The 8 Most Festive Activities You Have To Do Before Christmas In Ottawa

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The 8 Most Festive Activities You Have To Do Before Christmas In Ottawa

Each of these holiday events around the city are the perfect way to celebrate the start of December!


1. Admire the spectacular light show on Parliament hill

Not only does this a stunning holiday light show really showcase the beauty of the parliament buildings, but it’s also completely free! Christmas Lights Across Canada is a great way to see the magic of the city during Christmas time.


2. Enjoy a festive concert by candlelight 

This gorgeous concert has the most peaceful and festive winter vibes. Sit back and cozy up to this classical concert by Candlelight in this magical location.


3. Grab a Christmas tree from Saunders Farm’s A Country Christmas

The picturesque Christmas set-up at Saunders Farm is begging a visit this holiday season. Indulge in some holiday treats and warming seasonal drinks before exploring the beautiful decorations at Saunders Farm. You can visit Santa on his sleigh, hop on a cheerful wagon ride through the snow or at night, visit their light show.


4. Check out the Northern Lights in one of these stunning spots

Nature’s Christmas light show! The Northern Lights are one of the many reasons why Canada is so special. There are so many spots all over to see this awe-inspiring show if you’re ready for an adventure!



5. Wander through the picturesque Alight at Night show

Upper Canada Village is home to the best holiday set-ups and this year they are back with Alight at Night! And it’s Eastern Ontario’s largest outdoor light show festival! With over a million lights decorating the trees, picturesque heritage buildings and pathways of Upper Canada Village, it’s one of the most festive events of the season.


6. Head to Ottawa’s most beautiful Christmas market

Honestly, this market just gets better and better every year. This year, the market will be hosting more than 6o live performances, 35 vendors and tons of fun events for all ages! There will be ice skating, mulled wine sipping and live DJ events so don’t miss out on all the fun!


7. Drive under millions of twinkling lights at the Magic of Lights festival

The Magic of Lights festival is a 2km winter wonderland! Bring the family in this festive light show drive-thru. Complete with a stunning light tunnel, hanging icicles and snowflakes, the Magic of Lights is the best way to experience the glow and excitement of the changing seasons.


8. Skate through the forest on this ice rink maze

Starting December 18th you can skate through a stunning, snow-filled forest close to Ottawa. There are over 6km of ice skating trails that weave through this picturesque ice maze. Spend hours exploring the different twists and turns, all while surrounded by the glistening ice crystals – wow!

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