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

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Editorial Team
Updated on October 17, 2023
Casse-Cou staircase - The staircase leads to Petit-Champlain
Emmanuel Coveney

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! Roaming around Old Québec always feels special, but it’s especially enchanting in December. Here are a few things you can do in Québec City to experience the magic of Christmas.

  • 1

    Get Into the Spirit in Old Québec

    The German Christmas Market has quaint wooden stalls, delicious sweets, sparkling Christmas trees, twinkling lights, mulled wine, and Christmas carols to warm your heart. It’s the perfect place to shop for all kinds of artisanal gifts. The artistic and gourmet event called Kaléidoscopes will make the German Christmas Market sites even more spectacular and festive from December 27 to 31. 

    Nearby, Boutique de Noël has Christmas collector’s items and souvenirs that are always a hit with the young and young at heart. Keep popping in and out of shops along rue Saint-Jean as you walk up to Place D’Youville.

  • 2

    Skate in an Enchanting Setting

    Set just outside the walls and gates of the Old City, the skating rink at Place D’Youville is a Christmas classic. Kiosks of the German Chrismas Market complete the Christmas scenery. If you start to feel a bit chilly, grab a hot chocolate and enjoy a warm break.

  • 3

    Go Speeding Down a Hill

    For a real rush, head to Au 1884 and try whizzing down an icy slide at up to 70 km/h. The slides are specially designed for toboggans that can take up to 4 passengers each. It’s insanely fun! Hold onto your tuques (or beanies) and get ready to make lasting memories. Check to make sure the slides are open, since the start date depends on the weather.

    To recover from all that excitement, grab a hot bevvy from the Au 1884 stand and enjoy it on Dufferin Terrace as you admire the view.

  • 4

    Go Christmas Shopping in Petit-Champlain 

    The Petit-Champlain District is especially enchanting at Christmas time. With all the sparkling trees, decorations and European charm, shopping for gifts is a pure delight. You’ll find tons of gems and unique shops in the area, including Atelier La Pomme and Métiers d’art du Québec, both of which exclusively carry items by Québec artisans. Just a little further on in the Old Port, there’s also the museum gift shop at Musée de la civilisation, which carries unique gifts by a number of artisans. Be sure to stop for a delicious beaver tail along the way.

  • 5

    Kick off the New Year Under the Stars

    Entertainmment for the whole family, traditional, pop and electro music shows... this is what awaits visitors who want to celebrate the transition to the new year in style. Every year, Grande Allée shines brightly during the Toboggan festival.

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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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