Toboggan Festival: A Fab New Year’s Fest!

The Tobaggan Festival in Quebec City

Last Updated on January 17, 2021 by Pamela

OMG, Québec 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 Québec 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 Québec, 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.

Quebec City New Year's is an epic party!
photo credit: Toboggan Festival

New Year’s Eve in Québec City

New Year’s Eve in Québec 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 Québec City is all about having fun and staying warm.

Which is one of the reasons why I wrote up a winter packing list, as well as Québec 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 year!

Toboggan, A New Music Festival Taking New Year’s in Québec City to the Next Level

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 in 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 a New Year!

New Year's Eve in Quebec City
photo credit: Toboggan Festival

Ring in 2020 at the biggest party in Québec, and possibly Canada as well! While the Toboggan Festival concerts on Dec 28th to Dec 30th required a passport to gain entrance, the concerts and celebrations on New Year’s Eve in Québec 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 Québec 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 Québec.

Are you ready to ring in the New Year in Québec City?!


Hello, I'm Pamela! I'm a travel and food writer, chocolat chaud addict, an anglophone who prefers life in Quebec. When I'm not working on Urban Guide Quebec, I am writing for Quebec City Tourism, updating guidebooks for Michelin, and writing freelance! There's a good chance I'm planning my next Quebec road trip, got tips?

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