Winter events

Christmas Markets

November 24th 2016 till January 2nd 2017

Germany Christmas Market
November 24th till December 18th 2016
Gardens of City Hall and City Hall Place
November 24th 2016 (Thursday from 3-8pm) November 25th to 27th 2016 (everyday from 10am to 8pm) Dec 1st to 18th 2016 (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.

Christmas Market at the Old Port

November 24th 2016 till January 2nd 2017

This Christmas market will be held from November 24, 2016 to January 2, 2017 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.

New Year’s Eve in Quebec

December 27th to 31st 2016

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 2017, celebrating the 150th anniversary of Canada. 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.

Quebec Winter Carnival

January 27th to February 12th 2017

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!


Vanier Cup

November 28th 2015. Location : Telus Stadium, Laval University, Quebec

The national football championship of the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) will be held this year at the Université Laval.

Egyptian Magic

Until APRIL 10th 2016. Location : Museum of Civilisation

The exhibition is a fascinating journey into the world of magic in ancient Egypt. Learn how, in a secret world where the gods and the dead are intrinsically linked to mankind, magic can influence destinies. The exhibition presents some pieces from the largest Egyptian collections in the world.


Until September 5TH 2016. Location : Museum of Civilisation

The exhibition showcases the history and vitality of Australia’s First Peoples through contemporary creations by Australian Aboriginal artists.

Private Passion

Until May 23rd 2016. Location : Museum of Fine Arts of Quebec

With an abundant sampling of work by the greatest practitioners of modern art in Québec, the Pierre Lassonde collection traces the lines of interest of a singular passion. From the Impressionists to the Plasticiens by way of the members of the Beaver Hall group and the Automatists, this selection of a hundred key paintings in the history of Québec art is a unique opportunity to plunge into a world of astonishing aesthetic connections and unusual dialogues between the senses.

The Art of the Miniature / Interrelations

Until April 3rd 2016. Location : Museum Of Fine Arts of Quebec

Come admire the beauty of the miniature works of art in the Raymond Brousseau collection. Through the exhibition’s three captivating themes – The Inuit People, Animals of the North and Games – you will be appreciate the wealth of this secular culture and in particular the Inuit spiritual universe and the profound bond that exists between the Inuit and nature. The Brousseau’s collection is made up of 2,635 pieces, including more than 2,100 sculptures, from every region of Nunavut and of Nunavik.

Christmas Market at the Old Port Market

November 24th to January 4TH 2016. Location : Old Port Market, Quebec

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 27th to December 20TH 2015. Location : Facing City Hall of Quebec

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

December 4th to 13TH 2015. Location : Fair Centre of Quebec

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!


December 3rd to 6th 2015. Location : Grand Théâtre de Quebec

On Christmas Eve, the entire family gathers to celebrate at the home of little Clara. Her godfather, Dr.Drosselmeyer, gives her a beautiful wooden nutcracker, which her brother Fritz breaks in a fit of jealousy. Fortunately, her godfather, who is also A bit of magician, is able to repair it. During the night, her nutcracker comes to life and flies to her rescue, transforming into a Prince Charming. He leads her to the Land of Snow and then to the Kingdom of Sweets, where she has a magical adventure with the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier.

Festi Lumière

December 26th 2015 to January 3rd 2016/January 8th till February 20th/February 26th till March 5th 2016.Location : Aquarium

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 6th & 7th 2016. Location : Peps, University Laval, Quebec

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 10th to 21h 2016. Location: Videotron Centre, Quebec

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

Snowboard Jamboree

February 12th to 14th 2016. Locations: Stoneham & Old-Quebec

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 19th to 28th 2016. Location: Plaines of Abraham, Quebec

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.

Ski Tour Canada 2016/FIS World Cup

March 4th & 5th 2016. Location: Plaines of Abraham, Quebec

The Ski Tour Canada 2016 is an exhilarating eight-stage cross country skiing event across Canada that will highlight some of Canada’s most iconic and historic ski destinations. The world’s top athletes will meet in Canada for the 2015/16 World Cup season finale – the first time the FIS World Cup has ever culminated in North America!

Canoe Race on Ice

March 5th 2016. Location: Bassin Louise, Old Port of Quebec

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

Quebec City Saint Patrick’s Day Parade

March 19th 2016 at 1h30pm.  Location: Old-Quebec

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 13th to 17th 2016. Location: Quebec Congress Centre

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

Quebec Open / international Karate Tournament

April 29th & 30th 2016. Location: Peps, University Laval, Quebec

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