Photo cred - Frédérique Ménard-Aubin

The 16th edition of Montreal En Lumière is back from February 19 - March 1. It’s one of the biggest festivals in Montreal during the winter and, luckily for us, most of it comes at no cost - courtesy of all the big-name sponsors that fund it.

We know that February can be a time of year where people are strapped for cash, so here's a list of all the things you can do at MeL that won't cause you to break the bank.


1. Cercle Bell

This new installation is hard to miss: the entire area is illuminated and centers around a giant glassed-in windowed box. You can climb the Boîte Bell for an amazing view, or go inside to play The Pool. This new interactive ping pong game involves hundreds of LED discs activated by people jumping from one to another, with each jump turning the lights on and off and changing the appearance of the piece.


2. RBC Zip-line

Turn out you no longer have to leave the city to try your hand at zip-lining. This new attraction, built just for the 2015 edition, lets you soar from Bleury all the way to St. Urban for a view that you’ll never forget.


3. Lanaudière Soup’s On

Nothing beats getting to have delicious, hot soup when it’s freezing cold outside, so head on down and grab a free bowl courtesy of Lanaudière on February 21 at 4pm on the steps of the Place des Arts esplanade.


4. Switzerland in photos

Switzerland is this year’s featured country at Montreal En Lumiere. At the corner of St. Catherine and St. Urban you can find a Swiss photo exhibit featuring magnificent backlit shots of Switzerland that will have you booking your ticket to the Alps in no time.


5. La Grande Roue Suisse

The ferris wheel is back again this year, and it’s the perfect place to bring your friends, family, or that special someone to take in an amazing view of the city.


6. Salon Du Livre Gourmand

This fair is another new addition to the 2015 festival. It’s entirely dedicated to books that showcase cuisine and gastronomy, and is running from February 26-28.


7. The Urban Slide

The 110-metre-long incline slide equipped with sound effects and multicoloured lights is a must-see of the MeL festival. You’re in for a wild and windy ride.


8. Milk Mini-Slide

They haven’t forgot about the tiny humans at MEL and built them their very own mini-slide. The only problem is you may never be able to drag them away from it.


9. Shows on the RBC stage

Head over to the RBC stage for free musical shows almost every night. Check out the MeL website for the full lineup.


10. Milk Family Fun Zone

If you’ve ever wanted to play life sized parlour games, now’s your chance. You can bring your whole family to the Family Fun Zone for the most interactive game of snakes and ladders you’ll ever have.

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