What to Do in Québec City in November

German Christmas Market
Robert Greffard, Ville de Québec

November is the time of year for taking a break before the madness of the holidays (did someone say spa day?), marvelling at the first snowflakes as they fall from the sky, and watching as the city lights up for Christmas. With so many ways to brighten up the month of November, the year is sure to end on a high note. So get out your calendars and check out our recommendations of things to see and do in November.

Relax at a Nordic Spa

Get ready to hang out in a hammock, eat in your bathrobe, and relax in a bathtub as you gaze up at the sky. It’s time to treat yourself to a little self-care in one of the Nordic spas before the madness of the holidays hits. Some spas to the north of the city will already have a more wintery feel, such as Sibéria Spa or Nordique Spa Stoneham.

Get Into the Christmas Spirit

Nothing chases away the November grey like the warmth and magic of Christmas. As the city gets decked out for the holidays and the first snowflakes begin to fall, you’ll find plenty of events to put you in a holiday mood.

With dazzling lights, wooden stands, and the smell of cinnamon, mulled wine, and pretzels wafting through the air, the German Christmas Market is a little slice of Europe right in Old Québec. Be sure to visit the new site at Place D’Youville. The Christmas Market runs November 25 to December 23, 2021 (Thursday to Sunday)

Enjoy a Gourmet Festival

The Québec Table Gourmande event highlights the gastronomic offer of some thirty restaurants in different neighbourhoods. The restaurants propose a selection of table d'hôte menus at $40, $60 or $60 for 2.

Have a Blast in the Past at a Museum

When was the last time you went to a museum? Well now’s your chance. There are museums and interpretation centres throughout the Québec City area, particularly in Old Québec, and they’re all bursting with historical treasures.

In November, don’t miss:

  • The immersive exhibition on Pompeii at Musée de la civilisation, which brings the spirit of the place and its inhabitants to life. Starts November 18, 2021.
  • The series of paintings inspired by the Habs in the LEMOYNE exhibition at Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec.

Try New Restaurants

The last year was anything but easy for restaurants, and their owners and staff deserve all our respect and admiration. Many restaurateurs showed incredible resilience by opening new establishments in the midst of the pandemic. Here are a few new restaurants you should try.

See the New Lumière sur l'art Lampshades

Lumière sur l’art is a series of 34 giant lampshades on Avenue Cartier that light up the work of a new Quebec artist each year. Diane Obomsawin, a graphic artists of Abenaki descent, combined photos and original drawings for this latest edition. Starts November 10, 2021

Get a Head Start on Your Christmas Shopping

We have a funny feeling that all the social distancing and supply issues will make Christmas shopping a little more complicated this year. Starting in November could save you a lot of hassle and leave you free to enjoy the start of the snowy season come December. Plus, it's super fun to shop local while exploring the town.

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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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