Montréal en Lumière

Montréal en Lumière

MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE is one of the largest winter festivals in the world. An annual celebration registering 1 300,000 festival site visits, fans experience the joy of Montreal’s wintertime through a unique program combining performing arts, gastronomy, free outdoor family activities, and a whole night of exquisitely original discoveries!

This event is unique in the world of delectation, notably for its concept in pairing the finest Montreal chefs with the greatest culinary masters from all five continents. The gastronomy and wine program of the festival has become an absolute must for foodies. Since 2000, 500 renowned chefs, wine producers and speakers have taken part in the festival, offering unforgettable experiences for festival-goers, notably during the Festival’s Finest Tables events, famed for their perfect harmony of food and wine.

Music, circus arts, song, theatre, dance… every facet of culture glitters in Montreal thanks to the arts lineup of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE. The festival puts the spotlight on the city with a rich and eclectic program, welcoming icons as well as emerging artists from home and abroad. Over the course of 2 weeks, an array of new discoveries, original creations and dazzling performances become part of the daily fabric of Montreal life.

In February, the festival transforms the Quartier des spectacles and its Place des Festivals—the festive heart of downtown Montréal—into the ultimate family destination! The free outdoor site is bursting with open-air activities: braziers, shows, activities for everyone, all showcasing Montreal’s renowned party spirit and flair for entertainment.

Every year, the festival ends by kicking off the first of “Nuit blanche” celebrations around the world. And what a kickoff! The Nuit blanche in Montréal invites locals and tourists to enjoy 200 mostly free activities, all of them accessible thanks to a free shuttle service. Whether onstage or onscreen, in the great outdoors or under the spotlights, in music or in story, installations, exhibitions or dance, the city lights up the night’s sky with a wide range of fun and festive discoveries for all.