11 Fun Things To Do in Quebec City in November

Here’s a list of unmissable things to do in Quebec City in November.

Visiting Quebec City in November and the best things to do in Quebec City in November.

Are you wondering why visiting Quebec City in November is so special?

Despite the gradual drop in temperature, the end of daylight saving time, and in some years, the first snowfall of the season, a warm atmosphere settles in Quebec City this month.

November also marks the time when Christmas lights start to illuminate the city and we begin to feel the magic of the holiday season.

This article highlights the best things to do in Quebec City in November. We’ve put together a diverse and interesting array of activities that will undoubtedly delight you and make for everlasting memories. 

Events in Quebec City in November 

1. Quebec Table Gourmande

Quebec Table Gourmande is great food event in Quebec City in November.
  • November 2024 dates TBC

The Quebec City cousin to Montreal’s MTLaTable, this culinary event sees many of the city’s finest restaurants offering exclusive full-course meals. Quebec Table Gourmande is a great way to explore the full range of Quebec City’s restaurant offerings and is a beloved event in Quebec City in November. Visit their website for the list of participating restaurants. 

2. Circle of Women Farmers at the Grand Market of Quebec 

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The Grand Market of Quebec is a place where locals and visitors go to purchase all kinds of locally produced goods. In November, the Circle of Women Farmers offers handwoven linens, Catalan fabrics, knitted accessories, blankets and their famous Phentex slippers.

3. Quebec City Toy Parade 

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Quebec City's Christmas Parade, called the Toy Parade is one of the best family activities in Quebec City in November. You can watch the parade for free on the streets of Charlesbourg or purchase VIP tickets to watch it from ExpoCité where there is additional live animation, music, foodtrucks, etc.

Children will be captivated and thrilled by the chance to enjoy hot chocolate and meet friendly characters: vibrant dancers, musicians, and, of course, Santa Claus!

4. German Christmas Market

A Christmas Market in Quebec City in November
The German Christmas Market in Quebec City starts on or around November 23 each year. (Photo Credit: Quebec Wonders ©)

This Christmas Market is one of the standout events in Quebec City in November. It starts around mid-November and runs through to December. You can visit its five unique locations spread throughout the city and explore its 90-plus vendors selling locally-produced artisanal goods. It’s the perfect opportunity to do some holiday shopping or to buy yourself something unique. 

If you need more convincing, here are 14 reasons to visit the Quebec City German Christmas Market.

Things To Do in Quebec City in November

We’ve compiled a list of magical things to do in Quebec City in November that you’ll surely enjoy, whatever your preferences. 

5. Enjoy a Cultural Outing

People at National Museum of Fine Arts in Quebec City in November
National Museum of Fine Arts (Photo par / by : TQ / JF. Frenette ©)

It gets dark so early at this time of year. So going to the theatre, seeing a live concert or visiting a museum is a good idea when you’re visiting Quebec City in November. The Museum of Civilisation, the National Museum of Fine Arts and Le Grand Theatre de Quebec are excellent venues that offer exhibits and concerts.

While most are in English, several plays at Le Grand Theatre are in French. So you might want to double-check before including it on your itinerary. 

6. Stroll through Old Quebec

See the streets of Old Quebec in November.
Quartier Petit-Champlain, Old Quebec © TQ / P. Fleming

One of the most memorable free things to do in Quebec City in November is strolling around beautiful Old Quebec. The centuries-old architecture combined with the early nights and holiday lights that start appearing at this time of year make for a gorgeous memory. If you’re lucky you might catch one of the first snowfalls to make your snapshots that much more special. 

7. Take Scenic Pictures of Quebec City in November

Snow-filled Plains of Abraham in Quebec City in November
Plains of Abraham (Photo par / by : TQ / F. Gagnon ©)

Looking for things to do in Old Quebec City in November? Well, there’s no lack of amazing vistas and views in the UNESCO World Heritage Site. So why not explore the landmarks and take beautiful pictures?

Fairmont Chateau Frontenac, Les Plaines d’Abraham and the Notre-Dame de Quebec Basilica-Cathedral are historic Old Town landmarks that are a wonder to behold. Pair these sites with a sweeping view of the Saint-Lawrence River and you’ve got yourself a winning combination for some stellar pictures and selfies. 

8. Quebec City Aquarium

Kids enjoy their aquarium visits in Quebec City in November
Quebec City Aquarium (Photo Credit: Quebec Wonders ©)

The captivating realm of the Quebec City Aquarium offers an accessible adventure that the entire family can enjoy while encountering polar bears, jellyfish and a multitude of other marine creatures. A visit here is the perfect indoor family-friendly activity in Quebec City in November. 

Related: Speaking of staying cosy, here are more Quebec City indoor activities to enjoy in November.

What To Do Elsewhere in Quebec in November

9. Visit a Charlevoix Spa 

what to do elsewhere in Quebec in November
Charlevoix Spa © TQ / G. Leroyer

The Charlevoix area is a stunning part of the province only 1.5 hours from Quebec City. Its many high-end spas are open year-round. Our recommendations are Le Germain, Spa O’Quartz, Urban Spa and The Nordic Spa. 

Related: If you want a spa closer to home, here are the best Quebec City spas.

10. Bora Parc

Locals know Village Vacances Valcartier for its outdoor water park in the summer and its tubing hills in the winter. It turns out to be a great destination in the off-peak seasons as well!

If you have kids, Bora Parc has a massive indoor waterpark that’s ideal for a weekend getaway. Village Vacances Valcartier also has a spa and hotel, making it a good option for adults too. The village is only 20 minutes north of Quebec City. But you’ll need a car as it’s inaccessible by public transport.

11. Santa Claus Parade in Montreal

People watching Santa Claus Parade near Quebec City in November
Santa Claus Parade (Photo par / by : Atelier du Carnaval ©)

The Santa Claus Parade has been a part of Montreal’s late Fall calendar for over 70 years. It’s a favourite among people of all ages. Why not take the opportunity to spend the weekend there? Here are more ideas of things you can do in Montreal in November.

Weather in Quebec City in November

I suggest dressing warmly when visiting Quebec City in November. It can get pretty chilly, especially in Old Quebec as it’s close to the river. A few extra layers and you should be cozy, though, as it’s not quite winter weather yet. 

Who’s ready for an adventure in Quebec City in November? Grab your coat and toque and prepare for a lot of fun. From the German Christmas Market to Quebec Table Gourmande and a stroll through Old Quebec, you’re bound to walk away with a full belly, a full suitcase and a heart full of memories.

Want to take a trip outside the city during your visit? Check out our favourite Quebec City day trips.

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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