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11 Free Things To Do In Montreal This January In Case You Already Blew Your 2022 Budget

Let's face it: the holidays can be damn expensive, and once the new year rolls around, most of us have already blown through the budget we planned for the next few months... or year.

But luckily, there are tons of things to do in Montreal this January that are all completely free. So you can leave your credit card at home!

Go to Pointe-à-Callière

When: Free until January 2, 2022

Where: 350, pl. Royale, Montreal, QC

Why You Should Go: For a free history lesson (one you'd have to pay for on other days).


Explore "Luminothérapie"

When: Until February 27, 2022

Where: Quartier des Spectacles, Montreal, QC

Why You Should Go: For a 12th edition, the Quartier des Spectacles' "Luminothérapie" event is back with its magical and playful works.


Check out the Barbie Expo

Where: Cours Mont-Royal, 1455, rue Peel, Montreal, QC

Why You Should Go: Barbies aren't just for kids. This exhibition lets you explore all kinds of unique haute-couture dolls.


Wander through Galerie Blanc

When: 24/7

Where: 1114, rue Sainte-Catherine E., Montreal, QC

Why You Should Go: It's hard to hate the snow on the ground when you're surrounded by works of art.


Visit Parc Jean-Drapeau

Where: 1, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal, QC

Why You Should Go: Parc Jean-Drapeau's winter program is filled with all kinds of free outdoor activities — from skating to snowshoeing — that'll make you forget you hate winter.


Free admission at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

When: Free on the first Sunday of every month (January 2, 2022)

Where: 1380, rue Sherbrooke O., Montreal, QC

Why You Should Go: It's hard to say no to spending a day wandering around one of Montreal's most iconic museums when it's free. Make sure to book your ticket in advance!


Take a tour of the world's first commercial rooftop greenhouse

Lufa Farms

Where: Lufa Farms, #201-1400, rue Antonio-Barbeau, Montreal, QC

Why You Should Go: What better way to add some colour to a grey day than by roaming through a greenhouse?


Take a nature walk

Where: All across the city and its surrounding areas

Why You Should Go: We could all use a little dose of fresh air right now, and Montreal is filled with great spots for a winter hike!

Admire these ephemeral artworks 

When: Until January 9, 2022

Address: 463, rue Sainte-Catherine O., Montreal, QC

Why you should go: Three similar interactive works, titled Les Diamants, will spend the holiday season on the front lawn of St. James United Church. You spin them around to enjoy a little light and sound show.


Grab your sled and glide down snow hills around the city

Derek Robbins | Deamstime

When: On a snow day, of course

Where: Check out these spots

Why You Should Go: To feel like a child again!

Find a hill near you

Test your knowledge at "The Quiz Master Brian Show"

Trivia Night with Quiz Master Brian

When: Mondays at 9 p.m.

Where: Online

Why You Should Go: To finally put all those random fun facts you have floating around in your head to good use.


In Quebec, a vaccine passport is required to access many businesses and activities deemed non-essential, including restaurants and bars.

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UPDATE: The Government of Quebec has introduced new COVID-19 health measures since this article was published. Please review guidelines and double-check the website and social media pages of the event or activity before you head out. We strongly recommend calling before you go.

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