Want to kick the holiday season off right this year? Here are a few of our favourite places to enjoy the holidays in Ottawa!
The Ottawa Christmas Market
An excellent spot to check out this winter is the Ottawa Christmas Market. Decked out with fire pits, carolers, Christmas trees, and more, you can shop till you drop with local vendors and get into the joyous holiday vibes while you browse. This European inspired market is always worth a visit, especially during the tree lighting ceremony for opening night. You and the kids can celebrate the season and also enjoy a visit with Santa himself.
November 29 – December 22 – Aberdeen Square at Lansdowne Park – 1525 Princess Patricia Way
Alight at Night
If you want to embrace the season by experiencing an unforgettable display of lights, infused with a little Canadian heritage, then make sure to visit the Upper Canada Village. Every year, this place goes all out decorating every inch of the village for a truly dazzling display. It’s the perfect reason to get out and stroll through the magical snowy setting with the family. There’s a horse-drawn wagon for the kids to ride, a village store to browse and shop for goods, and you can even dine onsite at the Harvest Barn.
Nov 29 to Jan 4 (select nights) – Upper Canada Village – 13740 Country Road 2, Morrisburg
Christmas Glow Ottawa
If you have a “green” thumb and love to garden, them mark this one in your calendar! During the month of December, the Christmas Glow Gardens will showcase Santa’s journey with light trails and festive rooms that represent the six different countries he’ll be traversing. You’ll also find a holiday-themed bar onsite, LED swings, a magic castle, a Glow-comotive train, and a vendor garden.
Throughout December – EY Centre, 4899 Uplands Dr
Ottawa Christmas Craft Sale
We love a good craft fair, and if you do too, the Ottawa Christmas Craft Sale offers ample variety with over 200 vendors. They’ll be selling one of a kind gifts that are handmade, Canadian and ideal for tackling your holiday shopping list. This takes place over 10 days at the EY Centre.
December 5th to December 15th – EY Centre, 4899 Uplands Drive
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