Young voices rise above the German Christmas Market in Old Quebec as they sing “Gloria in excelsis Deo” in French. The temperatures have fallen to 7 degrees, but the students with the Cœur-Vaillant School choir, "Les Choeurs Valiant," continue caroling and draw a group of listeners.
Earlier, as fewer shoppers scurried by, one vendor bundled up in a furry hat, exclaimed, “Really, they are very warm!” She hoped they would stop by her kiosk, one of 65 European-style wooden booths selling a variety of items such as Swiss fondue, alpaca wool, mulled wine, homemade candies, baby clothes, cosmetics, and products from local farms.
Christmas lights illuminate the market, which encompasses two sections. One grouping of kiosks is set up along City Hall and the second is in front of the Cape Shrine. Celebrating its 10th year, it is open for five weekends, Thursday through Sunday, until December 23.