Guide to Winter Festivals 2020 in Quebec

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In Quebec, we brave the cold season with outdoor events, techno lighting and activities of all kinds! Warm up in the best restaurants, dance and play in winter festivals, sip hot chocolate in front of a fireplace, roll down the mountains in an inner tube, and skate on a frozen trail.

For those who literally eat snow, discover with us the next festivities that will be on the program this winter. One thing is certain is that you won't be bored with our guide to winter 2020 festivals in Quebec!

The Quebec Carnival

Le Carnaval de Québec

“ It's not hot, even if the winter is beautiful! Latraverse Feather

From February 7 to 16, the Winter Festival: Carnival de Québecis the rendezvous of the whole family for a bigwinter and a unique winter experience not to be missed! The Quebec Carnival offers thousands of visitors a wide range of activities for all tastes and ages: night parades, snow carvings, ice canoe racing and Palais de Bonhomme.

Winterlude from Ottawa and Gatineau

Le bal de Neige d'Ottawa et Gatineau

“ The winds and the snow come” Claude Léveillée

From February 1to 18, Ottawa and Gatineau host Winterlude, an annual celebration celebrating Canada's unique northern culture and climate.. You can skate on the Rideau Canal, the world's largest ice rink, see artists carving ice, sliding into tubes, having fun in a snow maze and enjoying live music. Fun for the whole family with this unparalleled winter festival.

Montreal in Light

Montréal en Lumière

“ My love loved winter” Beautiful Too Damage

Held for the first time in 2000, the Montréal en Lumière Winter Festival offers Montrealers and many visitors hundreds of activities to discover each year. The outdoor site offers a multitude of free activities for everyone. Thanks to Montréal en lumière, the Quartier des spectacles and the Place des Festivals become a must-see event. From February 20to March 1, 2020, this is a festive event not to be missed.

The Fête des neiges de Montréal

La Fête des neiges de Montréal

“ Ah, how the snow has snowed! ” Emile Nelligan

The Fête des neiges de Montréal is an outdoor family event that takes place over 4 weekends from January 18 to February 9. Every year, thousands of visitors in search of a unique winter experience come together to discover and celebrate the joys of winter. Organized by the Société du parc Jean Drapeau, this must-see family event for the winter season offers open-air programming, offering many shows and activities. A winter festival not to be missed.

Rouyn-Noranda: The Winter Party

Rouyn-Noranda: La Fête d’hiver

“ It snows everything sleeps, winter covers our steps” Sylvain Lelièvre

In winter, we put our nose outside in Rouyn-Noranda! Taking place in February, this winter festival offers a rich and varied program with classics such as tube sliding, dog sledding rides, horse-drawn carriage rides, a Snow maze, a bootie hockey tournaments and several other winter activities that will make you enjoy winter pleasures.

Saguenay in snow

Saguenay en neige

“ The snow trail runs through the valley” Les Classels

With 100,000 visitors every year, Saguenay en neige is one of the largest winter festivals in Quebec. This festival is a success story in the field of snow sculpture as well as in family events. Saguenay en neige stands out with its ephemeral art gallery of nearly 200 works, an open-air museum with a unique monument 25 feet high.

A performance worthy of the most imposing sculptures that remains a major attraction of the Festival! In addition, a multitude of free activities are offered to the whole family on 11 days of festivities, from January 30 to February 9, 2020.

Repentigny Fire and Ice Festival

Festival Feu et Glace de Repentigny

“ It's cold, we're freezing! ” Daniel Bélanger

With its “burst of pleasures”, the Feu et Glace Festival returns every year for 19 years! The city of Repentigny then became the host of the largest winter gathering in the Lanaudière region. Fireworks, zip line, tube slide, carriage ride, pony carousel, walk and skate along the St. Lawrence River, mascots and other surprises await you. Discover the free outdoor shows on the Loto-Québec stage, with exceptional programming for young and old alike. From 7 to 16 February 2020, come and take your tour!

Sherbrooke Carnival

Carnaval de Sherbrooke

“ Hands with the fret, head warm” William Deslauriers

Come and have fun with family and friends at the Sherbrooke Carnival! Come and enjoy winter with your family with our zip lines, via Ferrata, inflatable games, tube sliding, aerial course, Bubble football, shows under the marquee, big bonfire and fireworks. The festivities take place on the enchanting site of Parc Jacques-Cartier. Nanooke, the Carnival mascot, awaits you in large numbers to enjoy the joys of winter. This is an appointment not to be missed, from February 29to March 1, 2020!

Whether in Montreal, Quebec City or Sherbrooke, all over Quebec the festivities are in full swing to make the most of the winter season. Fireworks, snow carving and zip line; you'll find everything for the whole family. Don't miss out on these fun winter festivals, no matter where you are!

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