The Merry Montreal party is the highlight of the new year's eve celebrations in this picturesque old city. The event includes a Christmas market, new year's eve countdown with spectacular fireworks at midnight as well as special events, parties and festivities throughout December and right up until new year's day.
The city's famous Old Port is the focal point for the evening's festivities and crowds of locals and visitors alike head down there to enjoy the entertainment and see in the new year to the sight and sound of the fireworks display on the stroke of midnight.
The new year's party in Montreal this year promises to be one of the biggest in the city's history, marking the end of Montreal's 375th anniversary celebrations with huge crowds expected to attend the event, which takes place at the Quai Jacques-Cartier in the Old Port of Montreal and is part of a month long Christmas and new year festival, Merry Montreal.
The Merry Montreal new year countdown party is a totally free public event that gets underway a little earlier than previously at 6pm, runs right through until 2am on new year's day and includes DJs and live music - the lineup this year is a stellar affair, including live performances by Mes Aieux, Daniel Belanger, Vincent Vallieres, Laurence Nerbonne, DJ KXO, Pierre Kwenders, Les DeuxLuxes and DJ Sabrina Sabotage, before Champion et ses G-Strings come pong to take the party right through until the 2am finale.
The highlight of the party of course comes at midnight, with a spectacular fireworks display, sponsored once again this year by Coca Cola. This year the Jacques-Cartier Bridge will also be lit up for the occasion.
The port of Montreal lies between the Saint Lawrence and Ottawa Rivers and at one end of the Saint Lawrence Seaway, which reaches from the Great Lakes into the Atlantic Ocean, and the areas along these waterways provide ideal viewing points for watching the midnight fireworks displays across the city skyline.
For the livelier crowd, in the city's many bars and nightclubs there are a huge range of parties and events to choose from. Among the top venues to look out for are:
-Club La Boom
-Intrigue IVY Nightclub
-Roxbury New Year's Eve
For more information on all of these new year parties, plus ticket details and online sales, there is an excellent resource on the Montreal Nitelife site here.
For your new year dining options then Montreal has a huge range to choose from. French cuisine obviously features heavily, but most international choices are well represented. Recommended venues include Ristorante Cavalli, Restaurant Mozza Pates Et Passions Inc. and Chez Nick. See the full range of eateries here.
Places to watch live online, including live views from across the city and at the Old Port:
If you're planning on visiting Montreal over the New Year period, then like most large scale Canadian cities early reservation is strongly recommended to secure the most sought after destinations.
You can search, check availability and book local hotels here.
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