A Romantic Holiday Weekend

Couple walking in Place Royale and Petit-Champlain at Christmas
Francis Gagnon

The sight of snowflakes falling makes Old Québec even more magical. Want to treat yourself to a memorable romantic getaway? Spend a weekend seeing the sights with that special someone.

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Spend Time in a Real-Life Christmas Village
  • Day 1 Spend Time in a Real-Life Christmas Village


    Buy Local in the Petit-Champlain District

    Petit-Champlain’s unique historic cachet makes it the ideal setting for a romantic stroll. The pedestrian-only streets are lined with charming shops and bistros and all decked out for the holidays, filling the air with magic and romance.

    It’s also the perfect place to pick up holiday gifts, like a warm pair of socks knitted by Charlevoix Pure Laine or carefully curated kitchen tools and accessories (including many local finds) from Pot en Ciel. Just down the street, you’ll find Boutique Métiers d’art du Québec and the Musée de la civilisation gift shop, which carry unique creations from a number of Québec artists and makers.

    0.47 km
  • 2

    Savour History at Place Royale

    Carry along toward Place Royale for a latte break at Maison Smith, with coffee beans that are locally roasted locally on Île d’Orléans. With the history, the ambiance, and the giant Christmas Tree in the middle of the square, you’ll feel like you’ve walked right into a postcard.

    2.16 km
  • 3

    Take a Quick Trip to Europe at the German Christmas Market

    Walk up Côte de la Montagne for more of the holiday spirit at the German Christmas Market. There are sparkling Christmas trees, magical lights, Christmas carols, and wooden stands where you’ll find unique gifts and sweet nothings, like German gingerbread. Once the German Christmas Market is over, the activity on the sites continues with Kaléidoscopes where visual arts, theater, music, performing arts and literature are presented throughout the Holiday Season.

    Take a moment to warm up by the fire at the warming station. Before you go, be sure to stop by the Boutique de Noël and the original Simons store, both of which are right beside the market.

    0.31 km
  • 4

    Meet Friendly Store Owners

    Old Québec isn’t just postcard pretty—it’s also home to lots of unique local boutiques. Pick up a piece by a local fashion designer at Caméléon, a fabulous wool sweater from Montréal-based Ça va de soi, or tasty treats at Les Trouvailles de Jules. You’re sure to find the perfect gift for someone on your list—or for yourself!

    0.72 km
  • 5

    Go Skating in a Magical Setting

    Just steps away from the ramparts and surrounding heritage buildings, you’ll find the skating rink at Place D’Youville, all lit up for the holidays. Get on the ice and do a few twirls in the dimming light, interspersed with breaks at the warming station. From there, it’s just a short stroll along Rue Saint-Jean to Paillard and La Maison Smith, two great places to enjoy a hot bevvy.

    0.96 km
  • Relax and Dig In
  • Day 2 Relax and Dig In


    Take Time for Self-Care at Strøm Spa

    Follow a hearty breakfast with a trip to Strøm Spa for a morning spent relaxing in the baths overlooking the St. Lawrence River and a luxurious treatment or a massage. Their signature STRØM massage uses traditional techniques and massage stones to optimize well-being. If you’re feeling chilly, treat yourself to a mineral mud, white clay, or shea butter body wrap to soothe and invigorate your skin.

    Make the moment last with a spa lunch that’s as healthy as it is tasty. And don’t leave empty-handed! Their Boréal skincare products are made in Québec and let you bring the spa experience back home with you. They also make great gifts for anyone in need of a little self-care.

    7.27 km
  • 7

    Visit Le Grand Marché de Noël

    In the afternoon, pop over to Québec City’s Grand Marché de Noël, which runs until December 31 this year. This big, beautiful indoor and outdoor market has it all, including great food and unique and creative gift ideas. You’ll come home with your arms full and a song in your heart!

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