Winter events

Christmas Markets

November 21st till December 31st 2019

Germany Christmas Market
November 22nd till December 23rd 2019
Gardens of City Hall and City Hall Place
Thursdays (from 11am-6pm), Fridays and Saturdays (from 11am to 9pm), Sundays (from 11am to 6pm). December 23rd from 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 Grand Marché de Québec

November 21st till December 31st 2019

The Grand Marché de Québec opened last June. Come to discover THE new gourmet food destination in the Greater Québec City area!

New Year’s Eve in Quebec

December 28th to 31st 2019

Toboggan, New Year’s Nights is a new 4-day winter music festival (international DJ under the stars!) set in the heart of Old Québec! Carousel, ferris wheel, foodie and cocktail space, musical happy hour and more! FESTIVITIES DECEMBER 28-30 : Zedd, DVBBS, Schoolboy Q. 3 nights of electrifying shows in the heart of winter. Admission with 3-day pass. NEW YEAR’S EVE FREE! EDM experience with Loud Luxury, traditional folk-music experience and immersif fireworks show to bring in the new year!

Quebec Winter Carnival

February 7th till 16th 2020

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!


People of Quebec…Then and Now

Reference Exhibition. Location : Museum of Civilisation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Craft Fair

November 29th to December 8th 2019. 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!

Not to Miss This Holiday Season

Rock Story

December 5th till 14th 2019. Location: Capitole de Québec

Christmas will rock with Jean Ravel and Élyzabeth Diaga, who will once again make Le Capitole resonate with their Rock Story show. The duo and their five musicians will bring some of the biggest hits of the 70s and 80s back to life on stage. The inevitable songs by U2, Pat Benatar, Tina Turner, Heart, Queen, Styx and many other legends will be revisited for a party that you will not soon forget!

Tribute to Vienna

December 31st 2019. Location : Grand Théâtre de Quebec

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 26th till 29th, every evening /December 31st 2019 to January 5th 2020, every evening/January 11th till February 29th 2020, Saturday evenings.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 2020. 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 12th to 23rd 2020. Location: Videotron Centre, Quebec

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

Snowboard Jamboree

March 12th to 17th 2020. 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 22nd to March 1st 2020. 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.

Canoe Race on Ice

March 7th 2020. 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

On March 15th 2020 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 17th to 19th 2020. Location: Quebec Congress Centre

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

Quebec Open / international Karate Tournament

In April 2020. Location: Peps, University Laval, Quebec

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