A European tradition in the heart of Old Quebec – the Quebec City Christmas Market.
Did you know that Quebec City has a German Christmas Market? It’s another reason to add Quebec to your list of December holiday destinations. The Quebec City Christmas Market offers holiday whimsy for people of all ages. Be sure to bundle up in your winter coats and accessories, and head to the heart of Old Quebec in Upper Town.
Le Marché de Noel Allemand keeps the longtime German tradition of Christmas markets alive in Quebec. The collection of 57 wooden vendor stands, twinkling Christmas lights, crackling fireplaces, and spicy aromas of cinnamon and cloves contribute to a charming and enchanting holiday environment. Even though the evenings can be chilly, the warm environment (and of course, the Glühwein) makes braving the cold worthwhile. It’s a great way to be filled with joy and the spirit of Christmas.
One reason why I love to visit Christmas Markets is for the shopping. There are very unique handmade gifts created by talented artisans, making it easy to get some Christmas shopping completed. The organizers take great care in selecting small businesses that feature talented artists, bringing only the best to the market. The vendors at the wooden booths sell winter accessories, jewelry, clothing made from recycled materials, Christmas ornaments, wooden trinkets, ceramics, and so much more. There are also some local delicacies, such as flavoured vinegars and fruit jams from neighbouring Ile d’Orleans. Of course, there’s plenty of maple syrup to be found!
Food and Drink
There’s no shortage of comforting food and beverages available at the Christmas market. There are typical German foods available, such as bratwurst, gingerbread, and huge pretzels. Justin and I also discovered handmade candy (labeled as vegan right on the packaging!), roasted chestnuts, and maple tea. For those seeking a meal and a pint, head to the Restaurant BMW Alpine Chalet for authentic German specialties. A two-piece band also performs in the chalet during cocktail hour (between 5pm and 7pm). At the Winterbar, you can enjoy mulled wine or eau-de-vie (brandy) imported directly from Germany for a truly festive experience.
Decorations and Christmas Cheer
The entire Christmas Market is decorated from top to bottom – even the garbage cans are covered in green or red wrapping. There are sparkling Christmas lights, snowflakes projected onto buildings, and Christmas trees all over the market. Festive boards with face cutouts are propped up so guests can pose for photos. The red and green flood lights and Christmas decor add to the holiday atmosphere. When you get a little bit cold, gather by one of the outdoor fire pits for warmth. There are opportunities to meet Santa and attend musical performances, all detailed in this schedule. For the children, there’s the Kindermarkt, a special area for kids. There are shows, arts and crafts, storytelling, performances, and a play area.
The Quebec City Christmas Market is free for all to attend. It runs from November 27th – December 20th, 2015, so there’s still lots of time to visit. It operates from Thursday – Saturday (11am – 8pm) and Sunday (11am – 6pm). You’ll find two vendor areas: one by Basilica Notre-Dame de Quebec and one by Hotel de Ville de Quebec. Quebec City is very magical during December, and the German Christmas Market is another great reason to visit.
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