Frequently Asked Questions

Thursday, February 23 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Friday, February 24 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Saturday, February 25 noon to 11 p.m.
Sunday, February 26 noon to 6 p.m.
Thursday, March 2 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Friday, March 3 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Saturday, March 4 noon to 3 a.m.
Sunday, March 5 noon to 6 p.m.
Thursday, March 9 noon to 11 p.m.
Friday, March 10 noon to 11 p.m.
Saturday, March 11 noon to 11 p.m.

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

Set in the heart of the Quartier des spectacles in downtown Montreal, 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

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 Place-des-Arts station.

Night service

In addition to extended Metro opening hours, the STM will extend the bus service during the night of February 27 to 28. 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 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.
  • on Ste. Catherine Street, south side, west 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 free 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.
  • Containers of alcoholic beverages (other containers must have their caps removed).
  • Any other objects likely to compromise the security of festival-goers.

On March 4, 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 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 slightly below normal seasonal temperatures and a lot of precipitation. Winter is also expected to last until March, covering the whole MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE festival. 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 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-Lumière La Presse+ at 514 288-9955 or 1 855 864-3737 (1 85 LUMIERES) 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

Les Délices de l’érable

Come taste a true Québec winter treat: maple taffy served on snow, mini-donuts with maple syrup, popcorn, maple almonds or nuts, black or green tea with maple.

SAQ BIstro

Dining room or take-out: onion soup, croque-monsieur, sandwiches, duck leg confit, Lyonnais sausages with lentils, Lyonnais desserts, wines, spirits, cocktails, beers, soft drinks.

Don’t miss our gourmet evening: all-duck tasting evening a la lyonnaise..


The outdoor site will tantalize our taste buds with a delectable variety of flavours (plain, chocolate…) for every budget! ($: cash only)

Poutine et compagnie

Various poutines, including Sicilian, smoked meat, etc.

Queues de castor

Sweet pastry desserts.

Smoking BBQ

Ribs, pulled pork sandwiches.

Pizza Kono

Cone-shaped pizza.

Our Cheeses and Dairy Bar Gourmet Station

Assortment of grilled-cheese sandwiches, hot chocolate, milk-based cocktails with or without alcohol, milk cartons.

Lyonnais soup by M. Viola

It’s a gigantic soup concocted by Joseph Viola and served free of charge on the outdoor site: the perfect opportunity to ward off the winter chill while discovering genuine Lyon gastronomy... A guaranteed crowd-pleaser! Saturday, February 25

Nespresso Lounge

Free tastings of your favourite Grand Cru coffee.

Delivery tricycles

Sweet treats: cotton candy, hot chocolate and desserts.


The sunny ambience of South Africa in the heart of winter! On the menu: Amarula coffee, hot or iced drinks and shooters.

While you’re at it, take a moment to watch the Tam-Tam Amarula team work its rhythmic magic!

Porto Cabral

An exclusive range of ports, mulled port and Douro wines.

Curling Bar

Beer, mulled wine, shooters, steamed hot dogs.

Coors Light Bar

Beer, soft drinks, marshmallows and sausages to grill over braziers.


Beer, soft drinks, marshmallows and sausages to grill over braziers.

SAQ Bistro Express

Wine, soft drinks, marshmallows and sausages to grill over braziers.

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