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

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.

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    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. And for the first time this year, a festive artistic project called Kaléidoscopes will make the German Christmas Market even more spectacular from December 27 to January 2. 

    Nearby, Boutique de Noël has Christmas collector’s items and souvenirs that are always a hit with the young and young at heart. Then there’s Maison Smith at the Hôtel-de-Ville square, where you can stop in to relax and warm up with a good cup of coffee. Keep popping in and out of shops along rue Saint-Jean as you walk up to Place D’Youville.

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    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. So you’ll want to book in advance to make sure you can get on the ice. This year, the square also comes alive with stands from the German Christmas Market and the multimedia installations at Le Diamant, the gorgeous theatre right across the street.

    If you start to feel a bit chilly, grab a hot chocolate and cozy up by the fire at one of the many nearby warming stations.

  • 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.

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    Go Christmas Shopping in Petit-Champlain 

    The Petit-Champlain District is especially enchanting at Christmas time. With all the sparkling trees and decorations and European charm, shopping for gifts is a pure delight. This year, on December weekends, there are even surprise performances by choirs and by circus troop Flip Fabrique.

    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. For made-in-Québec gifts for moms and toddlers, stop by Ptits Mosüs. 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. If you’re out with the kids, be sure to stop for a delicious beaver tail along the way.

  • 5

    See the Light Art at Place Jean-Béliveau

     With the sky getting dark earlier, it’s the perfect time of year for Plein les yeux et les oreilles, a light installation along a path at Place Jean-Béliveau. Don’t worry about the cold: there’s a warming station on site and even a skating path to round out the experience, weather permitting.

    While you’re there, be sure to experience the Christmas edition of Québec City’s Grand Marché, where you’ll find food and gifts from dozens of local artisans. It’s a taste of the city in an authentic and festive venue.


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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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