A festive hub with light, art installations, and public furniture has opened for the holiday season at Place Jacques-Cartier in Old Montreal.

Place 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.

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According 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."

But 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.

And, best of all, it's totally free.

Merry 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.

Place 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. 

All 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. 

The website says two security guards will be present in the square to ensure visitors are complying with red-zone rules.

Place Nordique

Price: Free

When: 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.  

Address: Place Jacques Cartier, Old Montreal   


Narcity Media, MTL Blog's parent company, is a media partner for Merry Montreal. This article was produced independently by the editorial team.


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