Photo cred - Vieux-Port de Montréal

The holiday season has come to an end, with many an eve having been celebrated, and another year is now firmly in the books. Hopefully your NYE went smoothly and you are now more ready than ever to take on all the exciting challenges 2015 has in store.

But with all the merry-making you have no doubt indulged in over the last few jovial weeks, you're probably skint as all hell and are probably thinking that January is time for some stone-cold frugal hibernation.

Fear not! We have found you a varied selection of FREE activities and events to partake in this first calendar month of the year, that should ease your whimpering wallet and provide much delight for you and your family.


1. Righteously sleep off that NYE hangover and consider getting some brunch


2. If you are with family, the Saint-Joseph Oratory is hosting a free Family Day with free admission to the museum and other activities January 1


3. Check out the last Telus Fire & Ice Fireworks display January 3


4. See free holiday movies at Place D'Youville until January 4


5. Pick up some free coffee and hot chocolate from the 24H comfort team in the Old Port until January 4


6. Have a wacky encounter with Merry Montreal’s Wacky Street Performers until January 4


7. Get free sweet samples and hot chocolate at the Nestle Turtles Big Presents at Place D'Youville and Square Victoria until January 4


8. Take a break at one of the cozy Hotspots on Place Jacques-Cartier. until January 4


9. Learn more about all things Santa Clause at the themed exhibit at Musée Stewart with free craft-making activities until January 4


10. Check out the free activities at the new Winter Village at the Olympic Stadium


11. Skate for free at various skating rinks around the city. Find them all here


12. Explore Warhol Mania and the Permanent Collections @ the Museum of Fine Arts


13. Immerse yourself in Luminoptherapie with the Prismatica installation @ Quartier des Festival


14. And be sure to check out the Fascinoscope audio-visual light projections and carnival games outside of St. Laurent metro tation


15. Go sledding/tobogganing down Mont-Royal, if we ever get snow that is.


16. The Saint-Joseph Oratory offers free organ concerts every Sunday at 3:30 PM in the Basilica


17. Discover L’Hivernale's variety of activities  including a bar, a culinary lab and Bavarian curling with theme nights and performances by local DJs @ the Olympic Stadium


18. There's also free Montreal Olympic Stadium Tower Rides if you have an Opus card


19. Check out the Nordic Terasse @ the SAT


20. Go on a augmented reality quest called Wintering @ the Old port


21. Or discover the various quays of the Old Port through the past two centuries with the 5 Generations, One Port Self-Guided Tour


22. Indulge in some New Year eats @ the Trippe & Bouffe mini food truck festival 


23. Get lost in the monumental monochrome or hyper-saturated colour images of VALÉRIE BELIN SURFACE TENSION exhibition @ the Phi Centre


24. Or be captivated by infrared film photo gallery captured a midst armed rebel groups in Congo by RICHARD MOSSE THE ENCLAVE @ DHC/ART FOUNDATION FOR CONTEMPORARY ART 


25. Check out live ice-sculpturing performances happening daily @ Parc Jean Drapeau


26. As well as all the other fun activities happening at the Fête des Neiges 2015


27. Mingle with the city's brightest visual arts, fashion, beauty, and jewelry designers @ Les Soirées ART & BULLES


28. Take part in the 36th "Montréal à l'oeil" photo competition: "Montreal Nightlife" for a chance to win great prizes


29. Ogle all the lumbersexuals of the West Coast Lumberjack Show with chain saw carving, axe throwing and other demonstrations January 31 at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. @ Parc Jean Drapeau


30. Actually work on all those New Year resolutions you made for yourself ;)


Got a case of the winter blues? Click here for 6 Winter Spas To Beat The Winter Blahs Near Montreal >

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