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L'Esplanade Tranquille
Photograph: Ulysse Lemerise

Montreal's most Instagrammable holiday spot is open and it’s free

The Esplanade Tranquille skating rink in the Quartier des Spectacles in downtown Montreal is offering an interactive new experience guaranteed to brighten up your winter.

Written by
Laura Osborne

It’s official: The most wonderful time of the year has arrived in Montreal, and the city is filled with spots for holiday photo ops.

From the biggest holiday Christmas market downtown, to the Christmas lights making the city sparkle, there are fairy-tale-like winter wonderlands around almost every corner—many of which are part of Luminothérapie: original and interactive winter experiences in the form of large light-and-sound installations designed specifically for public spaces.

Photograph: Courtoisie de DDP | Luminothérapie

Downtown does it best: the Esplanade Tranquille in the Quartier des Spectacles—a gigantic free outdoor rink—has stepped up their holiday game and is putting on a next-level light installation experience for skaters that is completely free.

L'Esplanade Tranquille
Photograph: Ulysse Lemerise

From 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. every day, colourful, interactive video projections follow skaters as they move across the ice.  

L'Esplanade Tranquille
Photograph: Ulysse Lemerise

Picture a rink-sized mood ring that creates dazzling bursts of colour in the form of sea creatures and other shapes. 

L'Esplanade Tranquille
Photograph: Ulysse Lemerise OSA

Don’t skate? You could spend hours watching the skaters, it’s that cool. 

For more information about the Esplanade Tranquille skating rink, click here.

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