Christmas Daddies - FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Christmas Daddies helps Maritime families in need at Christmas time by providing toys to families with children.
The Salvation Army is our partner for the distribution of toys and gifts.
You must register to be on the list. Please contact your local Salvation Army to register or call 902 455 1201 to inquire on a location in your area to register.
The registration process typically begins in November each year.

Christmas Daddies is an annual telethon held in early December. The telethon is a televised pledge-based variety show broadcast live on CTV. The program is a volunteer effort of the staff of CTV Atlantic and the station provides the airtime and equipment to make the production possible. A cast of hundreds – from the very young to the young at heart, volunteer their time to assist in the production. Duties include technical set up, taking phone pledges, running auctions and performing on the show. CTV and CTV Two personalities and special guests host the show, and encourage viewers to phone in and make pledges. As well, a large number of individuals, community groups and companies who have initiated their own fundraising efforts appear on the telethon to make cheque presentations. To read the story of how Christmas Daddies was started click here.

The 2020 Telethon broadcast date is Saturday, December 5 from 11 am to 6 pm (Atlantic).

If you want to present a cheque in Halifax click here

In Moncton, Sydney or Charlottetown please go to the Contact Us page and send an email and include your contact details: name, group or company name, mailing address and phone number.

Please contact us asap as those spots tend to fill rather quickly. NOTE: there is no minimum donation required to present a cheque during the broadcast. Spots are given on a first come first serve basis.

Visit our Contact page for all of our contact information, but before you do please continue reading this FAQ section, we have our most popular questions answered here!

Donations of $10 or more that include full name and complete mailing address will be issued a charitable tax receipt.

A complete mailing address must include civic address (apartment number if applicable), city/town and postal code.

Charitable tax receipts are issued by the Salvation Army and mailed by the end of February each year. If you made your donation via the website your charitable tax receipt will be sent by email.

If you were expecting a charitable tax receipt and it did not arrive by the first week of March please contact the Mainland NS office and provide your donation details.

For more information on how to donate an item for auction, please visit our auction page.


Christmas Daddies and the IWK Foundation are two different organizations. People sometimes confuse us as the same  organization, as both Telethons are broadcast on CTV and both Telethons help Maritime Children.

CTV Christmas Daddies is broadcast on the first Saturday in December. Christmas Daddies is a nonprofit organization. The production is a volunteer effort of the staff of CTV Atlantic TV stations. Christmas Daddies raises funds to provide for less fortunate children at Christmas. Funds raised are distributed by the Salvation Army.

The IWK Telethon is broadcast in early June. The IWK Foundation is a registered charity.  Donations fund world-class care for women, children, youth and families in the Maritimes at the IWK hospital in Halifax, NS and. Here is their link.

Because our telethon’s goal is to help children at Christmas, we only accept musical selections with a Christmas theme.

Your performance must be THREE MINUTES and 30 seconds or less in length.

This year, due to COVID-19 restrictions all performances must be pre-recorded (by the performer) and submitted to Christmas Daddies in advance.

DUE DATE for video submissions & application forms is
October 13, 2020 at 11:59 pm (Atlantic).

Click here for details on How to Record a Video

Please submit your recorded video performance using to

Submitting a Talent Application Form does not guarantee your performance will be included in the live broadcast. All talent submissions are at the discretion of Telethon producers. All applicants will be contacted.

Download the Talent application form here.

Fill in the form and submit!

A live stream of the  Christmas Daddies Telethon will be available during the live broadcast, visit the CTV Atlantic webpage to watch online on the scheduled broadcast date.

It’s never too late to donate!

Pick your method:

  1. Click on our donate page and use Visa or MasterCard.
  2. Visit an RBC in Atlantic Canada with cash, money order or check during the months of December January and February.
  3. Drop a check or money order in the mail made payable to Christmas Daddies click here for mailing address.

Donations received before December 31st are eligible for a charitable tax receipt in that year.  Donations received after January 1st are eligible for a tax receipt of that year.

If an auction item is purchased, a receipt is issued for the portion above and beyond the value received by you. For example, you have paid $100 for an autographed book – the fair market value of the book is $25. The eligible amount of the receipt is $75.

Why not get some Christmas shopping done and feel good about helping a child in need this Christmas.
Check back closer to the broadcast date for details.

Due to COVID-19 restriction in-studio bidding will not take place this year.
All bidding will take place online.
Check back closer to the date of the show (Saturday, Dec 5, 2020) for details.

You can donate online with Visa Or MasterCard at any time!

Pledges can be honoured at any branch of the Royal Bank in the Maritimes from December 1st-January 31st each year.
(RBC branch locator)

Or at any Credit Union location on Cape Breton!

Cheques or money orders can be mailed at anytime to the following offices:

  • Mainland Nova Scotia
  • Cape Breton
  • New Brunswick
  • Prince Edward Island

Please be sure to honour your pledge (or make a donation) on or before December 31st to be eligible for a charitable tax receipt next tax season!

Groups and individuals are always welcome to organize a fundraiser and present the funds to Christmas Daddies. We will even invite you to come appear on the telethon to present your cheque! Please contact the appropriate Christmas Daddies office (Halifax, Moncton, Sydney or PEI) and give us the details of what you would like to do! Send us an email and be sure to include all the facts: group name, contact name, address and phone number.  Tell us about your event: include date, time and location.

If you are holding a raffle draw or a 50/50 draw you will need to apply for a lottery license. Our office must first approve your event and provide you with a letter.  You can then apply for a lottery license!

To obtain a lottery licence:

The funds raised through the Christmas Daddies program provide toys and gifts for less fortunate children during the Christmas season. The Salvation Army distributes these funds throughout Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. Funds are returned to the area from which they originated,  as an example a donation from Bridgewater goes back to Bridgewater.

Last year alone, more than 18,000 Maritime children and parents received toys and food at Christmas because donors contributed to the Christmas Daddies Telethon.

The Christmas Daddies Telethon has raised over $33 and a half million dollars since 1964.
For more details and total amounts raised per year, as well as a breakdown by region, please see the Amounts Raised section on the Telethon page.

Thank you for wanting to volunteer but we not accepting volunteers at this time. Traditionally, our volunteer positions are filled from within CTV by employees, family members and friends. The job of answering phones is filled by Bell Aliant Employee Volunteers and Pioneers.

We encourage groups, businesses or individuals to organize a fundraiser and come on the Telethon to present their cheque. If this is something you want to do, please contact our office and we can schedule you a time during the live broadcast to present your cheque!

If you would like to help the Salvation Army, our partner in the distribution of toys and gifts, in their toy packing centres or on distribution days please reach out to your local Salvation Army.

Check our news and events page for a list of the latest fund raisers and news updates.

In previous years the Christmas Daddies Association of Halifax held additional fund raisers such as a Spring Fashion Show, a Black Tie Dinner & Auction and an Annual Golf Tournament. It has been decided to concentrate efforts on the telethon, and these events no longer take place. However, some groups such as Big Leagues Beverage Room and the Fleet Diving Unit (Atlantic) hold fundraising events on our behalf throughout the year. If you wish to hold such an event yourself, please contact your local Christmas Daddies office for information and guidelines. Your efforts are very much appreciated!

No. We are often asked for broadcasts from older archived shows in the 60s, 70s and 80s. We do not have them.

The earliest recorded telethons available begin in 1990.

We do not have the ability to isolate one performance or appearance.

We are slowly adding past telethons to our YouTube Channel.

We encourage you to check out our YouTube Channel.

Please visit our YouTube Channel.

There are many more great Christmas Daddies videos.

Read the whole story about the History of The Christmas Daddies in our History Section.