Fête des Neiges unveils new home at Jean Drapeau park

Visitors can enjoy 16 tubing slides, a refrigerated skating rink, ice-sculpture demonstrations, winter sports and more

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The 37th annual Fête des Neiges outdoor festival is back for four weekends this winter, with a new location at Jean-Drapeau Park.

The event will feature performances by acrobats from Cirque Éloize for the first time. Visitors can enjoy 16 tubing slides, a refrigerated skating rink, and ice sculpture demonstrations. There will also be a pirate ice ship, as well as animation at the Penguins’ Village and the Ninja Huskies. Sporting activities include foosball and boot hockey.

There will be an introduction to snowshoeing by the Parks Canada team, skiing and snowboarding lessons for kids aged 5 to 8 by the Association of Quebec’s Ski Resorts, as well as a dance and karaoke corner.

Fête des Neiges will be held in the newly-built Espace 67 location. According to Communication Consultant Kaven Gauthier, the space was built to better accommodate all festivals, including Osheaga, Île Soniq and La Fête des Neiges.

The new space offers a number of benefits, Gauthier said. It is located much closer to the Jean-Drapeau metro station, so it is less of a walk for festival-goers. While the former festival site, Île Ste. Hélène, had a capacity of 45,000, Espace 67 can welcome up to 65,000 people. It also allows for more food concessions as well as a restaurant.

Fête des Neiges will take place every Saturday and Sunday from Jan. 18 to Feb. 9. Tickets cost $12 for those 14 and over, $8 for 3-13 and are free for kids 2 and under. Family passes (two adults and two children) are also available for $38.  There are less expensive passes available online until January 20.

For more information, visit parcjeandrapeau.com.