Québec's Christmas markets at their finest
Let us begin with what is considered Québec's oldest Christmas market, the Marché de Noël d'Antan de Cap-Santé
. Held just west of the province's capital, in the heart of a historic village nestled on the north shore of the St. Lawrence, this market will be showcasing the craftsmanship of some 70 artisans at Place de l’église square, November 29, 30 and December 1.
This holiday season, steer clear of last-minute mall madness and do your gift shopping at the much more enjoyable Canadian Museum of Civilization
Christmas Marketplace in Gatineau. The weekends of December 6 and 15, come savour a glass of mulled wine before stocking up on unique presents or picking out tasty treats to serve on Christmas Eve, all to the sound of classic Christmas tunes!
During the November 30 and December 8 weekends, the Marché de Noël éclaté will light up the town of Sutton
. Tepees, prospector tents and log cabins are mounted specially for the event to showcase a variety of handcrafted gifts and edible goodies. Visitors can also go on a sleigh ride and discover the picturesque village and its many hidden gems!
November 21 through December 31, check out the thousands of wonderful items on display at the Marché de Noël Signature 2013 Christmas market in Québec City's Old Port. It's the perfect time to discover local goods at their finest!
If you are looking for beautiful, hand-painted figurines to add to your nativity scene, pay a visit to the studio of Bernard Boivin, the artist behind the Santons de Charlevoix collection. Available year-round, these original pieces are a perfect addition beneath any Christmas tree!
The Rivière‑Éternité parish proudly boasts a world-class exhibit of more than 250 nativity scenes, each one an original expression of a unique artistic vision. It comes as no surprise then that it is nicknamed the "village des crèches" (meaning nativity village). The exhibit also includes no fewer than 25 paintings featuring the same theme.
From November 23 to January 5, Exporail
: The Canadian Railway Museum in Saint Constant will host A Railway Christmas, inviting people of all ages to journey backward in time and experience Christmas as our ancestors did. Exclusively for the holidays, adults and kids 13 and up can also enjoy a traditional British high tea in the luxurious Canada Car!
Christmastime in Sherbrooke means the Orford Express
is once again open for business! Departing from the Marché de la gare public market, the tourist train will be in service from November 29 to December 30 on weekends. Several menu options are available, but the trip alone is worth the visit! Climb aboard to discover the Eastern Townships in a different light!
A yearly tradition in Montréal, the Salon des métiers d’art du Québec
and its approximately 450 exhibitors attract visitors from far and wide in search of unique handcrafted goods, or looking to try some local specialties, such as apple icewine or exotic spice blends, at the Pavillon des saveurs. This year's craft fair will run from December 6 to 22.