Montreal vibrates for its 12th season of the High Lights Festival

By Montreal Expert: Nadia, Canada, February 2011

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Though it's true that most festivals take place in warm temperatures, Montreal is surely an exception when it comes to this. Indeed the city is the host of an increasing number of festivals each year. The most famous festivals may very well be the Montreal Jazz Festival or it's follower, the Comedy Festival, but travelers should never underestimate the winter festivals in Montreal.

Since 2000, the last eleven days of February light up during the Montreal High Lights Festival, one of the largest winter festival in the world. This annual celebration of gastronomy, performance arts and free outdoor activities draws more than 750,000 fans every year.

The culminating point, the "Nuit Blanche", invites locals and tourists alike to enjoy 175 mostly free activities, all of them linked by a free shuttle service and the metro running all night to accommodate Montrealers. On February 26, Montreal will echo the theme for this special edition of the Festival, Celebrating Women over three very accessible and animated quartiers.

For the first time this year, you'll be able to find the complete program on the mobile application for iPhone and Android.

Montreal is known for as a very safe city and since thousands and thousands of Montrealers and tourists will be enjoying this event, please remember that alcohol is not permitted on the outdoor event sites.

All "tourists for a night" who present themselves at one of 18 selected hotels and cite the special "Nuit Blanche" rate can benefit from both a substantial discount and a late check-out time for the following day (3 p.m.).

Make sure to bring warm clothing...we never know what mother nature has in store for us.

See you in Montreal, the City of Lights!

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