Luminothérapie,Winter Gardens and a Journey In the Footsteps of Santa Claus Walk All Happening in Downtown Montreal this Winter

Loop © Ulysses Lemerise, OSA

The heart of Montreal will be alive and well this winter! From November 15 to mid-March, the Quartier des Spectacles Partnership, SDC Montréal centre-ville, Le Village de Noël de Montréal (Montreal’s Christmas Village), XP_MTL and their partners will present a complementary set of rich experiences showcasing the city’s creativity. Montrealers are invited to come downtown to enjoy the winter safely with a multitude of free activities this Holiday Season. Luminous installations, enchanting decorations and inviting spaces will be in place along Sainte-Catherine Street east of Atwater and in the Quartier des Spectacles, while Sainte-Catherine Street will be a pedestrian zone between De Bleury and Saint-Laurent.

Downtown is the perfect place to make the most of winter in the city. It will welcome visitors for their holiday shopping, set the stage for heartwarming family moments and invite everyone to be part of the city’s beating heart.

“The last few months have not been easy for Montrealers, who have been preoccupied with the multi-front battle against the COVID-19 pandemic. With winter and the Holiday Season fast approaching, I am delighted to see that creativity will once again take centre stage to bring joy to what will be a challenging winter. Downtown needs your support more than ever, and I invite the public to come out in force to see what’s taking shape in the heart of our city. Come support our merchants – they’re eager to welcome everyone with open arms,” said Montreal mayor Valérie Plante


Lights on Peel: honouring the Kanien’keha:ka clans

Starting November 15, 2020

Peel Street

An initiative of SDC Montréal centre-ville in partnership with the Mohawk Council of Kahnawake, Heritage Portfolio, Korlcc and the borough of Ville-Marie

Be transported by the magic of festive lights on downtown streets, especially on Peel Street, where you’ll travel back in time and discover the history and origins of the Kanien’keha:ka clans. The stunning decorations and lighting will complement downtown shopping excursions, which promise to be anything but dull this year. In addition to the various activities, a Christmas contest and a “Win your purchases” campaign will help support the area’s merchants and restaurants this Holiday Season.  For more information, visit

In the footsteps of Santa Claus

November 21 to December 28, 2020

Sainte-Catherine St.

A co-production of SDC Montréal centre-ville and Dotti&cie

By setting out in search of Santa, the whole family will discover a fun trail to launch the Holidays safely. Christmas-related items have been hidden in downtown merchants’ windows. With the “Sur les traces du Père Noël” pass, you can help Santa Claus and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer put on a party for all the children by participating in two fun and challenging free activities: the Mischievous Elves Walk and Rudolph’s Mission. Participants will have a chance to win one of several prizes valued at a total of more than $20,000! The walk will also feature three favourite floats from Montreal’s Santa Claus Parade: the toy workshop, the post office and the ever-popular Santa’s sleigh. 

Light therapy Beating heart   

December 3, 2020, to March 14, 2021 

Entertainment District 

This year’s Luminothérapie experience will be a series of luminous, auditory, participatory and thought-provoking experiences throughout the Quartier. Visitors will be able to explore ten installations by local creatives, to be added incrementally until mid-March. The result will be a dazzling series of sound and light experiences along Sainte-Catherine St.

The works include the iconic Loop, created by Olivier Girouard, Jonathan Villeneuve and Ottoblix, which will return to Place des Festivals with new visuals celebrating Quebec literature, thanks to the support of SODEC. Loop comprises 12 giant zoetropes; visitors activate the devices to trigger flip-book-style animations of images by Quebec illustrators, inspired by timeless literary works by Joséphine Bacon, Dany Laferrière and Wajdi Mouawad, among other authors. To complement the animations, a video projection titled Index, by Ottoblix, will be shown on the façade of UQAM’s Pavillon Président-Kennedy. 

Winter Gardens

December 5, 2020 to January 3, 2021

Place des Arts Esplanade and Sainte-Catherine St. in the Quartier des Spectacles

An initiative of Montreal’s Christmas Village 

A magical stroll! The Jardins d’Hiver – winter gardens – will delight visitors of all ages as they explore a very special trail leading to the big Christmas tree and to cozy little cottages displaying enchanting dioramas. Whether you visit with family or friends, take some time to relax at the Forgerie or the Fabrique, a pair of terrasses featuring a unique and inviting ambiance and festive lighting. Between shopping trips or after a meal from a nearby restaurant, the Jardins d’Hiver will be a great place to take a break and enjoy the beauty of the Holiday Season in Montreal.

Buy Local

An XP_MTL initiative 

XP_MTL invites Montrealers to buy local and support downtown merchants with their holiday shopping. Need ideas? Six influencers were asked to share their favourite downtown stores and restaurants. Visit to get inspired!

Stay tuned for some Holiday magic: XP_MTL plans to bring some comfort to Montreal this season. Everyone is invited to come downtown to find the best seasonal window display for a chance to win a grand prize on our social media feeds. An experiential odyssey featuring several giant installations in the heart of downtown will delight visitors of all ages, bringing back fond childhood memories and making new ones.


Village de Noël de Montréal (Montreal’s Christmas Village) is a non-profit organization based in the city’s Sud-Ouest district.  Thanks to the success of its Christmas Market outside Atwater Market, whose 2019 edition attracted more than 100,000 visitors, the organization has emerged in just a few years as a major player in Holiday Season special events and facilities in Montreal.

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