Press release - For Immediate Release

Montreal, February 22, 2024 - The Quartier des Spectacles Partnership invites families to come play outside and enjoy winter to the fullest in the Quartier des Spectacles. Kids and adults can take advantage of plenty of free activities – there’s something for every taste. Be part of the magic of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, try out new winter sports with Les Glissades Gamelin, discover Mont Saint-Denis during APIK, go for a leisurely skate on the Esplanade Tranquille rink, contemplate the dazzling installations of Luminothérapie or enjoy the many available indoor activities – the Quartier des Spectacles is the perfect place to spend your March break with the whole family!


February 29 to March 10

The MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE festival is turning 25 this year and marking the occasion with plenty of March break activities presented by Télé-Québec from March 8 to 10. On the outdoor site, which includes the CeraVe Skating Loop in Place des Festivals, the Loto-Québec Ferris wheel and the new Tim Hortons speed rink, families will enjoy spending time together and participating in entertaining activities including ice shows, meeting the Télé-Québec mascots, skating workshops and much more!


Until March 10
Place Émilie-Gamelin

With two slopes, the mollo for beginners and the yolo for more experienced sliders, Les Glissades Gamelin is the place for the whole family to try out the snow scooter and snowskate for free in a fun and friendly setting. After sliding down the hills, kids can warm up with hot chocolate at L’Après-glisse, the snack bar run by Les Survenants, then play a round of winter beanbags or listen to a captivating story. Free admission and equipment loans.

For break week only, Les Glissades Gamelin will be open daily:

Friday, March 1: 4 to 9 p.m.
Saturday, March 2: 10 a.m. to 1 a.m.
Sunday, March 3: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday, March 4 to Wednesday, March 6: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday, March 7 and Friday, March 8: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday, March 9: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sunday, March 10: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


March 1 to 3
Saint-Denis St., between Sherbrooke and Ontario streets

For its second year, APIK brings the alpine spirit back to the city and transforms the Quartier Latin into Mont Saint-Denis. The event will have plenty of breathtaking moments to start break week with a big burst of fun and adrenaline! Nearly 100 athletes will participate in the ultra-competitive skiing and snowboarding competitions, including Olympian Alex Bellemare.


Until March 10, 4 to 11 p.m.
Sainte-Catherine St. West, between De Bleury St. and Saint-Laurent Blvd.

Luminothérapie, a series of six new works on the theme of the cosmos, will keep lighting up the Quartier des Spectacles throughout March break! Kids and adults are invited to take some time to admire the colourful luminous installations along Sainte-Catherine St. West. Starting at sunset, this classic Montreal winter experience transports the curious to other dimensions for the duration of a leisurely stroll through the heart of downtown.


Open daily, free admission Sunday to Wednesday: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Thursday to Saturday: 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Esplanade Tranquille

The amazing Esplanade Tranquille skating rink invites families to experience winter to the fullest! The extensive program includes the professionals of Patin Libre using games and workshops to introduce skaters of all ages and skill levels to ice dancing – it’s a family celebration on ice, March 2 and March 4-9! Young skaters will also be able to explore the art of skating with the Ice Garden, a Sunday morning play space where kids can learn while having fun.

To unwind after a skating session, there’s the new café Tranquille and a games library – the ludothèque – both located in the pavilion’s Grand salon. Visitors can enjoy a snack and play some games while sipping a hot drink and warming up by the fire.


March 3 to 10, Complexe Desjardins invites kids to discover the world of circus arts with plenty of activities, circus workshops (juggling, trapeze, magic and tightrope walking) and shows.

March 5 to 10, the MEM - Centre des mémoires montréalaises offers an opportunity to learn more about Montreal while having fun with the activity 1-2-3 Go! Discover Montreal!

March 6 to 9, Place des Arts invites families to create, move and play. On the program: a storytelling show, circus workshops, crafting and cooking.


  • Public transportation: the district is served by numerous bus routes and ten metro stations on the orange and green lines.

  • Cycling: there are several all-season bike paths throughout the downtown core. Bike locking stations are available at Saint-Laurent metro station, a few steps from Esplanade Tranquille. Several BIXI stations are available.

  • Driving: in addition to street parking, there are five indoor garages open to the public.

Click here to plan your visit.


The Quartier des Spectacles is Montréal’s cultural heart, boasting North America’s most concentrated and diverse group of cultural venues as well as numerous festivals and events. The Quartier also hosts innovative urban installations involving cutting-edge lighting design and immersive environments. The Quartier des Spectacles has become an international showcase for digital public art.

The Quartier des Spectacles Partnership, founded in 2003, is a non-profit organization with more than 85 members active in the district. It is responsible for animating the Quartier des Spectacles by programming cultural activities, managing and animating public spaces, providing distinctive illumination and promoting the Quartier as a must-visit cultural destination. The Partnership benefits from the support of the Ville de Montréal. 

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Mélanie Mingotaud
Communications Mingotwo 
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Chloé Goldstein
Quartier des Spectacles Partnership
514 812-2193