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German Christmas Market in Quebec City: 11th edition from November 22 to December 23, 2018

19.11.2018



Starting November 22, and during 4 weeks after that, the old city of Québec will, yet again, hold its German Christmas Market. 80 wooden houses sheltering local artisans will welcome the expected 150,000 visitors for this year, from Thursdays to Sundays, spread over 3 locations: Hôtel-de-ville square and gardens, as well as Rue Ste-Anne. A rich cultural program boasting events for all from young to old will offer interior and exterior concerts, culinary happenings, storytelling and board-games evenings. For more information about it, check out https://www.noelallemandquebec.com/fr/programmation/

The State of Bavaria Montreal Office is proud to support this year's event again, by having the Alp horn players "Kaltentaler Alphornbläser" come and play in Québec -- don't miss their performances from Thursday 22 to Sunday 25 November.

The German Christmas Market is an initiative of the Communauté Allemande de Québec (German community of Quebec). It was launched in 2008, as a single-afternoon pop-up event in a church basement, with immediate and unexpected success. Over the years, it grew steadily to become one of the old city's main tourist attractions during the time of Advent, e.g. 4 weeks before Christmas -- just like in most German cities. Christmas markets also flourish in Austria, Switzerland and even parts of France -- Alsace is this year's guest region.

"In the old, historic heart of Quebec City one finds the necessary character needed to recreate the festive atmosphere of European Christmas markets. It's a welcoming and warm place, even in the harsh winter temperatures. It's a history-filled place where one can revive beloved traditions. By chosing these surroundings, the German Christmas Market's initial organizers had one clear objective: bring all the magic that there is to an authentic German Christmas experience over to Québec!"