• New Year’s Eve for the Family

    What’s a family to do on New Year’s Eve in Montreal when the majority of festivities are decidedly not kid-friendly? Here are a few suggestions from MotC. Hope everyone has a fun and safe time.

    If you have a suggestion for family-friendly New Years fun, please feel free to add it in the comments below!

    Outdoors on Mount Royal

    If the weather’s not too bad on the 31st, maybe you might want to try something new in the way of outdoor winter fun?

    Until 4 PM on December 31, the rental office is open at Beaver Lake for snowshoes, cross-country skis, and ice skates. If you have your own skates already, the rink admission is free, and is open until 9 PM. Similarly, the toboggan run at Beaver Lake and inner-tube rentals are also open until 4 PM.


    If you slip around to the East side of Mount Royal, you’ll find a great long toboggan run down the slope towards Parc Ave., and Murray Hill park in Westmount is also a significant run.

    At these Grand Parcs of Montreal you’ll find free groomed hills to get your adrenaline rushing:

    Outdoor fun and Fireworks

    From 6 PM through to 2 AM, you are invited to have some outdoor fun at the winter village on the grounds of the Olympic Stadium. There is ice-skating, sliding, food trucks and DJs Antoine Clamaran, Nic & Peter & Etienne Ozborne.

    Alternatively, you can pop down to the Old Port for ice-skating at the outdoor Bonsecours Basin, open from 10 AM to 2AM. Activities include a dance party, and  fireworks at midnight.

    If outdoor skating at night near the river sounds a little too chilly for your blood, but you still want to see those fireworks, you can always join the party up the street at Place Jacques-Cartier for live animation and DJ. And beginning at 10PM, the event will gather some of the country’s most prominent artists on a huge outdoor stage. Join the “Great Countdown” starting a few seconds before midnight.

    “Fireworks” for the Tots

    Of course, not everyone can stay up until midnight to enjoy fireworks (even when they really really want to), so why not spend some time at Luminothérapie at Quartier des Spectacles? The interactive, participatory work is sure to warm visitors of all ages, who will be asked to activate the 13 giant Loops in order to make fairy tale-inspired images come to life. At the centre of each zoetrope is a music box to provide accompaniment for the giant animated drawings. With sundown happening before dinner time, it’s the next best thing to fireworks for the bed-time challenged.