You could choose to watch the ball drop in Times Square or see fireworks explode over Sydney Harbour, but this year’s unlikely bid for being “the place to see in the new year” is … Quebec City. Or at least that’s what the city would like to believe.
Lit-up cobblestone streets, 16th- and 17th-century stone houses, and lots and lots of snow make Quebec’s 400-year-old walled city an atmospheric and European-like place to be at Christmas. The local good cheer and great food could make even a skeptic love winter after all.
Where to Stay: Housed in former 19th-century stone warehouse in Vieux-Port, Auberge St. Antoine stands out for the perfection with which it juxtaposes old and new. Soaring ceilings and cast-iron beams are complemented with such amenities as heated stone floors, and artifacts unearthed during its renovation are on display throughout.
Holiday Dinner: Serving traditional Québécois cuisine based on 17th-century French recipes, Aux Anciens Canadiens is offering its main menu on Christmas Day. Expect everything from a Neptune’s Shell of giant shrimp and scallops au gratin to grilled pheasant breast.