5 Magical Spots to Enjoy Québec City’s Holiday Sparkle

 Several people walk in the evening on rue du Petit-Champlain, covered with snow and decorated with many illuminated trees.
Francis Gagnon

Québec City’s Holiday Season is simply magical. Every year, residents and visitors eagerly await the beginning of December when the city lights up for the Holidays. Entire neighbourhoods and iconic buildings form a dazzling itinerary you can easily complete in a night.

  • 1 Rue du Petit-Champlain and Place-Royale

    What makes it special for the Holidays: Québec City’s Old-World charm becomes all the more delightful with decorations and a blanket of snow. From Notre-Dame-des-Victoires Church in Place Royale to the end of Rue du Petit-Champlain, experience a true winter wonderland. You’ll see right away why this street was voted Canada’s favourite in 2014 by Great Places in Canada.

    To see and do: A host of boutiques where you can meet talented local artists and take a piece of Québec home with you.

  • 2 Place de l’Hôtel-de-Ville

    What makes it special for the Holidays: Place de l’Hôtel-de-Ville tops the charts for holiday atmosphere. No doubt the inspiration of the Boutique de Noël just down the street counts for something. With majestic Notre-Dame de Québec Basilica-Cathedral on one side and City Hall (which puts on quite a show for Halloween too) on the other, you can feast your eyes wherever you look!

    To see an do: The German Christmas Market is another favourite attraction—a delightful village of wooden huts where exhibitors display their original, one-of-a-kind wares. 

  • 3 Place D’Youville

    What makes it special for the Holidays: The Théâtre Capitole, Palais Montcalm, and Saint-Jean Gate—perhaps the best known of the city’s fortifications—are always beautiful. But add a skating rink and a dash of holiday finery, and the square becomes even more dazzling.

    To see and do: Skating, of course! Rent a pair of skates and strut your stuff to the musical accompaniment, then take a stroll along Rue Saint-Jean through one of Québec City’s signature neighbourhood, Faubourg Saint-Jean-Baptiste.

  • 4 Fairmont Le Château Frontenac

    What makes it special for the Holidays: Symbol of the city and the world’s most photographed hotel, the Château Frontenac leaves no holds barred to impress its guests during the festive season. But did you know that everyone is welcome to come in and enjoy the magnificent, magical holiday decorations inside, too? You might even bump into Santa Claus in person.

    To see and do: And don’t miss the toboggan run on Dufferin Terrace at the foot of the Château. For over a hundred years it’s been hurling thrill-seekers downhill at speeds up to 70 kilometres per hour.

  • 5 Avenue Cartier

    What makes it special for the Holidays: A few minutes from Old Québec, the Plains of Abraham and the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, Avenue Cartier charms with the lights hanging above the street and decorating the storefront of the shops lining it. 

    To see and do: Avenue Cartier runs through the heart of Québec City’s Art District and is very popular with the locals for its numerous one-of-a-kind restaurants, bars and stores. Come have a look!

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