If you’re planning a Christmas break away from home, there is no better place to spend the festive period than Canada.
Canada becomes the very definition of a ‘white Christmas’. Thick snow covers the country and Canada’s bustling cities transform into winter wonderlands to celebrate the season.
Have you always wanted to spend Christmas in a Canadian city? Here’s our guide to the best cities to jet off to for a serious dose of festive cheer.
Quebec is without a doubt one of the most festive locations in Canada. Visit the German Christmas Market and enjoy traditional fare such as toasted chestnuts, followed by an evening of traditional Christmas music in one of the city’s many stunning churches. The city is also surrounded by mountains, so nature lovers can explore the surrounding areas. Get your adrenaline rush by trying out skiing, hiking and snowshoeing!
Montreal is another fantastic city to visit during the Christmas season. Indulge in delicious festive food such as spiced pork pie and praline-filled chocolate pine cones. Work off your feast at one of the outdoor ice rinks that pops up around the city. Take in the sight of the annual Santa Claus parade, which has been celebrated since 1925. There are also fireworks every week in the run up to Christmas.
If twinkling lights are your favourite part of Christmas, a visit to Niagara Falls should be at the top of your list. The festive season is celebrated with nightly fireworks which illuminate the beauty of the Falls. However, the most spectacular sight will be the Winter Festival of Lights. Running from mid-November until the end of January, this 8km drive covers Niagara Parks, the Dufferin Islands and many more locations in over 3 million lights. Taking this drive at Christmas will make for an experience you will never forget.
Vancouver is one of the most unique places you can celebrate Christmas in Canada. The beautiful Stanley Park becomes a mini North Pole, with a miniature train that takes you through over one million festive lights. Capilano Suspension Bridge is also covered in Christmas lights, and no visit to the city would be complete without partaking in the free ice-skating in Robson Square. Perhaps the most incredible spectacle to witness in Vancouver at Christmas is the Carol Ships Parade of Lights Festival. As many as 80 boats will be covered in 100,000 lights each night, and you can either watch from the shore or book yourself a dinner cruise to be part of the display itself.
Ottawa is the perfect city to walk around to celebrate the festive season. Get from place to place during your Christmas break by putting your skates on and gliding down the Rideau Canal – the largest naturally frozen skating rink in the world. The parliament buildings are lit up in festive cheer until the 7th January each year, along with 60 other buildings covered in illuminations along Confederation Boulevard.
Which Canadian city would you love to spend Christmas in? Let us know in the comments below!