Top Things to Do in Québec City This Winter

A couple takes a walk in the evening during the holiday season on rue du Petit-Champlain, covered with snow and decorated with illuminated trees.
Francis Gagnon

The magic of the landscapes covered with snow, the exciting outdoors nearby and the various activities in town will amaze you. Here are the best events and things to do taking place in Québec City this winter 2021-2022.

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December

Marché de Noël allemand
Mention de source Geneviève Roussel

German Christmas Market
Colourful lights, wooden kiosks, smells of cinnamon, gingerbread, and sausages... The German Christmas Market recreates the warm atmosphere of the major European Christmas Markets, in the magical setting of Old Québec. Be sure to catch the Glockenspiel, a multimedia project presented in collaboration with Robert Lepage at the new Place D’Youville site. November 25 to December 23 (Thursday to Sunday)

Kaléidoscopes
Once the German Christmas Market is over, the activity on the sites continues with the first edition of Kaléidoscopes where visual arts, theater, music, performing arts and literature are presented throughout the Holiday Season. December 27 to January 2

Christmas in Petit-Champlain
Lights, decorations, choirs, pop-up circus performances and the first snowfall create an enchanting setting like no other in Petit-Champlain. November 28 to Januray 2

The Interactive Illuminated Course at Place Jean-Beliveau
Luminous and interactive works of art illuminate Place Jean-Béliveau near Le Grand Marché public market. A festive course that will amaze visitors of every age. December 1st to March 13

Christmas Market at Le Grand Marché 
Head to Québec City’s greatest gourmet destination, Le Grand Marché, and take your pick of over 1,000 local products offered at the Christmas Market.  December 1st to December 31

January

Famille qui entre dans l'Hôtel de Glace
Pikur

 

Marvel at the Ice Hotel
This grandiose Ice Hotel—the only one of its kind in North America—is built out of ice from the ground up and is designed around a new theme every year, so there’s a whole new hotel to see each winter! Opening on January 2

February

Bonhomme Carnaval
Audet Photo

 

Québec Winter Carnival
Québec Winter Carnival is one of the world's largest winter carnivals! Every year, thousands of visitors flock to Québec to enjoy a host of activities for all ages including  snow sculptures, musical performances as well as the entertainment at the famous Bonhomme's Ice Palace. February 4 to 13

Pentathlon des neiges (Snow Pentathlon)
Citizens and visitors actively participate in the world's largest winter multisport event, forming groups to meet the challenges offered to families, businesses, schools and even seniors. Some athletes dare to accomplish this challenge solo, very impressive! February 26 to March 13

Village Nordik at the Old Port
Experience ice fishing while enjoying a site with an exceptional view of Old Québec! February 10 to March 13

Poutine Week
Dozens of restaurants bring on the gravy train for Québec City’s Poutine Week. Try some new takes on an old classic and vote for your favourite. February 1st to 14

March

Au Chalet en Bois Rond - Children ice fishing
Au Chalet en Bois Rond

March Break
Québec City has everything you need for a successful winter vacation! Here are 5 reasons to visit Québec City for March Break.

Québec Ice Canoeing Circuit Grand Finale
Paddlers will defy ice, water, cold, and tides on the frozen St. Lawrence River. March 5

Igloofest Québec
Fans of electronic music and visual art are in for a treat when Igloofest comes to Québec City this winter. Celebrate winter and get groovy with local and international DJs and VJs. March 16, 18 and 19

The Winter Wonderland of Old Québec

Famille dans le Petit Champlain avec décorations de Noel
Petit-Champlain, Audet Photo

In winter, Old Québec is like a fairyland Christmas village of lights, decorations, snow, and enchanting European architecture. From the Place D'Youville skating rink to the quaint Petit-Champlain, take advantage of the winter landscapes and walk your own path through 400 years of history by visiting  the best things to do in Old Québec.

The Latest and the Greatest of Winter 

Graphic model of Club Med Québec Charlevoix

Are you a regular visitor to the area? We bet we'll surprise you with our list of new places and activities to explore. There are always new reasons to visit Québec City in winter!

Québécois Comfort Food to Enjoy

La Grolla
Mention de source Clovis Jacob et Thierry Pellerin

Poutine, meat stew, French onion soup... Treat yourself to the best restaurants offering the most comfort food in Québec City.

5 Reasons to Add Skiing Near Québec City to your Bucket List

Le Massif de Charlevoix
Mention de source Le Massif de Charlevoix

Just minutes from downtown Québec City, 4 ski resorts offer exhilarating experiences for skiers. Here are 5 reasons to coast down these slopes.

Village Vacances Valcartier: The Most Fun You'll Have This Winter

Village Vacances Valcartier
Mention de source Francis Gagnon

The largest 4-season resort in Eastern Canada is a wonderland for winter fun. Snow tubing, an indoor waterpark, the famous Ice Hotel... Village Vacances Valcartier is a must for the whole family.

Warming Stations

Famille autour d'un feu extérieur à la station chaleureuse de l'Hôtel-de-Ville
Ville de Québec

Tour the city’s pop‑up winter sites. Hurry—they’ll be gone come spring! Each site has chairs and gas fireplaces. 

3 Reasons Why You Should Try Fat Biking

Empire 47 - Family on a fatbike
Empire 47

With over 100 km of machine groomed fat bike trails, the Québec City Area is a fat biker paradise. Give fat biking a try!

Events not to be missed this winter

  • Pompeii exhibition at Musée de la civilisation

    Pompeii. The Immortal City

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  • Below the ice Exhibition

    Below the Arctic Ice with Mario Cyr

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  • Bonhomme Carnaval is photographed on the exterior bridge of the Québec-Lévis Ferry, in winter.

    Québec Winter Carnival

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  • Village Nordik du Port de Québec vue d'un drône

    The Village Nordik at the Port of Quebec

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  • Oeuvre lumineuse du parcours Plein les yeux et les oreilles

    Interactive Illuminated Course

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  • Manif d'art

    Manif d’art 10 – La biennale de Québec

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  • Équipe féminine au Pentathlon des neiges

    Pentathlon des neiges

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  • Ice Canoe Race at Quebec Winter Carnival

    La Grande Virée des canotiers (Ice Canoe Race)

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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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