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Things to do in Quebec over the Holiday Break

by Marie-Sarah Published on December 14, 2015

The Holiday break is certainly a good time to say adios to the cold weather for a while and fly south for some much needed Vitamin D, but if you don’t have that much time off or need to save money, there are still lots of fun things you can do right here in Quebec, including outdoor activities that are sure to be more pleasant thanks to El Niño. Here are a few festive activities that you can enjoy with friends, as a couple, or with the kids.

The Olympic Stadium’s Mammoth Village

This magical winter village at the foot of the Olympic Stadium will be open to visitors from December 19th to March 13th. How does going down a 24-metre slide, skating on a huge rink (chilled to prevent melting), and a little food and drink sound?

Christmas Markets

Besides the one at Place des Arts (discover it here), Montreal has many other Christmas markets this year that can give you that holiday spirit. From December 2nd to 20th, the one on Prince-Arthur Street at the corner of St-Laurent Boulevard will be filled with Christmas trees and food stands. There’s also another Christmas market at Place Jacques-Cartier in Old-Montreal from December 3rd to 20th called Merry Montreal, where the adults can discover regional products while the kids meet Santa Claus!

If you’re in Quebec City, the German Christmas Market is back for another season of choir singing and hot wine in the old city.

Go to the Lumen Festival at New City Gas

If you’re in the mood for a little music and dancing, be sure to head to the Lumen Festival from December 26th to 28th at New City Gas. The large terrace will be opened for the occasion, complete with ice bars, of course! Well-known DJs like DJ Snake, Bakermat & Thomas Jack, and R3HAB will have you partying all night!

Go to the Spa

Just because you’re in Quebec over the holidays doesn’t mean you can’t warm your bones in a bikini. Think luxury spa! You can head to one of Montreal’s most popular spas, Bota Bota, or, if you want to escape to the country, drive to the Polar Bear’s Club in Ste-Adèle or to Balnea Spa in Bromont.

Go to the Movies

If you’re a film buff, December is a great time to catch some of the year’s best movies. The best bets this holiday break are: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (opening December 18th), The Revenant with Leonardo Dicaprio (opening December 25) and Joy, which reunites Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper (opening December 25th).

Place Jacques-Cartier is even having outdoor movie screenings on December 11th, 12th, 18th and 19th, starting at 5 PM! Happy movie going!

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