Best Places to Celebrate Christmas and New Year in Canada

Posted on Oct 5 2016 - 12:47am by Priya Ghatol

People in Canada welcome the Christmas season along with the New Year through parties and celebrations either at their respective homes or in clubs, lounges, and pubs. The type of celebration may vary depending on the area you are in Canada like in rural areas of Quebec; people love to spend the night ice fishing with their beloved ones. Most of the day on the 1st January is consumed recovering from the celebrations the previous night or till wee hours early morning. Many people do escape out of Canada during this season for a vacation at a comparatively warmer location.

The 1st of January is declared as a statutory holiday, and if this day falls on the weekend, then the statutory holiday is shifted to the next day. Businesses, organizations, schools and universities are closed on this day. Even the public transport system enjoys a holiday or is open for short duration through the day. Some provinces and municipalities vary the rules and regulations; so don’t be surprised if you find the stores shut down in some locations.


New Year Celebration in Ottawa, Canada

Located on the south bank of the Ottawa River towards the east of Southern Ontario, Ottawa is the capital city of Canada. The season celebrations kick off with an illumination ceremony held in the first week of December. The Parliament Building itself is covered with vibrant colored lights. The ceremony also provides free distribution of hot chocolate, Christmas carols, and Beaver Tails, which is often followed by wonderfully illuminated displays in the entire month. Some of the popular hotels in Ottawa, which are known for their celebrations during this festive season, are Comfort Inn Ottawa East Hotel, Residence Inn Ottawa Downtown Hotel, National Hotel and Suites, Les Suites Hotel Ottawa, and Capital Hill & Suites Ottawa Hotel.


New Year And Christmas in Toronto

The capital province of Ontario and the largest city in Canada, Toronto is located in the southern part of Ontario towards the northern shore of Lake Ontario. Toronto is home to the biggest Santa parades in the world, there are thousands of visitors who love to be a part of this parade. This 6-kilometer route runs through the heart of the city. The Cavalcade of Lights takes places through the entire month of December. This festival starts off with the lighting of the gigantic Christmas tree in front of the City Hall in Nathan Philips Square. Some of the popular hotels in town are Thompson Toronto Hotel, Best Western Plus Travel Toronto Airport, Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Toronto Hotel, Howard Johnson Yorkville, and Easton Chelsea Hotel. Book early to avoid any last-minute hassles.



A Province, which is located in east-central Canada. An area, which is predominate with French-speaking people and the only province that has French as an official provincial language. A great place to be during the Christmas holidays, which is home to beautiful & fluffy white snow, cobblestone lanes, marvelous historical architecture. The Quebec-Adabra, which is a festival offering large-scale illuminations. An authentic German Christmas market and a beautiful light show are some of the key attractions of this festival. You can count the celebrations during the Christmas season is one of the best held in North America. The best hotels in the region are Marie Rollet Hotel, Hotel le Priori, Delta Quebec Hotel, Jardin Ste Anne, and Hotel Le Louisbourg, etc.


Christmas in Vancouver

The coastal seaport city on the mainland of British Columbia. Considered to one of the largest municipality in Canada, there is an annual tradition, which is followed for more than 50 years, where hundreds of boats decorated with light parades around Deep Cove, Port Moody, and False Creek move into the water for celebrations. Book a romantic cruise dinner with your partner if you are looking forward to some private moments. Other attractions include Stanley Park, which is one of the finest additions to the green space of Canada. Some of the best hotels in Vancouver are The Burrard Hotel, Hyatt Regency Vancouver Hotel, Empire Landmark Hotel, Wedgewood Hotel & Spa, and Pan Pacific Vancouver Hotel, etc.


New Year in Edmonton

This is the capital city of Alberta, a province in Canada. The Christmas along with the New Year is considered to one of the most vividly celebrated seasons here. Some of the star attractions to check out are Candy Cane Lane, where you will find festivals running all through the month of December. Get ready for peak nights with bustling crowds during the weekends leading to Christmas.

Enjoy upcoming Christmas and new year with your family and friends in top most cities of Canada. Don’t keep your loved ones waiting, plan your Canada trip today and enjoy  the fantastic new year & Christmas in Canadian style.

Priya Ghatol

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