Quebec is a pretty chilly province during the winter, and Montreal sometimes feels like the worst hit. Everyone loves walking the historic streets and enjoying outdoor events like skating and seeing the sights, but you’ve got to get in from the cold at some point. Luckily, Montreal has a vast amount of indoor events during the chilliest months of the year, and January is where it’s at for some of the best options. Let’s take a look at some of the ways you can have a blast in Montreal during January without freezing your butt off.
Visit an Art Show
For those who would like to enjoy some art and a glass of wine or spirits to warm themselves, why not visit an art gallery showing like The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts’ Warhol-Mania exhibit? This one-of-a-kind exhibition is a showing of the Late Great American artist Andy Warhol’s works while giving visitors a chance to understand the motives behind some of the first print media that used photos instead of paintings. See the infamous Soup Can Series as well as his duo-toned masterpieces featuring celebrities or simple items like a bottle of Perrier. Warhol-Mania began in November, so January is a great time to go see the exhibit after the bigger crowds have already been
Do Some Light Shopping
Flea markets are usually outdoors with a few things being sold inside, but in January, it’s way too cold to walk through rows upon rows of vendors selling their wares. Marché aux Puces-St. Michel is an indoor flea market that’s open on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays during the day. It’s located down on the corner of St. Michel and Crémazie and has a ton of treasures for visitors to discover, ranging from antiques to original local art. There are lots of vendors offering up old and new merchandise for your perusal, and you can spend the whole day exploring shelves and stalls and come out with arms full of souvenirs and other trinkets without breaking your budget. You could even find an awesome piece of furniture for up-cycling.
Take in a Show
Montreal is an old city, and so are some of its buildings. One of these is the Centaur Theatre Company’s building down on St. Francis Xavier Boulevard just off of Rue Notre Dame. The theater company itself has been around since the late 60s and they still hold non-stop live theater performances that are absolutely riveting. From the beginning of January to the middle of the month, the theater hosts the Wildside Theatre Festival, which showcases some groundbreaking plays and monologues on tough subjects that shed light on topics that may be less than conventional but still amazing to see. Their schedule moves along after the festival to feature a few other plays that have gained notoriety in the theater world in other places like New York and Toronto.
For Classical Music Lovers
Classical music is both relaxing, and the performances are very entertaining to witness firsthand. This January, the Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal is welcoming classical violinist Augustine Dumay to feature in a night of music written by the incomparable Bela Bartok, Leonard Bernstein, and Samuel Barber. Given that there are only 3 showings, which will happen at the Maison Symphonique de Montreal, the orchestra is always working towards playing more. -and you stay toasty warm in your seat as the snow is falling outside.
The Good Old Hockey Game
Sports fans will love making their way down to the Bell Centre for a Montreal Canadiens game. Watch them take on a killer line-up of other teams in the NHL on home ice that include the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals. Habs fans are notoriously loud and proud, meaning that there isn’t a moment without excitement, and you can stock up on NHL merch and eat great stadium food and have a beer while watching the action at center ice.