Quebec city is voted in the top 10 cities in the world to visit for Christmas. This beautiful city really deserves its place. The vote is what led me to want to see it. From the picturesque old town Quartier Petit Champlain with its cobblestone streets and quaint shops, galleries and cafes to the uptown German Christmas Market, the Chateau Frontenac and the heritage stone buildings, all of which are decked out with beautiful lights and decorations, Quebec City is a Christmas lovers paradise.
The when and where…
We visited in early December and chose to stay at the Fairmont Chateau Frontenac. The most photographed hotel in the world. Another reason for visiting Quebec City is to experience this fairytale castle for yourself. Even just stepping inside this magnificent building adorned with Christmas Trees and beautiful decorations puts you into a Christmas spirit. The hotel has over 600 rooms but it did not feel at all overcrowded. If you can get an upgrade to a room overlooking the St Lawrence River, I recommend doing so. The view from our room was pretty spectacular! The hotel runs tours throughout the day where you get to visit the ballroom and learn about the history of the building. We did the tour and thoroughly enjoyed it.
Quartier Petit Champlain
Getting to the Quartier Petit Champlain can be done by either walking down the 200 or so stairs or taking the funicular railway from outside the Chateau Frontenac. The Funicular railway (a mode of transportation which uses a cable traction for movement on steep inclined slopes) links the upper and lower towns and takes you right to the Rue du Petit-Champlain. From there you can visit the Notre-Dame-de-Victoires. A Roman Catholic stone church erected in 1688, one of the oldest churches in North America. At Christmas the Place Royal in adorned with beautiful Christmas lights, decorations and the most spectacular gigantic Christmas tree.
Visiting in early December had some good advantages with discount accommodation prices and less crowds. The disadvantage is that we didn’t get to ride on the Terrasse Dufferin Toboggan slide. The oldest attraction of the city, a toboggan ride in the snow at speeds of up to 70km/h! The slide is open from mid December to Mid March and is visited by thousands of visitors per year. Never fear there is so much to see and do, I guarantee you will have as much fun as sliding down a toboggan at 70km/h.
The Christmas display in Quebec City is enchantingly beautiful beyond words. After visiting I have fallen in love and have no doubt that any fairy light, Christmas loving travellers will fall in love with this place too.