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Montreal Families

Nighttime holiday village lights up Laval

Get into the holiday spirit like never before with Illumi, a new magical outdoor world made with more than 10 million lights, along with seasonal sounds and hundreds of monumental structures.

Until Jan. 5, visitors of all ages may enjoy walking through eight different worlds (each with their own surprises and wonders), visiting the Christmas Village, and beholding a gigantic tree of sparkling lights as tall as the Statue of Liberty.

As darkness falls, enter Illumi’s nocturnal journey with a safari through the many colours of the Savannah, where you can see sculptures of giraffes, elephants, flamingos, exotic trees and more. For those who prefer city life, take a trip to the Boulevard, where you can explore America’s 1950s suburbia, Hollywood, and the Wild West. Travel to China to see the gorgeous display of lanterns, and celebrate Christmas Mexico-style with mariachis and piñatas — but watch out for the glowing, exotic insects.

If Europe is more to your taste, take a walk through the Merry-Go-Round Square, and ride a carousel horse underneath the streetlights of Belgium, France and Germany. Next, wish upon a star in a beautiful tale told on gigantic screens that blend with the night sky as you join in the quest to find the brightest star in the sky.

As you make your way to Santa’s home, see the north and south blend into one. You’ll meet penguins, whales and explore igloos in a forest of icy stalagmites. Finally, walk through a candy cane forest to get to Santa’s house, where kids and adults alike can meet the jolly man himself.

In the Christmas Village, visit Illumi’s gathering of merchants, local producers and craftspeople, where you can find food, crafts, and unique gifts for the holiday season. There is also a wide variety of restaurants, food trucks, and a cozy place to eat, as well as the world’s largest tree of lights, standing at a whopping 47 metres high.

The site is located at the intersection of Highway 15 and St. Martin Blvd. in Laval. It’s accessible by car or public transit, and Illumi provides a free shuttle service from the Montmorency metro station.

It is open Tuesday to Thursday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., and Friday to Sunday from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tickets start at $18.50 for adults and teens, and $14.50 for children aged 3 to 12 (prices vary depending on dates and times). Family packs, as well as senior and student discounts, are available. Splurging on VIP tickets will get you access to a heated lounge, non-alcoholic beverages and a buffet.

For more information, visit illumi.com.


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