What’s still accessible in and around Montreal despite new sanitary measures (Updated Dec 21st)

On Monday December 20th, the Quebec Government and public health authorities have recently announced new sanitary measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 (see this PDF for details) including the closing of non-essential indoor activities such as performance venues, gyms, bars, movie theatres, casinos and spas. 

What’s left to do apart from eating in restaurants and shopping?

Gen’s Delights is happy to present a compiled list of activities for all to enjoy that are still accessible and operational as of December 21st 2021. ( Subject to change )


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Old Montréal is ready for the Holidays !

Weather permitting , do take the opportunity to visit Montreal’s beautiful town squares and parks:   Jarry Park , La FontaineMount-Royal Park , Parc Jean-Drapeau, go ice skating, snowshoeing, sledding or just to enjoy the outdoors with a camera, your pet, family and friends.

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Bring your furry pal out for day of snow fun : Marina Serra with her beloved IG @superdooperwillow !

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Museum of Fine Arts is free to all visitors with online reservation
  • Free access to the permanent collections of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts during the holiday season. (With online reservation until – DECEMBER 24th , 2021)
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Time to join the circus at Pointe-à-Callière,
  • Free access to all temporary and permanent exhibitions at Pointe-à-Callière, Montreal’s archeology and history museum . ( With online reservation until JANUARY 2nd, 2022 ) Temporary exhibits include : Place au Cirque and Montreal a L’Italienne !
Cite memoire: an illuminated journey back in time
  • Cite Memoire : Illuminated short videos projected onto the facades of historic buildings in the Old Port of Montreal – Running on weekends every night from DECEMBER 18th to JANUARY 2nd
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Be stylish…in a subversive way at McCord Museum
  • Free access to the McCord Museum to celebrate the institution’s 100th anniversary – until JANUARY 19th, 2022. *Temporary exhibits include : Parachute: subversive fashion of the 80’s Chapleau, Indigenous voices of today and Exquisite Score.
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  • *** POPULAR with the Kids: Come and admire the ENCHANTED WORLDS: indoor and outdoor Holiday mechanical toy display in a Bavarian setting at the McCord museum ! The Mill in the forest and the Enchanted village.
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Have a ‘whale ‘ of a good time at Luminothérapie
  • 12th edition of Luminothérapie, held on the Quartier des spectacles plaza: a free tour of illuminated and interactive works running until FEBRUARY 27th, 2022:
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Grab a hot chocolate at the Great Christmas Market
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Take in the the sight of these giant Nutcrackers by XP Mtl
  • XP MTL : View the outdoor Christmas tree, Polar bears, Nutcracker soldiers, beautiful window displays and live music on Saint Catherine Street
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  • FREE entry to the BARBIE EXPO downtown in Cours Mont Royal shopping mall
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Artist Linda Beck Sidel with her pieces on display at Galerie203
  • FREE entry to Montreal’s numerous ART GALLERIES : ( Please call ahead to ensure individual galleries are open)


For those who prefer to enjoy a FREE online activity:

OSM performing Beethoven’s 5th Symphony
  • The Festival de Lanaudière and the OSM offers a FREE webcast of a great concert from their 2021 season: The OSM and Beethoven’s 5th Symphony , Presented at Fernand-Lindsay Amphitheatre last July 17th 2021. WATCH it HERE


The Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal has reopened at its new downtown  address: Place Ville Marie
The MAC new temporary space at : PLACE VILLE MARIE
  • MAC : Montreal’s Contemporary Art Museum : Current exhibitions: Terror Contagion – Running until APRIL 18th and Leonard Cohen- a Crack in Everything ( online exhibit)
Montreal Exhibitions — Arsenal Contemporary Art
BIAN at Arsenal
  • 5th edition of the International Digital Art Biennial (BIAN), organized by Elektra Montreal, at Arsenal Contemporary Art Contemporain – Running until JANUARY 16th 2022:
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Imagine Monet is larger than life at L’ Arsenal Art Contemporain
  • IMAGINE MONET – The immersive exhibition at Arsenal Art Contemporain – Running until FEBRUARY 27th, 2022:
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Relax, Rewind and RECHARGE at Oasis Immersion !
  • Discover ten new immersive exhibits at RECHARGER / Unwind by OASIS immersion at the Palais des congrès de Montréal. Running until MARCH 13, 2022
Beautiful Lights to behold at Illumi Laval
  • ILLUMI LAVAL : Magical Drive-thru or walking experience : A new dazzling world of Lights adventure presented by Cavalia – Running until JANUARY 30th
Come up close to a giant steam engine at Exporail

  • *** THE MONTREAL SCIENCE CENTER has decided to close it’s doors until furthur notice.

This page is relevant as of December 21st , 2021.

As the situation continues to evolve, I strongly recommend that you call or consult the website of the activities mentioned above before making plans.