- Go Ice Skating at the Old Port
The Old Port's winter activities launch with the opening of Montreal's largest refrigerated ice skating rink in early December.
When: Daily, December 1 to March 10, 2013
Where: Quai de l'Horloge, Old Port of Montreal (View Map)
- Admire Spectacular Fireworks Over the Atmospheric Old Port
The TELUS Fire on Ice musical fireworks will draw you into a fantastic universe of shapes and colors, bringing you right into the heart of holiday magic. Admission is free.
When: Every Saturday December 1 to January 5, 2013, at 8pm
Where: The fireworks are best viewed from the Old Port Promenade and the Skating Rink (View an Interactive Map of the Old Port)
- Immerse Yourself in the Works of Impressionism Masters
The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is home to an exceptional exhibition that showcases 74 extraordinary paintings by the French masters of impressionism, such as Monet, Degas, Renoir and Toulouse-Lautrec. Discover the history of impressionism from its beginnings to the dawn of postimpressionism.
When: October 13, 2012 to January 20, 2013
Where: The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (View Map)
- Discover Quebec's Holiday Traditions
The beautiful Château Ramezay museum reveals the secrets of logs, Christmas trees, stockings, advent calendars, greeting cards and many more holiday traditions at the exhibition Around the Fireplace… Holiday Traditions. For the duration of the exhibition, activities will also take place in the spirit of the season's festive preparations of the past and present.
When: December 1, 2012 to January 6, 2013
Where: Château Ramezay Museum (View Map)
- Dance to the Sounds of Electronic Music in a Winteresque Atmosphere
Every winter, thousands of electronic music lovers dance under the stars at the Quays of the Old Port of Montréal. With its icy décor blanketing steel structures, its striking architectural volumes, its programming drawing from the best local and international DJs, its igloo village, and its renowned "one piece" contest, Igloofest offers the hottest winter evenings in Montréal.
When: January 17 to February 9, 2013
Where: Jacques-Cartier Pier (View Map)
In Quebec City
- See the City Become Illuminated and Magical
See some of Quebec City most beautiful buildings, parks and monuments become illuminated in a most magical way during the Québecadabra! event in late December. Whole neighborhoods come to life with projections, outdoor exhibitions and events the whole family will love. See a beautiful video from the 2012 edition that will convince you that Quebec City's one of the most beautiful places to spend the holidays.
When: Daily, December 20, 2012 to January 2, 2013
Where: Several locations around downtown Quebec City
Official Site (in French only)
- Stay in an Ice Hotel
Quebec City's most unusual hotels is opening its icy doors for the winter season. Located just 10 minutes from downtown Quebec City, it's a must-see attraction to visit. Accommodation starts at $199 CAD per night, and packages including themed activities, such as dogsledding, are available. Tours are also offered, which allow visitors to admire the hotel's huge snow vaults and ice sculpture.
When: January 5 to March 24, 2013
Where: 9530, rue de la Faune, Quebec City, QC G1G 5H9 (View Map)
- Wander on a Family-Friendly Enchanted Site
This year, the Festi Lumières festival is celebrating its fifth anniversary at Quebec City's aquarium. Thousands of lights illuminate the site, creating a magical winter atmosphere that twinkles in a rainbow of colors, lighting up the trees, ice sculptures and animal-shaped structures. There is also a gingerbread house, illuminated slides, inflatable games, and an enchanted tree.
When: January 11 to March 9, 2013
Where: Aquarium du Québec (View Map)
- Discover the Mysterious World of Samuraïs
The Samouraï exhibition at the Musée de la civilication delves into the mythical world of these fierce warriors from a country long isolated from the rest of the world. Discover a mysterious and fascinating world of combat, codes of honor, and spectacular armor, so often depicted in films, video games, and mangas. The exhibition also explores the world and the role of these warriors in Japanese history.
When: Until January 27, 2013
Where: Musée de la civilisation (View Map)