Special thanks to my friend Angela who works on date nights.
As soon as the canal opens it’s a great place to take a date for a skate and a Beavertail.
2. Skating through the Forest – Discover the enchanting site of Skating Through the Forest next to the vast Gatineau Park, at 45 minutes from Ottawa. Savour the pristine experience of ice skating on a natural 3km open air ice path in an incredible landscape and sheltered from the wind. Non-skaters can spend some time snowshoeing or walking on our designated paths. Can you spot our friendly wolf “Loupie”? After discovering the ice, join us in our chalet for a hot drink and a snack. (opens officially Dec 15th!) https://www.patinageenforet.com/
3. Magic of lights at Wesley Clover Park is back. Pile everyone into the car and experience the festive annual drive-through light displays featuring the Enchanting Tunnel of Lights, incredible animation, your favorite holiday characters, and more…! $25/vehicle (Friday and Saturday nights are the busiest) http://magicoflights.com/ottawa/
4. Vintage Village of Lights – Cumberland Heritage Museum. Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from November 24, 2017 to December 17, 2017, 3 pm to 8 pm. Step into a holiday tale of your own as you explore seasonal scenes and activities inspired by classic Christmas stories and songs of years past. Take in the 30,000 lights illuminating the Museum, visit with Santa and send a telegram to the North Pole. Let your holiday spirit shine with cookie decorating or a Christmas craft. Singalong to your favourite carol then experience a horse-drawn wagon ride. Feeling chilly? No worries. Warm up by the bonfire and purchase a cup of hot cocoa from the Canteen. There’s magic to share with your family, friends, and loved ones of all ages at the Vintage Village of Lights! Cost: $7.30 for adults, $5.25 for students and seniors, Free for children 5 and under, or $18.80 for a family (two adults and children under 18)
5. Alight the Night – Starting Friday! EASTERN ONTARIO’S BIGGEST OUTDOOR LIGHT FESTIVAL. Bundle up for an evening stroll through this picture-perfect postcard setting! Close to one million lights adorn the heritage buildings, trees and fences of Upper Canada Village creating a one-of-a-kind magical backdrop for its annual Alight at Night Festival – a
true winter wonderland! https://www.uppercanadavillage.com/events/alight-at-night/
6. Stanley’s Christmas Village – Have you ever wondered how Santa gets around the whole world in just one night? The secret is that there are Elf Outposts all over the world. These Elf Villages are responsible for the sorting of mail, production of toys, gift wrapping, and kid tracking for their local area. Last winter while on a moonlit sleigh ride with his family on Christmas Eve, Mr. Stanley heard a strange noise. It sounded like tiny voices singing “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”! Peeking through the bows of cedar trees The Stanley’s were amazed to discover one of these secret villages. Little elves danced and sang around a bonfire, celebrating a year of hard work well done! The head elf, soon to be known as the C.E.O spotted Mr. Stanley and his family and invited them to come join the party. Now with the help of The Stanley Family the village has full use of the farm to help make their Christmas magic, and in return they’ve opened their home to you! Open Saturday and Sundays Buy your tickets online. http://stanleysfarm.com/family-fun/christmas-village/
7. Rideau Hall Skating Rink – The outdoor skating rink was originally built in 1872, during the mandate of the Earl of Dufferin, Canada’s third governor general. Along with his wife, Lady Dufferin—who quickly became a keen skater herself—he organized many skating parties during his stay at Rideau Hall. Today, you can step back in time and go for a skate on this historic rink which is also now refrigerated. Saturdays and Sundays, from 12 noon to 5 p.m. (without reservations).
8. Christmas Lights across Canada – Ottawa sparkles and shines during the Christmas season with Christmas Lights across Canada. From early December to early January, thousands of colourful lights illuminate the National Capital Region’s winter landscape. The 33rd edition of Christmas Lights across Canada will take place from December 7, 2017 to January 7, 2018. Hundreds of thousands of dazzling holiday lights glow throughout downtown Ottawa. Parliament Hill is a must-see stop on any tour of the lights, with tens of thousands of bulbs lighting its historic buildings.
9. Also from December 7, 2017 to January 7, 2018, a winter lightscapes multimedia show is projected onto Parliament Hill’s Centre Block. Inspired by Canada’s nature, climate and culture, this 13-minute fairy tale runs nightly in a loop, from 5:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.https://www.ottawatourism.ca/ottawa-insider/christmas-lights-across-canada/
10. Christmas in the Byward market – Complimentary wagon rides and Christmas Choirs. Saturday and Sunday on the George Street Plaza from noon – 4 p.m. Choirs: Saturday, December 16 12:00-2:00 Northern Stars Saturday, December 16 2:00-4:00 Ottawa Gay Men’s Choir, Sunday, December 17 12:00-2:00 Chinese Alliance Church, Sunday, December 17 2:00-4:00 Ottawa University
11. Ian’s Christmas Adventure park – Visit our REAL reindeer! Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen! Jump on a wagon ride to HO HO Lake. Hike to our log walk bridge and see Claus’ Country Cabin at HO HO Lake, Enjoy our many cross-country hiking trails. Bring your skates or toboggans to use on our rink and sliding hills (weather permitting, lit up at night). Cozy up to one of our campfires and enjoy a FREE hot chocolate. Take a break in our new warm up building. Take a stroll down Candy Cane Lane and enjoy the night lights! Check out Santa’s Woodland Work hop, and tell him whether you’ve been naughty or nice! Visit Santa nightly from 6-9pm. Jump and play around in the New Hay Barn. Find your way through our fun filled rope and hay mazes! Climb aboard our real size play trucks. Soar in the air on the tree swings! Admission $10
12. Ottawa Art Gallery Lit Up – We’re taking art outside for one night!
Join us as the Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) celebrates two new commissioned works in the front courtyard of the soon to be opened OAG Expansion at 50 Mackenzie King Bridge. The night will include the spectacular projection artwork Of Buffalo, Bears, and Indian Scouts on the facade of the new OAG cube by Bear Witness and an accompanying DJ set by the JUNO winner. We will also be celebrating the large-scale, interactive light installation Ascension by The Latest Artists which will soon be mounted on the Mackenzie King Bridge wall. So much to celebrate! Heated tents, festive food and drink, participatory artwork and much more will help to mark the occasion. Admission: Free. 50 Mackenzie King Bridge (at the intersection of Waller Street), front courtyard https://www.ottawaartgallery.ca/whatson/2017/12/15/oag-lit-up-art-unveiling-celebration
13. Tim Hortons on the Hill – December 14, 15, 16, 17, 30 and 31. 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Warm up and refuel with free coffee and hot chocolate from the Tim Hortons truck on the Hill!
14. Inuit experiences with Nunavut Sivuniksavut December 16 and 17 on Parliament Hill. 11:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., 2:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Join Inuit youth from the Nunavut Sivuniksavut
college program for choral singing, group dancing from the Western Arctic, throat singing, drum dancing, a sharing of their history, culture and
language through education as well as a demonstration of Inuit Games such as the Muskox, Leg Wrestle and High Kick.
15.The Cowguys Hockey Circus Show (December 16 and 17. 10 a.m, 11:30 and 2?30) .is the ultimate hockey tribute show! There will be juggling, hockey sticks, circus stunts, interactive fun and even a shootout. Don’t miss this funny, family-friendly circus show on Parliament Hill!
16. Christmas with the Alpacas! Dec 16th from 10:00 – 16:00. Beautiful alpaca items for everyone on your list. Meet the alpacas and sip a cup of warm apple cider. Jams, honey, and garlic we have as well. 1620 Wilhaven Dr.