New Year's Eve is by far the funnest tradition; we celebrate by leaving the past year behind and set goals for the new year to come. And I don't know about you guys, but I am so done with 2016! So it's only appropriate to leave it with a bang.
While there are tons of different options for New Year's Eve parties in Montreal, most of them involve breaking the bank. Especially after all that Holiday gift shopping, and then Boxing Day sales, it's just another reason to spend spend spend!
But I've got great news guys.Merry Montreal is organizing a TOTALLY FREE New Year's Eve Party this year that gathers some of the Canada's leading performers out on a huge outdoor stage.
On December 31 at Quai Jacques-Cartier in the Old Port of Montreal, none other than Scott Helman, SonReal, Alex Nevsky, Bernard Adamus, Klô Pelgag and Louis-Jean Cormier will be performing to close up the year 2016!
The party will culminate with a countdown at midnight, and then the biggest fireworks in the city will ring in the new year! The New Year's Eve Party is sure one of the biggest parties you've even been to, and the most festive way to end 2016 and to kick-start 2017.
And it doesn't end there. Live DJs will have you dancing until 2am, and with all kinds of entertainment throughout the entire night, there's sure to be something for all preferences! This is truly going to be the party of a lifetime!
To add even more magic to the already super romantic, charming and historical Old Port of Montreal, Merry Montreal brings more holiday feels with a variety of free activities. In fact, from December 1st to January 1st, activities like Outdoor Holiday Flicks, karaoke, and more for the entire family are happening throughout neighborhood. Also, the annual Christmas Market which offers a ton of authentic local products is taking the iconic Place Jacques-Cartier by storm every December weekend until Christmas!
So if you're looking for a super fun, outdoor New Year's plan, look no further. And don't worry about the weather: the musicians, the fireworks, and the spectators are sure to bring in the heat.
The festivities start at 7 p.m on December 31st at Quai Jacques-Cartier, and the show begins at 10pm!
To find out more about the biggest New Year's party in Montreal, visit Merry Montreal's website and Facebook page for all the details.
With restaurants in Quebec being closed and no reopening date announced yet, we're all missing indoor dining right about now. Luckily, six Montreal restaurants have teamed up with hotels in the city and found a way to continue providing this experience starting January 14.
A press explained that four hotels in Old Montreal "are opening up their rooms to offer you an intimate culinary experience."
Here are the possible restaurant/hotel combinations:
All of these restaurants offer private in-room at some of the prettiest hotels in Montreal. You can look at each restaurant's menus to see what's available for your fancy three or four-course meal, which are all available for two or four people, and see which dinner options excite you the most. Packages vary in pricing.
After your much-awaited indoor dining experience, you can dress warm and go enjoy all the winter festivities happening around the city. You'll already be in Old Montreal, which is the perfect spot to go on a snowy walk.
Or, you can stay the night at one of the hotels.
Some of the packages are the "staycation" type, so you can enjoy your tasty meal and spend the night at the hotel. A win-win, right? Since there isn't much else to do in Montreal right now — especially if you don't like the cold weather — then this seems like the perfect way to treat yourself (and finally get out of your apartment).
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In Quebec, a vaccine passport is required to access many businesses and activities deemed non-essential, including restaurants and bars.
Whether you can't wait to drink hot chocolate and skate with your besties or to enjoy evening light shows, you'll be happy to know the Old Port skating rink is on again in Montreal this year, and we finally know its official opening date.
Located on the Bonsecours Basin in Old Montreal, this skating rink is a must for Montrealers and tourists as it is located at the foot of the Ferris wheel and offers a magnificent view of the city and the river.
For the 2021-2022 season, the site will be open to all starting December 11, when a special opening night is organized. After that, the site will be open every day until March 6.
Skating will be possible Monday to Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and until 10 p.m. on Christmas holidays. December 31 and February 26 will be special evenings when skaters can enjoy the ice until 1 a.m.
On the program, there are DJ nights every Thursday starting January 6, special "skate dating" days, "karaoke on ice" nights on January 28 and February 26, and other special events.
It costs $8.05 for admission, but a season pass is also available. If purchased before December 11, the pass is discounted by 25% for a total of $24 for the winter.
You can rent equipment for an additional cost, like a pair of skates for $10.45, but you can also rent a lock, helmet or walker for $4.35 each. Use of the on-site lockers is free.
And, you can always end the day with a good coffee and a meal at the Bistro de la Grande Roue. The perfect recipe for a perfect day!
Old Montreal shop Maison Pepin is bringing back its Christmas market alley. While in previous years, the alley has been a whimsical showcase for Pepin's seasonal goods, this year, it will be available exclusively for private photoshoot sessions.
Pepin has brought on event planning company Rox-Out to manage the event and studio Seance Photo to conduct the pet-friendly shoots. Customers who sign up will get a set of 10 photos.