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Sleepless Night or Nuit Blanche, as it's called in Quebec, is a part of the Montreal En Lumière festival which includes entertainment for literally everyone. Overall, there are about 200 special activities and events happening in and around Quartier des spectacles, Old Montreal, and the Plateau-Mont-Royal. Nighttime gives an opportunity to see the best light performances and shows, by artists and artisans from Canada and abroad.
The number and variety of events that occur in the downtown during just one night is really impressive. Check out everything from visual arts, performances, and installations to music concerts and films. Plenty of workshops, dance lessons, and even dance battles are available as well. Stop by a winter fairyland in the Place des Festivals and "Underground City" featuring the artistic corridors of Art souterrain. To get a full Nuit Blanche experience, roast s'mores, watch live shows, and slide down a 110-m (361-ft) ice slide.
The most popular Montreal winter attraction takes place during a night in late February, from 5 p.m. through 3 a.m. During Nuit Blanche, Montreal's public transit makes sure the subway is working all night long to commute to the festival. Also, shuttle buses are convenient for going from one location to another. Moreover, some of the restaurants and bars give huge discounts to participants, and world-renowned hotels offer a special “Nuit blanche” rate with a substantial discount and a late check-out the next day.