MITKs Annual List of Holiday Events and Things to Do


Help Santa Toy Parade

November 23rd, 2013
Time: 11:00 a.m.

 Parade Route Below

Help Ottawa firefighters collect toys for those in need.  The Help Santa Toy Parade of lights is a tradition in Ottawa.  Local firefighters walk the route collecting toys from spectators.

Starts at National Archives on Wellington Street, heading east on Wellington until Bank. The parade turns right, continuing south on Bank Street then turns left on Laurier Avenue. It heads east on Laurier until Elgin Street, where it ends near City Hall.

Here are some great tips for enjoying the parade

  • Don’t underestimate the crowds.
  • Arrive early if you want a good spot.
  • Be prepared for long waits.
  • Check the weather forecast before you head out.
  • Have a plan with your kids in case you get split up.


Here is a link to a list of other Santa Claus Parades in Eastern Ontario



Christmas Lights Across Canada

December 5, 2013 to January 7, 2014.

Downtown Ottawa

Each year, Canada’s Capital Region glows with thousands of holiday lights during Christmas Lights Across Canada. The magic begins with an illumination ceremony on Parliament Hill. Join us on December 5 for an evening that is sure to enchant the entire family.

More information 


Alight at Night Festival


Thursdays to December 6 to 18

Nightly December 19 – January 4
Check website for hours

Upper Canada Village

Over a HALF-A-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!

More information 




Handel’s Messiah

December 17 – 18

NAC Southam Hall

A sensational blockbuster since its premiere in 1742, Handel’s most beloved composition remains just as popular to this very day. The timeless classic has become a holiday tradition full of memorable choruses, including the awesome “Hallelujah” chorus. Combining thunderous power with gentle tenderness, this deeply moving work will inspire and uplift as a brilliant cast of vocalists, a magnificent choir, and the NAC Orchestra combine for majestic performances of Handel’s most adored oratorio.

 More information

The Nutcracker

December 14 & 15
Centrepointe Theatre

Re-discover the classic that warms the hearts of young and old alike: a holiday tradition that has showcased the magic of the season for years. The joy of dance comes alive with the show that audiences flock back to again and again: The Nutcracker, A Canadian Tradition, and its holiday magic.

More information 


Other performances of the Nutcrackers at:

Jamieson School of Dance

Shenkman Arts Centre 



Rideau Center






St. Laurent


Place D’Orelans




OVCC “Artisans @ Archives | The Christmas Show”

Saturday, 23rd and Sunday, 24th November, 2013,

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Library and Archives Canada

395 Wellington Street

For more info visit


Sir Robert Borden HS Christmas Craft Show

50+ Jusried Artisans. Donations of food or cash for the Ottawa Food Bank Gratefully accepted

131 Greenbank Road, Nepean


A Full List of Other Craft Shows and Fairs this Holiday Season at OttawaStart.



Personalized Video Message from Santa

This is not just for Ottawa residents but we wanted to share it with all of you because it is a really neat idea and our children LOVED it. You can even send it to an adult if you think they have been “naughty”


Write a Letter to Santa

Santa Claus
North Pole
Don’t forget to put your return address on your letter so he can write you back


Mayor’s 12th Annual Christmas Celebration

Saturday, December 7, from 3:00 p.m to 7:00 p.m.

Ottawa City Hall – 110 Laurier Avenue West

This fun-filled celebration will include ice skating on the Rink of Dreams, hot chocolate, roasting marshmallows and horse-drawn wagon rides on Marion Dewar Plaza. Inside City Hall meet Santa and Mrs. Claus, decorate a gingerbread cookie in Santa’s bakery, have your face painted, and enjoy live performances. Enjoy special treats from BeaverTails and Lindt!

 More information 


Santa Paws

Bring your favourite furry friend to pose with Santa in the annual Santa Pet Pics fundraiser. All proceeds go to help the animals at the Ottawa Humane Society!

More information dates and times 



Trees of Hope Event

Chateau Laurier

Tis the season when Fairmont Château Laurier decks the hall with over 25 Christmas Trees during the hotel’s annual Trees of Hope Event, designed to raise money for the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario.  Corporations participate by decorating trees and in turn these beautiful creations are place throughout the public spaces of the hotel for the entire festive season. This is an event that captures the true spirit of Christmas, by combining the beauty and imagination of the teams, paired with the gift of giving for a wonderful cause.  From November 267th until January 4th, guests and visitors can view the trees and vote for their favourite Corporate Tree as part of the People’s Choice Awards

More information 

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