Holiday Celebrations

December 13, 2023

As the time approaches, Canadians are looking forward to the holidays and preparing for them in the next few weeks, including how they will celebrate and what they enjoy the most about the holidays. From December 8 to 10, 2023, we surveyed Canadians and Americans to learn more about their feelings toward the holiday season and their plans.

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Some of the key highlights of our survey on holiday celebrations include…

  • 68% of Canadians plan on having a special holiday dinner with family and/or friends. Out of those who plan to have a special dinner, 55% will serve turkey.
  • The holiday season is 36% of Canadians’ favourite time of year, while about the same proportion of Canadians (37%) think the holidays are fine but are glad when they are over. On the other hand, 11% of Canadians don’t like the holiday season and all its commercialization, and 9% get stressed about the holiday season.
  • For the majority of Canadians, seeing family (65%) is their favourite part of the holidays, while gift buying (27%) is their least favourite part. Almost one-quarter (23%) of Canadians can’t name their least favourite part because they love every minute of the holiday season.
  • 65% of Canadians think the current list of statutory holidays is adequate, while 57% of Americans think the same. On the other hand, 22% of Canadians think the list of statutory holidays should be expanded to include other religious days, such as those from Jewish, Islamic, and other traditions, while 27% of Americans think the same.

Methodology

This web survey was conducted from December 8 to 10, 2023, with 1,530 Canadians and 1,005 Americans, 18 years of age or older, randomly recruited from LEO’s online panel. A margin of error cannot be associated with a non-probability sample in a panel survey. For comparison, a probability sample of 1,530 respondents would have a margin of error of ±2.51%, 19 times out of 20, and a probability sample of 1,005 respondents would have a margin of error of ±3.1%, 19 times out of 20.

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