Christmas in Canada

How do I wish someone there a Happy Christmas?

  • Happy Christmas or Joyeux Noël, depending on where you are.

When do they give presents?

  • Christmas Day for the English speaking areas, Christmas Eve in Quebec.

Who brings the presents?

  • Santa Claus or Le Père Noël

What’s on the menu?

  • Roast turkey with all the trimmings, followed by Christmas pudding. In Quebec, tourtière is a traditional pie made with game and potatoes.

Any other traditions I should know about?

  • In French-speaking Quebec, as in France, the Christmas Eve feast is known as Le Réveillon. Attending Midnight Mass is also popular in this province.
  • The Santa Claus parade has taken place in Toronto for 114 years. It happens in November and features thousands of Santas and clowns walking the city streets.
  • Every year, the town of Niagara Falls is lit up by 8km of festive lights, including the iconic waterfalls themselves. Elsewhere, the Christmas Lights Across Canada programme illuminates the major cities.
  • In Newfoundland people go mummering. They put on masks and go from door to door singing and dancing. The host has to try and guess who is beneath the mask, before everyone has something to eat and drink.