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Access to the Site

Set in the heart of the Quartier des spectacles in downtown Montreal, the MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE site occupies the quadrilateral area bordered by St. Urbain Street and De Bleury Street from east to west, and Ste. Catherine Street and President-Kennedy Avenue from south to north. By virtue of their central location amid the festivities, the Complexe Desjardins and Place des Arts are useful landmarks.

Due to the tremendous interest in MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, we obviously advise visitors to use mass transit. The Place-des-Arts Métro station, located on the green line, is a direct entry point to the festival site. We advise guests to use the exits opening onto Ste. Catherine or De Bleury Streets. Click here to access the STM website.

Festival-goers arriving on foot from the East or West are advised to use Ste. Catherine St. all the way to Jeanne-Mance Street. Cycling is an excellent means of transportation, even in the winter. However, please note that bicycles are not permitted on-site for security reasons.

With some streets closed to vehicle traffic and parking in the downtown core relatively limited, people are encouraged to consult the map of street closures for the location and accessibility of the closest parking areas.

Opening hours

  • February 20, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
  • February 21, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
  • February 22, noon to 11 p.m.
  • February 23, noon to 6 p.m.
  • February 24, site closed
  • February 25, site closed
  • February 26, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
  • February 27, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
  • February 28, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
  • March 1, noon to 3 a.m.
  • March 2, noon to 6 p.m.

Public transportation tips

Avoid transfers

If your departure station is along the Orange line, exit at Place-d’Armes station to reach the MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE free outdoor site. This way, you’ll avoid having to transfer. And if you are travelling on the Green line, you can exit at either Place-des-Arts or Saint-Laurent station.

Night service

In addition to extended Métro opening hours, the STM will offer a free bus service during the night of March 1 to March 2. Simply present a valid bus pass or ticket.

More information

Services to Festival-goers

First Aid

When it comes to public safety, every effort has been made to ensure your visit to MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE is both pleasant and secure. Our frontline and security staff has been trained to provide first aid attendance during the event.

During the Nuit blanche, a Red Cross team will be available to provide First Aid as needed to festival clientele.

Lost and Found

For loss of personal effects during attendance at MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, please call 514 288-1971. After the event has taken place, calls should be directed to the Info-Lumière La Presse+ team during business hours, at 514 288-9955 or 1 888 864-3737 (1-85-LUMIERES).

Washrooms and adapted restrooms

Portable washrooms will be located:

  • at the corner of Balmoral Street and Mayor Street (adapted toilet accessible to the handicapped, with an access ramp)
  • on the Place des Arts esplanade (adapted toilet accessible to the handicapped, with an access ramp)
  • at the south-east corner of Jeanne-Mance Street and De Maisonneuve,Blvd.

You will find more washrooms at Complexe Desjardins.

DRESSING TABLE

Parents can care for their nursing infants in the Complexe Desjardins washrooms, which are equipped with a dressing table.

INFORMATION KIOSK

You will find an information kiosk on the Place des Festivals, at the corner of Jeanne-Mance Street and Ste-Catherine Street, for the duration of the event. The following services will be offered:

  • Information on all festival activities
  • Daily programming updates
  • Subscription to the free newsletter featuring exclusive offers
  • Lost & found
  • Finding lost ones / Assistance to lost ones
  • Comment and suggestion box for festival-goers
On-site Regulations

To ensure public safety and fulfil the duties that go along with staging large-scale events, the MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE team has set out a series of regulations. We’re counting on your collaboration to ensure that your visit is both pleasant and safe.

Pets are not allowed on public sites, with the exception of duly-identified service dogs.

The following items are prohibited on the Festival site:

  • Alcoholic beverages.
  • Glass and aluminium containers.
  • Any other objects likely to compromise the security of festival-goers.

On March 1, specific rules will also be put into effect for Nuit blanche à Montréal:

To guarantee everyone a safe and pleasant time, the Festival would like to remind you that alcoholic beverages will not be allowed within the perimeters of the outdoor site, in accordance with a municipal by-law. This rule also applies to all circuits and areas hosting Nuit blanche activities.

Sale and solicitation will be strictly prohibited on the site. Festival-goers who conduct themselves in an inappropriate or dangerous manner will be asked to leave the site.

These regulations will be in effect during the Festival’s opening hours.

Thank you for your collaboration.

Weather

Weather Conditions

In Quebec, winter presents a multitude of different meteorological conditions, making for a complex season. According to the experts of the Weather Network, this winter will see close to normal seasonal temperatures with an average of -8 °C. The Weather Network’s website provides weather forecasts and all the tools you need to stay informed.

Rain or Shine

According to the MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE policy, an outdoor show will not be cancelled due to rain or snow. Some outdoor activities may be delayed as a result of inclement weather. If an event should be delayed, it will resume as soon as conditions allow and end at the time specified on the schedule. For more info, please call the Info-Lumière hotline or check the Festival website. For up-to-the-minute weather details, please check the Weather Network website.

Adapted Services

We’re proud to offer installations adapted to mobility-impaired persons. While some food concessions may be difficult to access, our staff will be more than glad to offer assistance. Please note that certain activities, such as the Ferris Wheel, the Slide and some children’s games are unfortunately not accessible to persons using a wheelchair. Please contact the Info-Jazz line at 514 871-1881 or 1 888 515-0515 if you have any questions concerning access to the site for mobility-impaired persons.

Place des Arts and Place des Arts esplanade access

The Place des Arts esplanade (the area at the top of the stairs) can be accessed via De Maisonneuve Boulevard just east of Jeanne-Mance Street, through the path marked "chemin de la Reine". Click here for more information on the means of access for Place des Arts and Maison symphonique de Montréal.

Restaurants

Cour RBC

Delightful little gourmet dishes prepared by Montreal chefs will be served until 8 p.m.! Bar service with cocktails and performances by our barmen for your delight. ($: cash only)

Smoked Meat Kiosk

Famous Montreal smoked meat, fries and poutine. ($: cash only)

Saveurs d’Haïti Kiosk

Hats off to the pearl of the West Indies: soup, Haitian pastries, pork and chicken griot, and fried plantains. ($: cash only)

Les Délices de l’érable Kiosk

Come taste a true Québec winter treat: maple taffy served on snow! ($: cash only)

Bistro SAQ

Cheeses, parmesan fondue, soups, shredded duck à la parmentier, grilled cheese sandwiches, bagels with creme cheese and smoked salmon, mac’n’cheese with smoked meat, and selected wines and beers. ($: debit, credit, cash)

To go: a selection of wines, hot wine, alcohol and beers. ($: debit, credit, cash)

Don’t miss the all-duck and Saveurs d’Haïti gourmet evenings.

Bistro express SAQ

Come warm up and satisfy your appetite. On the menu: wines, alcoholized coffees, marshmallow and sausages roasting. ($: cash only)

Belgian Waffles

The outdoor site will tantalize our tastebuds with a delectable variety of flavours for every budget! ($: cash only)

L’Atelier d’Argentine

Come and taste empanadas and vacio (beef) and cerdo (pork) sandwiches!

Milk Bar

Hot chocolate, maple-flavored milk, milk berlingots and churros. ($: cash only)

Bar Service

Amarula

The sunny ambience of South Africa in the heart of winter! On the menu: Amarula coffee and shots. ($: cash only)

While you’re at it, take a moment to watch the Tam-Tam Amarula team work its rhythmic magic! ($: cash only)

Rickard’s Bar

Come quench your thirst with a beer! Stock up on sausages and marshmallow to roast over braziers! ($: cash only)

Café Jura

Cap off your tasting in style with a churro and an espresso or cappuccino, or an alcoholized coffee. ($: cash only)

Porto Cabral

Sample an exclusive range of port wines. ($: cash only)

Tap-Tap Bar

There is nothing like a glass of rum or a ti’punch to fight off the cold! ($:: cash only)

Iceberg Bar

A selection of beers and wines, and vodka served up in cocktails and shot glasses. ($: cash only)

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