19 Nov 2020

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Old Montreal Winter Lights Revitalization Project: The Final Phase of the Three-Year Plan Begins

Old Montreal Winter Lights Revitalization Project: The Final Phase of the Three-Year Plan Begins

Supported by the City of Montreal, this revitalization project debuted in 2018 and has allowed for the renewal of seasonal winter lighting in the historic neighbourhood over the course of three years.

Montreal, November 16th, 2020 – The Société de développement commercial du Vieux-Montréal (Old Montreal SDC) is happy to announce that, as set forth in the plan to revitalize the historic neighbourhood’s winter lighting, the third and final phase of installing new exterior lighting has nearly concluded.

Supported by the City of Montreal, this project aimed to renew the illuminated structural decor in different public areas of the neighbourhood, as well as the main commercial corridors in order to offer an inviting experience to visitors, residents, and workers of Old Montreal.

Part of the local economic development winter strategy, the Old Montreal SDC considers the entirety of this project – spread out over three years – to offer a constant liveliness during the winter months that will increase our attractiveness as a destination by brightening up the winter excursions of tourists, people from Montreal, and workers and residents of the area.

New to This Year

Within the past few days, the neighourhood’s clientele has been able to appreciate the completely new light decorations at Place d’Armes; majestic stars – the biggest reaching nearly 7 metres tall – that sport different colourful frames that delight both young and old alike.

Place d'Armes

Visitors arriving alongside Place d'Armes can also enjoy the illuminated trees in La Presse park on the corner of Saint-Urbain and Saint-Antoine streets – one of the main entry points of Old Montreal (Place d'Armes metro station). And these new additions are joined by the scintillating decor already existing on Saint-Jacques street and the new structures to be installed on the street lamps at Bonsecours Market’s north esplanade.

Bonsecours Market

La Presse Park, Côte de la Place d'Armes

Saint-Jacques Street

A Look Back on Previous Phases

PHASE 1 - 2018

  • Place Jacques-Cartier
  • Saint-Paul Street (East and West)
  • de la Commune Street
  • Complete rewire of the lit trees in Place Royale (south)

PHASE 2 - 2019

  • Notre-Dame Street
  • McGill Street
  • Saint-Vincent Street
  • Saint-François-Xavier Street
  • Bonsecours Street
  • Queen Street
  • Place Royale (North)
  • Espace Pigeon Hole
  • Saint-Amable Street*

*Special project via Artery Transformation Project


Free to SDC members, media, and neighbourhood partners, a bank of images (high-resolution and rights-free) of the different illuminated areas of Old Montreal is available to download here:


Le Vieux: the neighbourhood par excellence for a fun bright and local experience

Complementary to the bright decorations charming visitors this winter, scintillating business window displays and different establishments’ holiday offerings will surely make customers’ seasons bright. The third running of the Illuminated Windows of Old Montreal contest, in collaboration with Radio-Canada and in partnership with the Borough of Ville-Marie, has been renewed for the month of December and is not to be missed. Plus, the special events of the Lights over Old Montreal campaign will soon be starting as well (also in partnership with the Borough of Ville-Marie).

If you’re looking for quality, local products and want the perfect shopping experience this year, look through our listing of neighbourhood businesses: > CLICK HERE


The Old Montreal SDC is responsible for the local economic development of the historic neighbourhood. It represents more than 2,400 establishments across the entire area. Among the members of the SDC, it includes 600 businesses and 1,800 offices. One of the organization’s principal missions is to bring together its members and create a unified business collective to ensure quality and neighbourhood promotion.