A festive hub with light, art installations, and public furniture has opened for the holiday season at Place Jacques-Cartier in Old Montreal.\nPlace Nordique, part of the "Merry Montreal" event launched in collaboration with the city, is designed as the perfect outdoor spot for rest and relaxation after a day of snowy shopping in Montreal.\nEditor's Choice: Montreal's Botanical Garden Reopened Its Serene Winter Paths For The Holiday Season\n\nAccording to the Old Montreal SDC website, "this space [was] specially arranged to help you appreciate winter and the wonder of the holidays through an audio and light experience."\nBut it's also a great place to bring a hot beverage and a bubble buddy for a cozy, romantic or platonic (whatever you'd like it to be) winter date.\nAnd, best of all, it's totally free.\n\n \n \n \n \n \n montrealenfetes | Instagram\n \n \n \nMerry Montreal's website showcases some of the square's art installations, which you'll see as you walk around. There's a giant igloo, light crystals, and a sculpture of a beluga whale, along with a number of Christmas trees.\n\n \n \n \n \n \n montrealenfetes | Instagram\n \n \n \n\nPlace Nordique also features a sparkling canopy-like structure adorned with illuminated trees or antlers (depending on how you see it), which you might recognize from previous years. \n View this post on Instagram A post shared by Maryse (@maryseperreault)\nAll visitors are expected to comply with Quebec's public health protocols for COVID-19. Masks are encouraged, even though it's outdoors, and visitors are expected to practice two-metre social distancing. \nThe website says two security guards will be present in the square to ensure visitors are complying with red-zone rules.\n View this post on Instagram A post shared by gg. (@gigi_michel7)\n\n\n\nPlace Nordique\nPrice: Free\nWhen: December 17 to December 27 Thursday and Friday: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.Saturday and Sunday: 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. \nAddress: Place Jacques Cartier, Old Montreal \n View this post on Instagram A post shared by Travel|Deco inspiration (@clinegweipo852)\nWebsite\n\n\nNarcity Media, MTL Blog's parent company, is a media partner for Merry Montreal. This article was produced independently by the editorial team.