Pre-Christmas Activities in Quebec City

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Photo: Keith Boeckner

Turkey Supper in Carter Hall

At noon on Saturday, November 20, I attended the St. Patrick's CWL Guild Tea and Sale, ate some delicious home-made Irish stew and picked up some real bargains at the White Elephant rummage sale. The ladies of St. Pat's did an outstanding job and the event was well attended.

That same evening,  my husband and I attended the Turkey Supper held in Carter Hall, next to the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity. Not only the turkey was stuffed by the end of the evening! It was standing room only for late arrivals as all tables were fully occupied by 5:30 p.m. Joanna Foust wrote, "We had a wonderful 2010 Turkey Supper, thanks to the newly refurbished Carter hall and round tables which allowed for seating more people and afforded much easier circulation around the room. The dining atmosphere was pleasant and the proceeds higher than usual. What made the Turkey Dinner truly successful, however, was the wholehearted participation of so many people! Thanks to everyone who contributed so much talent in so many different ways: donating baked goods, handicrafts and prizes for the bake sale and raffle, helping with set-up, directing parking, selling tickets at the door, serving food, clearing tables, roasting turkeys, making apple crisps and cranberry sauce, printing dinner and raffle tickets, providing the poinsettias which adorned every table, and staying after dinner to help clean up! A special thanks to Wendy Deschamps and Anne Chapman who were in charge of the kitchen, purchasing supplies, organizing the volunteer cooks and prepping and serving the food during the evening. And, most of all, thanks to the approximately 130 diners who came, ate dinner and shared in the fellowship of the evening."

The Ladies of St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church (Old Quebec) held a Tea and Sale on Saturday, November 27, which, from all reports was also very successful. Soup and chili was served, along with delicious desserts. There was live Christmas music and carolling with Eline Brock Sanheim and France Dupuis, plus door prize draws.

Upcoming Events: 

December 3 - 12: The Cathedral of the Holy Trinity is holding a German Market in the Cathedral Close, 31 rue des Jardins, on the weekends of December 3, 4, 5 and 10, 11, 12. (Fridays - 4 pm to 8 pm, Saturdays - 11 am to 8 pm, Sundays - noon to 5 pm.) Lots of beautiful home-made crafts and delicious food products will be for sale.

The German Community of Quebec is also presenting a series of musical concerts in conjunction with the German Market. For more details, visit < >.

December 5: Noël en Trombone at Chalmers-Wesley United Church, 78 rue Ste-Ursule, at 7:00 p.m. Andrew Clayden, trombone professor of the Conservatoire de musique du Québec, is proud to present an all-trombone evening of Christmas music. Many pleasant surprises await you. More than 20 trombonists will be on stage to fill your ears and heart. Tickets $10 adults, $5 students, Family (2 adults, 3 children) $25. Tickets are available at the Conservatoire (270 rue Ste-Amable /Grand Theatre) and at the door the night of the concert. 

The annual Santa Claus Toy Parade will take place on Sunday, December 5, starting at 3:00 p.m. This is not only a  parade with Santa Clause and all his helpers, but also an opportunity to help others by bring a new or gently-used toy to donate to the less fortunate. Santa's elves will gather your  toy donations and monetary donations along the parade route. The Fondation Réno-Jouets will see that they are put to good use to distribute as Christmas gifts for the less fortunate.  The parade takes place in the lower town, forming up on rue Simon Napoléon-Parent and then will pass along rue Carillon, St. Vallier, and St. Joseph before finishing on St. Dominique.  Children are invited to bring their letters to Santa Clause and they can give them directly to the Canada Postal workers who will be participating in the parade.  

While waiting for the parade to begin, starting at 1:00 p.m. there is going to be a Santa Claus Tailgate Party in the Parc Durocher (corner of rue Carillon and St. Vallier) near the beginning of the parade route. Snacks and surprises will be available for the children.  

The parade will be a sound and light spectacular consisting of some 40 entries: floats, marching bands, mascots and dance troops, not to forget Santa Clause himself, of course!

For more information and to see the parade route go to

The Eastern Quebec Learning Centre will be holding their annual International Luncheon on Thursday, December 9. Tickets are $8 for the general public and $3 for students. Plan to be there and see teacher Paul Wilson have his head and beard shaved to raise money for this year's campaign. Paul stopped cutting his hair and shaving his beard in mid-October. The EQLC is located at 3005 rue William Stuart, at the corner of chemin Saint-Louis near Lavigerie. This is a fund-raiser for the Community Christmas Hamper Campaign.