Top ten Christmas festive cities in Canada

Saskatoon Saskatchewan, ©Space Ritual/Flickr

Saskatoon Saskatchewan, ©Space Ritual/Flickr

In the country of Canada winter is not just a season it is a way of life. During the holidays they especially give their best to create a special atmosphere. Canadians embrace the Christmas holiday season all over the country by decorating the streets and shop windows and the houses will be lit up with beautiful lights and the interior setting changes into a winter fairytale. Travel to Canada around the winter holidays and pick up some holiday cheer from a nation which organizes fabulous festive celebrations and vibrant parades. Below you will find the ten most festive cities in Canada worth visiting during the winter season. Here they are:

1. Quebec City – the capital of Belle

The beautiful city of Quebec is a wonderful setting for a relaxing winter holiday. In the colder season the streets are covered with fluffy snow. Walk through the sparkling white streets illuminated by a fabulous light show. Visit the historic architectural constructions and the Christmas market. Try some delicious mulled wine, browse through the stands buy a souvenir or a Christmas gift for a loved one.

Quebec City Chrismas, ©Manu_H/Flickr

Quebec City Chrismas, ©Manu_H/Flickr

2. Toronto – and the Santa Clause parade

Toronto, the largest city of Canada gives place to the biggest Santa Clause parade ever. Watch the several floats, 20 marching bands and Santa himself pass through a 6km long route across the city. Witness the Cavalcade of Lights as the massive Christmas tree is lit up in the middle of Nathan Philips Square.

3. Ottawa – illumination and hot chocolate

Ottawa is also famous for its beautiful lights. In the beginning of December dramatic lights illuminate the capital of the nation. Usually there is a ceremony where the prime minister flips the switch and in a few seconds the whole city is bathing in beautiful Christmas lights. Enjoy the ceremony next to a cup of free hot chocolate.

Christmas lights on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, ©abdallah/Flickr

Christmas lights on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, ©abdallah/Flickr

4. Niagara Falls illuminated

Visit Niagara Falls before Christmas and see this breathtaking natural attraction dressed in Christmas lights. The Winter Festival of Lights is an annual event at Niagara Falls which has over 3million lights on string. Enjoy the fireworks lit up every week during the festival and join the crowds at the fair or going to musicals and concerts.

5. Saskatoon – toy and candy paradise

If you ever wondered which city in Canada has the most toy stores and candy shops, the answer is Saskatoon. Spend a magical Christmas in Saskatoon, surrounded by tons of candy and toys, where there is a 99% chance for a white Christmas.

Saskatoon Saskatchewan, ©Space Ritual/Flickr

Saskatoon Saskatchewan, ©Space Ritual/Flickr

6. Vancouver – Christmas on the water

The city of Vancouver is home to the Carol Ships Parade of Lights which has been an annual tradition for over 50 years. Watch as dozens of illuminated ships set out on the waters of Port Moody, False Creek and Deep Cove. There is also carol singing and bonfires.

7. Calgary and the Zoolights

It is tradition in Calgary to visit the Zoo at this time of the year as from the end of November to the beginning of January there is a huge event organized annually which is called Zoolights. Take a cup of hot chocolate with you and walk across the illuminated zoo. Visit Candy Land and the Toy Shop of the Elf’s and meet Santa in person.

Calgary Zoolights, ©Cloned Milkmen/Flickr

Calgary Zoolights, ©Cloned Milkmen/Flickr

8. Bay Roberts, Newfoundland

Admire the largest Nativity scene on the Avalon Peninsula and participate on the Festival of Lights together with fireworks, parades and all kinds of concerts.

9. Edmonton

Visit Candy Cane Lane and enjoy a sleigh ride drawn by horses.

Candy Cane Lane, ©jm/Flickr

Candy Cane Lane, ©jm/Flickr

10. Airdrie, Alberta

Although the town of Alberta is not very big yet every year it holds large festive celebrations. Watch the twinkling lights embellishing the town, enjoy the bonfires and magic shows, watch some Christmas movies and visit the crafting stations.

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