Work in front of City Hall: no worries for the German Christmas Market in Quebec City

Works in front of the town hall: no worries for the market ; German Christmas of Quebec

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The ongoing construction in front of City Hall will not prevent the German Christmas Market in Quebec City from delivering an edition worthy of recent years, says the organization.

“There is nothing to worry about, really not”, wanted to reassure the president of the Market, Britta Kröger, on Wednesday.

Place de l'Hôtel-de-Ville is just one of the sites used by the party, which also extends into the gardens of the town hall, on the south side of the building – which is not is not affected by the work — and rue Sainte-Anne.

Last year, the festivities also took place at Place d'Armes and Place D'Youville. All these places should be used again this year, says Ms Kröger.

“We currently have different scenarios on the table, which are all close. […] The elements that are on the Place du Marché [the former name of the Place de l'Hôtel-de-Ville, NDLR] will be rearranged, ”she said.

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For its 15th edition, from November 24 to December 23, the Christmas market therefore has no intention of relocating outside Old Quebec or to reduce its offer.

Like last year, more than 90 exhibitors are expected.

This information had not yet been communicated publicly since the organization was waiting for more precise information, maintains the president.

At the municipal council on Tuesday, the councilor member of the executive responsible for large events, Catherine Vallières-Roland, revealed that the event which attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year could not install its famous wooden kiosks on the Place de l'Hôtel-de-Ville, in front of the Simons store.

Indeed, the public square and the quadrilateral are the subject of a vast redevelopment. Last February, we learned that the work was extended until the fall of 2023 to alleviate the inconvenience for merchants and residents.

“Close” collaboration

“The collaboration with the City is very close […]. There was never any hiding. We were very well informed,” said Ms. Kröger.

More details on the next edition will be revealed in early November.

“I am very confident, it will be a great edition. We celebrate our 15 years. There are lots of new things, which I can't tell you about”, says Ms. Kröger.

The Place de l'Hôtel-de-Ville, although majestic, is “not gigantic either. “, she raises. 

She sees with a good eye the rejuvenation treatment offered to her. “Once it's finished [the works], it will be fantastic”.

Crowdfunding campaign

On the other hand, the Christmas Market German Quebec City launched a crowdfunding campaign this week to fund its Market Caravan initiative. This aims to bring magic to the community by distributing toys and offering workshops in schools and community centres.

The goal has been set at $20,000.

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