12 Wonderful Things To Do in Quebec City in December

This list of what to do in Quebec City in December includes a German Christmas Market, holiday concerts, dazzling Christmas Lights, ice skating, a trip to a ski resort and more.

When visiting Quebec City in December, here are the best things to do, events and family activities.

Quebec City in December is a real treat. This list of things to do in Quebec City in December is packed with fun activities of all kinds, such as a German Christmas Market, ice skating rinks, some ideas for lovely weekend getaways and even an ice hotel.

We researched and compiled this list of things to do in Quebec City in the winter because we know your time is valuable. Enjoy reading and let us know what you think!

If you are specifically looking for things to do during the Christmas holidays, you will find more bespoke suggestions in our article Christmas in Quebec City.

Events in Quebec City in December

1. German Christmas Market 

The German Christmas Market event in Quebec City in December
German Christmas Markets (Photo par / by : TQ / J. Frenette ©)
  • November 23 to December 23, 2023 (2024 Date TBC)

A classic Old Quebec City winter activity is the German Christmas Market. They have everything you need; whether you seek handmade gifts or simply want to bask in the charming atmosphere. The Quebec City Christmas Market is spread out in multiple locations, so you’ll also get a bonus tour of the historic Old Town.

2. Salon des Artisans de Québec

  • December 1 to 10, 2023 (2024 Date TBC)

The Salon des artisans de Québec is an ideal destination for Christmas shopping. It showcases an array of locally made products: handcrafted items, artworks, local agri-food products, etc. It's a yearly event held in early December in Quebec City, perfect for finding special and one-of-a-kind gifts ahead of the festive season.

3. Kaleidoscopes Festival

  • December 27 to 31, 2023 (2024 Date TBC)

Every winter in Quebec City, the Kaleidoscopes Festival happens at the tail end of the German Christmas Festival. It’s a celebration of the cultural, festival and epicurean dynamism of Quebec City. 

4. New Year's Eve Celebration

New Year event in Quebec City in December
New Year celebration at Old Québec (Photo par/by: TQ / S. Deschênes ©)
  • December 28 to 31, 2023 (2024 Date TBC)

Every year, during the last week of December, the Grande-Allée gets ready to ring in the new year with its Toboggan Festival. It includes a winter village, DJs and a famous countdown. This is the city’s largest New Year's Eve event.

What To Do in Quebec City in December

Here are some of the best things to do in Quebec City in December. 

5. Ice Skating 

Ice skating activity in Quebec City in December
Patinoire de la Place D'Youville (Photo par/by: TQ / G. Leroyer ©)

Quebec City during winter is known for its beautiful snowy landscapes and exciting outdoor activities. If you are looking for a winter activity in Quebec City, then tying up a pair of skates and gliding on ice alone or with your loved ones is a great idea. 

The ice rink at Place d’Youville and the ice skating ring on the Plains of Abraham are the prettiest in the Old Quebec. They both offer rentals.

We also have a more exhaustive list of ice rinks if you are wondering where to ice skate in Quebec City.

6. Holiday Shopping

Walk along Quartier Petit-Champlain in winter in Quebec City
Quartier Petit-Champlain (Photo par/by: TQ / L. Turgeon ©)

One of the most pleasant things to do in Quebec City in December is some holiday shopping for loved ones. There’s no lack of great places to do this, as Quebec City, and especially the Old Town and Quartier Petit Champlain, are filled with stores of all kinds. The Grand Christmas Market is a good place to find unique handmade items.

7. Attend a Christmas Concert or Show 

Watch shows at Palais Montcalm when visiting Quebec City in December
Palais Montcalm (Photo par/by: TQ / JF. Hamelin ©)

Whether you’re a local or you're visiting Quebec City in December, you should know there are several Christmas concerts and shows. Many of the city’s churches and theatres have performances in December to celebrate the holiday season. Check out the Palais Montcalm, The Capitole Theatre and Salle Albert Rousseau.

Here are other fun live music venues in Quebec City; perfect for an indoor activity in December.

8. Christmas Lights at Parliament Hill 

See the lights in Parliament Hill in Quebec City in December
Hôtel du Parlement (Photo par/by: TQ / M. Dupuis ©)

Looking for free things to do in Quebec City in December? A great idea is taking a stroll and looking at the dazzling Christmas light display at Parliament Hill.

9. Toboggan Slide at Dufferin Terrace

Try a Toboggan Slide when visiting Quebec City
Terrasse Dufferin (Photo par/by: TQ / G. Leroyer ©)

No time spent visiting Quebec City in December would be complete without one ride (or more) down Quebec City’s oldest attraction. Established in 1884, the toboggan slide at Dufferin Terrace is one of the best winter activities in Quebec City. Located in the Upper Town, it's the thing to do in Old Quebec in winter.

Related: I also have a more detailed guide on what to do in Quebec City with kids, which includes great activities to do all year round.

Things to Do Elsewhere in Quebec in December

10. Village Quebecois d’Antan 

Looking for things to do in Quebec in winter? The Illuminated Village is a short two-hour drive away from Quebec City and is a great idea for a day trip. This Christmas-themed activity will have you and your children feeling nostalgic for a simpler more magical time. 

11. Le Massif 

Snowboarding is also good to do elsewhere in Quebec in December
Le Massif de Charlevoix (Photo par/by: TQ / P. Carbonneau ©)

When it comes to Quebec winter attractions, Le Massif is a great weekend getaway option. This ski hill has all you need to enjoy beautiful days of snowboarding and skiing. If you’re not into either, try their luge activity. Le Massif has accommodations in the form of chalets, condos and studios. 

The nearby Club Med resort is a fantastic option too, especially if you’re staying with children. Le Massif is a great idea if you’re thinking about what to do elsewhere in Quebec City in December. 

12. Visit Old Montreal 

Visit Old Montreal and what to do elsewhere in Quebec
Old Port of Montréal ice skating rink (Photo par/by Stéphan Poulin©)

A trip to Old Montreal is always a good idea in December. You’ll find beautiful Christmas decorations, tons of good restaurants, luxurious accommodations and top-of-the-line spas. Witnessing (and riding) the heated Ferris wheel in the Old Port alone is worth the trip.

Here is our ranking of the best spas in Montreal and our suggestions for things to do in Montreal in December.

Weather in Quebec City in December

Winter in Quebec City officially starts the third week of December. But the whole month is cold; sometimes very cold. That’s why we suggest wearing as many warm layers as you can while visiting Quebec City in December. 

So grab your thickest winter coat, your coziest mittens and your favourite toque and you’ll be ready for Quebec City in winter. From family-friendly indoor activities to fun events and things to do in Old Quebec City in December, this guide ensures you won’t be bored when visiting Quebec City in winter.

Related: If you want to treat yourself this festive season, here are the best Quebec City spas. One of the best indoor activities if you’re searching for things to do in Quebec City in winter.

Anne Rodrigue-Beaudoin Quebec Wonders

About the Author

Anne was born and raised in Quebec City. She is our resident expert for the city of Quebec and other popular regional destinations such as Charlevoix and Gaspésie. Having travelled to every corner of the province with her children, she is also our expert for family related topics on Quebec Wonders.

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