Quebec City (Quebec)

The charm of Quebec City, a 40-minute drive from Mont Sainte-Anne ski resort, is almost reason enough to book a New Year’s Eve getaway. The “ancient” city resembles a homey European village with history oozing out of walls at every turn. The Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, a late 19th-century castle turned luxurious hotel, puts on an upscale gala in its ballroom, complete with dancing, dinner and well-dressed guests. The charm of the city extends to bars throughout the cobblestone streets, with New Year’s taking center stage along the Grand Allée, the city’s version of the famed Champs Élysées. Here the streets are packed with revelers awaiting a crazy-good fireworks show, and restaurants such as L’Astral, offer a dinner and viewing experience of the madness below.