Magic of Lanterns, Montreal, Halloween, Botanical Gardens

13 Days of Halloween, Day 7: Little Monsters and Chinese Lanterns in Montreal

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Montreal Botanical GardensLocated just minutes from downtown Montreal, right near the Biodôme and Olympic Park, the botanical gardens come alive in October even though the blooms are long gone. With an array of activities to celebrate Halloween, a visit to the Botanical Gardens is sure to sprout some merriment and laughter. From the Great Pumpkin Ball to the Little Monsters Courtyard, most of the events are themed for kids, but adults will be delighted with The Magic of Lanterns display.

This glow-in-the-gardens spectacle has been going on for 19 years now. It takes place nightly through Halloween, with the crowds forming near dusk to enter the Chinese garden that is lit up with figures in the shape of imperial soldiers, fabled dragons and menacing tigers. It’s a beautiful scene, full of glittering creations and designs of all sizes that illuminate the walking path and the water of Dream Lake Garden.

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Entry is $16.50 ($14 for Quebec residents) for adults, and well worth the admission. Children’s admission fees range from $2-$8.25. The entrance of the gardens is two blocks north of the Pie IX Metro stop on the Angrignon/Honoré-Beaugrand line.

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