Sprechen sie deutsch? Do you speak German? Well, actually, speaking German is not mandatory at Québec City’s Deutscher Weihnachtsmarkt; French will do just fine.
Every winter, at about this time of the year, City Hall Square is decked out in its holiday finery to bring alive the German tradition of the outdoor Christmas market. Its trees are draped with white lights, while pine boughs and red bows complete the mood. The finishing touch – snow – has arrived just in time this year, as if on cue, softening the lines and providing diffuse, reflected light everywhere.
The market itself consists of a couple dozen cedar kiosks from which local vendors sell their goods. I am drawn to those that are hawking food. Sausages, pastries, pretzels, and regional goodies of all sorts are on the menu. I was especially impressed (and reinvigorated) by the warm, spiced wine from Vignoble Clos Lambert.
My nine-year-old companion was partial to the crêpe from Du Côté de Chez Swann. Sweetened with maple sugar, it was just the thing she needed to judge the outing a complete success.
The German Christmas Market will be open through Sunday, December 8th. If you leave now, you’ll get here just in time!