About the Festival
- 16th edition: February 19 to March 1, 2015
- 17th edition: February 18 to February 28, 2016
- 18th edition: February 16 to February 26, 2017
- 19th edition: February 15 to February 25, 2018
MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE is a private, non-profit organization by an administrative board
consisting of members drawn from Montréal's artistic, economic and tourism sectors.
MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE is one of the largest winter festivals in the world, an annual
celebration drawing 900,000 fans to experience the joy of Montréal wintertime through
a unique program combining performing arts, gastronomy, free outdoor family activities,
and a full night of exquisitely original discoveries!
MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE… highlights on gastronomy!
A unique event in the world of delectation, notably for its concept pairing the
finest Montréal chefs with the greatest culinary masters from five continents, the
gastronomy and wine program of the festival has become an absolute must for foodies.
Since 2000, some 400 renowned chefs, wine producers and speakers have taken part,
offering unforgettable experiences in such components as the Festival’s Finest Tables,
famed for their perfect harmony of food and wine.
Spotlight on the arts!
Music, circus arts, song, theatre, dance…every facet of culture glitters in Montréal
during the Arts Program of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE. The program puts the spotlight on
the city with a rich and eclectic program welcoming icons as well as emerging artists
from home and abroad. Over the course of 11 days, an array of new discoveries, original
creations and dazzling performances become part of the daily fabric of Montréal
A Free Outdoor Site that livens the Montréal winter
In February, the festival transforms the Quartier des spectacles and its Place des
Festivals—the festive heart of downtown—into the ultimate family destination!
The Free Outdoor Site bursts with open-air activities: braziers, shows, activities
for children, all showcasing Montréal’s renowned party spirit and flair for entertainment.
An all-nighter in Montréal? Sure thing!
Every year, the festival closes by kicking off the “Nuit Blanche” celebrations around
the world. And what a kickoff! The Nuit blanche à Montréal invites locals and tourists
to enjoy some 180 mostly free activities, all of them linked by a free shuttle service.
Whether onstage or onscreen, in the great outdoors or under the spotlights, in music
or in story, installations, exhibitions or dance, the city lights up the night with
a full spectrum of fun and festive discoveries for all!