5 Wonderful Winter Festivals in Montreal


Some destinations have figured out how to truly celebrate winter and Montreal is the perfect example. Throughout the winter, Montreal offers a variety of activities and festivals that visitors and residents can enjoy together. It’s one of the reasons that Montreal is the perfect destination for winter meetings and conferences. Here are five wonderful winter festivals that corporate groups can enjoy during downtime in Montreal.

Fête des neiges de Montréal (Snow Festival of Montreal)
Every year from mid-January to the end of the first week in February, Parc Jean Drapeau comes alive each and every weekend. Admission to the site is free and there are a range of free and paid activities that appeal to guests of all ages. There are ice sculpting demonstrations, ziplining, snow tubing, disco tubing, dog sledding, and ice hockey. In the Multisports Zone, become part of the giant foosball or enjoy ice sliding, cross-country skiing, and more.

Keep things moving with performances by local artists and DJs . Warm up with hot chocolate, hot wine and enjoy treats like Beaver Tails and maple syrup on the snow.

Igloofest takes place in Old Montreal at the Vieux Port near Jacques Cartier Bridge. This area, which is near the location of the urban beach during the summer, is transformed with igloos, ice sculptures, and structures fashioned out of snow and ice. There are concerts, opportunities to dance under the stars as DJs spin the hottest tunes, pubs, and boutiques where guests can purchase winter themed swag. Guests can warm up and even prepare s’more at the firepits throughout the igloo village.

Luminotherapie brings art and light to the urban environment during the longest and coldest days of winter. Every year, between early December and the last day of January, interactive artistic installations incorporating LED lights to counteract SADS (seasonal affective disorder) take shape in Montreal’s festival zone in the downtown core. Nine 3D projection mapping sites come alive with illuminations.

Read more here: Luminotherapie Lights Creative Sparks in Montreal

Montréal en Lumiere
From mid to late February, Montréal en Lumiere celebrates the culinary delights for which Montreal has earned a worldwide reputation. Through hundreds of gourmet events, it’s an opportunity to savour the delights of gourmet cuisine,

In addition to showcasing the cuisine of local chefs, every year, there is a featured guest city and a featured American city. This year, 4 chefs from Shenzhen, China and 8 chefs based in Boston will unveil their creations.

Concerts, dance performances, and visual arts installations always add to the excitement of Montréal en Lumiere. This year. Hiroaki Umeda, an innovative choreographer and former B-Boy from Japan, will present Intensional Particle, his groundbreaking work fusing movement and digital art.

Nuit Blanche à Montreal
Nuit Blanche à Montreal is the city’s version of the White Night festivals that take place around the world. Once again, arts organizations will throw open their doors for one night on the last Saturday of February. They will offer about 200 free activities throughout the night. The Metro runs all night so it is the best way to get around. It’s the perfect evening for groups to explore visual art, music, dance, and whatever strikes their fancy.

For tips on keeping participants warm and dry, read Winter Team Building: 15 Tips to Keep Participants Active and Warm

Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com; Luminotherapie photo by Jane Rix/Shutterstock.com

Anne Thornley-Brown

Anne Thornley-Brown

Anne Thornley-Brown has an M.B.A. from York University’s Schulich School of Business in Toronto, Canada. She shaped the management development strategy for two major Canadian corporations. Anne has extensive business experience in a variety of industries including banking, wireless communications, high technology, transportation, the non-profit sector, and film and television. She speaks English, French, and Spanish. Anne has toured Asia 18 times and facilitated workshops and team building for over 2000 executives, managers and professionals. She has worked with a number of clients from Gulf (GCC) countries in the Middle East.

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