: if you have your own sled, this activity is free, and if not Dollarama typically sells magic carpets for as little as $2.
When: Anytime
Where: Various locations

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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