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10 Reasons Why you Should Go to the German Christmas Market

Credit: Geneviève Roussel

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When the air becomes crisp and snow begins to fall, Old Québec transitions into a stunning winter wonderland. Snow-capped 17th and 18th-century buildings, festive lights strung along doorways and roofs, and in the heart of Old Québec, a charming German Christmas Market which runs from November 23rd to December 23rd, 2017.

Frohe Weihnachten!

1. The German Christmas Market has been a part of Old Québec for 10 years, and in celebration, this year’s market promises to be a spectacular one with a trio of Alpine Horns from Bavaria marking the opening of the market, Chorale singing, live shows, German Christmas treats; and on the 3rd weekend of the market, a visit by St. Nicolas and Krampus (the nasty) and more. A rich and varied program you don't want to miss!

2. As if Old Québec was not pretty enough with its snow-capped buildings and festive lights, the wooden kiosks of the German Christmas Village amp up the city’s European charm to a whole new level that should not be missed.

3. Sipping hot chocolate or mulled wine and taking time to admire the beautiful holiday lights is enough to put Scrooge into the holiday spirit. Nobody will be saying “Bah humbug” after spending time at the German Christmas Market. If you’re planning a visit on the 5th weekend of the market, indulge in Feuerzangenbowle, a flambé hot wine that will warm the soul, and the toes!

4. Skip the big box stores this year and do your Christmas shopping at the German Christmas Market where you’ll find beautiful handcrafted items made in Québec, as well as Nuremberg gingerbread and German Christmas cake (Yum!).

5. Indulge in delightful (and flavourful) Swiss, German, Wallone and Austrian foods like bratwurst, mulled wine and more. Stop by the BMW Alpine Chalet where a different Québec chef will cook up yummy eats each week.

6. Explore some of Germany’s neighbouring regions like Wallonia-Brussels, Switzerland and Alsace through traditional foods like café liégeois (sweetened coffee with ice cream and chantilly), tomato wine and more!

7. There is no better place in the City to find original Christmas decorations like an intricately carved nativity scene or ornament made from olive wood.

8. The German Christmas Market is fun for the whole family, and even comes with an indoor play area for kids as well as music workshops, animated board games, and outdoor puppet show – all with a German flair.

9. It is one of the top Instagram destinations in Old Québec in winter. Yes, really! Walk up to the top of Pierre-Dugua-De-Mons Terrace, capture the festive lights strung along rue du Petit-Champlain, ride the ferry across the St. Lawrence River to Lévis for a beautiful shot of the Québec City skyline.

10. Admission to the German Christmas Market is FREE!

German Christmas Market in Québec City
November 23rd to December 23rd, 2017 (Thursdays to Sundays)
Place and Jardins de l'Hôtel-de-Ville, Old Québec

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