If you don’t have any plans yet on what to do this holiday season or are looking to brighten up your December with Christmas cheer, Ottawa’s got you covered!
There are dazzling Christmas lights, a Christmas market to get some winter goodies, a visit to a Christmas village, and so much more in store for everyone!
Don’t forget to put on your favorite winter outfit to keep warm as we take you through all of Ottawa’s Christmas attractions this December.
Magic of Lights
WHEN: Until January 6, 2024
WHERE: Wesley Clover Parks, 401 Corkstown Rd, Nepean, ON K2H 8T1, Canada
You can experience the enchantment of the holiday season as Magic of Lights illuminates Wesley Clover Parks in Ottawa’s west end.
This dazzling drive-through display showcases beloved holiday scenes and characters brought to life with the latest LED technology and digital animations. For tickets and more information, take a look at the official website.
Winter Lights Across Canada
WHEN: December 7, 2023 – January 7, 2024
WHERE: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
This December, you can watch as your holiday season is illuminated with a spectacular display of thousands of lights.
From downtown Ottawa and Gatineau all the way through the enchanting Pathway of Lights! If you need more information, take a look at the official website.
Historical and cultural landmarks or monuments included in this bright display include the following:
- National War Memorial
- Rideau Canal Park
- Confederation Park
- Mackenzie Triangle
- Reconciliation: The Peacekeeping Monument
- Jacques-Cartier Park
- Garden of Provinces and Territories
- Portage Park
- Supreme Court of Canada
Ottawa Christmas Market
WHEN: Until December 23, 2023
WHERE: Lansdowne TD Place, Ottawa, ON K1S 3W7, Canada
If you haven’t done all your Christmas shopping yet or just need to cure that shopping fever before the year ends, drop by the Ottawa Christmas Market this December!
More than 45 local vendors are set to bring festive cheer to the Ottawa Christmas Market, offering 16 days of entertainment and diverse programming. Get a feel for the holiday spirit, as Santa’s Workshop also provides complimentary crafts for children.
A Country Christmas at Saunders Farm
WHEN: December 1-23, 2023
WHERE: Saunders Farm, 7893 Bleeks Rd A, Ottawa, ON K0A 3P0, Canada
Saunders Farm will undergo a magical winter makeover, turning into a whimsical wonderland for the holiday season.
There, you’ll be able to enjoy festivities like Country Christmas Days and the Holiday Light Stroll, a delightful 15-25-minute walk through illuminated and picturesque paths!
Stanley’s Olde Maple Lane Farm
WHEN: December 1-30, 2023
WHERE: 2452 York’s Corners Rd, Edwards, ON K0A 1V0, Canada
At Stanley’s Olde Maple Lane Farm, you can explore the enchanting Christmas Village, open from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday throughout December.
Don’t forget to join the Holiday Stroll, which is perfect for those wanting a special night with a loved one or a get-together with friends. It’s happening from Wednesdays to Saturdays in December at the farm.
Christmas Down on the Farm
WHEN: Until December 18, 2023
WHERE: The Log Farm, 670 Cedarview Rd, Nepean, ON K2R 1E5, Canada
Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the Log Farm this December so you can enjoy the farm, market shop, wagon rides, and Santa’s workshop! We definitely recommend it for the whole family or even with your best friends to really feel the holidays!
The Mayor’s Annual Christmas Celebration
WHEN: December 9, 2023
WHERE: Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Ave W, Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1, Canada
The mayor’s Christmas celebration is back for its 21st year at Ottawa City Hall this winter. This is why the city of Ottawa invites everyone to enjoy the holiday spirit outdoors!
Everyone can get the chance to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus, who’ll be in their special cabin after arriving from the North Pole. There’ll be ice skating, horse-drawn wagon rides, hot chocolate, and live shows to keep the fun going.
Admission is free—just bring a donation to the Ottawa Food Bank for a festive way to help others this season!
Billings Estate’s Home for the Holidays
WHEN: December 2-23, 2023
WHERE: 2100 Cabot St, Ottawa, ON K1H 6K1, Canada
If you haven’t visited the Billing’s Estate yet, be sure to take advantage of its Home for the Holidays this winter! Relax and feel the calm as you take in the lovely, old-fashioned holiday decorations at Ottawa’s oldest wooden house.
And as you walk around, discover the stories and belongings of the Billings family at your own speed during the exhibition. Plus, don’t miss the Christmas card coloring spot or the chance to create your own ornament!