Québec City is stunning in winter, and nobody enjoys hiding inside for days on end when there are plenty of fun things to do outside. Today’s festive activity is: Visit Marché de Noël Allemand de Québec – Québec City’s very own German Christmas Market.
Marché de Noël Allemand
Originating in 14th century Germany, Christkindlesmarkt is a street market held during the four weeks of Advent – a Christian tradition in Western cultures which begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas and observes the preparation and celebration of the birth of Christ. The festive street market would feature a nativity scene, food, drink, market stalls, and traditional singing.
Over the years the popularity of the German Christmas Market grew, and today these markets can be found in cities throughout Europe, as well as around the world.
As a historic city with European charm, it makes complete sense for Québec City to feature a Marché de Noël allemande de Québec each year. An initiative of the Communauté Allemande Québec (German Community), Marché de Noël Allemand de Québec is set up each year in Vieux Québec. Spread between the square across from La Basilique-Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Québec and the gardens of City Hall, the market features traditional wooden huts; each hut housing a different Québec merchant. Enjoy traditional German snacks like Linzer cookies, Pretzels and Mulled Wine Christmas cakes. Indulge in some Swiss fondue. Buy gifts made by German and Québécois artisans.