The holiday season is in full swing, which means there are a ton of festive things to do in Montreal right now. And if you've been on the search to see every magical place in the city before the snow melts, you can add these illuminated trails in Montreal to your winter bucket list.
This mini-festival is taking place in three public places in the city between December 16 to 31. The interactive installations will be operational on Thursdays and Fridays from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. as well as Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 10 p.m.
First, you'll find the "Place Nordique' in the heart of Place Jacques-Cartier, an ideal public art trail to take a little break.
You can also visit the installation "Polar Interstices," which is located in Dorchester Square with its interactive works, as well as in Victoria Square with ultra-festive ornaments.
The different routes are accessible to all passers-by free of charge, as well as the two New Year's Day parties that are happening on December 31 between 8 p.m. and 1 a.m. in Victoria and Dorchester squares.
The program for these festive evenings includes a DJ to warm up the crowd, followed by a musical performance, all before the big countdown. The featured artists for these shows will be announced on December 14 on social networks.
But if you're already eager to plan your days, you can reserve your spot online now.
We're all in need of a little extra fresh air right now and one Montreal restaurant has found a way to motivate us into getting it.
"For your mental health," BarBara is offering free coffee to anyone who can prove that they've walked at least five kilometres that day, and there are free candles and Cacio e Pepe waiting for people who have moved their legs even more than that.
All you need to do is have any fitness app that can show much the time and date along with how you've much walked and present it to an employee when you get to the restaurant. You also need to follow the restaurant on Instagram.
This offer is valid until Wednesday, January 12 and "until supplies last."
Here are the rewards based on the distance you've moved as stated on the restaurant's Instagram post:
5K walk -> You get any type of coffee in a regular size, pistachio latte included ;)
10K walk -> You get any type of coffee in a regular size, pistachio latte included ;) and a pack of candles for home.
Where: Librairie Saint Henri Books, Indigo, Argo Bookshop, etc.
Why You Should Go: To buy yourself a new book to keep you occupied during curfew hours! Retail stores remain open at 50% capacity under new restrictions, but keep in mind that they'll be closed on the first three Sundays of January.
UPDATE: The Government of Quebec has introduced new COVID-19 health measures since this article was published. Please review guidelines and double-check the website and social media pages of the event or activity before you head out. We strongly recommend calling before you go.
Why You Should Go: Indoor gatherings are limited to six people right now, so call your besties up and plan a little shindig at one of your apartments. No better way to start the New Year than with your closest people.
Address: 463, rue Sainte-Catherine O., Montreal, QC
Why you should go: Three similar interactive works, titled Les Diamants, will spend the holiday season on the front lawn of St. James United Church. You spin them around to enjoy a little light and sound show.