Hamilton 14th in ‘Christmas Capital’ survey but earns fourth place for ‘Christmas Spirit’


Published December 13, 2023 at 11:33 am

Halifax takes the figgy pudding prize in a new ranking of Canada’s Christmas Capitals which rates the country’s largest cities by the number of Christmas markets, parades, events, lighting displays, and other events planned for the holiday season. Expected per-capita holiday spending was also included in the calculation.

Hamilton came in 14th in the overall rankings but earned a solid #4 ranking for ‘Christmas Spirit’ and was seventh for holiday spending per person.

Halifax is Canada’s #1 Christmas destination in the survey undertaken by Bestcasinosites.net, which local event listings on TodoCanada.ca hashtag data from social media and data from the Retail Council of Canada to get estimates on holiday spending.

The Nova Scotia capital scored an impressive 65 (out of 75) in the rankings, followed by Barrie (62), Kelowna and Ottawa (59), Kingston (55), St. John’s (53), Moncton and Windsor (52), Niagara Falls (48), Toronto (46), Vancouver and Victoria (40) and Hamilton at 39.

Two thousand people were also surveyed to learn about how residents in each city celebrate Christmas. The survey looked at how residents spend their time around the holidays. Common responses include community bonding at the local ice rink, participating in traditional Christmas markets, and attending light displays.

Haligonians ranked their city 7.2 out of 10 for Christmas spirit, just ahead of Hamiltonians, who scored the city 7.1 out of ten. Alberta cities Edmonton (7.4) and Calgary (7.3) took the top two spots.

Ontario is home to two of the top five cities in Christmas spirit – Hamilton and Kitchener – but also two of the bottom five – Windsor and Toronto, who scored just 5.0 and 5.1, respectively, in the rankings. Ontario also has the top three most active holiday participation of all Canadian cities.

Halifax spent the most cash at Christmas per capita at $750, followed by Kitchener, Laval, Windsor, Brampton and Calgary. Hamilton tied with Edmonton in seventh at $375 per person.

Things aren’t so rosy across the country in Windsor and Toronto, the two least-spirited cities in our ranking. Residents of Windsor rank their city a dismal 5.0 out of 10 for Christmas spirit. Toronto doesn’t fare much better, narrowly avoiding the bottom spot with an average Christmas spirit rating of 5.1.

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