Do Canadians prefer to celebrate Christmas or New Year’s?

Do you think most Canadians celebrate Christmas?

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If you said yes, you’re correct! According to our recent survey, 88% of Canadians aged 18+ celebrate Christmas. People who live in Atlantic Canada (94%) are more likely to indicate they celebrate Christmas, compared to residents of other provinces.

For some Canadians, Christmas is a religious holiday, while others embrace the more secular aspects. Certain Canadians use this time to get together with their family; others prefer to spend their time with friends. All sorts of gift-giving rituals exist: giving a lot of gifts, giving a few gifts, gift exchanges (where you only give gifts to one person), and more. Some prefer not to give gifts at all.

Curious about what types of presents Canadians prefer to give and receive? Click here to see what we found.

Christmas or New Year’s?

In our survey, about three-quarters (74%) of Canadians indicated they prefer to celebrate Christmas, 16% prefer to celebrate the New Year, and 7% do not celebrate either.

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Quebecers (64%) are least likely to prefer celebrating Christmas, and most likely (25%) to prefer celebrating the New Year, compared to residents of other provinces, and women (80%) are more likely than men (68%) to prefer celebrating Christmas, while men (20%) are more likely than women (12%) to prefer celebrating the New Year.

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Happy Holidays!

Survey Methodology

This online survey of 1,513 Canadians aged 18+ was conducted from November 15-19, 2019, using the Leger web panel (Leger Opinion). The data are weighted to ensure a representative sample of the population. For comparison purposes only, a probability sample of n=1,513 would have a margin of error of +/- 2.5%, 19 times out of 20.

The numbers presented have been rounded. However, the numbers before rounding are used to calculate the totals presented. Therefore, the sums may not correspond to the manual addition of the numbers presented.

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