It’s that time of year again. This city is alight with twinkling lights. Festivals and craft sales are under way and Santa’s helpers are stationed in their ornate mall displays waiting for the enthusiastic children to visit, lists in hand. It’s Christmas Time in the City.
There is so much to do and see this time of year. It’s hard to take it all in. Once again, I have complied my annual list of Christmas Things to Do. I hope you will enjoy the 2016 edition.
Cumberland Museum Vintage Christmas Village of Lights
December 18 – 15
$5.15 – $7.50 family rates available
Make a keepsake ornament for your own Christmas tree, decorate gingerbread men and take a nostalgic horse-drawn wagon ride through the illuminated village.
Stanley’s Christmas Village
Stanley’s Olde Maple Lane Farm
November 26 – December 18
Stanley’s Christmas Elves take you on a magical ride through the beautiful Christmas village farm with many magical Christmas themed stops along the way.
Families pick the time they’d like to depart and are whisked away by horse drawn ride to Ottawa’s only Elf Village
Stanley’s Christmas Village
Alight at Night
Upper Canada Village
December 3 – January 2
$10 children $14 adults
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 the annual Alight at Night Festival…a true winter wonderland!
Christmas Adventure Park
Ian’s Christmas Tree Farm
$10 per person (free if you are purchasing a tree)
November 24 – December 24
Lots of holiday fun for kids of all ages. Cut your own Christmas tree, take a hayride, visit real reindeer or toboggan down a snow-covered hill. There is just so much to do. It is best to check the website to plan your trip.
Christmas Tea at the Billings Estate National Historic Site
2100 Cabot Sreet
December 11 and 18, 2016
$20 per person
Take some time to sit down and catch up with friends and family during this busy holiday season by enjoying a hot cup of tea and our popular scones and sandwiches. Learn about the history of Christmas literary classics like ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas and A Christmas Carol while taking in the sounds of Victorian carolers in our traditionally decorated historic house.
Christmas Lights Across Canada
December 7 – January 7
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 radiant event, which began nearly three decades ago, became such a hit that cities across Canada now participate in what’s become a national tradition.