Culture  Celebrate Christmas in Québec
14/12/201505:00 TV5MONDE
 
 

 

Holiday Season in Quebec is simply magical. Every year, residents and visitors eagerly await the beginning of December when the city lights up for the Holidays. Entire neighborhoods and iconic buildings form a dazzling itinerary you can easily complete in a night. There's a flurry of activities in store for you in the city, the suburbs and the great outdoors! We’ve got some great recommendations "to visit, to do and to eat" for enjoying a magical Holiday Season in Quebec!

 

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[Must VISIT]
 
If you like to have a warm feeling while walking through a great city during the holidays, here are the places to must visit!
 
★ Petit Champlain neighborhood
The heart of the city’s old town, the Petit Champlain is a remarkably well-preserved area that captures the romantic feeling of the city. Its position next to the Saint Lawrence River has guaranteed its popularity throughout the ages. The Petit Champlain is a great place to explore on a normal day, but suddenly transforms into a place of Old World beauty during the holidays it. While you wander through this village, you might get mistaken and think you are walking somewhere in France…
★ The Old Port Christmas Market (Le Marché du Vieux-Port de Québec) - November 26 to January 3
The Vieux Port (Old Port) transforms itself from the year-round farmers’ market into the marché de Noel which is more than 400 years old, with 100 beautifully decorated stalls offering foods, wines and gift items from artisans of the province. It is the perfect place to explore, shop, and stimulate your senses during the holiday season. You will get overwhelmed by the selection of gourmet snacks, so opt for the cheesy poutine to warm you up if the weather is extra-cold — and to make decision-making especially easy.
Source: quebecregion.com

 
★ German Christmas Market (Le marché de noël allemand) - November 27 to December 20
Thanks to the city’s stunning old-world charm, the market will again immerse people in a 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. Wide selection of products: mulled wine, spice bread, food, handicrafts, imported items and local products. Program features several free concerts. - See more at:

 
[Must EAT]
 
★ Tourtière
Tourtière is a local French Canadian Christmas favorite, which is a fabulous savory meat pie. It is frequently enjoyed in the winter months, particularly during the holidays. There are no absolute rules for making a tourtière. Some variations can include root vegetables, veal, or seafood in the filling. This traditional meat pie is the one dish to make if you're looking for something easy, authentic, and delicious. Any way you make it, this French Canadian meat pie is a delicious way to warm up on a cold evening during holiday season!

 

 
 
★ Maple Syrup Glazed Ham (Jambon au four à l'érable)
In Canada people make the Maple Syrup Glazed Ham for special occasions such as for Easter, Thanksgiving or Christmas. Especially in Quebec, the recipe of this special dish usually passes down through generations.
 
★ Maple syrup pie/ Sugar pie (Tarte au sucre)
Maple syrup pie is a Quebec or French-Canadian specialty with universal appeal. It is simply a filling of sugar and/or maple syrup mixed with some cream, plenty of butter, sometimes vanilla and a bit of flour, and a pinch of salt that is baked up in a pie crust. Such tarts are common in Northern France (and Belgium), from where so many of the original immigrants to la Nouvelle France, now Quebec, hailed.

 
 

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[Must DO]

 
When it begins to smell a lot like Christmas around Quebec region, you must do these ;)
 
★ Stroll through a true Christmas Village where the snow, lights, and European architecture create a magnificent setting
 
★ Meet Santa Claus in the Petit Champlain District or Fairmont Le Château Frontenac
 
★ Ride the toboggan slide outside the Frontenac ★ Outdoor ice skating at Place d'Youville
 
★ Take beautiful Christmassy photos with your family/ friends or special someone in a magical setting in Quebec!
 
We wish you a very beautiful Holiday Season and hope you will have a chance to enjoy the magic of the Holiday Season in Quebec on or off- line!

 
 
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