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Frequently Asked Questions

Thursday, February 22 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Friday, February 23 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Saturday, February 24 2 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Sunday, February 25 2 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Thursday, March 1 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Friday, March 2 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Saturday, March 3 2 p.m. to 3 a.m. / Nuit Blanche
Sunday, March 4 2 p.m. to 11 p.m.

*The site is closed on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Set in the heart of the Quartier des spectacles in downtown Montréal, the MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE (MEL) 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 public transit. The Place-des-Arts Metro 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 De Bleury or Jeanne-Mance Streets. 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.

Public transportation tips

Night service

In addition to extended Metro opening hours, the STM will extend the bus service during the night of March 3 to 4. Simply present a valid bus pass or ticket.

More information

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.

Teams of first responders will patrol at all times the site to respond to first aid needs as they arise.

Lost and Found

For loss of personal effects during attendance at MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, please call 514 288-1971 or contact us at objets.trouves@equipespectra.

Washrooms and adapted restrooms

Portable washrooms will be located:

  • at the corner of Ste. Catherine and De Bleury Streets (adapted toilet accessible to the handicapped, with an access ramp)
  • in front of the Place des Arts
  • at the north-east corner of Jeanne-Mance and Ste. Catherine Streets (adapted toilet accessible to the handicapped, with an access ramp)
  • north of the Place des Festivals, south of De Maisonneuve Blvd. and east of Balmoral Street (adapted toilet accessible to the handicapped, with an access ramp)


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


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

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

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.
  • Bikes and skate boards
  • Containers of alcoholic beverages (other containers must have their caps removed).
  • Any other objects likely to compromise the security of festival-goers.

On March 3, 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 purchased outside the perimeters of the outdoor site will not be allowed. 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 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 normal seasonal temperatures from December 1 to February 28, and a lot of precipitation. 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-Lumières La Presse+ hotline or check the festival website. For up-to-the-minute weather details, please check the Weather Network website.

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 Zip-line, the Slide and some children’s games are unfortunately not accessible to persons using a wheelchair. Please contact the Info-Lumières La Presse+ at 514 492-1775 or 1 855 219-0576 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