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Top Things to Do in Québec City this Winter

Credit: Francis Gagnon

The Québec City Area is a perfect winter wonderland.

Mark your Calendar

December

German Christmas Market Credit: Geneviève Roussel Zoom

Christmas Market at Le Grand Marché
Head to Québec City’s latest and greatest gourmet destination, Le Grand Marché, and take your pick of over 1,000 local products offered at the Christmas Market. November 21 to December 31.

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. November 22 to December 23 (Thursday to Sunday)

Christmas in Petit-Champlain
Lights, decorations, choirs and the first snowfall create an enchanting setting like no other in Petit-Champlain. November 25 to December 24

New Year's Eve in Québec City
It’s on Grande Allée that New Year is being celebrated with a Ferris wheel, zip-line, heated outdoor patios and December 31st big show. 
December 28 to 31

January

Ice Hotel Credit: Dany Vachon Zoom

The Aquarium du Québec Sparkles
Made up of over 500,000 LED lights, the illuminated outdoor pathways at the Québec City Aquarium will blow you away. A magical outing for the whole family. December 26 to January 5 and January 11 to February 29

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! Starting on January 2

 

February

Quebec Winter Carnival Night Parade Credit: Fred Photo Vidéo Zoom

7 Days of Poutine
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 1 to 7

Québec Winter Carnival
Québec Winter Carnaval 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 night parades, snow sculptures, Bonhomme's Ice Palace. February 7 to 16

A World-Class Hockey Tournament
Québec City gets a big case of hockey fever when thousands of young players from all over the world descend upon the city for the International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament

Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Mexican Modernism
Presented at Québec City’s breathtaking fine arts museum, MNBAQ, this exhibition takes works by the famous duo and sets them alongside those of other modern Mexican artists as well as photographs that contextualize the paintings, helping viewers get a feel for the era. February 13 to May 18, 2020

March

FIS XCountry Skiing World Cup in Quebec City Credit: André-Olivier Lyra Zoom

Québec Ice Canoeing Circuit Grand Finale
Over 400 paddlers will defy ice, water, cold, and tides to take home the title for the last in a series of 7 races, each more extreme than the last. March 7

FIS Cross-Country World Cup
The best cross-country skiers in the world will put skis to snow on the picturesque Plains of Abraham for the FIS Cross-Country World Cup. March 13 to 15

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Ice Canoe Credit: Francis Gagnon Zoom

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Québécois Comfort Food to Enjoy

La Grolla Credit: Clovis Jacob et Thierry Pellerin Zoom

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 Credit: Le Massif de Charlevoix Zoom

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 Credit: Francis Gagnon Zoom

The largest 4-season resort in Eastern Canada is a wonderland for winter fun, Check out our tips to maximize your experience.

Warming Stations

Warming Stations Credit: Ville de Québec Zoom

Tour the city’s pop‑up winter sites. Hurry—they’ll be gone come spring! Each site has chairs, gas fireplaces, some even have outdoor heaters. Also enjoy a program of events inspired by the local neighbourhood. 

3 Reasons Why You Should Try Fat Biking

Fat Biking in Quebec City Credit: Francis Gagnon Zoom

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

For more inspiration, see also the events calendar and our winter activity suggestions.

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