Did you know Montreal has a winter village? Not to be confused with the Montreal Snow Festival and fact that Montreal is kind of a winter village already, this winter village is right in the heart of the Montreal Olympic Village.
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The Olympic Park's winter village is also the sum of its outdoor activities, which run from December to March, notably ice skating. Add to that an outdoor bar, restaurant options and skating and sliding equipment rentals.
For the 2017-2018 season, Montreal's Olympic Park Winter Village opens December 15, 2017 and is expected to stay open until March 25, 2018, weather-permitting. Opening hours and location information available just below.
Winter Village Come Christmas
In December and January, holiday-related special events and activities may include horse-drawn sleigh rides, roasting brochettes on an open fire, meeting Christmas lambs in a small farm section, catching live entertainment and more. Event organizers like to shake things up and add a variety of family-friendly activities on a day-to-day basis. Just show up any given day and take it all in. The only caveat to consider on tight budgets? Steep parking rates at $18 a day ($20 a day during special events at the Olympic Stadium).
Street parking is available nearby but requires at least a 5- to-10 minute walk to get to the site (regular meter rates may apply).
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Olympic Park's New Year's Eve: No 2018 Bash & Fireworks
DJs and food trucks have been converging the last evening of the year in recent times with fireworks crowning the strike of midnight on January 1st in the heart of the Olympic Park. But don't count on a repeat in 2018. Better luck next year.
Checking Out the Winter Village? Make It a Day Trip With These Nearby Attractions
Planning on checking out the Olympic Park's winter village? Consider making it a full day trip. If you're in Montreal's Olympic Park, then you're footsteps away from one of my favorite city attractions, the Montreal Biodome. Neighboring attractions also include the Montreal Planetarium, the Montreal Botanical Garden, and the Montreal Insectarium. Ice skating followed by checking out the Biodome zoo, thousands of insects and the secrets of the universe? You couldn't ask for a better family day in Montreal if you tried.
Montreal Winter Village: Regular Opening Hours
Thursday and Friday: 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday throughout the season as well as on December 23 and December 24, 2017, January 2 to January 7, 2018 and March 5 to March 9, 2018: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Closed December 25, December 26, December 27, 2017 and January 1, 2018.
Montreal Winter Village: Location
Olympic Park Website
(514) 252-4141 or 1-877-997-0919
*Note that dates, opening hours and planned schedules are subject to change without notice.