Montréal “The Paris” of North America gives you electrifying experience and is well known for its many festivals. This second-largest city in Canada is sprawling with winter-centric activities and festivals galore. For me winter as the best time to visit Montréal beautiful landscapes, providing the visitors a bunch of things to do in Montréal. Montréal winter stretches from November to the early weeks of April, tempt varies from month to month and January going to be the coldest month. Winters in Montréal have a minimum of 1cm of snow on the ground, its increases month by month as in December its 8cm, then 15cm in January and 18 cm in February and so on. Montreal is home to sprawling festivals, world-renowned events and heaps of free shows and much more. It celebrates the creativity of locals and outsiders, links up this world with music, dance, film, art and street installations, etc.
MUTEK, International Festival of Digital Creativity and Electronic Music
MUTEK, International Festival of Digital Creativity and Electronic Music is dedicated to developing and championing creativity in mind-bending electronic music, and audio-visual performances. This electro-digital explorations and music-filled evenings is both indoor and outdoor five-day festival that invites artists, performers, panelists, and industry professionals to the showcase of impressive artistic talent.
Montréal has the coolest electronic festivals held in the old port, starts from the last two weeks of January goes till the first week of February. With the successful “Piknic Electronik” in summer, Montreal hosted the biggest names of the electronic experience during the winter months. It’s the coldest music festival in the world that brings warmth to the music lover while energetic vibe in 20-degree weather. From January 12th to 2nd February the old port is not just famous for an energetic musical experience, adventure seekers attract to the old port of Montreal for Natrel Skating Rink. Natrel Skating Rink has various free events like manually cardio training sessions, skate & mingle for singles, karaoke on ice, etc. conducted on four consecutive Saturdays of December and January.
Fete Des Neiges
From late 19th January to 10th February, this 4 weeklong snow festival offers all childhood delight that features activities to entertain kids as well as adults. Fete Des Neige’s whole focus is on the family, to enjoy a ton of Montreal winter activities together in one place including skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating, and a lot more like hockey tournaments, sled races, workshops, and lie shows.
Gem & Mineral Show and Je them En Chocolat
This is an annual show cum sale where over 100 locals and dealers from different provinces around the world i.e. Afghanistan, Africa, Brazil, and North America come and selling minerals, semi-precious gems, jewelry, sculptures, pearls, beads, fossils, and crystals. on the opposite side you will have Je Ta’ime En Chocolat, the largest event in Quebec devoted entirely dedicated to chocolate, attracts approx 10,000 visitors over the course of its annual three days run from 8th,9th and 10th February at Marché Bonsecours (usually before valentine’s day).
Noel in French/ Defile Des Reves and German Christmas Market
German Christmas Market, recreate the popular European Christmas markets with lots of live performances, games, shows, and many other things. By visiting this market you have the taste of German dining experience, Christmas gifts, and exquisite products. And Noel in French is the second largest Christmas parade the Defile Des Reves held a week after the popular down St. Claus Parade, since 1925. this goes between mid-November to December, having two Christmas Parade, with 20 floats proceeding along the downtown artery and provide top shopping destinations.
Montreal Bach Festival and New Year’s Eve 2020
Montreal Bach Festival is a music festival for all music lovers from the end of November to December (11/22/2019 to 12/07/2019), have time to join great Composer Bands, Orchestras’, Solo Musicians and Choirs. After having a musical fist you will love to hope on to the craziest party of the year, this going to be the best time to enjoy the nightlife of Montreal. If you guys want to groove on the top music number while sipping on the nice drink, you must head to the Jet Nightclub on the last day of the year.
Montreal en Lumiere (High Lights Festivals)
One of the largest winter festivals in the world, designed to add the little magic to Montréal in winter, since 2000. They hold this 11 days long fantastic festival in the last week of February from 21 Feb to 3 March, includes dazzling light shows, live performances with over 200 cultural activities, Quartier Des Spectacles is the epicenter of this festival. A highlight of the famous annual Nuit Blanche festival offers the best free outdoor activities like music performances, shows, concerts, unique art and technology exhibitions by local and international talents. During the festival, you will have incredible culinary delights of the city, and get the chance of meeting top chefs and winemakers from around the world. Not just this, it has special gastronomic events, sports-oriented activities to the public starting in the afternoon and goes all the way through the evening till 6:00 am, out of all the most adventurous rides like a Giant & neon-lit Mapple Ferris wheel.