From festive Santa Claus parades to can’t-miss holiday markets, we’re counting down the best places to celebrate 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, 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 an authentic German Christmas market where you can sip mulled wine and browse for gifts, and the chance to meet Santa Claus himself at Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac—widely recognized as one of Canada’s greatest hotels. If you can’t decide where to spend Christmas in Canada, Quebec City will not disappoint you.
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Where to Spend Christmas in Canada: Dawson City, Yukon
Winters are long, cold and dark in Canada’s sub-arctic, but in the former gold rush town of Dawson City, Yukon—home to the cabins of Robert Service and Jack London, and all of it a national park—the hardy locals light up the holidays with a unique “flotilla.” Towing river boats strung with lights and decorations, residents cruise through town in a boat parade, accompanied by snowmobiles, quads, canoes and police cruisers. And sometimes—on one of the longest nights of the year—the northern lights add to the show, dancing in the sky above. Truly magical!
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Where to Spend Christmas in Canada: Toronto
Canada’s largest city certainly knows how to do Christmas. Attracting half a million people each November, Toronto’s Santa Claus Parade is one of the biggest in the world. And throughout the month of December, you can take in the Christmas market in the charming Distillery District, as well as 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. Still not convinced the Big Smoke is the best place to spend Christmas in Canada? Here are 50 more reasons to fall in love with Toronto.