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Christmas In Canada

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Last Updated: 02 July 2021

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Christmas in Canada is celebrated in much same way as it is in other Western countries. As it is Across globe, December 25 is an official holiday in Canada, with many Canadians also taking time off on the afternoon of 24 as well as Boxing Day, celebrated on 26. Canada is a multicultural country, so many other holiday traditions, aside from Christian ones, are observed in December and throughout the year. Hanukkah celebrations are widespread, especially in Toronto and Montreal, where there are large Jewish populations. On Christmas Day, pretty much everything in the way of retail and services is closed, except for the occasional convenience store. If you're looking for a bar or restaurant for a good holiday meal, hotel is a good bet. Christmas Eve, is the last chance to go Christmas shopping with most stores staying open until 5 or 6 pm and lots of people leaving work for day by noon or shortly thereafter. Canadian traditions include decorating Christmas trees and exchanging gifts. On Christmas Day, a special meal is prepared often including roast turkey, seasonal vegetables, mashed potatoes, and gravy. Traditional favorite Christmas desserts reminiscent of England include Christmas plum puddings and mincemeat tarts. Christmas crackers are popular favors. Rich fruit Christmas Cake is also a traditional Christmas sweet. On December 26, Canadians shake off their food comas and hit malls for Boxing Day, biggest shopping day of the year, where stores slash prices in an effort to attract holiday shoppers.

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Holiday Events

Christmas Parades are popular holiday celebrations. Most major cities across Canada hold Santa Claus Parade in November, with some spilling over into December. For bigger cities, like Vancouver and Toronto, if you're not up to facing thousands of spectators that turn out for those Parades, or if you just can't make the date, consider some of smaller local Parades that also take place during the holiday season. Toronto's Santa Claus Parade holds the record for longest-standing children's Parade and has march jolly. Nick across town for more than a century. Lights Festivals are also popular. There are Festivals of Lights, which set many Canadian cities aglow. Some of the most popular are: winter Festival of Lights, Niagara fall Christmas Lights across Canada, Ottawa Toronto Cavalcade of Lights, Toronto Vancouver Festival of Lights, Van Dusen Botanical Garden, Vancouver Airdrie Festival of Lights, Airdrie Christmas traditions are similar right across the country, but check local listings TO keep up-TO-date on City-specific light Festivals, Santa Claus sightings, and Boxing Day sales.

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Christmas in Canadian Cities

Although its breathtaking destination any time of year, Niagara fall really rocks Christmas. They know how to deck falls. Highlights here are nightly Fireworks illumination of Falls, and the Winter Festival of Lights. The Winter Festival of Lights is on now until January 25 2019 along an eight kilometre long route that travels through the beautiful landscapes of Niagara Parks, Dufferin Islands, and surrounding tourist districts. New this year, festival also includes Cascades of Fire International Fireworks Competition until November 18 2018. Add two Santa Claus Parades and youve get mighty good Christmas.

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Canada for Christmas

Although it's cold, Toronto at Christmas is bustling and festive. Light shows, Toronto Santa Claus Parade, and elaborately decorated department store windows in downtown core are just some of the holiday activities in Toronto. Vancouver stay festive with Rogers Santa Claus Parade, and you're always hour away from some deep snow. As Canada's national capital, Ottawa does any holiday in a big way, and Christmas is no exception. Light shows, parades, and other festive activities go on throughout the season. Montreal is another Canadian city that is darn cold but still charming over holidays, especially in Old Montreal, with its historic buildings and cobblestone roads. The scene in Old Quebec City over the holidays is storybook perfect: snow-cap 17-century buildings, cobblestone streets, and Christmas lights. Many concerts and special events are stag to celebrate the season, including many that highlight the city's long history.

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Christmas in Yellowknife, NWT

Yellowknife Farmers Market hosts a Christmas Market with many summer vendors on the first Tuesday in December starting at 5 pm. Location can change, so be sure to check out the yellowknifefarmersmarket. Ca Lights Across Canada is a national event where cities around Canda all turn on their Christmas lights at same time. This happens in the first week of December, normally on Wednesday at 5: 15 pm. It is often hosted at Yellowknife City Hall and then moves to the Legislative Assembly for treats and music. While not a community event, it is a significant day in Yellowknife as it is the day with the least sunlight. Also known as the darkest day of year. Leading up to December 21, daylight becomes shorter and shorter. After December 21 passes, daylight slowly starts to return until the summer solstice on June 21. Host by the City of Yellowknife around 8 pm on December 31. They are annual occurrence that happens on Frame Lake to ring in the new year. Many craft sales happen in November but some run into December. Check out our Craft Sale tag to view this year's list of local Craft Sales.


Quick facts about Yellowknife in December

1C-Warmest-20. 1C, Coldest-28. 2C Average Hours of Daylight: 5: 09: 21-Shortest 4: 57: 31, Longest 5: 40: 57 Average Aurora Observation Nights: 21. 1 Tourism Popularity: Moderate welcome to the darkest month in Yellowknife. No, really. December has the day with the shortest amount of daylight all year, with the number of Daylight Hours being just under 5-Hours. December in Yellowknife is also filled with Christmas lights, craft sales, winter activities and so much more, not to mention the return of more clear sky nights, great for Aurora viewing. December in Yellowknife is a cheery time with holidays fast approaching for many residents. This is also an important point to note as a visitor or newcomer to Yellowknife. Christmas Day, December 25 and 26, are holidays in Yellowknife. This means many businesses will be closed during these days, including restaurants, stores, galleries, and some public buildings. When planning activities for these days, make sure you account for limited options when looking for things and places to eat.

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Most Canadians Are Shopping Local

TORONTO-Nothing has been normal in 2020 and that will be true of online shopping this year, too. Canadians flock online in spring when lockdowns are in place, driving a surge of up to 40 per cent in digital shopping. As restrictions grow across Canada amid record spikes in COVID-19 cases, more consumers are expected to turn to their phones and computers to check off their Christmas lists this year. This is going to be a season like no other, Graham Robins, CEO & Customs Brokers, told CTVs Your Morning on Monday. It is going to be season of tremendous online shopping, so we have to get ready for that. Now that many Canadians are still working from home and perhaps considering virtual gatherings with family and friends in December that would mean shipping presents rather than giving in person, countrys busiest shopping season is expected to look very different. Robins say large couriers are gearing up for a record-breaking season. He recommends that Canadians shop early-that is, now-and to consolidate their items into single deliveries as much as possible. He urged small businesses to look beyond selling on their own websites to platforms like eBay, Shopify and Facebook Marketplace. The Closure of the US border means that many Canadians who have parcels shipped to the post-office box on the other side of the border and drive over to pick them up have to make new plans this year. Robins say option when companies do ship to Canada is to have a local parcel delivery company handle getting it across the border. Shipping and logistics infrastructure in Canada has seen about three years of growth in one year in 2020, but build out is still in progress, he say. Sometimes it is faster and cheaper to get packages from the US or around the world than from across Canada. That is why Canadians experience huge backlog in spring in shipping of online orders when pandemic first hit. Surrey, BC-base & Customs Brokers report 35 per cent spike in business from online shopping in April. FedEx Express Canada announced Monday that it has opened a new small-package sorting facility in TORONTO to gear up for the holiday season. The facility will have the capacity to sort up to 20 000 small e-commerce shipments every hour and will operate around the clock. The company has grown its Canadian workforce by 25 per cent since the beginning of summer, adding 2 500 jobs. That single largest hiring increase in a quarter in companys 33 years in Canada. According to a survey by consultancy PwC Canada, 33 per cent of holiday shoppers say they will use curbside pick-up for online purchases this year, compared to 13 per cent in 2019. The Report also finds that overall consumer spending for holidays is projected to fall about 31 per cent, but that is driven by a 60 per cent drop in travel spending.

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Rudolph Was Canadian

You'll go down in history, write Johnny Marks about Rudolph Red-nose Reindeer. It's been 75 years since the composer's song became an instant hit, and 50 years since NBC first aired one of the most beloved Christmas specials of all time. The history of Rankin-Bass stop-motion animated special, like Santa's sleigh, has had its own ups and downs. It read more like a mystery novel than a holiday classic. Take Canadians, who supply the voices of the show's main characters. Paul Soles speaks for Hermey Elf, North Pole helper with kiss-curl who really wants to be a dentist. Soles, now 84, put his involvement in special down to blind luck. The Toronto native, who has gone on to a long acting career ranging from This is Law to Less Than Kind, was already established with a troupe of CBC Radio performers by 1964. His cousin was Bernard Cowan, who, among other things, had been announcer on front Page Challenge. Cowan had assembled voice cast for two previous animated shows produced by Jules Bass and Arthur Rankin Jr., New Adventures of Pinocchio and Tales of Wizard of Oz. Those shows, according to Rick Goldschmidt, author of Enchanted World of Rankin-Bass, had been do on cheap. New York-base producers were down to taking loans from friends to bankroll their series and chose Toronto's Crawley Films to crank out 130 short episodes of Wizard. Using Canadian voice actors, it turned out, was a cost-cutting move. We were good, but we also worked cheap, say Soles. This business of residuals was new to our union, which was not quite as strong as SAG or others in the States. Thus Soles and Billie Mae Richards, who voice Rudolph, Stan Francis, Larry Mann, Carl Banas, as well as Janis Orenstein, Paul Kligman, Peg Dixon, Corrie Conley and Alfie Scopp, never saw nickel from special after second repeat in 1966-despite fact Rudolph has never fallen off the annual Christmas TV schedule. Burl Ives, on the other hand-brought in at the last minute as headliner to appease NBC and sponsor General Electric-had much better deal. As Sam Snowman / narrator, American folk singer and now his estate continue to cash Rudolph cheques each Christmas. The fate of voice stars, however, is still better than what happens to puppets. Rudolph, like Pinocchio, was animated in Japan. Bendable puppets, designed in America by Antony Peters, were photographed few frames at a time to create stop-motion animation. To promote the special, full cast set of puppets was shipped from Japan to America and, according to Goldschmidt, put on display at Christmastime at NBC Studios in Manhattan. Rankin and others place little value in puppets. It was always about the next project for him, said Goldschmidt. When puppets were returned to Rankin-Bass, they were never stored properly.

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