Quebec City becomes a winter wonderland from December onwards, with Old Quebec transformed into a Christmas village straight out of a Dickens novel – markets, decorations and twinkling lights everywhere. Experience the Old World magic of Christmas with a night tour of New France, discovering colonial traditions during their coldest season, or join a food tour and find out where the locals go for Christmas specialties like gourmet cheeses and ice wine. Stay at: Auberge Saint-Antoine Not only has this super chic property been named one of the top hotels in Canada by Conde Nast Traveler for the past 10 years, but it sits right in the heart of the historic Old Town. Check in on Christmas Eve and enjoy the hotel’s impressive holiday package that includes a two-night stay, breakfast, brunch and dinner at the award-wining Panache restaurant and a number of holiday activities to make you feel at home – mulled wine, a Christmas movie screening, a Santa visit with gifts for the kids and a horse-drawn carriage ride through Old Quebec. Christmas package starts at $1275 for two people.
Even Canada’s economic hub gets into the Christmas spirit once December rolls around. In fact, Toronto fully embraces the holiday season with a bustling Christmas marketin the historic Distillery District, the lighting of the official tree at Nathan Phillips Square and heaps of holiday sales at the massive Eaton Centre mall and along fashion-forward Bloor St. Plus, if you’re around in early December, you can check out the One of a Kind Show and pick up unique artisanal gifts for everyone on your list. Stay at: Four Seasons As if you needed an excuse to check in to the Four Seasons. The luxe hotel with a chic Yorkville address gets into the festive spirit over the holidays, with a gingerbread-making workshop on Christmas Eve for the kids and a wine tasting with the hotel’s sommelier for adults. Christmas Day is all about the tastes of the season as Chef Tyler Shedden of Café Boulud creates a festive feast like no other. Plus, when you book two nights over the holidays, the third is free – regardless of whether you’re on the naughty or nice list.
Victoria lights up (literally!) at Christmas. From the giant Ferris wheel in Centennial Square to the provincial Christmas tree on the lawn of the Parliament Buildings to the thousands of lights at Butchart Gardens, Victoria is a beautiful getaway for the holidays. Take it all in with free horse-drawn trolley rides through the city on Saturdays and Sundays through December. Stay at: Magnolia Hotel & Spa Recognized by Conde Nast as one of the top luxury hotels in Canada the Magnolia Hotel & Spa is a boutique home-away-from-home. Their holiday package includes daily mulled apple cider and holiday treats in the lobby, plus a Bailey’s night cap to ease you into dreams of sugarplums.