Quebec Winter Carnival 2020

February 7, 2020

February 16, 2020

$10 to $20

Quebec City, QC


Events Description

The Carnaval de Québec has been a part of Québec City’s winter tourism scene since 1954. It is one of the world’s largest winter carnivals.

The carnival includes a host of activities for all ages including night parades, snow sculptures, shows, and skating. Bonhomme Carnaval is the ambassador of this winter celebration.


A Spectacular Parade Featuring Eight Major Sequences

The Hydro-Québec Parade follows through in 2020 with eight major sequences featuring uninterrupted performances. Troupes of artists will travel Grande Allée along an extended route on Saturday, February 8 and Saturday, February 15.

The two Parades promise spectacular displays thanks to their sustained pace, their dynamic interactions with the crowd and their musical soundtrack that spans trad and electro from one sequence to the next.

Expect circus feats, impressive roving street art performances and traditional, Brazilian and contemporary dances! Several of the sequences from the 2019 Parade have been retooled and are returning, namely those created by the Carnival Workshops, Dance Laury Dance with Marc Gourdeau, FLIP Fabrique and Pur FX.

To complete the Parade, new performances were designed in cooperation with various figures of the Quebec City culture scene, such as Productions Joël Thibault, the drumline of the Rouge et Or de l’Université Laval, Ès TRAD, Harold Réhaume and Fogo Rasto.

The family in the spotlight

On February 14, 15 and 16, the Carnival invites families to the Domaine de Maizerets for a host of activities specially developed for them; push your limits by climbing the outdoor 3D tower, experience strong emotions as you slide along the zip line, get moving by learning different winter sports and have a chance to win a prize by demonstrating your creativity in the snowman competition ! Without forgetting that Bonhomme will be there several times during these three days of activity!

Families can also take part in the Trait-Carré Ephemeral Creative Fair in Charlesbourg, where Carnival invites you to a great family day with creative workshops inside and outdoor activities. Little carnival lovers will also have the chance to meet Bonhomme on this day! And that, without forgetting the Carnival Festivals of the Quebec Aquarium, the Samedis Givrés du Quartier Petit Champlain and Place-Royale, the Family Rally at Forts-et-Châteaux-Saint-Louis organized in collaboration with Parks Canada and Family Day by the Durocher Center!

A most festive nightlife !

A New Country evening at the Ballroom, the Winter Warmer at the Grand Marché de Québec, an electronic music show featuring the Keys N ‘Krates at Beauport Bay, the return of the Classic Mardi Gras at Bistro l’Atelier, Le Bal Ice Cream at Bar le Drague, 10 days of unifying music shows and various styles at ANTI Bar & Spectacles, the Latin Carnival at La Salsa, the 6th Bulles, Whiskey & Cie always sold out and dozens of ‘others … There is no doubt, the big party will light up the whole city with a frightening nightlife !

Original neighborhood compounds

Local competitions will take place in all central districts. Whether it be a boot hockey tournament at Faubourg Saint-Jean-Baptiste, a winter volleyball competition in Limoilou, mechanical bull, a slam competition, retro- gaming , Pub-quiz or a sumo fight in Saint- Roch, the Pétanque International in Saint-Sauveur, a swing dance competition in Montcalm or a mini obstacle course in snowshoeing in Old Quebec, everyone will get caught up in the game!

Pepsi Hip-Hop Evening
The post-rigodon Lower-Canadian band Alaclair Ensemble and the rising stars of Quebec rap, FouKi and QuietMike, join forces to light up the stage of Bonhomme’s Ice Palace at the Loto-Québec Zone for one crazy festive evening! Experience the Carnival in a way never seen before!


The Effigy gives access to all activities at the Loto-Québec Zone, Jos’ Camp by Videotron and the Christie North Slope, and is required for many Partner Events.

The Effigy is a representation of Bonhomme Carnival and is worn like a pendant on your coat.

This year, the Carnival raises the age from which the Effigy is required from 8 to 13 years old. Thus, children 12 and under access all activities without Effigy.

It will be sold for $10 during the presale period spanning November 18, 2019 to January 19, 2020.

From January 20 to February 16, 2020, the Effigy will be available for the regular price of $20.

Presale ends on January 19, 2020.


Online sale of the Effigy ends at midnight on January 19, 2020. Past this date, you can buy your Carnival pass in participating Couche-Tard stores and at the entrances of our sites during the event.


Dates: February 7 to 16, 2020 – Schedule

Parade: Saturday, February 8 | 7:00 pm-9:00 pm
Saturday, February 15 | 7:00 pm-9:00 pm

This year, the Parade route will follow Grande Allée from rue des Érables to the corner of avenue Honoré‑Mercier and boulevard René‑Lévesque, covering 1.8 kilometer. This increase of 500 meters from last year ensures more room for spectators.

Place de l’Assemblée-Nationale, Parc de l’Esplanade,Parc de la Francophonie, Place George-V and the Grande Allée., Quebec City

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