What is the candle?

The Candle is a fundraising campaign, but also an integral part of the Carnival’s long tradition. Each year, it spreads the spirit of celebration across the Quebec City area as the local Duchies face off in friendly competition during Candle Week.

The Candle is one of the Carnival’s main revenue streams and financially supports numerous organizations in the region. It can be purchased from over one hundred local organizations that keep a percentage of sales and from the seven Carnival Duchesses.

When you buy a Candle, not only do you directly fund the activities of your local groups and organizations, you also get the chance to win prizes. If your candle runs red as it melts, then a winning capsule is encased in its base! Each year, you could collect one of over 500 instant prizes with a winning Candle. Plus, whether your Candle runs red or not, you can sign up online for a separate chance at the grand prize.

Where to buy a candle

The Candle is available for purchase. in December and January at the Carnival Shop at 205, boulevard des Cèdres, in Quebec City. 

More details to come about the 61th Candle campaign soon. 

The Candle, a Lottery Just Like Me!

Numerous prizes are at stake! When you buy a Candle, you get a chance to win not only one of 600 instant prizes, but also the grand prize: One year of gas at EKO.

Congratulations to the winner of the grand prize, M. Daniel Lavoie!

Selling the Candle to Propel Your Ideas

If you’re looking for a way to fund your activities, selling Candles to round out your budget is one… bright idea! For 60 years now, Candle sales have been helping numerous organizations bring their projects to the next level, be they sports teams, charities or school groups.

Want to attend a foreign sports competition, revamp your schoolyard, go on a humanitarian mission or support a cause dear to your heart? Let the Candle help you achieve your goals and give life to your idea! Here’s all you need to jump right in and spark your project with the Carnival’s fire:

  • Form a team of salespeople;
  • Choose one or more sectors according to the number of people on your team;
  • Note down these sectors;
  • Officially reserve your sectors by contacting Mélissa Talbot by phone at 418 626-3716, x 249, or by email at

What you must know

  • Candles cost $10 and are tax-free.
  • Candles are on presale from December to mid-January, allowing sales to your close ones around Christmas time.
  • The regular Candle sales period takes place over 10 days in January.
  • Selling Candles door-to-door will be mandatory for one given day during this period.

For each candle sold, your organization will receive a $2 commission. Performance rewards will also be split among participating organizations.

Choosing the candle means offering an exciting product and joining a campaign renowned and beloved by all for 60 years!

The Great History of a Little Flame

Although this tiny ambassador of the Carnival is just 12 cm tall, it towers atop its own storied past. Every project it helped finance in the last 60 years is now an integral part of its history. This little flame also had its part to play in six decades of Carnival achievements, pushing Bonhomme and his grand projects ever forward. Yet, the Candle did sometimes waver in the winds, and it was renewed on more than one occasion through its eventful lifespan.

When it was introduced in 1959, the Candle could melt into a variety of colors, with red defining the winner of the grand prize. Following some complaints and incidents, this Candle would later be modified to pose less of a fire hazard: a fireproof base and a new self-snuffing wick were added, and the Candle was encased in aluminum-lined cardboard.

In 1983, the Candle was transformed into a “Scratch Candle”, a typical scratch card hiding small symbols. To win, one had to uncover three of the same symbol. It would take 12 years for the Candle to return to its roots, grounded in tradition, and to once again become a good old wax pillar. For over two decades now, the Candle has once again been lighting up the ambiance and warming up every heart to ready them for our great winter celebration, the Carnival!

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