Montréal en Lumière or Montreal in Lights is an annual celebration brightening up a dark Quebec winter, visited by around a million festival-goers every year. The festival's programme combines performing arts, gastronomy, and winter outdoor family activities. The main venue of the festival is Montréal Place des Festivals, a 6,141 sq. m (66,101 sq. ft) public space next to Place des Arts and Montreal's Contemporary Art Museum.
The fine-dining program is what makes Montréal en Lumière so special. About 500 renowned chefs, wine producers, and speakers take part in the countless culinary activities, workshops, tastings, conferences, and cooking demonstrations. An eclectic artistic program showcases stars and new artists from all over the world presenting classical music, theatre, dance, and circus art. Over 600 artists participate in more than 200 shows in some 40 venues and stages. Innovative and modern light installations are part of the festival experience too.
Montréal en Lumière is also an outdoor playground with many free activities for all ages: slides, a Ferris wheel, zip line, curling, and other entertainment. One of te highlights of the ten-day celebration of creativity and art is the Nuit Blanche.