Christmas scents, cithar sounds and mulled wine are getting everyone in the mood for Christmas


Christmas Village in Québec, 2013 Source: CALQ

The scents of Christmas are about to flourish again on Place de l’Hôtel-de-Ville (Townhall Square) in Québec city. From November 28th to December 14th the Communauté Allemande de Québec (CALQ) organizes for the seventh time its traditional German Christmas market.

This pre-Christmas custom dates back to the late Middle Ages when sales fairs and markets were organized for the first time, giving  the citizens the opportunity to buy ahead for the cold season. Later in the 14th century, craftsmen, confectioners, toy and basket makers came to sell their objects as Christmas gifts. At that time already, the well-being of the visitors was cared for with food and beverages.

Carrying on this tradition with great commitement, CALQ set up the German Christmas Market of Quebec. All sorts of delicacies, such as Lebkuchen (traditional German ginger bread), biscuits, the famous Bratwurst (grilled sausage) and of course also hot spicy wine (mulled wine) will be provided, completed by a display of local artisanship and a rich and varied cultural program with something for everybody.

Visitors of all ages can be kidnapped in the village of Santa Claus and listen to the book presentation of “Panik in der Weihnachtswerkstatt” (Panic in the Christmas workshop), listen to the sounds of the cithar played by Bavarian citharist Willi Huber, or take a seat in the lab of Santa Claus. To see the detailed program, please click here.

This year, the highlight will be another tradition imported from Bavaria : a giant Christmas-tree.

Opening hours of the German Christmas Market:

  • November 28 to December 14, Place & Jardins de l'Hôtel-de-Ville
  • Everyday from 11am to 8pm
  • Sundays from 11am to 6pm
  • Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays

All further info at www.noelallemandquebec.com/