Yay! It’s the holiday season in Québec City! It’s time to wear warm jackets, sip chocolat chaud on a daily basis and get your holiday shopping on. Before battling crowds of people in shopping malls or buying last minute stuff online while in drinking wine out of a sippy cup, bundle up and check out these fabulous Québec City Christmas markets!
MARCHÉ DE NOËL ALLEMAND DE QUÉBEC (GERMAN CHRISTMAS MARKET)
DATES: NOVEMBER 23, 2017 – DECEMBER 23, 2017
LOCATION: VIEUX-QUÉBEC (OLD QUÉBEC) • 2, RUE DES JARDINS
OPEN: THURS & SAT 11 AM – 8 PM, FRI 11 AM – 9 PM, SUN 11 AM – 6 PM
In a Canadian city that oozes with European charm, it is only fitting that it has a German Christmas Market, Marché de Noël allemand de Québec! Open during the four weeks of Advent, this Québec City Christmas market gets bigger every year (Celebrating 10 years in 2017). Wander around the small wooden huts where vendors sell everything from German holiday treats to festive decorations to Québec-made handicrafts and gifts. Enjoy live entertainment and warm yourself with mulled wine.
If you want to do some holiday shopping when the market is less crowded, consider visiting during the day. If you’re looking for some festive fun, definitely visit at night when the area is lit with beautiful festive lights and the mood is definitely a joyous one. Have wee ones? Bring them along! There are a few things to keep them busy and you happy ;).
MARCHÉ DE NOËL DU VIEUX-PORT (OLD PORT CHRISTMAS MARKET)
DATES: NOVEMBER 23, 2017 – DECEMBER 31, 2017
LOCATION: VIEUX-PORT • 160, QUAI SAINT-ANDRÉ
OPEN: 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
With Marché du Vieux-Port moving to a new location in the suburbs in 2018, there is a chance that this will be the last year of the Marché de Noël du Vieux-Port –which means we’ll need to make the most of the season this year!
Beginning at the start of Advent, this delightfully festive Québec City Christmas features vendors from around the Québec Region as well as Charlevoix. Shop for beautiful ornaments, locally made products like maple syrup, iced ciders, wine, cheese and an array of Christmas treats. Or wander around, enjoy the holiday decorations and the ambience and take gagillion Instagram-worthy photos.
CHRISTMAS MARKET AT MUSÉE DE LA CIVILIZATION
DATES: NOVEMBER 23 – 26, 2017
LOCATION: VIEUX-PORT • 85, RUE DALHOUSIE
OPEN: THURS 12 PM – 8 PM, FRI 10 AM – 8 PM, SAT 10 AM – 5 PM, SUN 10 AM – 5:30 PM
One of our favourite little Quebec City Christmas markets is held at the Musée de la Civilization and features gifts created by local artisans. Spend a few hours exploring the museum’s exhibits, then do a little shopping before you continue your day in Québec City. This Christmas market features items like jewellery and clothing as well as handicrafts.
L’HÔTEL GALERIE 71 MARCHÉ DE NOËL
DATE: NOVEMBER 25, 2017
LOCATION: VIEUX-PORT • 71, RUE SAINT-PIERRE
OPEN: 10 AM – 5 PM
A boutique hotel located across from Musée de la Civilization, L’Hôtel Galerie 71 is hosting a one-day Christmas market that is a must-see! Meet local artists from the Vincent et moi gallery, as well as boutique items from Occitane en Provence and Harricana (specializing in recycled furs).
LE MARCHÉ D’ANTOINE
DATES: NOVEMBER 25–26, 2017
LOCATION: VIEUX-PORT • 8, RUE SAINT-ANTOINE
OPEN: SAT 10 AM – 7 PM, SUN 10 AM – 4PM
We are a little excited about this Quebec City Christmas market to start. Over the years we have spent a stupid amount of time sitting in Auberge Saint-Antoine‘s Bar Artefact (then Café-Bar Artefact) sipping rich chocolat chaud once the air turns chilly. At this locally owned luxury hotel, you’ll find local artisans selling everything from stationery to jewellery to art to Québec terrior.
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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.
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