The first snowflakes have fallen, the gingerbread cookies are in the oven, the Christmas tree is installed in its corner, and the streets are adorned with wreaths and lights. What a wonderful time of year! It’s certainly one of our favourites. Even shopping can be enjoyable if you know where to look. That’s why this year, we’re getting into the spirit of giving by sharing our list of the best Christmas markets in the province. Ready to find some exceptional gifts made right here in Québec? Hold onto your tuques and get ready for a whirlwind tour!
QUÉBEC CITY’S GERMAN CHRISTMAS MARKET
- Thursday through Sunday from November 22 to December 23, 2018
- Three sites in the heart of Old Québec:
- Place de l’Hôtel-de-Ville
- Jardins de l’Hôtel-de-Ville
- Rue Sainte-Anne
Québec City’s German Christmas Market brings you the unique charm of those famous European Christmas markets, right in the heart of Old Québec. With over 80 exhibitors from Québec as well as from Germany and other parts of Europe, you’ll find hundreds of gift ideas and delicious products to give this holiday season. Don’t miss it!
LONGUEUIL’S TRADITIONAL CHRISTMAS MARKET
- Friday through Sunday from November 30 to December 22, 2018
- 340 rue Saint-Charles Ouest, Longueuil
Just from its maxim, which translates as “Bringing ancestral traditions to life in contemporary creations,” you can tell they do things a little differently in Longueuil. For its 12th edition, Longueuil’s Traditional Christmas Market has plenty of activities and treats lined up: bretzels, mulled wine, hot chocolate, traditional games, an enchanted forest, a little train, and of course, terroir products and artisanal creations. It’s just the thing to get you in a holiday mood!
CHRISTMAS AT SHERBROOKE’S MARCHÉ DE LA GARE
- Friday through Sunday from December 1–23, 2018
- 710 place de la Gare, Sherbrooke
This Christmas at the Gare de Sherbrooke, you’ll find artisans with handcrafted gifts, farmers and makers serving up local flavours, a horse‑drawn carriage, storytelling, entertainment, special events, and more. Come to Sherbrooke’s city centre for a Christmas market that’s beautifully illuminated and full of good cheer. A perfect outing with family or friends!
JOLIETTE CHRISTMAS MARKET
- Thursday through Sunday from November 30 to December 23, 2018
- Place Bourget, Joliette
In the Lanaudière region, the Joliette Christmas Market is a winter event not to be missed. Stop by Santa’s house, tour the village of tiny wood houses, and bask in the magical lights, and you’ll soon be glowing with the spirit of the season. A wide variety of local farmers and artisans are there waiting with their treasures—and their smiles!
CHRISTMAS VILLAGE OF SAINTE-THÉRÈSE
- Thursday through Sunday from November 29 to December 16, 2018
- Two sites in Sainte-Thérèse:
- Maison des métiers d'art
- Marché gourmand
This year the Christmas Village of Sainte-Thérèse will host more than 70 merchants. With family or with your loved ones, you will make 100% local finds. Guaranteed to get you in a holiday mood!
- December 15–16, 2018
- Our Lady of the Cape Shrine in Trois-Rivières
The annual Christmas Market at Our Lady of the Cape Shrine in Trois-Rivières is a chance for adults and children alike to celebrate the spirit of Christmas. Come see the hobby farm, blacksmith’s shop, entertainers, and over 125 exhibitors in outdoor stalls and in the basement of this incredible basilica. The perfect place to find that perfect gift!
SAGUENAY EUROPEAN CHRISTMAS MARKET
- Thursday through Sunday from November 29 to December 9, 2018
- Place du Citoyen, Saguenay
A winter wonderland of wooden stalls awaits at the Saguenay European Christmas Market. There’s also an illuminated forest, a gigantic Christmas tree, choirs, storytellers, entertainers, and of course, plenty of artisans ready to share their creative and delicious wares.
NOMININGUE CHRISTMAS MARKET
- Saturdays and Sundays from November 24 to December 9, 2018
- 2150 chemin du Tour-du-Lac, Nominingue
Every year the Nominingue Christmas Market lights up the village and station with its charming wooden stalls where you’ll find beautiful Christmas decorations, tasty terroir products, and gorgeous local crafts. Over 30 artists and merchants are waiting to welcome you to the site, which you’ll find transformed by the magic of Christmas.
MAGIE DE NOËL (SAINT-HYACINTHE)
- December 8, 2018
- Downtown Saint-Hyacinthe
Magie de Noël de Saint-Hyacinthe is a classic Christmas event. It’s a very special day with a very special cause, since all proceeds go to Grand Galop, a community pediatrics centre that helps children in downtown Saint-Hyacinthe.
That completes this whirlwind tour of our team's favourite Christmas markets. Each one is a unique and special place where you’ll meet local artisans, find great gifts, and enjoy the spirit of the season. Plus, you won’t have to spend your Sunday in an overcrowded shopping mall! So happy shopping, happy discovering, and happy holidays to you and your loved ones.