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3 Shows in Québec City to Put You in the Holiday Spirit
Québec City is in the midst of an artistic renaissance, with tons of cultural activities on offer during the holidays. As the temperature creeps down and the city gets swept up in the magic of the season, the lights will go up on a stunning array of circus, dance, and musical performances sure to delight audiences of all ages. This selection of 3 shows will inspire wonder and delight and bring out the kid in you.
1 The Nutcracker
There’s nothing like a true classic to put you in the holiday mood. Set to music by Tchaikovsky, the famous tale by E.T.A. Hoffmann has grown to become one of the most beloved ballets of all time. Watch in amazement as a hundred or more dancers weave, jump, and twirl through lavish sets in this gorgeous production featuring Orchestre symphonique de Québec and Montréal’s Grands Ballets Canadiens. Bonus: Children can join a storyteller 45 minutes before the show for a special Nutcracker Story Time. The name of one lucky child will be drawn for a short meet-and-greet with the dancers. It’s a dream come to life!
Where: Grand Théâtre de Québec
When: December 7 to 10, 2017
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Nearby: The Montcalm district is packed with great restaurants. To make the most of your outing, head over to Rue Cartier to see the new giant lampshades up for Lumière sur l’art. And be sure to stop by the pop‑up bar at the Grand Théâtre for a drink before the show!
2 Crystal by Cirque du Soleil
An ice‑bound adventure that will shatter your world. Crystal isn’t just a show on ice—it’s a whole new entertainment experience. Watch as world‑class acrobats and skaters dominate the ice with their artistry, accomplishing feats that defy the laws of gravity. A bold new production from Cirque du Soleil that promises to thrill and delight.
Where: Vidéotron Centre
When: December 13 to 17, 2017
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Nearby: Since you’ll be in the neighbourhood, why not give yourself a few hours to enjoy a meal with friends or as a cozy twosome in one of the restaurants along 3e Avenue in Limoilou? From down‑home to fine dining, there’s something for everyone!
3 Il était une fois… Noël
A heartwarming concert for the holidays. Get into the spirit of things with the musical event that’s become a Québec City Christmas classic. The nativity is told through the most beautiful melodies from the German, French, and English traditions, with a whole new repertoire for this year’s event. Magnificent projections drawing on centuries of artistic representation appear on the church walls to illustrate the story.
Where: Holy Trinity Cathedral
When: December 17, 2017
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Nearby: Stop by the German Christmas Market for mulled wine, bretzels, and a stroll among the charming wood vendor stands. A real holiday treat!
See also all activities for the Holiday Season.