Montreal en Lumière brightens up winter nights

This festival features gourmet dining events, free children’s activities, and 120 shows featuring music, dance, circus arts and theatre artists.



Photo credit: Benoit Rousseau

Montreal en Lumière returns for a 19th year this February, bringing gourmet experiences, illuminated art installations, family-friendly activities, live music and more to brighten up the long winter nights.

The festival, which runs from February 22 to March 4, includes gourmet dining events, free children’s activities, and a program of 120 shows featuring music, dance, circus arts and theatre artists.

During this festival, Place des Festivals in the Quartier des Spectacles is transformed into a free, outdoor winter playground with super slides, a zip line, music and circus shows, illuminated artwork, and children’s activities.

Another highlight of the festival is Nuit Blanche, with more than 200 (mostly free) activities — including some specifically for kids — linked by a free shuttle service.

While there are many events more suited to foodies who can leave the kids at home, there are also some great opportunities for kids to explore new flavours. For example, from Feb. 22-25, kids can taste free samples from Quebec’s finest cheese makers at the Festival of our Cheeses at the Complexe Desjardins’ Grande-Place. Admission is free.

And on Feb. 24 and March 3 at 11 a.m., chef Lola Aiem will lead family cooking workshops at Institut de tourisme et d’hôtellerie du Québec on St. Denis St.

Complete programming information for the outdoor site will be released on Feb. 7. Nuit Blanche activity details will be released in mid-February.

For more information, montrealenlumiere.com

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