What to do in and around Montreal over the holiday break


1Illumini to January 5, 2020

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Millions and millions of brilliant lights on until January 5, 2020
Illumi is a magical, captivating and extraordinary nocturnal outdoor journey created from thousands of monumental light sculptures.
As darkness falls, Illumi ignites the night with more than 10 million brilliant lights, the largest multimedia sound and light show on the planet.
Eight fantastical worlds that create an unforgettable and breathtaking experience, made all the more wonderful by being shared with others.
Illumi is also the Christmas Market, a gathering of merchants, craftspeople and gourmet delights gathered around a gigantic tree of sparkling lights.
Illumi – Féerie de Lumières, 2805, Boulevard du Souvenir, Laval, H7V 0A3

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2Luminothérapie: Experience Winter in a Whole New Light to January 26, 2020


Montrealers and visitors are invited will be invited to enjoy Montreal’s winter in the heart of the Quartier des Spectacles by exploring the bold, immersive work presented for Luminothérapie.

The Quartier des Spectacles Partnership opens its call for submissions for the Luminothérapie 2019-20 competition marking the initiative’s tenth annual edition. Its objective is to, as much, offer to the Montrealers an original and participative winter experience at the heart of the Quartier des Spectacles, as to stimulate the creativity in the field of the temporary public art installations activated by digital technology.

When: Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, noon to 10 p.m.; Thu, Fri, Sat, noon to 11 p.m.

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3Pente à Neige from December 21, 2019

Pente à Neige
photo: Pente à Neige

Come try the first ski station in a Canadian metropolis and the biggest snow tubing slope in Montreal! At Pente à Neige you will experiment the most exciting sliding sensations of the winter. 

Learn to ski, snowboarding and have fun with snow tubing at only 5min walking from Angrignon metro !

Our station offers a unique view on the Mount-Royal, St Joseph oratory and downtown Montreal, while being right next door the biggest mall in the city !

La Pente à neige aims at the appropriation of winter by local populations by giving outdoor spaces a cultural and economically viable vocation while promoting the implication of local communities.

Pente à Neige offers equipment rental, a snowpark, tubing, free sliding and many other family friendly activities.

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4NOËL  at the oratory concert series

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From December 15 to January 5, 2020

Every Sunday at 3:30 p.m., with live projection on giant screen – contributions gratefully accepted. Concerts bearing the ($) mention require a ticket purchase see website for further details.

Featuring 42 organists from 8 countries and more than 800 choristers and instrumentalists.

Artistic Director: Vincent Boucher, Saint Joseph’s Oratory’s Titular Organist.

Consult the full program here

5Santa’s Village

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In the winter, Le Village du Père Noël offers visitors a wonderfully family friendly experience.  For instance, the pool becomes a magnificent ice rink while the podium on stage where the magic shows take place is turned into a giant slide for parents and children to slide down on tubes. Also not to be missed: our fun kicksleds!

Concerned for the comfort of his visitors, Santa Claus has provided heated shelters where families can enjoy a picnic without freezing the tips of their noses.

Opening Hours

The Village is now open!

Village du Père Noël is the perfect place for a holiday family getaway just one hour north of Montreal.

Located in Val-David, the village’s summer activities are transformed into a magical Christmas experience.

Activities include ice skating, tubing, sledding, a petting zoo, and a mini train. And of course, Santa and his elves are on site.

The Village will be open during the Christmas Season from 10am to 5pm, on December 7-8, 14-15 and from December 21 to January 5 2020 (except for the 25th!!!).

Contact Information

987, rue Morin
Val-David (Québec) J0T 2N0
Téléphone : 819 322-2146 (1 800 287-6635)

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It's your move, MCCORD Museum

On until March 2020 at the McCord Museum

Board games: Larger than life

The family exhibition It’s Your Move! Board Games: Larger Than Life –the McCord Museum’s 10th toy exhibition– takes visitors on a journey into the popular world of board games. This participatory exhibition is presented by Télé-Québec in conjunction with Randolph.

In three entertaining worlds, let yourself get caught up in the spirit of the game and take part in a fantastic adventure fraught with obstacles. Children are asked to choose a game piece and set off on a mission to free Yasmine and Sacha, two kids who’ve been catapulted into a giant board game! Games of chance, along with strategy and challenge games, are the focus of this interactive exhibition featuring around 180 toys and board games.

Throughout the exhibition, some of the toys on display hint at popular board games. While a wrench from 1935–45 reminds us of Clue, a miniature iron harks back to Monopoly… The oldest object on display, a jewellery case from the Museum collection, dates from 1828.

This exhibit is  custom made for children ages 3 to 9 and their parents.
Admission to the Museum is free for children 12 and under.
To round out the experience: treasure hunts, interactive activities and lots more!

McCord Museum
690 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, QC
H3A 1E9


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