Every evening as of 6 p.m., Light Courses offers two different itineraries with interactive experiences and light settings in the most beautiful neighborhoods of our city.
December 20, 2012 to January 2, 2013
Getting ready for Christmas
The 2012 Marché de Noël Signature (Christmas Market) runs November 22 through December 31, 2012. You’ll find a huge range of market-fresh foods and artisan products—just what you need to add a little Holiday cheer to your gatherings or find that special gift you’ve been searching for. Come discover over one thousand local products in a magical atmosphere with a one-of-a-kind décor.
Old Port Market
November 22 to December 31, 2012
Christmas markets have been held outdoors in Germany since medieval times. As in previous years, the Québec City version features high-quality handicraft products as well as a host of Christmas items. You will also find a great selection of delicious treats like mulled wine (hot spicy “Glühwein”), hot fruit punch for the kids, German Christmas cookies, gingerbread, bratwurst, grilled chestnuts, and more. There'll also be activities for adults and children alike.
Place de l’Hôtel-de-Ville
November 30 to December 9, 2012
Every year the Municipality of Lac-Beauport organizes a Christmas Extravaganza featuring a crafts fair and lots of entertainment and activities.
570, chemin du Tour-du-Lac, Lac-Beauport
December 1, 2012, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
December 2, 2012, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Experience Québec’s Christmas traditions in the company of an authentic historic figure in the heart of Old Québec and Petit-Champlain. You will be delighted by the anecdotes and the charming Christmas décor in Old Québec. The tour wraps up at the Christmas Market, where you can sample some of the local products.
December 1 to 16, 2012, every Saturday and Sunday
December 22, 2012 to January 2, 2013, daily
Pick up some original Christmas gifts at the Québec City Craft Fair, where over 225 skilled artisans showcase their wares. Wide selection of handmade leather, wooden and glass goods, as well as clothing, furniture, jewellery, pottery, furs, food products and more.
Centre de Foires, ExpoCité
December 6 to 16, 2012
Over fifteen producers, artists and craftspeople from the region will be at this Christmas market. Music, Christmas lights, entertainment, shows, workshops and outdoor recreational activities
119, 1ere avenue, Stoneham
December 7 to 9, 2012
December 14 to 16, 2012
Celebrating New Year
When the lifts slowly come to a halt at day’s end, the skiing won’t be over yet. Come discover the mountain in a totally new light by joining the Torchlight Parade. Bring your head lamp and come admire the moon and twinkling stars reflected in the majestic St. Lawrence River, the silence of the tranquil night disturbed only by the sound of carving edges. Your magical run will be followed by a traditional supper served at the base chalet. Here's your chance for a truly different kind of ski experience this Holiday Season.
December 29, 2012
In the wake of the hugely successful festivities in 2009, 2010 and 2011, the merchants along Grande Allée are set to outdo themselves again this year to offer a breathtaking New Year’s celebration! Singers, musicians and DJs will share the stage. And the climax—at the stroke of midnight, the much anticipated event, "THE urban fireworks show." Unique! Even bigger and longer this year, it's a show that's sure to please!
December 31, 2012, 8 p.m.
The magic of winter awaits! Visitors can discover the falls and the sugar loaf, a true natural wonder that has earned the site worldwide fame. On December 31, on the occasion of New Year's Eve, Manoir Montmorency will have two evening options to choose from: a 7-course gourmet dinner with a delightful and talented duo of musicians to help ring in the New Year or a buffet meal with musical entertainment (live DJ) including sparkling wine at midnight. On January 1, to celebrate the New Year in style, the Manoir will put on a delicious brunch and an evening buffet.
December 31, 2012 to January 1, 2013
Ring in the New Year in the majestic ballroom of the Château Frontenac. The Moondance Orchestra band takes center stage in the ballroom on December 31. In the spirit of the great crooners, the band will play everything from classic rock and swing legends to today’s top hits.
December 31, 2012, 7 p.m.
Come celebrate New Year's Eve in a magical, enchanting atmosphere. The wonderful setting will ensure your evening is a success! Choose from various packages featuring tubing, a New Year's Eve buffet and New Year's Eve party!
December 31, 2012
Activity suggestions for the Holidays
Take part in the Holiday GeoRally! This geocaching rally, made possible by Centre d'interprétation de la vie urbaine, showcases Holiday traditions both past and present. Join with friends or family to look for 10 thematic caches—real or virtual—scattered around Old Québec.
Centre d'interprétation de la vie urbaine de la ville de Québec / Maison Chevalier
December 1 to 23, 2012, every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
December 26, 2012 to January 2, 2013, daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
January 5 and 6, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cows, donkeys, and sheep are a familiar sight in many a nativity scene. The 29th edition of this exhibition at the Gabrielle-Roy library will feature about 100 unique nativity scenes that showcase the important roles our animal friends play in crèches from around the world.
December 1, 2012, to January 6, 2013
Go where locals go to shop for Christmas specialties with a professional tour guide. Visit some of their most favorite wineries and restaurants. Greet the shopkeepers with your best “bonjour”. Stop often. Sample gourmet cheeses, ham, apple ciders, regional cuisine, ice wines, pastries and even a special poutine!
December 14, 2012, to January 6, 2013, daily at 2 p.m.
Brush off your bushy white beard—real or make-believe—then slip into your snappy red suit and head to Le Massif for the great Santa Claus Day get-together. Be sure to don your Santa suit complete with white beard, red cap and red coat before you stop by the ticket office. You’ll get to ski at a special $15 rate—now that’s a real Christmas gift! Plus, all the proceeds from the sale of Santa lift tickets will be donated to local non-profit organizations.
December 15, 2012
Ski for free at one of the most easily accessible and enchanting sites as you enjoy unobstructed views of the St. Lawrence River. The Plains of Abraham offers 12.6 km of ski trails for beginner and intermediate cross-country skiers, a 3.8 km trail (round trip) for snowshoeing, and 5.6 km of walking trails. A waxing room and two heated rest areas are also available.
December 20, 2012 to March 30, 2013, weather permitting
Experience a thrilling outdoor adventure thanks to our pack of 250 dogs, our network of private groomed trails through the woods and our team of competent guides.
Book now and get a 15% discount by mentioning 2012 Christmas promotion.
December 20, 2012 to January 5, 2013
Surprise your loved ones by taking them dogsledding along the torch-lit trails of the Jacques-Cartier Valley! This activity is followed by a traditional French-Canadian dinner. An adventure that's sure to please family and friends alike!
December 26 to 30, 2012, 5:30 p.m. daily
January 4 to March 9, 2013, every Friday and Saturday
Come explore Québec music and traditions as you enjoy free Holiday Season treats along with a steaming mug of hot chocolate.
Centre d’interprétation de Place Royale
December 26, 2012 to January 6, 2013, 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The whole Vieux-Port area will be alive with the beat of La Nuit Blanche! Start your evening at the boutiques, galleries, restaurants, outdoor terraces, and Marché—all with extended hours—then enjoy live music at Place Royale. A horse-drawn tram, available throughout the evening free of charge, will make it easy to get around to all activities
December 27, 2012, starting at 7 p.m.
Experience a magical Christmas at the foot of the slopes... As if with the touch of a wand, Mont-Sainte-Anne and Stoneham are transformed by the spirit of Christmas into winter wonderlands that take on a joyful festive atmosphere with Holiday decorations and costumes.
December 22, 2012 to January 2, 2013.
As the sun begins to set, the costumed tour guide at Ghost Tours of Québec strikes a match and lights his lantern. A hush settles over the tour group, for they know they will be walking down cobblestone streets to hear about 400 years of murders, executions, mysteries and ghost sightings. A nightly storytelling walking tour that engages the imagination in the darker side of Québec history.
Old Québec's horse-drawn carriages will operate throughout the Holidays. Bundle up under warm blankets and enjoy a memorable ride to the sound of jingling sleigh bells.
Call for a pick-up: 418-683-9222.