Christmas in Canada – Fun Trivia that you May Not Know

By Randall Orser | holiday season


  1. A 2018 survey by the Retail Council of Canada discovered that residents of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador spent more per capita (an average of $813 per person) in retail stores.  This is more than any other Provinces.  Ontario and BC came in at number 2 with average spending of $805 and in third place Quebecers spent $458 on average per person.
  2. Vancouver BC claims to be the birthplace of the first Ugly Christmas Sweater Party.”
  3. Winnipeg is often referred to as the "Christmas Capital of Canada" because it is almost always guaranteed to have snow on the ground at Christmas.
  4. Santa has his own postal code in Canada - since 1982 big-hearted Canadian Post Office workers have donated over 200,000 hours of their time answering letters to Santa.  They have also set up a special postal code for Santa as part of a "Santa Letter Writing Program" literary initiative.  The special postal code is H0H 0H0.
  5. The Christmas tree was first introduced to Canada in 1781 by German immigrant Baron Friederick von Riedesel in Sorel, Quebec. 
  6. In Northern Canada a Taffy Pull Party is set up in honour of St. Catherine the patron saint of single women.  The party provides an opportunity for single women to meet available single men.
  7. Did you know that Rudolf was Canadian?  All the character voices in the favourite Christmas Movie, Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer were performed by Canadian actors, singers and voice-over artists at the RCA Victor Studios in Toronto.
  8. Canadians Love Eggnog!  The volume of Commercial sales of eggnog in Canada in December is around 6.7 million litres. 
  9. The Toronto Santa Claus Parade has been held every Christmas since 1905. Almost 1,800 people take part in the parade, and about 500,000 people line the parade route.  It is one of the largest parades in North America.  The T. Eaton company sponsored the first parade.
  10. Every year, the province of Nova Scotia gives a Christmas tree to the US city of Boston. The tree is in appreciation for help given by Boston residents after a ship exploded in Halifax in 1917.
  11. Cookie baking parties are very popular all over Canada around Christmas. Cookies are baked and recipes are exchanged, and each person at the party leaves with a selection of cookies.
  12. Candy, chocolate and snack foods account for around $450 million of sales in Canada in December.
  13. Homes in Labrador City in Newfoundland have a Christmas lights competition every year.   Homeowners also try to outdo each other with huge ice sculptures and light displays in their gardens.
  14. A substantial part of the popular Christmas movie A Christmas Story was filmed in Canada, including Ralphie’s school, the Chinese restaurant, the famous swearing scene and interior segments. 
  15. Canadians love Department Stores and Booze – According to Statistics Canada Canadians prefer to shop in person with department stores being their favourite place to buy.   In second place are beer, liquor and wine stores with an average of $1.6 billion dollars being spent on booze. 
  16. Michael Bublé had a very Merry Christmas in 2011 when his album Christmas was listed as the second biggest selling album of 2011.  It sold 2.45 million copies in the U.S. alone only exceeded by Adele’s 21.  Impressively an album with only a few weeks on the shelf outsold almost all the competition in 2011.
  17. Attending midnight mass is customary among French speaking Canadians, as well as attending feasts on Christmas Eve. A stew made from pigs’ feet is a traditional Christmas meal in parts of Quebec.  
  18. Mummering is a popular tradition during the 12 days of Christmas in parts of Newfoundland.  Children often wearing masks go from door to door, sing and dance, and are given snacks and drinks.
  19. Canadians Love Turkey! In 2017 according to the Turkey Farmers of Canada, Canadians consumed 153.1kg of turkey.  During Christmas that year 3.3 million whole turkeys were purchased which is equal to 47% of all the turkeys sold in 2017.
  20. During the last seven days of December, many of Canada's Inuit celebrate Christ's birth by exchanging gifts every day.
  21. Justin Trudeau was born on Christmas Day.
  22. In the Atlantic Provinces retail shopping is not allowed on Boxing Day, sales start on the 27th of December.
  23. The Federal Accountability Act of 2006 and protocol does not allow the Prime Minister or his family to accept monetary gifts, gift cards or perishable food items. 
  24. In 2016 Canada had 1872 Christmas tree farms concentrated in BC, Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick and exported 1.95 million trees to over 20 countries.
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