7 reasons why Quebec City is the best Christmas destination in Canada (PHOTOS)
If you’re looking for domestic cities to add to your own Christmas destination wishlist this year, you needn’t look further than Quebec City.
The cobblestone streets, charming atmosphere, and snow make the capital city come alive during the holidays, making it look like a classic Christmas movie.
From the end of November until January, Quebec City looks like it’s taken right out of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol — it’s that breathtaking.
From traditional European Christmas markets to its festive food, music, events, and photo opps, here is why Quebec City is the best Christmas destination in Canada.
And, according to CNN, the world.
Quebec’s biggest Christmas market, styled after the Germans, offers over 90 exhibitors, events, and magical holiday lights in the heart of Old Quebec.
The Marché de Noël Allemand de Québec fuses a European holiday flair with the timeless old streets of Quebec City. The month-long market offers free activities for the whole family, a festive atmosphere, original gift ideas, the tasting of German food and drink, and Christmas choirs from November 25 to December 23.
It’s a winter wonderland
If you want a white Christmas (looking at you, BC), Quebec City usually gets blanketed with a beautiful layer of snow. It’s not too much that it’s annoying and not too little that it’s invisible.
The perfect amount of snow does exist.
Quebec City is one of the oldest cities in all of North America. It was founded in 1608 along the historic St. Lawrence River, and plenty of its cobblestone streets, celebrated shops, and French colonial architecture are still reminiscent of the Quebec of yore.
Toss on a little bit of snow and you’ll feel like you’re starring in a movie.
Outdoor activities galore
Quebec City’s snowy landscape makes way for ice skating, snowshoeing, tobogganing, cross-country skiing, and fat bike riding, all throughout the holidays.
Because really, there’s only so much eggnog you can drink, right?
Fairmont Le Château Frontenac
The Fairmont Le Château Frontenac is one of the most photographed hotels in the entire world. When it comes to Christmas decorations, the symbols of Quebec City don’t hold back.
You don’t need to be staying at the hotel to go picture heavy but if you want to, it’s worth it.
Rooms start at $325 per night.
You know that weird limbo period between Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve where you’re not really sure if you should sleep for three days or keep partying?
Quebec City makes it difficult not to do the latter.
Restaurants stay open, music and dancing fill the streets, and the Quebec Winter Carnival kicks off in February if you really want to extend your stay.
Short of hopping on a plane and flying to Europe, you won’t get the opportunity to take these types of pictures anywhere else in Canada.
Do it for the ‘gram.
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