Discover downtown’s illuminated winter wonderland!

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Montreal centre-ville

Every year, starting in November, the city center lights up to mark the arrival of the holiday season and warm people’s hearts just as temperatures begin to drop.

This year, you’ll find beautiful new illuminations that are sure to delight both young and old until the end of winter. And it goes far beyond Christmas lights, we’ve created a whole illuminated trajectory that pays homage to our magnificent nordicity. Spotlight on the bright installations that will light up the streets of downtown!

An enchanted urban forest

In addition to the traditional illuminations that line Sainte-Catherine Street, Sherbrooke Street, Phillips Square and Dorchester Square, this year, you’ll discover the first traces of a bright urban forest around Avenue McGill College and St Jax Church.

In fact, as a playful tribute to downtown’s wildlife, you’ll even find a little nod to a famous animal that roams Montreal’s streets all year long.

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Bright lights that tell a story

After a successful first edition in 2020, the Lights on Peel project is back! Installed all along Peel Street in the heart of downtown, these light installations will take you back in time as you discover the Kanien’kehá: ka clans’s history. Indeed, on two occasions 157 years apart, the Dawson site in downtown Montreal has been revealed to sit above remains of the only known St. Lawrence Iroquoians village found on the island. It’s those historic discoveries that are explored through Lights on Peel.

MONTREAL, CANADA, 09 Decembre 2020, Photo du centre de ville de Montreal pour Montreal centre-ville Societe de developpement commercial. Photo Thierry du Bois
MONTREAL, CANADA, 09 Decembre 2020, Photo du centre de ville de Montreal pour Montreal centre-ville Societe de developpement commercial. Photo Thierry du Bois
MONTREAL, CANADA, 09 Decembre 2020, Photo du centre de ville de Montreal pour Montreal centre-ville Societe de developpement commercial. Photo Thierry du Bois

Make way for public art

We can’t say it enough: public art, culture and the performing arts are crucial to downtown’s vitality and attractiveness. We’ve therefore decided to give them a place of pride this winter with Espace Sensible, a new space dedicated to urban art on Sherbrooke Street.

Thanks to our collaboration with ARTCH, you’ll get to take in beautiful contemporary art exhibitions highlighting the works of emerging artists within three illuminated arches. What could be better than strolling through the history-packed Golden Square Mile and admiring this open-air gallery?

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Since November 18th, you may have also noticed impressive light and sound installations on the front court of the United Church of St. James?

Les Diamants is an interactive work by Alexis Laurence and Francis Laporte from Perséides Studio. This co-production is entirely Quebec-made and is kicking off in downtown Montreal before touring the province!

Spin these majestic works to feast your eyes and ears on a harmonious waltz of lights and music!

Winter’s beating heart

From December 16th to 31st, explore the Montréal en Fêtes festival at Square Victoria and Dorchester and grab a selfie atop the magnificent colorful installation  Cœur battant d’hiver !

This impressive heart-shaped structure illuminated in a multitude of colors will bring joy and light to the winter’s snowy landscape. And good news, the giant heart will stay in place until April!

And if you’re near Dorchester Square, come and admire the magnificent illuminations in front of Marie-Reine-du-Monde Cathedral! Those lights add an extra touch to the splendor and grandeur of this building.