- Quebec City's German Christmas Market returns this year with mulled wine, melted cheese, hundreds of lights and gifts.
- There's even a dog parade and a show featuring Krampus.
The word 'magical' is thrown around a lot when it comes to Christmas. But during the holiday season, there is one place that has earned the use of that adjective, and that would be Quebec City.
During the winter months, Quebec City turns into a picturesque wonderland that Hallmark would have difficulty matching. And if you want to experience the holiday season at its peak then the Marché de Noël allemand is the festival you have to attend.
The German Christmas market comes to life in the heart of Old Québec November 22. The entire area transforms into a European village with over 80 exhibitors from Quebec, Germany, and Europe. The streets and wooden kiosks are decorated with lights giving it that festive and warm feel.
The kiosks house everything you could want from this kind of market; unique gifts, handmade products by local artisans, European food and alcohol tastings. And when you're done with shopping there are a ton of free activities like live music, choirs, and storytelling.
Everything about this market immerses you in Christmas cheer. It's nearly impossible not to get in the spirit after spending time winding through the kiosks or catching a few of the shows at the outdoor stages.
On November 29 and December 7 there is even a special dog parade event, where you can take part by dressing up your pup in his Christmas gear and getting a picture with Santa Claus. Who doesn't want to watch pups on parade?
Each weekend during the festival, the BMW Alpine Chalet serves up gourmet reinvented German food from local guest chefs. They don't take reservations, but the turnover is fast enough and the food is good enough that you won't mind the wait.
You definitely won't go hungry. This wouldn't be a German Christmas market without mass amounts of snack foods like pretzels, cakes, Swiss fondue, jumbo sausages, rillettes, and waffles.
If the only reason to go is to get a piece of the cheesy action that is happening in the picture below, that's good enough for us.
To keep you warm inside and out, you won't want to miss out on Der Meistererzähler, the flambéed mulled wine ceremony.
Later in December, you can catch the show about Krampus — the horned figure who punishes naughty children — which features music and pyrotechnics.
The full program for 2019 hasn't been released yet, so expect more announcements in the coming weeks!
In European style, the market closes up shop by December 23.
Quebec City's German Christmas Market
When: November 22 – December 23
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Friday & Saturday 11 a.m.- 9 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Where: In the heart of Old Québec, Quebec City