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Winter events

Christmas Markets

November 22nd till December 31st 2018

Germany Christmas Market
November 22nd till December 23rd 2018
Gardens of City Hall and City Hall Place
November 22nd 2018 (Thursday from 3-8pm) November 23rd to December 23rd 2018 (Monday to Wednesday from 10am to 6pm, Thursday to Saturday from 11am to 8pm and Sunday 11am to 6pm)
Thanks to the city’s stunning old-world charm, the market will again immerse people in the magic that only European Christmas markets can offer.
With its small village of wooden kiosks and scintillating lights, get ready to be enchanted. On the menu: a unique and friendly atmosphere, beautiful decorations, a great selection of succulent German treats (bratwurst, mulled wine, gingerbread, and much more), delicious terroir products, exquisite Christmas gifts, choral singing, and many other amazing performances, including special activities for the kids.

http://www.noelallemandquebec.com/?lang=en

Christmas Market at the Old Port

November 22nd till December 31st 2018

This Christmas market will be held from November 23rd  to December 31st 2018 at the Old Port of Québec. The more than 1000 local agri-food products and handicrafts to choose from would make wonderful gifts or could be used to add a festive touch to your own holiday party. We have captured the spirit of Christmas at the Old Port!

Closed on December 25th and January 1st.

http://www.marchevieuxport.com/index.php/evenements-noel

New Year’s Eve in Quebec

December 27th to 31st 2018

From December 27 to 31, Grande Allée is THE place to be for celebrating the New Year in Québec City! On the program: traditional music, ferris wheel, urban zipline, heated terraces and outdoor bars. On December 31, the free outdoor party will warm up the crowd and will end with fireworks. This musical and pyrotechnic show will kick off 2018. This year’s celebrations will be more festive than ever and will extend from the Parliament Building to the Hotel Le Concorde. The scene for December 31 will be installed at place de l’Assemblée-Nationale.

http://jourdelan.info/en/

Quebec Winter Carnival

February 8th till 17th 2019

Come experience one of the world’s largest winter carnivals 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 bath, ice canoe race, night parades, snow slides, giant foosball, snow sculptures, shows, sleigh rides, and skating.The Carnival is a unique winter experience you won’t want to miss!

http://carnaval.qc.ca/en/

EXHIBITIONS/ SHOWS / SPORT EVENTS

People of Quebec…Then and Now

Reference Exhibition. Location : Museum of Civilisation

https://www.mcq.org/en/exposition?id=26622

People of Québec…Then and Now is a journey into the heart of Québec’s history and rich culture. Contemporary Québec society reflects the dreams and undertakings of all those who have lived here and helped to create its fabric. It is the history of communities rooted in a territory, whose strategy has always been to preserve their integrity.

My 2000-Year-Old Double

Until May 12th 2019. Location : Museum of Civilisation

https://www.mcq.org/en/exposition?id=481105

The theme of look-alikes and portraits launches a story that combines the history of antiquity with the distractions of today. Twenty-five to thirty photographs of contemporary faces will be matched with works from the Greco-Roman and Egyptian collections of the Musée d’art et d’histoire in Geneva and the Fondation Gandur pour l’Art. Ranging from intimate to monumental, contemporary black and white photographs and ancient works will create an unusual journey through time and space.

Disappeared Or Forgotten: Akonessen, Zitya, Marie and the Others

Until February 17th 2019. Location : Museum of Civilisation

https://www.mcq.org/en/exposition?id=718526

Nine works by aboriginal artists and craftswomen generate strong emotions in the face of the painful destinies of numerous aboriginal women and girls. “The image of the native woman invented during colonization has clung to the collective mind as all clichés born of ignorance do. Free women, loving women, enveloping millennia of culture in their warmth & care, all the while being perceived as simply docile and without faith or morals; they have been disembodied.

This is Our Story: The First Nations and Inuit in the 21st Century

Reference Exhibition. Location : Museum of Civilisation

https://www.mcq.org/en/exposition?id=718526

Québec’s Aboriginal population is approaching 90,000. These are the men and women of This Is Our Story, re-examining their past, sharing their present, and dreaming their future. The story I want to tell you is to fill in the blanks—it’s not all just white space. The story takes place on the land and sea, and inside people. There’s a point to it of course, a very simple point; it’s not an idealistic story. The point is to arrive at the point of looking at who we are and accepting where we come from.

In Motion – Marcel Barbeau

October 11th 2018 till January 6th  2019. Location : Museum of Fine Arts of Quebec – Pierre Lassonde Pavilion

https://www.mnbaq.org/en/exhibition/marcel-barbeau-1258

Marcel Barbeau, an artist imbued with bold creativity, is a well-known figure in Québec contemporary art. He displayed an insatiable aesthetic curiosity and never confined himself to a single orientation or form of expression. His multidisciplinary attraction expressed itself in such varied forms as drawing, painting, collage and sculpture and in pictorial performances produced with poets, musicians and dancers. In fact, the artist was a precursor in the decompartmentalization of artistic boundaries. Very early on in his career, Barbeau adopted the stance of a researcher in the development of his approach. He embarked upon a singular artistic path free of any compromise that constantly renewed his output.

White Mirage

November 15th 2018 till May 12th 2019. Location : Museum Of Fine Arts of Quebec – Gérard-Morisset Pavilion

https://www.mnbaq.org/en/exhibition/white-mirage-1261

Whether or not we appreciate it, winter is an integral part of what we are. It demands resilience and adaptation. It instils great happiness in some and provokes recriminations and anxiety in others. It is, nevertheless, images and mores linked to northern latitudes that fascinate outsiders. The mythic Québec winter is represented by vast white spaces, underground cities, log cabins and winter sports, which visitors are sure to find engaging.

Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?

November 15th 2018 till November 10th 2019. Location : Museum Of Fine Arts of Quebec – Gérard-Morisset Pavilion

https://www.mnbaq.org/en/exhibition/where-do-we-come-from-what-are-we-where-are-we-going-1260

This first permanent gallery devoted exclusively to Québec design and fine crafts will bring together some seventy-five objects (glasswork, ceramics, furniture, posters, etc.) by fifty artists who have left their mark on the past sixty years of Québec’s history.

Christmas Market at the Old Port Market

November 22nd to December 31st 2018. Location : Old Port Market, Quebec

http://www.marchevieuxport.com

Here you can find a variety of food products and handicrafts, perfect to decorate your reception or to give as gifts. Discover more than 1000 local products in a magical and unique decor, the Marché du Vieux-Port de Québec! Closed on December 25 and January 1st.

German Christmas Market

November 22nd to December 23rd 2018. Location : Facing City Hall of Quebec

http://noelallemandquebec.com

Christmas markets have been held outdoors in Germany since medieval times. 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”).

Craft Fair

November 30th to December 9th 2018. Location : Fair Centre of Quebec

http://groupeproexpo.com/artisans/

The Salon des artisans de Québec craft fair attracts all kinds of artisans under one roof, offering a wide variety of high-quality and original products, including artwork and crafts, as well as food products. The perfect place to find a truly unique gift!

Not to Miss This Holiday Season

December 19th till December 31st 2018. Location: Capitole de Québec

http://www.lecapitole.com/en/shows/garou-december-2018/

For his great comeback on the Quebec live scene, Garou has chosen to make the Capitole’s stage vibrate for what promises to be an incredible end-of-year party. While remembering his twenty-year career, the bar energy that marked his beginnings will certainly hover over the soul of this unique series of concerts. Like any good party, it’s not impossible to see some friends spontaneously joining the celebrations.

December 30th and 31st 2018 & January 1st 2019. Location : Grand Théâtre de Quebec

https://grandtheatre.qc.ca

Start the New Year with a flamboyant show filled with songs and dances that will delight all your senses. Tribute to Vienna- the New Year’s concert recreates the beauty of Vienna’s golden age and its elegance will charm audiences of all ages. This tradition has existed for 9 years in Quebec.

Through the universal language of music and dance, Shen Yun, 5000 years of Renaissance, depicts an extraordinary array of celestial kingdoms, ancient legends and modern heroic tales, taking you on a journey through 5,000 years of Chinese culture. His astonishing beauty and powerful energy exalt and inspire the audience.

Festi Lumière

December 20th 2018 to January 7th 2019/January 12th till February 23rd/March 3rd till 10th 2019.Location : Aquarium

https://www.sepaq.com/en/reservation/aquarium-du-quebec/festi-lumiere

Festi Lumière, a unique opportunity to enjoy the magical atmosphere of winter! They twinkle outside in a rainbow of colours, animating the trees and ice sculptures. Enjoy illuminated slides and inflatable games. Our mascot and our animal ambassador keep the kids amused all evening! Also, come warm up by the outdoor fireplace to the beat of our singer’s festive music.

Fed Cup/ Canadian Tennis Team

February 2019. Location : Peps, University Laval, Quebec

http://www.peps.ulaval.ca

Canada will host newly-promoted Belarus indoors at the tried and trusted PEPS in Quebec City on a hardcourt. The venue, which the Canadians used this February against Czech Republic, seats 3,156 for tennis and hosts WTA tournament Coupe Banque Nationale each year.

Quebec International Pee Wee Hockey Tournament

February 13th to 24th 2019. Location: Videotron Centre, Quebec

http://www.tournoipee-wee.qc.ca/en/index.html

The best 11 and 12-year-old hockey players from Canada, United States and Europe face off.

Snowboard Jamboree

March 14th to 17th 2019. Locations: Stoneham & Old-Quebec

http://www.snowjamboree.com/en/

After 16 years of FIS World Cup, a World Championship and 10 editions of the famous snowboard festival, the Jamboree presented by Vidéotron Mobile undergoes a makeover! The organizers of the event have decided to focus on the urban appeal of the sport by hosting the whole event in downtown Québec. The Jamboree will feature the famous Big Air World Cup where athletes will gain FIS as well as TTR points since the Jamboree is once again this years a sanctioned event on the World Snowboard Tour.

Quebec City Snow Pentathlon

February 22nd to March 3rd 2019. Location: Plaines of Abraham, Quebec

http://www.pentathlondesneiges.com/en

Winter multisports event accessible to everyone. Skate, St. Lawrence River at your feet, on the new and spectacular skating rink on the Plains of Abraham. Multiple races, animations and exhibitions.

Canoe Race on Ice

March 9th 2019. Location: Bassin Louise, Old Port of Quebec

http://grand-defi.chezvictorburger.com

Canoe race over the icy St. Lawrence River. Grand finale of the Québec ice canoe race circuit.

Quebec City Saint Patrick’s Day Parade

On March 17th 2019 at 1h30pm.  Location: Old-Quebec

http://www.qcpatrick.com/en/

Come and celebrate historical Irish presence in Québec in a lively and colourful family atmosphere at the third edition of our parade. Music, dance, entertainment, along with many other surprises promise to delight young and old.

International Book Fair in Quebec

April 10th to 14th 2019. Location: Quebec Congress Centre

http://www.silq.ca

An exhibition to seek interest in reading books and discovering Quebec and international writers.

Quebec Open / international Karate Tournament

In April 2019. Location: Peps, University Laval, Quebec

http://quebecopen.com/en/

The Québec Open draws thousands of spectators and over 1,500 competitors from around the globe.