Things to do in Ottawa this Holiday Season

The holiday season is fast approaching! With Christmas decorations going up and holiday party invitations being sent out, we thought we would highlight some of the holiday festivities happening in Ottawa this season!

Here are some of the best events happening in town this season:

1 .  Christmas Lights Across Canada

December 1, 2021 – January 9, 2022 (Daily – 5:30 pm – 1:00 am)
Downtown Ottawa
Free Admission

Each year, in honour of the holiday season, thousands of colourful lights line the buildings, parks and streets of our capital. The pathway of lights includes Confederation Boulevard, Canada’s ceremonial route, which encompasses Wellington Street, Mackenzie Street, Elgin Street and Sussex Drive in downtown Ottawa, as well as Laurier Street in Gatineau and the Alexandra Bridge. A virtual version of the tour will also be available.

This year, you can also visit a new artistic light installation on Parliament Hill. Entre les rangs is a sensory experience that takes you on a stroll through an urban field.

2 .  It’s a Wonderful Life – Live Radio Play

December 10 & 11, 17 & 18 (Showtimes Vary)
Villa Lucia Supper Club, 3430 Carling Avenue
Priced Per Ticket

Celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Frank Capra’s beloved film, brought to life as a radio broadcast. Grab a drink, join the fun, and be transported back to 1946 in Ottawa as we celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the film’s release with this live radio broadcast. FREE on-site parking is available.

3 .  Ottawa Christmas Market

November 26, 2021 – December 22, 2021 (Weekends Only)
Casino Lac-Leamy Plaza at Lansdowne, Marché Way, Ottawa, Ontario
Free Admission

Located in the Casino Lac Leamy Plaza, surrounded by snow-capped heritage buildings and wooden chalets, is the Ottawa Christmas Market presented by TD. Thousands of Christmas lights and decorations twinkle and sparkle to create that festive atmosphere accompanied by holiday entertainment, local flavours, and, of course, some holiday shopping! Enjoy over 35 vendors offering food & drinks, holiday music, various attractions and holiday shopping options!

4 .   The Magic of Lights

Nov. 19, 2021 – Jan. 8, 2022 (5 pm to 10 pm nightly)
Wesley Clover Park (411 Corkstown Rd ), Ottawa
Tickets: $20 per standard vehicle, $45 per limo/party bus

Magic of Lights is a dazzling, drive-through holiday lights experience featuring your favourite holiday scenes and characters using the latest LED technology and digital animations. You can experience Magic of Lights from the comfort and safety of your car as you wind through the sparkling path at Wesley Clover Park. This is a great activity for families with small children. Bonus, every ticket to Magic of Lights benefits Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario.

5 .  The Rideau Canal Skateway

Dates TBD (weather dependent)
Rideau Canal @ National Arts Centre, Downtown, Ottawa
Free Admission

It’s not winter in Ottawa if you haven’t visited the Rideau Canal Skateway. This attraction is weather permitting, but it’s a must-do winter activity. Take in the beautiful views while skating around the iconic Rideau Canal. Grab a hot chocolate and enjoy a beautiful day. This is the perfect winter activity for families and friends to get together outdoors and get moving.

For daily reports on ice conditions and other information on the skateway, click the link above.

These are just some of the many events happening in our city to cap off 2021! For more events and details, click here.

We hope you feel the magic of the holiday season, spend some quality time with your friends and family and remember to spread love and kindness.

Happy holidays from the Adam Mills Team!