Photo Essay: Christmas in Old Quebec

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There wasn’t any snow on the ground, but Old Quebec was alive with Christmas spirit.

Old Quebec looked like something from a Christmas card. In late November, it was time to celebrate Christmas in Old Quebec. The antiquated stone buildings somehow became even more charming as they were decorated with holiday lights and wreaths. Christmas trees lined the streets. Stores and homes were all decked out in poinsettias, ornaments, and garland. A larger dazzling display was set up along Quartier Petit-Champlain where Santa would make an appearance. Even Place Royale was adorned with a sparkling Christmas tree in the middle of the square. Typically, the snowflakes begin to fall in November, but not this time. I’m sure that the city streets look even more magical when everything is blanketed with a layer of fluffy, white snow.

Quebec City is truly one of the most delightful places that you can visit over the winter holidays in Canada. A walk around Old Quebec will get you right into the Christmas spirit. Be sure to take a stroll around the German Christmas Market in town, too!

Come along with me as I take you on a photo tour of Christmastime in Old Quebec.

A careful walk down the “Breakneck Stairs” reveals the quaint street of Rue du Petit-Champlain, all decorated for the season.

Outside of Quartier Petit-Champlain and Place Royale, another fantastic spot filled with holiday spirit is Marché du Vieux-Port de Quebec. This market in Old Port is open all year around. There are many goodies to be found here, including local wine and fresh produce. Many of the vendors will give you a sample to try before you buy. The market had lots of holiday treats, cranberries, knit wear, and Christmas ornaments to celebrate the season.

From Lower Town, let’s travel up the funicular to Upper Town of Old Quebec.

I hope you enjoyed this Christmas photo tour around Old Quebec! The city wholeheartedly embraces winter with the opening of the Ice Hotel, the Quebec Winter Carnival, winter fun at Village Vacances Valcartier, the toboggan slide at Dufferin Terrace, outdoor skating rinks, and so much more. I’ll be going into more detail soon that will make you want to plan your next trip to Quebec during the wintertime.

Christmas in Old Quebec

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Where’s your favourite place to visit during Christmas?

10 Responses

  1. Karina
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    Gorgeous pictures and place! Now I want to visit it!

    • Lauren
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      It’s such a wonderful place to visit during Christmas! You should go!

  2. Jorge Avila
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    this place is so beatifull

  3. Tanja (the Red phone box travels)
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    This is gorgeous! #weekend wanderlust

  4. Lyn (aka) The Travelling Lindfields
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    We have visited Quebec a couple of times in summer and I remember thinking that it would be a spectacular place to go in winter. One day I want to visit when it is covered in snow and stay in Chateau Frontenac.

  5. Linda Bibb
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    Great photos from Quebec City. I have never been there, but it looks amazing. I’d love to see the city. Les Quebecois really seem to embrace the winter weather.

  6. Ann
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    Love the Christmas vibe! Quebec is definitely on my list! I’ve visited Montreal many times but never got the opportunity to visit Quebec as well

  7. Stephanie
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    I really need to get to Quebec City, it looks like such a beautiful place, especially now! I will plan on visiting next year for sure!!

  8. Lindsay
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    Love these photos – I miss Quebec City so much! The old town is breathtakingly beautiful.

  9. Arnie
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    Quebec City is on our short list. I have said that multiple times lately, I think. Great read and inspiring images.

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