Canadian winters can be notoriously long, dark and cold, but Montrealers have never let that hold them back. Instead, every year they don their warmest coats and host one of the biggest, most elaborate winter festivals the world has ever seen.
MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE is one of the largest winter festivals in the world, an annual celebration registering 1,300,000 festival site visits from fans experiencing the joy of Montreal wintertime through a unique program combining performing arts, gastronomy, free outdoor family activities, and a full night of exquisitely original discoveries! Fine dining and wine-tasting functions are part for the course, with a veritable army of acclaimed local and international chefs hosting lunches, dinners, workshops and tastings throughout the duration of the festival; the flavours of Lyon will be the focus of this year’s edition. On the entertainment front, expect a variety of theatre performances, circus acts, dinner shows and of course musical concerts featuring names like Daniel Lavoie, Benjamin Biolay and Al Di Meola.
The schedule for the popular Nuit Blanche event is still under wraps, as are the details of the outdoor site – which usually serves as a main focal point for the festival with various cutting-edge light installations – but what we do know so far sounds promising: the outdoor site will feature a bonfire of flashing bulbs that grows and burns brighter as festival-goers stroll and dance around it, creating warmth, light and music. That’s certainly one way to make it through the winter.
It’s the event that draws the most people in a single day all year on the Montreal event calendar! The Nuit blanche means 300,000 visits through the evening hours, and more than 200 activities. Discover the city in another… light!