2021 Holiday Celebrations – November 23, 2021

THIS SURVEY EXPLORES CANADIANS’ AND AMERICANS’ PERSPECTIVES ON THEIR PLANS FOR THEIR 2021 HOLIDAY CELEBRATIONS.

In Canada and the United States, the holidays are less than a month away, meaning that many Canadians and Americans have already started (or will soon start) planning their 2021 holiday celebrations. In the latest edition of our North American Tracker, we asked them about whether their plans are different compared to last year, if they plan to associate with unvaccinated family members/friends, their holiday spending plans and more.

This survey is conducted in collaboration with the Association for Canadian Studies (ACS) and published in the Canadian Press. This series of surveys is available on Leger’s website.

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2021 Holiday Celebrations

  • When it comes to the 2021 holiday season:
    • 26% of Canadians and 30% of Americans plan to go back to the holiday celebrations they would have had pre-COVID-19
    • 37% of Canadians and 26% of Americans plan to celebrate more than last year with friends and family, but not as much as pre-COVID-19
    • 27% of Canadians and 28% of Americans do not plan to celebrate any more than last year
  • When thinking about planning their holiday celebrations, Americans are more likely than Canadians to say they would:
    • Invite a family member/friend into their home if they knew that person was not vaccinated (35% of Canadians, 54% of Americans)
    • Accept a family member/friend’s invitation to a party if they knew unvaccinated people would be present (32% of Canadians, 47% of Americans)
Spending time with unvaccinated people during holiday celebrations: Canadians vs Americans
  • 45% of Canadians and 50% of Americans plan to let go of social distancing during their holiday gatherings and greet others with a handshake, hug or kiss.
45% of Canadians and 50% of Americans plan to let go of social distancing during their holiday gatherings and greet others with a handshake, hug or kiss.

METHODOLOGY

This web survey was conducted from November 19 to November 21, 2021, with 1,547 Canadians and 1,001 Americans, 18 years of age or older, randomly recruited from LEO’s online panel.

For comparison, a probability sample of 1,547 respondents would have a margin of error of ±2.49%, 19 times out of 20, while a probability sample of 1,001 would have a margin of error of ±3.09%, 19 times out of 20. 

THIS REPORT CONTAINS THE RESULTS FOR THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS AND MORE!

  • COVID-19-related safety measures had a large impact on holiday celebrations last year in 2020.  This year, for the 2021 holiday season, do you plan to…
  • During your holiday gatherings, do you plan to let go of social distancing and greet others with a handshake, a hug or a kiss?
  • Is the issue of vaccine status and wondering/asking friends or family about their vaccine status making the holidays…?
  • In terms of holiday spending (from gifts, to food, to alcoholic beverages, etc.), do you intend to…
  • This holiday season, are you planning to increase your shopping at local smaller independent retailers, even if it costs a little more OR are you going to shop wherever you have the best chance of finding what you need at the best price?
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