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- Didn't go to any of the "events", but we were able to hear them simply walking around. Be prepared for a mass of humanity, we're talking into the tens of thousands if not more people waiting to get on the Plains of Abraham for each night's big show. When we were there, Weezer and Imagine Dragons were the top bills of each night. Just amazing. So much fun to watch and not feel pressured to "move with the masses". We were able to walk around, enjoy the city, and simply let those who were going to concert venues to do their thing. Just an amazing sight. Will always remember it.Written July 13, 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- We saw the fireworks on the last night of the season at the end of August. We walked along the terrace in front of the Chateau Frontenac to watch them. They were really great. Lasted about 20 minutes. We really enjoyed our evening excursion to watch them.Written October 6, 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- The Quebec Carnaval in 2023 seems a bit smaller than the one I visited about 6 years earlier. Maybe Covid took a toll and they’re getting back on their feet? No longer held on the Plains of Abraham, the two separate city block sized segments seemed jumbled and disorganized. Not that there wasn’t cool stuff. The Ice Palace is amazing, especially at night; the numerous ice carvings are beautiful and intriguing; and the toboggan run was a blast, but there wasn’t much else that was memorable. Not counting maple syrup taffy, of course.
On the other hand, we loved Quebec City. The old city is so cool to walk in; we took the ferry across the ice-filled St Lawrence to Levis and had lunch at a microbrewery (the Corsair); found good food, drink and patisseries throughout the old city; and enjoyed the views of the city and the Plains of Abraham.
Maybe we were just unlucky, but it took over an hour to get a cab at the airport (there were many people waiting for taxis, but c’mon, it was 5:00 PM on a weekday) and despite reading that the fare was a flat rate, we got metered and the driver only wanted cash.
Prior to our trip, I read a few comments about getting around the city with a toddler. For us, a stroller was useless and our daughter and son-in-law used a pack to carry their 1 yr old daughter. The sidewalks are very narrow and we were often walking in snow. In the middle of our 5 night stay, there was an 11” snowfall, and when it started to melt there was lots of deep slush. We were all glad that we had appropriate waterproof footwear.Written February 16, 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Marché de Noël is traditional Christmas fun.
Lights, music, food all in Quebec City.
It is whimsical and cheerful.
I would love it if there was more music but otherwise it is fun.
The market has a lot of food and drink vendors (our favorite) but not much else of interest to me but still fun to walk around an see.
The decorations are German inspired. A fun thing to do for Christmas time.
My favorite is the mulled wine, cider, Belgian waffles and baguette with piping hot fondue cheese poured down the center. Oh and the churros are amazing.
You can visit everything at the market in an afternoon so you would want to have other things to do in the city- which there are plenty of things to do.Written November 26, 2019
- So we drove 9 hours to spend 2 days in Quebec with our main goal to spend time at this market. Where was the Christmas spirit? No Santa Friday or Saturday evenings. Friday evening a DJ playing music that was no where close to Christmas or German! Where was the live music advertised? Just really disappointing. The vendors where all friendly and had good quality product. That was a plus!Written December 15, 2022
- We loved the coded treasure hunt. It was a great way to explore some of old Quebec City and was just the right level of challenge for a recreational activity with teens. The fete itself was centred around entertainment on one stage, along with limited food stalls and other activities. All in all, a good event in this Covid recovery phase of our lives.Written August 31, 2022