Winter Wonderland: Village du Père Noël
The weather outside was anything but frightful and the fire pit outside was delightful. I had no idea what to expect upon our recent family visit to Village du Pere Noel in Val-David, Quebec and was I ever surprised at the sheer fun we all had. While we were celebrating the last night of Hanukkah at home, this outdoor village didn’t put Christmas front and centre but rather winter wonders.
Open weekends through the month and December 22 to January 6 (except Christmas day), Village du Père Noël is about an hour’s drive from Montreal. Pile on the layers, pack the hand and foot warmers and get ready to spend a day outdoors playing, laughing and reeling in winter wonders.
The village features two tubing courses as well as a giant slide. There is a climbing wall, igloo with life-size building blocks, infant park, ride-on train, petting farm, and lots of other obstacles. The activities are suitable for children of all ages with play areas for the littlest visitors. At almost 10 years old, Hannah loved tubing so kids up to about 12 would probably enjoy themselves (likely with younger siblings in tow). And of course, at the very back of the village is Santa’s house where he and Mrs. Claus are waiting to greet their guests.
Snacks & Lunch
Village du Pere Noel features a casse-croute with typical fare including hot dogs, chicken nuggets, pizza, fries and poutine. Healthier options like yogurt drinks, fresh veggies and sandwiches are also available. We bought hot chocolate during a break and warmed up inside the heated eating area. I packed snacks that could have been easily stored in this area while we played (instead of being lugged around in my backpack). High chairs are available too.
Tickets for anyone over two years old are $18 which, in my mind, makes this a full day outing (to justify the price point). We spent 3.5 hours at the park and it was perfect for our family. Proper winter gear is a must if you want to enjoy your time without too many complaints.
If you have an infant bring along a sled and blanket so they can stay warm and snooze throughout your visit.
I forgot Leo’s gloves but didn’t freak out knowing that I could purchase a new pair at either of the nearby shops at the Belle Neige or Vallée Bleue ski hills.
Arrive early to avoid the crowds. On the Sunday we visited the village got busy around 1pm.