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Montreal's Best Festivals and Events Happening This January 2018
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.
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Montreal Festivals January 2018: New Year's Eve Recovery
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.Continue to 3 of 30 below.
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Montreal Festivals January 2018: Recycle That Xmas Tree
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.Continue to 4 of 30 below.
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Montreal Festivals January 2018: The Museums
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.
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.Continue to 5 of 30 below.
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Montreal Festivals January 2018: Winter Forest Treks
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.Continue to 7 of 30 below.
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Montreal Festivals January 2018: The Concerts
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.Continue to 8 of 30 below.
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Montreal Festivals January 2018: 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.Continue to 9 of 30 below.
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Montreal Festivals January 2018: Wildside Festival
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.Continue to 10 of 30 below.
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Montreal Festivals January 2018: No Pants Day
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.Continue to 12 of 30 below.
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Montreal Festivals January 2018: Montreal Science Centre Steal
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.Continue to 13 of 30 below.
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Montreal Festivals January 2018: 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.Continue to 14 of 30 below.
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Montreal Festivals January 2018: 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.Continue to 15 of 30 below.
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Montreal Festivals January 2018: Bouge d'Ici
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.Continue to 16 of 30 below.
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Montreal Festivals January 2018: Igloofest
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
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.Continue to 18 of 30 below.
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Montreal Festivals January 2018: 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.Continue to 19 of 30 below.
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Montreal Festivals January 2018: 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.Continue to 20 of 30 below.
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Montreal Festivals January 2018: Dog Sledding
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.Continue to 21 of 30 below.
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Montreal Festivals January 2018: The Virtual Reality Garden
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.Continue to 22 of 30 below.
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Montreal Festivals January 2018: Hit the Slopes
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
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
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
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Montreal Festivals January 2018: Banff Mountain 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.Continue to 27 of 30 below.
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Montreal Festivals in January 2018: Visit Mount Royal Park
Spend the day exploring Mount Royal Park. It's a winter treasure.Continue to 29 of 30 below.
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Montreal Festivals in January 2018
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Montreal Festivals in January 2018