Montréaler's tentatively poke their heads outside in the brutal month of February, as the first pangs of summer hope are felt.
- Why? Start the new year with one of the largest winter festivals in the world.
- When? 23 Feb - 11 Mar 2017
- Where? 400 Boulevard de Maisonneuve O, Montréal, Canada.
- Price: Many free shows but some are ticketed, available from the official website.
- Get there: Fly to Montréal then take a taxi to the city centre.
- Stay: The W Montreal has modern decor minutes from the old town.
- #travioortip: Wrap up warm and bring your camera.
They say the darkest hour is right before the dawn. Civilisations that withstand long, severe winters depend upon seasonally pivotal festivities to acknowledge the coming of the sun and to remember light in the throes of darkness. Originating from warm climes, homo sapiens are denied a hibernating functionality and so Montréal rejoices in anticipation for what is to come. Pagans celebrated the Yule, Inuit's the Messenger Feast and Christians Christmas. In modern day Montréal its the Montréal en Lumière.
A time for song, dance, gluttony and crucially, light. Trudge past nine foot tall puppets, careen through the minus Celsius air on a zipline and gaze on the dramatically lit city. It's not all about the lights though, with impressive food offerings from renowned chefs and a host of entertainment covering everything from music and dance to circus arts and theatre.
The festival will enter its 18th year in 2017, and with 2016 leaving quite the legacy it's definitely an event to take note of. From a zip wire to super slides to a massive ferris wheel, the 2016 edition of Montréal en Lumiere was quite the party.
Celebrate a little light in Montréal's winter gloom down at Montréal en Lumière, but don't forget to wrap up warm.
*We do our very best to verify the dates of our events but please check with the official event provider before booking your flights. We would hate for you to be disappointed!