No German Christmas Market at the Place de l'Hôtel-de-Ville this year

No German Christmas Market at Hotel Square -de-Ville this year

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The very popular German Market in Quebec City will not be able to set up kiosks on Place de l'Hôtel-de-Ville this year, due to the construction site that is still underway in the area.

Tuesday, during the Quebec city council, the councilor member of the executive responsible for major events, Catherine Vallières-Roland, revealed that the event could not take place this year on the site located just in front of City Hall, in Old Quebec.  

The Market has been lighting up Old Quebec in the city hall area for several years. The website also stresses that it is to celebrate its 15th anniversary this year. impact on the holding of the event, the Marchand administration indicated that it would be impossible to install kiosks on the site. 

“Impossible”

The organizers “have been kept informed of the progress of the site,” said Ms. Vallières-Roland. “In recent weeks, they have also been informed that it would be impossible for the Market to hold the event. They still have the opportunity to reflect on sites and places. These are elements that will be evaluated with the Office [of major events] over the next few days.” 

However, on the site of the event, it was indeed mentioned, in dates from Tuesday, that the German Christmas Market of Quebec is located in the heart of Old Quebec, in particular “at the place of the Hôtel-de-Ville”. It is due to take place from November 23 to December 24, 2022.  

Other sites

Asked to clarify, Councilor Vallières-Roland replied that “the Christmas market could be held, but not on the Place de l'Hôtel- de-Ville: there are other sites nearby that are available to them”. This is particularly the case of the gardens of the town hall, located on the south side of the building, where we find the water fountains and the Jura clock. 

The work in progress aims at the complete redevelopment of the square. It will cost $10 million.  

The City of Quebec has decided to spread the work over two years – rather than a single year – in order to “limit the inconvenience to merchants and residents” . It is due to end in the summer of 2023. 

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