Montreal Festivals: January 2018 Must-Sees

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    Montreal's Best Festivals and Events Happening This January 2018

    Montreal festivals in January 2018 include the following attractions, concerts, museum exhibits and more.
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    Can't say January is Montreal's flagship tourism month. Watch out for moans from select locals lamenting the cold or the snow or the slush. A shame, really, given how postcard gorgeous the city can be as the mercury drops.

    As someone whose fondest childhood memories involve a pair of cross-country skis, ice skates, a frozen lake, and wild unkempt trails in the mountains located just outside Montreal, I firmly believe this can be one of the most enchanting times of the year. See, the key to January is dressing the part. Nail that down and the season becomes a whole new experience.

    Furthermore, there are the month's chief perks, everything from the craziest outdoor bash of the year to restaurants deals and retail steals

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    Montreal Festivals January 2018: New Year's Eve Recovery

    Montreal festivals in January 2018.
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    Narrowly escaped the New Year's Eve hangover from hell? Excellent. Start off the New Year on the right foot this January 1, 2018. Go outside and do something! Even though it's a statutory holiday, there's a lot more open in Montreal on New Year's Day than you think.

    And don't miss the last Fire on Ice fireworks on January 6, 2018 at the Old Port.

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    Montreal Festivals January 2018: Recycle That Xmas Tree

    Montreal Christmas tree recycling 2018 dates.
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    Attention locals: that glorious Christmas tree currently rotting in your living room isn't going to discard itself. So let city hall do it for you. Here are the dates for Christmas tree recycling in Montreal, broken down by neighborhood.

    See Also: Montreal Holiday Garbage and Recycling Pickup Schedules

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    Montreal Festivals January 2018: The Museums

    Montreal's top museums include the Marguerite Bourgeoys Museum.
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    Montreal museum exhibits in January 2018 include the Montreal Science Centre's Indigenous Ingenuity, an exhibit which "through an interactive quest" help you "discover how indigenous science is timeless. With a bear and a trickster as your guides, take part in a virtual canoe race, build an igloo, test a kayak’s centre of gravity, and discover interactive frescoes."

    The Musée d'art contemporain proposes A Crack in Everything, an exhibit of all things Leonard Cohen approved by the Montreal icon himself before he passed away in November 2016.

    See Also: Leonard Cohen Art
    And: Interview with Cohen protégé NEeMA

    The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts features Once upon a time... The Western - A new frontier in Art and Film, "the first exhibition to consider the Western and its attendant myths in the context of painting, photography, literature and film from the mid-1800s to the present, in the United States and in Canada. It establishes a dialogue between film and the fine arts through 450 paintings, sculptures, installations photos and numerous film excerpts."

    For an assortment of virtual reality experiences, drop by PHI Centre all month long.

    Pointe-à-Callière, Montreal's history and archaeology museum, proposes Passion: Hockey. ''Come rediscover the popular roots of hockey and get back in touch with your inner child. Take a look back at the achievements of legendary players.''

    McCord Museum proposes The Topsy Turvy Storyland, a reinterpretation of famous fairytales complete with interactive challenges for kids to gain access to an ''enchanted library'' at the end of the exhibit.

    And of course, for a natural science history lesson tinged with a teeny, weeny taste of Ancient Egyptian history—apart from what's on display at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts' permanent collection, this is the only location in the city where you can hope do that—make it a point to visit the Redpath Museum located on the McGill University's downtown campus.

    For more museum exhibit information, consult this list of Montreal's top 15 museums.

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    Montreal Festivals January 2018: The Great Outdoors

    Montreal festivals in January 2018 include celebrating the season's winter sports and activities.
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    What would Montreal winters be without their outdoor sports and activities

    See Also: Winter in Montreal: It's a Wonderland

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    Montreal Festivals January 2018: Winter Forest Treks

    Montreal festivals in January 2018 include winter forest treks.
    Photo courtesy of Les amis de la montagne

    By foot, snowshoe, or on cross country skis, Montreal forest treks are an affordable activity for families, solo nature enthusiasts or even couples looking for a dose of outdoor romance. The bulk of Montreal's forest treks are held January through to the first week of March.

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    Montreal Festivals January 2018: The Concerts

    Montreal concerts in January 2018 include Kaytranada.
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    Find who is playing where and when. Consult my Montreal concerts January 2018 hit list. It includes big tickets, indie's best bets, the hottest producers in circulation, and more.

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    Montreal Festivals January 2018: Le Chop

    Montreal festivals in January 2018 include Le Chop.
    Photo courtesy of Le Chop

    Le Chop runs January 2 to February 28, 2018, a chance to save on three-course meals at a handful of participating restaurants.

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    Montreal Festivals January 2018: Wildside Festival

    Montreal festivals in January 2018 include the Wildside Festival.
    Courtesy of Cabal Theatre

    Featuring an assortment of critically acclaimed independent theatre productions over the course of ten days, Centaur Theatre's Wildside Festival runs January 4 to January 13, 2017. Admission $13 to $16 plus service charge. 

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    Montreal Festivals January 2018: Let's Get Married

    Montreal festivals in January 2018 includes the Let's Get Married wedding show,
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    Running January 6 through January 7, 2018 at Place Bonaventure is the biannual wedding event Let's Get Married, Canada's largest bridal exhibition according to organizers. Admission $19. 

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    Montreal Festivals January 2018: No Pants Day

    Montreal festivals in January 2018 include No Pants Day.
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    Nothing quite like airing out your fanny in Montreal in January. Join the few hundred Facebookers claiming they'll do just that in honor of No Pants Day inside Mont-Royal Metro on January 7, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. Details.

    And it's not just in Montreal. Cities the world over are participating. So how did No Pants Day start? I've read at least two origin stories, both involving New Yorkers. The first one claimed it was a bunch of friends looking for a thrill. The other relays that a hapless husband totally unaware that he left the house sans trousers back in '86 only realized his predicament while on the subway.

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    Montreal Festivals January 2018: Montreal Science Centre Steal

    Montreal festivals in January 2018 include the Montreal Science Centre.
    Courtesy of the Montreal Science Centre

    There still time to take advantage of the Montreal Science Centre's holiday deal running through January 8, 2018.

    For the special rate of $20 ($18 for seniors/teens, $13.50 for kids ages 12 and under), watch one IMAX science movie and check out 5 Montreal Science Centre exhibits. 

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    Montreal Festivals January 2018: Barbegazi

    Montreal festivals in January 2018 include Barbegazi.
    Photo courtesy of Barbegazi

    From January 13 to January 14 and then from January 20 to January 21, 2018, Quartier des head down to the Olympic Park's winter village for Barbegazi, a winter action sports festival with snow skate demos (ie., skateboarding on snow), obstacle courses for kids, feats of strength, food truck fare, and more.

    The site opens at 11 a.m., closing at 4 p.m.

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    Montreal Festivals January 2018: Le Happening Gourmand

    Montreal festivals in January 2018 include Le Happening Gourmand.
    Photo courtesy of Le Happening Gourmand

    Save anywhere from 30% to 40% off of regular table d'hôte prices proposed by a group of Old Montreal restaurants. It's called Le Happening Gourmand and it runs in January 11 through February 4, 2018.

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    Montreal Festivals January 2018: Bouge d'Ici

    Montreal festivals in January 2018 include the Bouge d'ici dance fest,
    Photo courtesy of Bouge d'ici © Cindy Lopez

    An annual dance festival featuring some of Montreal's emerging contemporary dancers, Bouge d'Ici proposes parties, performances, dance workshops and more in January 2018. Contact organizers for details.

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    Montreal Festivals January 2018: Igloofest

    Montreal festivals in January 2018 include Igloofest.
    Photo courtesy of Igloofest © Vivien Gaumand

    Because who's crazy enough to dance outside on the coldest days of the year? That would be us. Catch Igloofest every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from January 20 to February 11, 2018.

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    Montreal Festivals January 2018: Snow Fest

    Montreal festivals in January 2016 include Montreal snow festival Fête des Neiges.
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    Parc Jean-Drapeau turns into something special every January and February courtesy of Montreal snow festival Fête des neiges. Free family activities, outdoor fun and live entertainment are part of the deal running January 20 to February 11, 2018.

    See Also: Parc Jean-Drapeau's 8 Most Interesting Winter Attractions

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    Montreal Festivals January 2018: Salon de l'Amour et de la Séduction

    Montreal festivals in January 2018 include Salon de l'Amour et de la Séduction.
    Photo courtesy of the Salon de l'Amour et de la Séduction

    Montreal's primo sex convention features seminars designed to enhance knowledge, skills and ultimately pleasure with 50 exhibitors proposing an assortment of apparatus and services. Salon de l'Amour et de la Séduction 2018 highlights running January 19 through January 21, 2018 at Place Bonaventure include live erotic art, dungeon stage entertainment and more. Admission $20 to $35.

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    Montreal Festivals January 2018: Salon de l'Auto

    Montreal festivals in January 2018 include car show Salon de l'Auto.
    Photo courtesy of the Salon de l'Auto

    Vintage cars, test drives, fuel-efficient vehicles, modified rides and more, catch Montreal car show Salon de l'Auto January 19 through January 28, 2018 at the Palais des congrès. Admission ranges from free to $16. Family passes available at $38 plus service charge.

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    Montreal Festivals January 2018: Dog Sledding

    Montreal festivals in January 2018 include a chance to go dog sledding.
    Photo by Flickr user Claude Robillard (CC BY-NC 2.0)

    Ever fancied the thought of an urban dog sled experience? Stop dreaming and start booking. But don't sleep on it. The season is short-lived.

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    Montreal Festivals January 2018: The Virtual Reality Garden

    Montreal festivals in January 2018 include PHI Centre's Virtual Reality series.
    Photo courtesy of Phi Centre

    Ever experience virtual reality? Now's your chance. PHI Centre proposes VR films on a regular basis as part of its Virtual Reality Garden series.

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    Montreal Festivals January 2018: Hit the Slopes

    Quebec ski resorts near Montreal include Le Massif de Charlevoix.
    Photo courtesy of Le Massif de Charlevoix

    Yearning to hit the slopes? I'll tell you where to go, when to go and how to save money skiing in Quebec.

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    Montreal Festivals January 2018: The Sales

    Montreal festivals in January 2016 include catching these sales.
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    Are you a smart shopper? Of course you are. So you know how amazing deep discounts can be in January when the retails sector tries to unload excess inventory that didn't sell during the holidays. New to the game? Here's a primer on how to save big bucks in Montreal.

    See Also: Montreal's Top Shopping Centres

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    Montreal Festivals January 2018: Luminothérapie

    Montreal festivals in January 2018 include Luminothérapie.
    Photo courtesy of Quartier des Spectacles

    Hop on a see saw and take in a little light therapy. You've got until January 28, 2018. 

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    Montreal Festivals January 2018: Winter Village

    Montreal festivals in January 2018 include Montreal winter village Village Mammouth as located in the Olympic Park.
    Photo courtesy of Parc Olympique de Montréal

    The Olympic Park's Winter Village proposes food, drink, ice skating, and more all month long.

    See Also: Montreal's Best Outdoor Skating Rinks
    And: Winter Sports You've Got to Try

    Visiting Montreal? Stay at One of Montreal's Best Hotels

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    Montreal Festivals January 2018: Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

    Montreal festivals in January 2016 include the Banff Film Festival World Tour.
    Photo courtesy of the Banff Film Festival World Tour

    The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour is headed to Montreal with seven screenings (6 in French and one in English) scheduled from January 23 to February 9, 2018 at Université du Québec à Montréal and Concordia University. A chance to catch the Banff Mountain Film Festival's winning shorts capturing the exhilaration of mountain sports, admission is $26.60 plus taxes and/or service/shipping/box office charge.

    See Also: Skiing in Quebec: When, Where and How to Save $ Hitting the Slopes

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    Montreal Festivals January 2018: When It's Too Cold Outside

    Montreal festivals in January 2018 include ice skating at Atrium le 1000.
    Courtesy of Atrium le 1000

    Too cold to skate Montreal's hottest outdoor rinks? Head to Atrium le 1000's indoor rink.  

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    Montreal Festivals in January 2018: Visit Mount Royal Park

    Montreal festivals in January 2018.
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    Spend the day exploring Mount Royal Park. It's a winter treasure. 

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    Montreal Festivals in January 2018

    Montreal festivals in January 2018.
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    10 Things to Do in the Olympic Park: http://bit.ly/2yRRfhF
    Montreal Weather Forecasts: http://bit.ly/2qx3df5 

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    Montreal Festivals in January 2018

    Montreal events in January 2018.
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