Guide to New Year's Eve in Montreal: Parties, Shows, and Activities

From dancing the night away at one of Montreal's hottest clubs to enjoying an intimate evening of fireworks and fine dining, there are plenty of ways to celebrate New Year's Eve in Montreal. Whether you're looking to party all night or are traveling with family, there's an event for everyone on New Year's Eve 2018.

However, finding a taxi after the clubs close on New Year's Day can be an exasperating experience, especially if you're in one of the busier parts of the city. Instead, you can avoid getting frostbite from waiting in the cold by ordering an Uber—which may have a hiked fare due to higher demand—or hire a designated driver service to get you home if you drove yourself.

Alternatively, the Société de transport de Montréal will keep the Metro open all night for New Year's Eve so you can get home by yourself. Unlimited evening passes are available for $5, which gives users unlimited access to public transit from 6 p.m. to 5 a.m. Night buses will also run on schedule, and the Montreal Casino bus #777 will be shuttling gamblers from Jean-Drapeau Metro station to the Casino and back all night long as well.

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    Montreal New Year's Eve 2015-2016 events include fireworks in the Old Port.
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    If you're not a fan of clubbing but still want to experience all the joy of counting down to the new year surrounded by revelers, you can head to Montreal's Old Port this New Year's Eve for fireworks, ice skating and live outdoor performances. This annual event attracts up to 70,000 people primed to ring in the New Year and is one of the more family-friendly affairs in the city with the crowd skewing around ages 18 to 45.

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    Montreal New Year's Eve 2018 events include Carnavalesque.
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    Cirque De Boudoir (CDB) returns to Montreal's Bain Mathieu for its annual BDSM-friendly themed New Year's Eve event, Carnavalesque, on December 31, 2018.

    CDB events combine elements from fetish events, burlesque shows, circus performances, and electronic dance music parties to create a truly unique experience for people from every walk of life—regardless of race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation.

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    Montreal New Year's Eve 2017 events include Bistro à Jojo.
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    If you're not a fan of electronic music but still want to party all night, you can listen to a legendary rock group while enjoying the intimate, baby boomer-friendly bar setting of Bistro à Jojo on New Year's Eve.

    This year, the annual blues and rock celebration features the Jo Hell Band, a rock and roll group who performs roughly 300 shows a year in the United States, Canada, and overseas. Lead singer and guitarist Jo Hell has previously toured with the Great Pine Top Perkins (pianist of Muddy Waters) and played with legends like Uncle John Turner, Buddy Miles, and Hubert Sumlin. 

    Jo Hell's New Year's Eve Party kicks off at 10 p.m. on Monday, December 31, 2018, and will go until 3 a.m. on New Year's Day 2019. Ticket reservations will be available on the Bistro à Jojo website starting in December of 2018.

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    On December 31, Montreal's premier comedy club The Comedy Nest hosts a special night of laughs to celebrate the coming year.

    The night is hosted by one of the Nest's resident comedians and features special guests, party favors, a comedian countdown, a complimentary glass of bubbly at midnight, access to gourmet sandwiches and dessert tables after the show, and a gift certificate to catch another performance at The Comedy Nest anytime in 2019.

    If you're in the city a little early, you can check out "LOL 2018" from December 20 through 23, 2018, which features Heidi Foss (CBC's "Just For Laughs"), Gino Durante ("Just For Laughs" Zoofest), and world-renowned ​magician Richard Sanders performing special roasts of the past year.

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    Montreal New Year's 2018 events include La Voûte's NYE event.
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    The closest thing in Montreal to New York City's legendary Club Kids venues of the 1990s is Club La Voûte, an Old Montreal nightclub located in the vault of the former Royal Bank in Montreal's first skyscraper.

    La Voûte is all about image, flair, and drama, and on New Year's Eve, you can party all night with Montreal's scenesters at ​"The Vault New Year's Eve." Doors open at 9 p.m. and the night ends at 3 a.m. on January 1, 2019.

    You must be 21 or over to attend, and tickets range from  $49 to $69, depending on when you buy them. A strict dress code will be enforced that bans running shoes, caps, jerseys, baggy pants, and torn jeans.

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    Snowbird Tiki Bar
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    Put on your tackiest Hawaiian shirts and forget it's the dead of winter at Little Italy's Snowbird Tiki bar, one of Montreal's hottest nightlife destinations in 2018. On New Year's Eve, you can either indulge in the Tiki pub's special four-course menu from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. or stay late for an all-night luau to ring in the new year with live music and dancing.

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    Montreal New Year's Eve 2016 events include checking out the Montreal Casino.
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    Montreal is home to a number of great casinos including the Casino de Montréal, Vegas Casino Bar, and the Playground Poker Club in Kahnawake, Quebec. On New Year's Eve each year, these all-night gambling establishments host a variety of fun events like club nights, NYE house parties, and swanky champagne soirées.

    In 2018, you can start your celebrations early at the Casino de Montréal's Cabaret du Casino, which offers a special New Year's Eve brunch starting at 4 p.m. featuring a live band performance and famous dishes from Pavillon 67.

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    Montreal New Year's Eve 2015-2016 events include dinner and jazz at Modavie.
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    Just a five-minute walk away from Old Port's fireworks celebration, Modavie, a restaurant and wine bar in Old Montreal, offers an intimate escape from all of the noise of New Year's Eve.

    Although it won't be open all night to ring in the New Year, you can stop by Modavie before the fireworks for an evening of jazz music and feasting on a delicious selection of entrees and appetizers. Check out the Modavie live music lineup for more information on this year's performers on New Year's Eve.

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    Société des arts technologiques
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    You can join over 300 revelers under the Société des Arts Technologiques (SAT) Satosphere dome, a 360-degree spherical projection screen 59 feet (18 meters) wide, for a special night of dancing, celebration, and unlimited bubbly.

    New Year's Eve at the SAT Dome will start at 10 p.m. December 31, 2018, and end at 3 a.m. on New Year's Day 2019. Admission is $30 for access to the ground floor, or you can pay $100 for VIP service that includes unlimited champagne and access to the dome itself. Tickets are available at the door or can be purchased in advance online.

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    Montreal winter forest treks in 2018 can be done by snowshoe, by foot, and sometimes by cross-country skis.
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    For fans of the outdoors and sporting activities, Montreal is relatively close to several great destinations for hiking, climbing, skiing, and snowboarding this winter.

    On New Year's Eve this year, you can join a Snowshoe Excursion through Mount Royal Park. The 90-minute guided tour features insights into the wildlife of the area as well as historical tidbits relating to the mountain and park. Tickets cost $30 and include snowshoe rental, a trek guide, and sparkling wine at one of the scenic overlooks along the trail.

    Alternatively, if your holiday travel budget is a little flexible, you can spend a little more and head up to one of Quebec's leading ski resorts to unwind in comfort or race down the slopes into 2019, many of which also feature special events in honor of the new year.