Not even a Mariah bop can inspire the holiday feels quite like Quartier Petit Champlain.
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Remember that moment in ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ when Jack Skellington discovers Christmas Town? Stepping into Quebec City’s Quartier Petit Champlain is just like that.
The snow outlining the cobblestones, the glittering holiday lights spiraling up pine trees and the homey, old-town vibe all have a way of bringing out the holiday spirit in even the least festive among us.
As hard as you try to make your home feel like a winter wonderland (or your studio apartment into… an elf’s bedroom), this Canadian neighborhood goes beyond anything you could have imagined in your cheeriest dreams.
If you’re lucky enough to have someone to kiss under the mistletoe this year, I’d suggest pre-gaming for that kiss with a stroll through this romantic Narnia-esque part of Quebec. If you grab a bite to eat at one of the many local restaurants, you might even get a visit from restaurant carolers. LITERAL CAROLERS. Do carolers regularly come to your front door? I’m guessing no!
If you’re not feeling the love this year, getting cozy with the fam is totally an option and it’s actually encouraged! Until Dec. 24, you can catch homeboy Santa Claus handing out gifts to kiddos in Parc Félix Leclerc.
Most importantly, Dec. 9 is Family Day. That’s when the streets are packed with Santa and elves, holiday crafts, games and music— it’s pretty ‘lit,’ if you will. (Family-friendly lit, not ‘get turnt’ lit — but either option works for the holidays).
So, if you finally want to accomplish your childhood dream of chilling in a wintery ‘Whoville,’ this is probably as close as you’ll get.
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