Winter in Québec City can get COLD at times, and while we love to stay inside and curl up in front of a roaring fire, there is no way we can do it every day until winter ends. Which one of the reasons why Québec City has so many winter festivals and events.

Pack your warmest clothing, don’t forget your snow pants and goggles and get ready to embrace winter like a local. It’s all about having fun, enjoying the outdoors and warming up with a cup of chocolat chaud (hot chocolate) or a glass of mulled wine.

Note: If you’re thinking about attending one of the more popular festivals and events, then planning ahead is always a good idea as hotels fill up quickly, and rooms become more expensive as the festival dates approach.

 

NOVEMBER

Average temp: -4ºC to 3ºC | 25ºF to 37ºF

CHRISTMAS MARKET AT MUSÉE DE LA CIVILIZATION

November 23 – 26, 2017
NEIGHBOURHOOD: VIEUX-PORT
85, RUE DALHOUSIE
418.643.2158
HOURS: THURS 12 PM – 8 PM, FRI 10 AM – 8 PM, SAT 10 AM – 5 PM, SUN 10 AM – 5:30 PM

If you’re looking for unique locally-made products, look no further than the Christmas Market at Musée de la Civilization in Vieux-Port. Discover products by Québec artisans and producers, from delicious eats to beauty to jewellery to clothing.

GERMAN CHRISTMAS MARKET

November 23, 2017 – December 23, 2017
NEIGHBOURHOOD: VIEUX-QUÉBEC (OLD QUÉBEC)
2, RUE DES JARDINS
HOURS: THURS & SAT 11 AM – 8 PM, FRI 11 AM – 9 PM, SUN 11 AM – 6 PM

Taking place during the four weeks of advent, Québec City’s Marché de Noël allemand de Québec brings a festive spirit to Vieux-Québec (Old Québec) with its wooden shacks, festive lights, live entertainment and a mixture of local and European treats.

OLD PORT CHRISTMAS MARKET

November 23, 2017 – December 31, 2017
NEIGHBOURHOOD: VIEUX-PORT
160, QUAI SAINT-ANDRÉ
418.692.2517
HOURS: NOV 23RD – DEC 24TH MON–FRI 9 AM – 6 PM, WEEKENDS 9 AM – 5 PM, DEC 26TH 10 AM – 6 PM, DEC 27TH – 29TH 9 AM – 6 PM, DEC 30TH & 31ST 9 AM – 5 PM

Possible the last year for the Marché de Noël du Vieux-Port as the market will be moving into the suburbs sometime in 2018, this delightful Christmas market features local artisans and producers selling everything from festive decorations to holiday treats, iced ciders, wine and more.

DECEMBER

Average temp: -4ºC to -13ºC | 9ºF to 25ºF

FESTI LUMIÈRE

December 26, 2017 – January 7, 2018
NEIGHBOURHOOD: STE-FOY
1675, AVENUE DES HÔTELS
HOURS: DAILY 6 PM – 9 PM

Discover an enchanted winter fairytale at the Festi Lumière held at the Aquarium de Québec. Fun for the whole family, this annual light festival includes cute animals, light projections, live music and more. Dress warmly!

NEW YEAR’S EVE

December 31, 2017
NEIGHBOURHOOD: MONTCALM
GRANDE ALLÉE
HOURS: ALL DAY

Enjoy the festive spirit in Québec City as you get ready to say goodbye to another year, and ring in a new one. Join the crowds of locals and tourists on Grande Allée for live entertainment, ride the Ferris wheel and admire the stunning fireworks at the stroke of midnight. A truly magical way to begin a new year.

JANUARY

Average temp: -8ºC to -18ºC | 0ºF to 18ºF

FESTI LUMIÈRE

January 12, 2018 – February 24, 2018
NEIGHBOURHOOD: STE-FOY
1675, AVENUE DES HÔTELS
HOURS: FRI-SAT 6 PM – 9 PM

Discover an enchanted winter fairytale at the Festi Lumière held at the Aquarium de Québec. Fun for the whole family, this annual light festival includes cute animals, light projections, live music and more. Dress warmly!

HÔTEL DE GLACE

January 3, 2018 – March 25, 2018
VILLAGE VACANCES VALCARTIER
1860, BOULEVARD VALCARTIER
HOTELDEGLACE-CANADA.COM
418.844.2200
HOURS: TBA

The most anticipated events of the year, Hôtel de Glace is Canada’s premier ice hotel. Located at Village Vacances Valcartier, the hotel is made from ice and snow using large moulds. During the day the general public can purchase tickets to explore the chapel, bars, rooms and suites, and enjoy some maple taffy. After 8:00 pm the hotel is then turned over to its guests – some of whom won’t make it through the night and will end up in a warm bed at Valcartier.

CARNAVAL DE QUÉBEC

January 26, 2018 – February 11, 2018
NEIGHBOURHOODS: VIEUX-QUÉBEC (OLD QUÉBEC), VIEUX-PORT, PETIT-CHAMPLAIN & PLACE ROYALE, MONTCALM
CARNAVAL.QC.CA
HOURS: TBA JANUARY 12, 2018

The most popular winter carnival in Canada, Carnaval de Québec is celebrating its 51st year in 2018. Meet the lovable carnival mascot, Bonhomme, and watch ice canoe races across the semi-frozen Saint-Lawrence River. Sip Caribou (mulled wine mixed with whiskey) or chocolat chaud, admire beautiful ice sculptures and more!

FEBRUARY

Average temp: -6ºC to -16ºC | 3ºF to 21ºF

NEIGE EN FÊTE

February 9th – 11th, 2018
SAINT-RAYMOND, QC
NEIFEENFETE.COM
418.875.1422

Located an hour (or so) outside Québec City, Neige en Fête is your chance to admire the beauty of vintage snowmobiles. Trust us when we say they are cool, the snowmobile was, after all, invented in Québec! Think of it as a classic car show, but in winter and for snowmobiles.

MARCH

Average temp: -0ºC to -9ºC | 16ºF to 32ºF

FESTI LUMIÈRE

March 2nd – 10th, 2018
NEIGHBOURHOOD: STE-FOY
1675, AVENUE DES HÔTELS
HOURS: DAILY 6 PM – 9 PM

Discover an enchanted winter fairytale at the Festi Lumière held at the Aquarium de Québec. Fun for the whole family, this annual light festival includes cute animals, light projections, live music and more. Dress warmly!

 


 

QUÉBEC CITY RESOURCES

A Beginners Guide to Québec City: Visiting Québec City for the first time? Start with this post which gives an overview of neighbourhoods to visit, food, top things to do and more.

Québec City Travel Planner: Search through our handy travel planner for information on everything from driving routes, taking the train, when to visit, how to get around and more!

Urban Guide Québec City guidebook: Discover the local food and culture of Québec City in this guidebook focused on promoting local artisans, producers and businesses. Explore popular neighbourhoods, or embrace the local side, both are represented in this guidebook on Québec City.

Champlain’s Dream by David Hackett Fischer: Written by a Pulitzer Prize-winner, Champlain’s Dream is a captivating read about the man who established the colony of New France, and considered to be the father of Québec. A tome worthy of any book collection.

Québec: The Story of Three Sieges by Stephen Manning: Understanding some of the key battles in Québec’s history is one of the best ways to begin to understand the mentality of Québec, and the relationship between French and English. This book is one of the best in terms of the major battles that helped to shape Québec’s future.

Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny: A local favourite, Louise Penny crafts a captivating murder mystery set in Québec City. Book six in her Chief Inspector Gamache series, you don’t need to read the first five to enjoy this story which will take you through some of our favourite places in Old Québec.

An Essential Winter Packing List: Planning to visit Québec City during the winter months? Make sure you pack these items for a warm and fun trip!

Winter Bucket List: 40+ Things to See & Do: The air may be crisp, and the ground may be covered in fluffy white snow, but there is still plenty to see and do in Québec City in winter!

Google Translate – you don’t need to speak French, but knowing a couple words can be helpful. Download the app before your trip to help communicate with locals.

DuoLingo – learn some French words and phrases before your trip! DuoLingo is a great app for learning French a little bit at a time.

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