Québec Winter Carnival
The world's largest winter carnival!
The Carnival is a unique winter experience you won't want to miss! From January 31 to February 16, 2014, come experience one of the world's largest winter carnival in beautiful Québec City.
Every year, thousands of visitors flock to the Québec Winter Carnival to enjoy a host of activities for all ages, including snow baths, night parades, snow slides, giant foosball, snow sculptures, shows, sleigh rides, and skating.
New in 2013
Every year, our big winter carnival adds some new activities. Here are some of them for 2013:
- LumoCité, spectacular urban projections
- La Brassée du Carnaval, microbrewery beer festival
- New 24-feet-high Bonhomme artistic structure
- 30 ice sculptures in Petit Champlain District
- The largest snow mural ever made at the Carnival (360 sq. ft.) inspired by Russia, 2013 guest country
- Brand new set for the kids' Village M. Christie!
- The App Carnaval to live the Carnival at its fullest by planning it, getting informed and having fun (available for iPhone and Android)
Sites to Discover
Check out the action at these Carnival sites:
The Plains of Abraham: A Gigantic Playground
For two weeks, the Plains of Abraham morph into an enormous playground! Carnival-goers can take in shows or enjoy activities galore, including sliding, dogsled rides, snow sculptures, disco in an igloo dome, ice bars, spas, a sugar shack, winter camping, and more!
Place Loto-Québec and Espace Hydro-Québec: Fun for the Whole Family
At Place Loto-Québec (Place de l'Assemblée-Nationale), visit Bonhomme's unique glittering Ice Palace.
Then head up to Espace Hydro-Québec where during the Carnival's three weekends, slides, floor hockey, music, dance and many entertainment await you.
Mr. Christie Village: the Place for Kids!
Another spot where kids of all ages can cut loose is Mr. Christie Village, with its soapbox derbies, ice slides, games of skill, snow tunnel, and obstacle courses. Activities are led by wacky characters who keep everybody laughing.
And who could forget winter carnival classics like the night parades, snow baths, ice-canoe races, and the International Snow Sculpture Competition, a perennial favorite that keeps people coming back year after year.
Family-Friendly Carnival Services
At Place Desjardins (Plains of Abraham), sleds for kids are available for loan at the Carnival Information Center, where friendly staff will be happy to answer all your questions.
For a hot meal, stop off at the heated tent. You'll find food services and tables and chairs for weary visitors, as well as rest rooms, change tables, and payphones.
And to keep a smile on the kids' faces, don't miss the Carnival Souvenir Kiosk where a full line of carnival mementos will make the little ones' day!