Nov 30 – Dec 1

Carp Farmers’ Market Christmas Market
Image may contain: one or more people and outdoorThis market features vendors of baked goods, handmade children’s clothing, dolls and teddy bears, beeswax candles, chocolates, handcrafted jewellery, as well as late-season produce.

Nov 30-Dec 9

Noël dans le Vieux Aylmer
Des célébrations spéciales se préparent pour la 25e édition du défilé du père Noël de Gatineau qui a lieu le samedi 1er décembre à 18 h dans le secteur patrimonial du Vieux Aylmer. Les chars allégoriques, tous illuminés, les fanfares, poupées, majorettes et mascottes s’y donnent rendez-vous pour une soirée festive et remercier le public pour son encouragement.

Dec 1

Santa Shuffle Ottawa
A 5km fun run and 1km Elf Walk to help raise funds for individuals and families in need!

613Christmas car small.jpgMakers and bakers, artisans and boutiques…150 vendors offer amazing gifts for the holidays! Free admission.

Cumberland Farmers’ Market Christmas Market
A showcase of more than 50 local producers with a wide selection of foods and artisan goods.


Trees of Hope at the Chateau Laurier
Fairmont Château Laurier Trees of Hope for CHEO is a magical event that helps kick off the holiday season, while raising much needed funds for our very own Children’s Hospital.

Elves at the Estate
Kids and their families are invited to visit Billings Estate National Historic Site for a day filled with festive fun! Inside the museum, enjoy a seasonal craft, listen to favourite holiday stories, and, of course, meet Santa! Weather permitting we will also be spreading holiday cheer outside on the grounds as we warm up by a fire and learn more about winter life on the Billings family farm.

Les Petits Ballets’ Peter Pan
Ottawa’s Performing Ballet School, Les Petits Ballets, together with professional guest dancers, is bringing its’ enchanting version of the classic story of Peter Pan to the stage. This is a wonderful opportunity to introduce your family to theatre and dance while providing valued entertainment. Colorful costumes, spectacular scenery, and lively music are sure to delight and engage all members of your family.

Cirque Musica Wonderland
Image may contain: 2 people, textWonderland is an all-new concert experience featuring the cast of Cirque Musica together with your favorite holiday songs performed by a live symphony orchestra. Cirque Musica Holiday will bring audiences on a journey into a world of “Wonderland”

Dec 1-2

Olde Fashioned Christmas in Manotick
From horse drawn wagon rides with Father and Mary Christmas to sunset carolling, this wonderful weekend is full of traditional events not to be missed. Refreshments and music everywhere! The Village is transformed into a Christmas of yester year.

Dec 1-23

Ottawa Farmers’ Market: Christmas market
Premium quality, Ottawa-area fruits, vegetables, meats, flowers and crafts.

Dec 2

Christmas Candlelight Service
A special way to remember loved ones, the service at Beechwood Cemetery features a candlelight memorial with carols and a tree lighting ceremony.


Annual Stonebridge Children’s Christmas Party
Image may contain: one or more people and beardRegistration for the Annual Stonebridge Children’s Christmas Party is NOW OPEN. There will be crafts, activities, a visit and presents from Santa, as well as snacks and refreshments. Monetary and non perishable food item donations will likely be accepted for the Barrhaven Food Cupboard.


Barrhaven Family Skate Day
Back by popular demand, Family Skate Day is back thanks to a joint effort among the West Barrhaven, Half Moon Bay, Barrhaven East and Stonebridge Community Associations. Join us for a couple of hours of skating, music, snacks and crafts with free admission.

Dec 4

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
Enjoy the lighting of the museum’s giant Christmas tree! This special event includes Christmas carols, Beaver Bite pastries, and hot chocolate!

Toddler Tuesdays at the NAC (every week)
Arts & crafts, singing, dancing, stories, and more! Toddler Tuesdays are the perfect morning activity for caregivers and children, ages 18 months to 4 years! Join instructor Jesse Kahat in the sunbathed City Room for learning, exploration, and fun!

Dec 5

Christmas Lights Across Canada—Official Illumination Ceremony
Kick off the holiday season on Parliament Hill at 7:00pm when Canada’s capital lights up! Free family fun with carols, hot chocolate and more!


The Hockey Sweater: A Musical
It’s 1940s Quebec – Habs country – and young Roch proudly wears his #9 hockey sweater day and night, until it is too small and worn to last another season. But a new sweater, sent by Mr. Eaton himself, inadvertently puts young Roch in enemy colours, fighting on and off the ice to maintain his sense of belonging. Roch Carrier’s timeless tale has charmed generations of children and adults with its themes of loyalty, acceptance and hockey glory.

Elf – The Musical
Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised, unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity.

Dec 5-30

The Haunted Walk’s “Nightmare Before / After Xmas”
Explore the darker side of the festive season with stories about strange and frightening holiday traditions and creepy Christmas-themed ghost stories.

Dec 6

Tales of a Charlie Brown Christmas
Part oral history, part concert, and part screening of the Christmas classic with musical accompaniment provided by the Jerry Granelli Trio.

Dec 6-16

Originals Ottawa Christmas Craft Sale
A classic Christmas tradition in Ottawa. Immerse yourself in the pleasure of Christmas shopping with 200 specialty boutiques offering unique gifts.


Light Up the Night – Almonte
Thousands of people from the Mississippi Mills area and beyond will fill the main street of Almonte for one of the largest outdoor Christmas shows in Canada. It will be a festive and musical night in the quaint and Christmassy town of Almonte. The young and young at heart will gather to laugh and sing along with Wayne Rostad and special guests.


Dec 8

Wakefield Christmas Market
Old fashioned, outdoor European-style village Christmas market. Over 70 vendors, live music, outdoor bonfires, mulled wine, and a unique atmosphere.


Fairfields Kidsmas
You’re invited to Fairfields Heritage House as we celebrate the season with a morning of family fun! Explore Christmas traditions throughout the years with a holiday craft and a delightful assortment of both indoor and outdoor activities (don’t forget to dress warmly!). This program is perfect for kids and is sure to bring cheer to the whole family. Christmas goodies and hot chocolate will be served.


Mayor’s 18th Annual Christmas Celebration
Families are invited to celebrate the holiday season in the fresh outdoors in Marion Dewar Plaza by roasting marshmallows and singing Christmas songs around a campfire. Santa and Mrs. Clause will arrive from the North Pole and will welcome visitors in their very own outdoor cabin.. Come ice skate on the Sens Rink of Dreams, take a horse-drawn wagon ride on the downtown streets surrounding City Hall, then indulge in delicious BeaverTails. The live entertainment is sure to get you moving, with planned performances from Le Groupe Swing and Sonshine & Broccoli! The fun continues inside in Jean Pigott Place where you can enjoy hot chocolate, assorted juices, cookies, and fresh fruit.


Holiday Traditions Around the World
From Russia to South America, with stops in Africa, Syria, France, the Ukraine, England, and, to be sure, Canada, get into the holiday spirit on a trip fueled by traditional music from around the world.


Dec 9

Holidays at The Parks
Image may contain: car and nightActivities for everyone including a vendor’s row, kids craft station, and more! Don’t forget to drop by Santa’s Grotto for a chance to meet and take a picture with Santa!


Dec 13

Canada’s Ballet Jorgen presents The Nutcracker: A Canadian Tradition
Canada’s Ballet Jörgen (CBJ) will bring its critically praised holiday production The Nutcracker: A Canadian Tradition to Ottawa December 12 and 13 at Shenkman Arts Centre, and Meridian Centrepointe Theatres on December 15 for a total of five performances. Danced to Tchaikovsky’s beloved music and showcasing Klara and her nutcracker with snowflakes, lumberjacks, loons, and Mounties.


Dec 14

Princess PJ Party
PJ promo.jpgJoin our princesses for our annual PJ Party at Kids Kingdom! There will be a story-time with the princesses, games, and dinner with a special princess movie! Price includes pizza, popcorn, and a drink for each child and their accompanying parent or guardian. Don’t forget to wear your favourite PJs!

Dec 15

Metcalfe Christmas Market
Great gift ideas for the whole family with vendors of baked goods and hand-made gifts.


Dec 15-16

Petite Sorcière
A captivating mix of intrigue and shivers, this tale draws on the roots of Perrault and Grimm to imagine modern-day witches, bold and stubborn. Ages 5 – 12. The presentation is in French.


Dec 21

Winter Solstice
Celebrate the shortest day of the year. In the evening, try your hand at stargazing at a free Star Party. Dress warmly—all activities are held outdoors.


Ottawa Pops Orchestra Presents Star Wars
Ottawa Pops Orchestra (OPO) channels the Force to bring you three epic evenings filled with the music of Star Wars. Join us as OPO celebrates the musical legacy of John Williams and his contributions to one of the most enduring film franchises of all time with a program that will excite new and old fans alike! Program suitable for all ages- families with young children encouraged to attend!

Dec 21 – Apr 22

Survival of the Slowest
This fascinating exhibition features a variety of live animals and showcases their surprising survival tactics and amazing adaptations.

Dec 27-30

Festival des Jeux de Gatineau
Le Festival des Jeux de Gatineau, qui a lieu en décembre, est un événement qui permet aux familles de pouvoir profiter de 67 000 pieds carré de jeux, de sports et d’activités multiples. Cet événement, unique en son genre, leur fait vivre de nouvelles expériences dans l’ambiance festive du temps des fêtes.


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