New Year’s Eve does not have to be dominated by expensive clubs on Saint Laurent. Though hitting the hottest club parties is certainly one way to ring in the New Year, we’ve compiled a list of other events happening in Montreal to satisfy all those people who are looking for something a little more low key.
From the traditional midnight fireworks in Old Port to a hilarious show at the Comedy Nest, check out 9 New Year’s Eve events happening in Montreal for people who don’t like clubbing.
As part of Merry Montreal, Old Port is throwing the biggest bash of the night. The event is sponsored by Coca Cola and will be 100% free. Festivities will begin at 7pm sharp and will include a DJ, main show, New Year’s countdown, fireworks at midnight, and a dance party that will go until 2am. It’s going to be quite a night.
When: December 31, 7pm
Where: Old Port and Place Jacques Cartier
Montreal’s favourite comedy club is hosting an awesome New Year’s Eve event that is guaranteed to have you laughing into 2017. The December 31st act is none other than Jamie Lissow, a comedian who has been featured on The Tonight Show, Last Comic Standing, and the Netflix series, Real Rob. In addition, the Comedy Nest will provide guests with party favors, a complimentary glass of champagne, and gourmet sandwiches and desserts.
When: December 31, 10 pm
Where: 2313 Sainte Catherine Street West, 3rd Floor
The fun doesn’t stop at Montreal’s Olympic Village this New Year’s. Their resident winter carnival, Village Mammouth, continues right into 2017, but for one night only Olympic Village will be throwing a major New Year’s Eve bash. Slated to be the party of the year, the event will feature three international DJs, special effects, food trucks, and a mesmerizing New Year’s countdown. As an added bonus, the event is totally free!
When: December 31, 6 pm
Where: Olympic Village
Ring in the new year by getting active on Mount Royal. Though the event isn’t technically on New Year’s Eve, the idea is to “kick off the year with a bang and toast the splendours of our city.” The rek is $22 per person and includes snowshoe rentals and a glass of bubbly.
When: December 30, 6 pm
Where: Beaver Lake Pavilion
Are you an EDM fan? Ile Soniq presents Ceremonie, the New Year’s Eve EDM party of your dreams. Taking place at Theatre Berri, this non-clubbing event will keep you dancing all night long with your fellow music lovers. There will be two sets, one featuring Dirty Audio, Kayliox, and Tibe, and other other starring Jason Ross, Sheridan Grout, and Eagle I Stallian.
When: December 31, 9 pm
Where: Theatre Berri, Cégep Du Vieux Montréal, 1280 Rue Saint-Denis
Ring in the New Year to the sound of sweet jazz music courtesy of Modavie, Montreal’s best jazz club. Conveniently located in Old Port, Modavie has a specially designed New Year’s Eve menu that includes foie gras torchons, salmon puff pastry, lime and tequila sorbet, lamb shank, Icelandic cod, and much more.
When: December 31, 5 pm onwards
Where: 1 Rue Saint-Paul O
Head to Montreal’s iconic L’Olympia Theatre this New Year’s Eve for the gypsy punk show of your dreams. Presented by Osheaga, doors open at 9pm with the show beginning at 10pm. Tickets start at $53.75 or can be bought on the day of the show for $63.75
When: December 31, 10pm
Where: L’Olympia, 1004 Rue Sainte-Catherine E
The Société des arts technologiques’ Satosphere dome is home to their annual New Year’s Eve party. Though there will surely be dancing and the typical mix of techno and house DJs, you will also get to celebrate New Year’s in one of the coolest venues in the city. Tickets start at $35.
When: December 31, 9 pm
Where: SAT, 1201 Boulevard Saint Laurent
Love Old Port but aren’t into crowds? Perhaps skating at Montreal’s Natrel Skating Rink is perfect. With the beautiful buildings of Old Montreal in the background, you can skate the night away under the stars (and fireworks).
When: December 31, 11:30 am, 2 pm, 4:30 pm, 7:30 pm, 10 pm
Where: Old Port