I know it's a little too soon to start talking about Christmas but it's so freakin' ugly outside right now, it's the only way for me not to feel sad today. The skies are grey and the cold is on its way, but at least we have all the fun and cuteness of Christmas to look forward to.
For the first time ever, Quartier des Spectacles,will be transformed into a Christmas Village this winter (At least until someone complains and we're forced to call it a "Holiday Village").
The village will be up from December 12th until January 2nd and will feature all the magic of Christmas as well as party tents you can rent out for your next Christmas party.
There's magic in the air and the jingle bells are ringing — wait a minute. It's not Christmas, so what's going on? You're not hallucinating, you're just in Blainville on Montreal's North Shore, taking in the town's Christmas in July celebrations.
During your visit, you'll cross into an illuminated tunnel that'll transport you to a Christmas playground complete with elves, lit-up trees, and other giant decorations including a 25-foot-tall Christmas tree.
There is also a traditional Christmas market, so you can buy your gifts early. VERY early.
Blainville residents have even decorated their homes with Christmas lights to really immerse visitors in the Christmas spirit.
The site is open by reservation only during three time slots: 8:30 p.m., 9:15 p.m. or 10 p.m. You will have 45 minutes to stroll the area and take in all the wonderful sights.
Mayor Valérie Plante announced Thursday that Montreal will host free screenings of the Stanley Cup Final with the Montreal Canadiens and the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Quartier des Spectacles beginning with Game 3 on Friday, July 2.
"For several days now, we have been working hard to find solutions to offer Montrealers places to gather, while respecting the health measures in force in order to watch the matches of the Montreal Canadiens for free," the mayor said in a press release.
"In a united and unifying spirit, and in a safe environment that respects public health rules, the Quartier des Spectacles Partnership is very excited to be able to offer a free series of public screenings of the matches of the Stanley Cup Final," Monique Simard, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Quartier des Spectacles Partnership, added.
She suggested the games would be projected at the Place des Festivals.
Despite the government's rejection of the Habs' request to have more fans inside the Bell Centre, fans will be happy to know that they'll finally have a safe public viewing spot.
The full details regarding the screenings and gathering rules will be announced at a later time, the City said.
With more and more people getting vaccine doses, summer is beginning to look more optimistic with each passing day. And from Montreal to Gaspé, people are itching to be able to go out for real and enjoy an amazing Quebec summer festival.
But which ones are coming back in person so far? Here are all the festivals that we know you'll be able to actually attend in person in Quebec this summer — if all goes according to plan.
Before you get going, check our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your trip.
Why You Should Go: If you love electronic music and the latest in technological innovations, this is the festival for you. Stay tuned for the full lineup for this year's online and in-person hybrid edition.
Why You Should Go: The festival and Canadian Hot Air Balloon Championship have pushed the event back to August. On its Facebook page, the festival indicates it will begin on August 14. The championship is scheduled to begin on August 19. There are no other details yet.
Why You Should Go: With a lineup featuring indie darlings Men I Trust and The Franklin Electric and including some of the best Quebec artists like Fouki, Alaclair Ensemble, and Coeur de Pirate, the Festif! de Baie-Saint-Paul is shaping up to be quite the event.
Address: 150, ave. Mont-Royal E., Montreal, QC (Plateau)
Why You Need To Go: They're famous for their watermelon and pineapple bowls but have a big menu full of fun and delicious Hawaiian-themed treats. We can't wait to try the Strawberry Shortcake Sundae and birthday cake ice cream, which uses actual chunks of birthday cake.
Address: 1274, boul. de Maisonneuve E., Montreal, QC (Ville Marie)
Why You Need To Go: Some of the most refined and elegant soft-serve twists you can find, Sachère always keeps balanced flavour profiles in mind. Think toasted pistachio & sour cherry, Matcha & dark chocolate, and olive oil & grapefruit mint.