Province/Territory: Quebec

A mid-winter celebration of food, art, music and the outdoors

  • 400 chefs
  • 200 activities during the all-night Nuit Blanche
  • 04 days of gastronomy, music, the arts and winter fun

Spend four days immersing yourself in Montréal’s arts, music, culture, cuisine and outdoor fun during February’s multi-sensory Montréal en Lumière.
A downtown plaza becomes a winter playground illuminated by dazzling light shows, surrounded by museums and concert halls filled with music, circus and exhibitions. Taste Old Montréal on a culinary walking tour. Dine at a Quebec chefs’ competition and vote on your favourite of 16 dishes. Then party all night with your front-row pass to more than 200 events across the city celebrating Nuit Blanche – "White Night".

Why you should visit

• Tasting your way through Old Montréal on a culinary walking tour.
• Admiring art in a museum at 4 am.
• Attending dance, gospel, jazz or circus performances.
• Dining on a lavish 16-course dinner for 500 prepared by four competing top Quebec chefs, then casting your vote for the winner.
• Partying during an all-night extravaganza with 200 events around the city.
• Riding a ferris wheel and whizzing down a giant slide outside in mid-winter.
• Sampling the cuisine of 20 international guest chefs cooking in the city’s best restaurants.
• Sipping local wines and nibbling Quebec-made cheeses at gourmet pit-stops.

Weather

• The average temperatures for Montréal in late February are a high of -3°C and a low of -13°C. Winter days are often sunny, but expect snow as well.  Warm winter thaws sometimes also occur.
• Discover local weather information.  Research local weather patterns at Environment Canada's Canadian Climate Website .

Visitor information

• The "Experience Montréal with all Your Senses" package includes three nights accommodation in a downtown 4-star hotel.
• Tickets to the gastronomy event "The Evening of Quebec Chefs and Cheeses" at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel are included.
• Also included is a culinary tour of Old Montréal with tastings along the way.
• Special access passes are provided for the events during the all-night Nuit Blanche, "White Night".
• Most activities are wheelchair accessible.
Shows and concerts should be booked in advance.
• Dine-around meals prepared in local restaurants by visiting international guest chefs should be booked in advance.
• Bank machines, shops and restaurants are available throughout the festival area.

When to go

Montréal en Lumiere takes place over 11 days from late February into early March.
• The 4-day/3-night package is offered during the festival’s second and final weekend, usually the first weekend in March.
• The all-night Nuit Blanche, “White Night”, is on the Saturday evening of the festival’s final weekend.

Need to know

• Pack comfortable footwear - Montréal is a walking city.
• Bring layers of winter clothing for outdoor evening activities including warm boots, gloves and a hat.
• Montréal is a bilingual city where almost everyone speaks fluent English.

Getting Here

• The “Experience Montréal With all your Senses” package includes a limousine transfer from the airport to your hotel.
• Outdoor free events including Nuit Blanche are centred around the Place des Festivals, a plaza in downtown Montréal.
• Indoor shows and concerts take place in various venues from museums to performing arts centres of the adjacent Place des Arts.
• Public transport access to the Place des Festivals is via the Metro subway to the Place des Arts, Saint Laurent or Place D'Armes stations.
• The Metro operates throughout the night during the all-night Nuit Blanche.
Parking lots are located throughout downtown.
• Taxis are plentiful in Montréal.