That's because Quebec city literally looks like one giant Christmas Village this time of year. There's lights everywhere, the cobblestone streets are trimmed with snow, and the Christmas trees are standing tall and proud.
It's no wonder even CNN named Quebec City one of the top destinations in the world to spend the holidays.
There are a ton of Christmas and winter themed activities taking place in Quebec City right now, and in case if you need more convincing, here's a quick run-down:
German Christmas Market
From December 1 - 18, the Jardins de l'Hôtel-de-Ville in Quebec City will be transformed into a magical European Christmas market. There will be old wooden kiosks, twinkling lights, decorations, gifts, choirs and carolers, activities for the kids and German holiday snacks.
Every year from December to March Quebec opens it's world famous Ice Hotel. But, this year, the Ice Hotel is going to be completely revamped. It's getting relocated to Village Valcartier and it will also have additional equipment and a new unique design, the likes of which has never been seen before.
The Petit-Champlain district gets illuminated every year and stays that way all winter long. It’s the perfect place to to go go on a romantic evening stroll. You'll feel like you've stepped in Christmas fairy tale.
If you're looking for a enchanted forest, Quebec city has you covered. From December 26 to January 8, and every weekend from January 13 to February 25, the Aquarium Du Quebec is is creating a magical wintertime paradise. there will be 500,000 LED lights, projections, music, outdoor fireplaces, and more!
From December 27 - 31, Rue Grande Allée gets geared up to ring in the new year. There's traditional music, a Ferris wheel, an urban zipline, heated terraces, outdoor bars, and on New year's eve there's a free outdoor party followed by a fireworks display.
Last but not least, if you're planning on sticking around in January, you'll absolutely want to check out the famous Carnaval de Québec from January 27 to February 12. There's skating, snow baths, ice canoe races, parades, slides, giant foosball tables, snow sculptures, shows and sleigh rides.
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New details have come out in the investigation of a series of high-profile incidents involving Quebec City police. According to the Service de police de la Ville de Québec (SPVQ), investigators "have reasonable grounds to believe" that one of the officers allegedly implicated in the incidents committed a criminal act.
The SPVQ said in a December 6 press release that it had referred investigations to the Ministry of Public Security. Given what the SPVQ called the "exceptional nature" of the situation, the province's independent police investigation bureau, the Bureau des enquêtes indépendantes (BEI), is now also involved.
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Already, five officers have been suspended after a video of a violent arrest of two Black individuals circulated on social media in late November. The video depicts a group of officers dragging and beating the individuals, at least one of whom is a teenager. One officer appears to kick snow into the teen's face while pinning him down.
The SPVQ has reportedly insisted that the individuals were resisting arrest.
Three of those five officers were involved in another incident in which one person was reportedly injured by police at a restaurant on the same night the video of the violent arrest was taken.
Quebec City police say their internal investigation "that encompasses all of these allegations" is ongoing. The force also says it's collaborating with the police ethics commissioner.
Videos of the two incidents involving Quebec City police have led to widespread outcry, including in the National Assembly. Québec Solidaire spokesperson Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois has said the arrest of the two teens "has all the signs of a case of racial profiling."
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Quebec comedian Eddy King has cancelled a set of shows in Quebec City on November 30 following the violent arrest of a Black teenager by local police. In a statement posted to social media, King called police actions "heinous."
"Unfortunately, given the serious incident involving the SPVQ that we all witnessed this weekend, it is impossible in my soul and conscience to give these performances knowing that these heinous acts are still not subject to sanctions at this time," King wrote.
A widely circulated video shows the forceful arrest of 18-year-old Pacifique Niyokwizera. Officers are shown beating the teenager and kicking snow in his face while he is on the ground.
King had planned to perform for public servants and city volunteers in Quebec City.
"Like the rest of Quebec, I am still in shock from the images I saw and I don't have the heart to make people laugh in this context," he said, expressing his "discomfort" at potentially performing in front of members of the SPVQ, who are part of the city's public service.
King says that he spoke with new Quebec City Mayor Bruno Marchand about the incident and was pleased that Marchand "took his time to listen to me."
"I would also like to emphasize that, despite this horrible event, I still have as much love for the city of Quebec and its friendly public," said King.
Why You Need To Go: This historical town already has a major French influence and when the snow hits, it feels even more like you've taken a trip to France. And when you get cold, step into the Saint-Anne-de-Beaupré Shrine — it feels a whole lot like the Notre-Dame de Paris.
Why You Need To Go: Ice hotels can be found all across Europe during the winter, in countries like Germany, Finland and Norway. But, if you can't make it all the way out there, you can also visit Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier's Hôtel de Glace for a similar experience.
Why You Need To Go: Just a short drive from Montreal, this borough in the town of Longueuil has that same oh-so-magical feeling that you get when walking through the streets of Belgium during the holiday season. So you don't even need to go far to see a little European charm.
Why You Need To Go: Baie-Saint-Paul has all kinds of local boutiques, cafés and churches to explore, just like in little European towns. So if you can't afford a flight to Austria this winter, this spot is the next best thing.
Why You Need To Go: Wanna feel like you're skiing in the Swiss Alps without having to buy a plane ticket? Sommet Saint-Sauveur can provide that exact feeling. When the night hits and the slopes start to light up, your eyes may just be fooled into thinking you've found yourself in the Swiss town of Zermatt.
Why You Need To Go: Located in the Charlevoix region, Saint-Siméon is right by the water, giving it a real Norwegian feel during the winter. Plus, there's a ton to see while you're there. Between the village of Saint-Siméon, Port-au-Persil and Baie-des-Rochers, it's definitely worth the road trip.
Why You Need To Go: Yes, we know — This one is a little obvious, and it's a city rather than a town... But seriously, Quebec City during the winter couldn't have more European charm to it. And it's only a short road trip from Montreal! The German Christmas Market is an absolute must-see during the holiday season.
Women will lead five of Quebec's eight largest cities following the 2021 municipal elections.
The biggest headline of the night may have been Valérie Plante's triumph over old foe Denis Coderre in Montreal, but across the province, the faces of municipal politics have become more gender-balanced.
According to the latest counts and projections, France Bélisle (Gatineau), Catherine Fournier (Longueuil), Évelyne Beaudin (Sherbrooke) and Julie Dufour (Saguenay) are all also on their way to their respective (and figurative) city hall corner offices.
In Quebec City, it seemed for a while like Marie-Josée Savard would join them. Multiple outlets had even called the election for her until the vote count for her opponent surged into the evening. Bruno Marchand ultimately claimed victory.
Mayor Plante commented on the historic nature of her second mandate in her victory speech Sunday night.
"Four years ago, Montrealers elected the first woman mayor in the history of the City of Montreal," she said.
"Tonight, they told us again, 'yes, this mayor, we're going to continue to work with her, we trust her!'"
This year, for the first time, Montrealers will have two women leading the city, as Projet Montréal's Dominique Ollivier is set to take over as president of the Executive Committee.