Top 5 Places to Spend Christmas in Canada

In a nation where winter is a way of life, people heartily embrace the holiday season, lighting up their homes and streets, holding vibrant parades and festive celebrations. With so much festive cheer to choose from, we’ve narrowed down the 5 best places to spend Christmas in Canada!

Where to Spend Christmas in Canada: Quebec City

Even if they did nothing at all, Quebec City would still be a great place to spend the holidays, with cobblestone lanes, beautiful and fluffy white snow, and some of the most historic and striking architecture in Canada. But, fortunately, there’s a lot going on in the capital of la Belle Province, including QuebecAdabra!, a festival that offers large-scale illuminations, a light show and an authentic German Christmas market, where you can sip mulled win and browse for gifts. If you can’t decide where to spend Christmas in Canada, Quebec City will not disappoint you.

Where to Spend Christmas in Canada: Toronto

Attracting half million people, Canada’s largest city annually holds one of the biggest Santa Claus parades in the world. And throughout the month of December, take in the Cavalcade of Lights, a festival that kicks off with the lighting of a massive Christmas tree in Nathan Phillips Square, in front of City Hall.

Where to Spend Christmas in Canada: Ottawa

Beginning with an illumination ceremony in early December, the nation’s capital bathes the Parliament Buildings in dramatic lights with the prime minister often flipping the switch himself. The ceremony also includes free hot chocolate, Christmas caroling and Beaver Tails, and is followed by a solid month of beauty: both Parliament Hill and more than 60 sights along Confederation Boulevard feature lovely illumination displays .

Where to Spend Christmas in Canada: Niagara Falls

Lighting up one of the world’s best-known natural attractions -making the majestic Falls even more impressive-this city’s annual Winter Festival of Lights also strings more than three million lights throughout the city, including the world’s largest Canadian/American illuminated flag. There are also weekly fireworks over the falls for the duration of the festival, and a number of other festive events, including musicals, shopping fairs and concert.

Where to Spend Christmas in Canada: Saskatoon

There are few bigger thrills than being a kid at Christmas, especially if you live in Saskatoon. A recent study by the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management found that Saskatoon (the only city in Canada to break their Top 10) has the highest number of candy and toy stores, per capita, in the country, plus an abundance of kids under the age of 14, and a very good probability of having snow on December 25. It’s the magic combination for a magical Christmas.