Here’s How To Get Ready For The New Year If You’re In Montreal!
If you’re looking to end and start the new year in Montreal, you’ll be likely paralyzed by all the celebration choices available to you. Montreal has something to offer everyone, from country music to EDM, from fine dining to sensational street food. Montrealers are very hospitable, so if you are lucky enough to have made friends in the city, you might be invited to a house party. Potlucks are very popular – everyone brings something to eat and maybe drink that everyone can share. If you don’t already have friends in the city, New Year’s Eve is a great time to find some!
CHEERS TO NEW YEARS
The city’s bars will be bustling, especially Crescent Street and its selection of lively bars. Many of the bars there are more than one floor, offering pub food, and big screens. Over in Old Port, Rue St Paul along as far as Place Jacques Cartier has lots of bars – from well-known brands like The Keg, to Montréal stalwarts like Pub St Paul, to hip cocktail bars like Philemon and L’Assommoir. Most of the city centre music bars and nightclubs are holding New Year’s Eve parties.
If you have your heart set on a particular place or event, it is worth booking in advance. Restaurants will be busy too, especially around the Old Port. Anywhere that is offering special New Year’s Eve service will likely require reservations. Places to consider are La Champagnerie, Brasserie 701, Graziella, Vieux-Port Steakhouse, or Taverne Gaspar. Cinemas will be open, and the Casino will be putting on a party night too.
LIGHTING UP FOR THE OCCASION
Bars, clubs, and restaurants are not the only options – Luminotherapie at the Place Des Arts offers interactive seesaws that generate light and sound as you play on them, and for a family friendly day and night out, the Old Port is transformed with ice skating, DJs, live bands, and a breathtaking firework display at midnight. The focus is around the Jacques Cartier pier. Witth over 70,000 people expected there won’t be anywhere to park. The nearest metro is Champ de Mars, and the metro will be running all through the night. Marking the finale of Montréal’s 375th birthday year, this year’s party is going to be even more spectacular than usual.
The party starts at midday with the chance to try traditional dishes for free at the Bonsecours Market. According to the organizers, the Banquet populaire will channel the sharing spirit of Camillien Houde, Montréal’s former mayor. The fun will continue with storytelling and live folk music throughout the day. As midnight approaches, the Jacques Cartier bridge will light up with an entrancing lightshow. This is timed to coincide with the grand countdown and the “never-before-seen pyrotechnic performance” of the firework display.
A CALMER ENTRY INTO THE NEW YEAR
If noise and crowds are not what you are after, there are many beautiful winter walks to enjoy. From the Lachine Rapids to Park Lafontaine. You can walk up to the viewpoint on Mont Royal for midnight. There, you can get an excellent view of the fireworks over the city skyline.
Whether it is with fine food, dancing, music, amazing fireworks, or tranquil countryside, you’re up for a lot of fun. Enjoy the New Years during your stay in Montreal!