A holiday public square kicks off in Old Montreal today

Dec 17 2020, 12:20 pm

The majority of Quebec is under the government’s Level 4–Maximum COVID-19 Alert which has restricted measures throughout the province, prohibiting non-essential activities where the risk of the virus “cannot be sufficiently contained.” The government urges citizens to avoid gatherings, wear face masks inside public spaces, maintain two-metre physical distances, and limit your social ‘bubble.’


A free outdoor village of sculptures, lights, and sounds kicks off in Old Montreal on Thursday.

Place Nordique at Place Jacques-Cartier is returning to the popular public square for a couple of weekends to wrap up December.

The site will feature a giant moose sculpture, a Beluga whale display, giant igloos, music, and of course Christmas lights.

It runs Thursday to Sunday from 4 pm to 8 pm (12 pm on weekends) from December 17 to 21 and December 24 to 27.

The square is part of the annual Montréal en Fêtes (Merry Montreal) festival, which is usually a lead-up to the Old Port’s giant New Year’s Eve party (which has moved virtual for 2020).

Place Nordique will not sell food or drinks for this winter’s edition in an effort to support local businesses and guests are encouraged to walk around the site with snacks and drinks (alcohol included) from nearby cafes and restaurants.

“Place Nordique is presented in agreement with the City of Montreal and takes into account the public health standards and recommendations in force at the time of its presentation,” says the event’s website.

“All are encouraged to maintain physical distancing and wear a face covering when visiting the site.”

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