Last Updated on February 11, 2023 by Pamela
OMG, Quebec City New Year’s just got better! Sure, three to four days (and nights) and parties and food and activities have been a part of Quebec City’s new year’s tradition for many years, but with the addition of the Toboggan Festival, this new year’s is gonna be lit!
Created by the same fabulous people behind Festival d’été de Quebec, Toboggan is a four-day festival featuring live musical performances, daytime activities, and delicious noms to help keep your blood flowing and your tummy warm.
new year’s eve in quebec city
New Year’s Eve in Quebec City has always been a go-to event, despite the frigid temperatures!
From colourful outdoor art installations to food shacks, the Ferris wheel, carousel, fireworks, and a huge outdoor concert on Dec 31st, New Year’s Eve in Quebec City is all about having fun and staying warm.
Which is one of the reasons why we wrote up a winter packing list, as well as Quebec City winter survival tips!
Honestly, you don’t want to lose all the feeling in your feet or legs before midnight, especially this year as we ring in a new decade, 2020!
toboggan, a new music festival taking new year’s in quebec city to the next level
Beginning on December 28, 2019, the 1st Toboggan Festival brings live outdoor concerts every night, from artists such as Zedd, DVBBS, Schoolboy Q, and Loud Luxury.
Passports for the Toboggan festival are only $60 CAD ($150 CAD for a VIP passport), a steal considering you’ll be indulging in a 4-day winter music festival that is sure to become the number one New Year’s festival in Canada (and likely North America as well)!
Of course, the Ferris wheel and carousel (both of which are FREE) will be at the heart of the action on Grande Allée, and we cannot forget the fireworks and the winter village which features beer and wine gardens, food shacks, outdoor fire pits, rides, and more!
new year’s eve: ringing in 2020!
Ring in 2020 at the biggest party in Quebec, and possibly Canada as well! While the Toboggan Festival concerts from Dec 28th to Dec 30th required a passport to gain entrance, the concerts and celebrations on New Year’s Eve in Quebec City remain 100% FREE!
Beginning in the late afternoon, make your way to Grande Allée to enjoy the various food shacks, beer and wine gardens, and rides. Take a break from the crisp weather in one of Quebec City’s best restaurants, Restaurant Ophelia (Mmm… seafood), or indulge in a couple of cocktails at L’Atelier.
Of course, there are a few restaurants on Grande Allée that will have fun winter drinks, and delicious noms can also be found nearby on Avenue Cartier.
Outside once again, participate in some of the rides, relax by a fire pit, and get ready for an epic night of electrifying music at Place George V (beside Hôtel Château Laurier), or traditional Québécois music at Place de l’Assemblée-Nationale across from Parliament, next to the fortifications of Old Quebec.