Monday, January 22, 2018

Noël au Vieux-Québec City

Bon Annee!!!  Look no further then Quebec City to fulfill your dream of a storybook Christmas come to life.  Festive holiday trappings are everywhere. Trees, wreaths, garlands and lights festoon the entire historic district.  The smell of chestnuts roasting at the Christmas markets.  Carollers singing popular holiday classics throughout the city.   A magical experience.

We were fortunate enough to spend 6 glorious nights celebrating Christmas 2017.  We stayed at the historic Fairmont Chateau Frontenac.  Our room was tucked away under the eaves and offered traditional decor with one bedroom and a sitting area.  From this 7th floor vantage point we had views of the St. Lawrence river from every window..  

Fairmont Chateau Frontenac

The hotel is on the site of the Chateau Haldimand, built between 1784-86 as the residence of the colonial government of the province of Quebec.  Later, Laval university occupied part of the property until 1892, when demolition began to make way for Chateau Frontenac.

Front entrance lobby(photo courtesy of Fairmont)

Front entrance lobby facing guestroom elevators on the left and front desk further down on left.(photo courtesy of Fairmont)

Lobby corridor leading to hotel shops and restaurants

7th floor suite
Like I did for our room in Montreal, I arranged for a pre-lit tree for our room to surprise Papa Dan and Daniel.  But, the gig was up...they were betting each other ahead  of time that a tree was waiting for us in Quebec City too.

Suite sitting room
I really loved that we managed get a traditional style room instead of one of the recently renovated rooms. The hotel is going toward muted grays and modern minimalist decor.   The fact that our room was in the  roof line really added to the ambiance with its dormer windows and angled ceilings.

Suite Bedroom

Christmas Eve treats
Opening Stocking on Christmas Eve

Waking up Christmas Morning

Room Service for Christmas Day Breakfast

A visit from one of Santa's Elves bearing the last special gift drop off

Opening gifts Christmas Day

Toasting another memorable Christmas celebration!

Day stroll through the Rue du Petit-Champlain District

Quebec City's current population is approximately 531,900.  It is the capital city of the Canadian province of Quebec.  It was founded by Samuel de Champlain, a French explorer and diplomat in 1608.

 It is one of the oldest European settlements in North America.  The fortified walls surrounding Old Quebec are the only of its kind that remains in the Americas north of Mexico which is why in 1985 UNESCO certified the city a " World Heritage Site" as the Historic District of Old Quebec.

Rue de Petit Champlain District at night

Place Royale

Christmas Market Old Quebec(Photo from

Christmas Market Old Quebec(Photo from
Streets of Old Quebec

Hotel-de-Ville(City Hall)

Cathedral Basilica of Notre Dame Quebec

Chateau Frontenac

Au 1884 Toboggan Slide

Place D'Youville Skating Rink
Siberia Station Spa

Aux Anciens Canadiens

Champlain Restaurant
A great Christmas holiday in Quebec City!  Next, we take the train back to Montreal to bring in the New Year!