Patinoire Natrel du Vieux-Port de Montréal © TQ/Pictures Canada

What to do during the holidays... a few suggestions

The winter festivities arrive in a snowstorm of celebrations and an avalanche of lights, illuminating the towns, cities and villages of Québec that are decked out in their holiday glory. With choirs singing and spirits high, ’tis the season to go out to ring in the new year!

Festivities and lights

The mood is bright and festive. Luminothérapie, the impressive annual light installation in the Quartier des Spectacles in downtown Montréal, is celebrating ten years. POP! will be putting up strings of lights and colourful pennants and setting up surprise boxes throughout the area to celebrate accordingly. Because the sounds are just as important as the lights, and since there’s always strength in numbers, POP! is also inviting us to shout for joy this year. The shouts will be amplified by speakers to create a symphony (or cacophony, depending on your point of view), which will open the surprise boxes.

Speaking of light, Cavalia, already known for its stunning equestrian feats, is sure to wow audiences with Illumi – A Dazzling World of Lights. It’s said to be the world’s biggest circuit of light and sounds. This truly dazzling experience features different scenes to enchant the whole family until January 5, 2020, in Laval. There will also be a charming Christmas market around the illuminated site (with free access to the kiosks—there is an admission fee for Illumi).

New Year’s Eve celebrations
The countdown is on. Québec is gearing up to celebrate the new year. Indoor and outdoor New Year’s Eve parties will be taking place in all of Québec’s towns, cities and villages on the night of December 31 and into January. Here you can see some of the festivities planned in Montréal and Québec City.

In Québec City, you can find the party on Grande-Allée! The famous street will feature amusement rides, performances by well-known artists and other surprises. In true New Year’s tradition, the evening ends with a big fireworks show to ring in 2020.

In Montréal, check out Nordic Square during Merry Montréal, a holiday celebration space set up in Jacques-Cartier Square in Old Montréal. The festivities run from December 19 until the New Year’s party on December 31.

Holiday festivals and events

Marché de Noël
Place des Festivals - Montréal © TQ/R.Ouellet

Festive and cultural outings

Overwhelmed by the whirlwind of year-end festivities? Take a break with a visit to a museum. Throughout Québec, there are a variety of collections to explore, many of which are hidden gems but which all offer a wealth of historical and cultural insight. To discover local art, check out one of the province’s galleries you’ve never visited. The artists love to meet and share their passion with visitors.

Majors exhibitions during the Holidays

Montréal © Musée Pointe-à-Callière
Galerie Le Royer © TQ/M.-C.Leclerc

Great Outdoors

Take a breather between parties by experiencing a Nordic spa, inspired by Scandinavian baths. Guests enjoy a circuit of sauna heat followed by the cold of a pool, lake or river. Scandinavians love it, as do we! We guarantee that there’s no better way to restore your energy, especially after a day of skiing, snowshoeing or snowmobiling.

Spas experiences


Strøm Spa Nordique - Mauricie © TQ/G.Leroyer
Cantons-de-l'Est © TQ/G.Leroyer

Holiday feasts

Here we’ll share with you some of our favourite recipes for the ultimate holiday feasts! Made from local products, these recipes offer a twist on tradition.

Don’t forget to share your creations with the hashtag #quebecoriginal. We’re looking forward to seeing your masterpieces!

Mom’s cipâte
Square choco-maple Yule log
Maple cider punch

Check out this page for our list of Christmas markets and a small selection of holiday music.

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