What to Do in Québec City in December

Équipe édito
Editorial Team
Updated on November 14, 2023
Wooden kiosks at the German Christmas Market

In December, Québec City lights up and shines brightly!  Here are our suggestions for adding a touch of magic to your life in December.

Visit the German Christmas Market

Thanks to its grandiose light displays and its wooden kiosks which emit the smells of cinnamon, mulled wine and pretzels, the German Christmas Market recreates the atmosphere of the great European Christmas markets in the heart of Old Québec. New this year: it is possible to take a guided tour to discover the typically German products offered on the different sites.

Once the German Christmas Market is over, the activity on the sites continues with the Kaléidoscopes event, where visual arts, theater, music, performing arts and literature are presented throughout the Holiday Season. 

Marvel at the Illuminated Neighbourhoods

With the installation of decorations in the neighbourhoods, the first snowflakes and themed events, it's easy to get into the holiday spirit! Petit-Champlain and Place-Royale are among the best places to immerse yourself in the holiday atmosphere. Impressive performances by the Flip Fabrique circus troupe and choirs add a touch of wonder on December weekends.

Celebrate the New Year Under the Stars

This year again, the Grande Allée sector will come alive during the Toboggan – New Year Evenings event, a major winter urban music festival to mark the end of the year.

Christmas Market at Le Grand Marché

Head to Québec City’s latest and greatest gourmet destination, Le Grand Marché, and take your pick of over 1,000 local products offered at the Christmas Market. November 24 to December 24.


The 350th Anniversary of the Founding of the Diocese of Québec

Until December 8, 2024, the Catholic Church of Québec will mark the 350th anniversary of the founding of its diocese (1674). The thousands of people expected during the year will be invited to rediscover the history of the diocesan community through activities aimed at everyone, including the opening celebrations (December 8 to 31, 2023) and the opening of the Holy Door, the only one located outside Europe.

5 Ways to Feel Like You’re in a Christmas Movie

Every good Christmas movie has a few key ingredients: gently falling snowflakes, sparkling lights, gorgeous scenery, and that feeling of magic in the air. No surprise, then, that the heaps of snow, beautiful old buildings, decorations, and warm and friendly people here tend to make you feel like you’re in one! Here are a few things you can do in Québec City to experience the magic of Christmas.

Get Your Fill of the Great Outdoors

The arrival of snow and cold weather allows us to put some outdoor activities on our agenda. Here are some suggestions:

This Month's Suggestions

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  • Couple cross-country skiing at Mont-Sainte-Anne.

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  • Skieurs dévalent la pente au Mont-Sainte-Anne

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    Close to the city center, four ski resorts offer exceptional snow conditions. Check out our tips for a great day on the hill.

  • Couple walking in Place Royale and Petit-Champlain at Christmas

    A Romantic Holiday Weekend

    Take a short trip with that special someone and explore fabulous Old Québec.

  • A group is rafting on snow at the Village Vacances Valcartier, near Québec City.

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  • Parc national Jacques Cartier

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Mark you Calendar

  • Wooden kiosks at the German Christmas Market
    German Christmas Market
  • ouverture des fêtes du 350e

    Opening of the 350th Anniversary Celebrations of the Catholic Church

  • Affiche kaléidoscopes


  • Festivaliers pour Toboggan
    New Year's Eve in Québec City
  • Our Time on Earth Exhibition
    Our Time on Earth
  • Christmas market
    The Grand Christmas Market
  • Salon des artisans à Québec

    Salon des artisans de Québec

  • La féérie des fêtes s’installe au Quartier Petit Champlain et Place-Royale

    Christmas at Quartier Petit Champlain


Équipe édito
Editorial Team

As proud ambassadors of our beloved city, we’re delighted to be sharing the things and places we love most in the Québec City area. What a joy for us to help you discover everything this vibrant and welcoming city has to offer!

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