2017 Christmas Events in Ottawa

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Published Nov 22, 2017

Christmas is approaching, and like Santa, there is a lot for us to do! But where are all the fun events? Here is our schedule:


The weather is getting rather frosty but not all is lost, it’s a wonderful time of year to celebrate and enjoy all sorts of community traditions and festivities with your family! 


2017 Christmas Events in Ottawa


Christmas Farmers' Market

When: December 2, 3, 9, 10, and 23rd. 
Where: Aberdeen Pavilion, Lansdowne Park

This event will feature work by painters, glass workers, jewellers, clothing designers, sculptors, photographers and more. It's a great opportunity to pick up some very special treasures – for yourself or your loved ones. In addition to the homemade baked goods, the kitchen volunteers will be serving vegetarian chili. 


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Hintonburg Artisan Christmas Craft Fair

When: November 1
Where: Hintonburg Community Center

This event will feature work by painters, glass workers, jewellers, clothing designers, sculptors, photographers and more. It's a great opportunity to pick up some very special treasures – for yourself or your loved ones. In addition to the homemade baked goods, the kitchen volunteers will be serving vegetarian chili. 


Help Santa Toy Parade (Past)

When: November 18th
Where: Garden of the Province & Territories to Confederation Park

Every year since 1969, the Ottawa Professional Fire Fighters' Association has been organizing the Help Santa Toy Parade and collecting toys along the parade route for distribution to the less fortunate children in Ottawa-Carleton. The parade has evolved into a significant event drawing tens-of-thousands of people who line the Parade route and share their generosity.Participants are entertained to the sights and sounds of floats, bands and clowns produced locally and from around the Province.



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Tudor Hall Christmas Craft & Gift Show

When: November 12th, 19th, and 26th
Where: Tudor Hall

Drop by and enjoy the wonderful Christmas celebration of over 60 vendors offering quality handmade items and gifts. Help support our local vendors and help reduce the carbon footprint by buying locally handmade products.

FREE Admission and FREE parking! 


Barrhaven Santa Claus Parade (Past)

When: November 18th
Where: Stanherd Drive

The parade runs down Strandherd Drive, starting at Beatrice Drive and ending at the park n ride, where it turns north for dispersal. You'll find a variety of local food vendors along the parade route. Please remember to bring non-perishable food items or cash donations for the needy.



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OSA Holiday Fundraising Art Sale 

When: November 23rd (Reception), art work will be on display until December 10th.
Where: Ottawa School of Art

The Ottawa School of Art Gallery presents the annual Holiday art show and sale.  This exhibition/fundraiser features a wide range of original, unique and affordable works of art created by the students, instructors and alumni of the School in a wide variety of media, sizes and prices. The funds raised from this sale go toward the Ottawa School of Art’s bursary programs to provide free art classes and materials, while maintaining our high standard of instruction.


Christmas Craft-ernoons

When: December 2nd
Where: Bytown Museum

Get into the holiday spirit with us and drop in to a Christmas Craft-ernoons beginning the last weekend of November until December 18th! Learn more about Edwardian Christmas traditions and what Christmas was like 100 years ago in Ottawa! Create traditional tree trimmings that you can add to our tree or take with you to decorate your home. Take inspiration from the embroidered postcards from the First World War and try your hand at embroidering your own Christmas Cards.


Nutcracker - by Royal Winnipeg Ballet

When: December 6 - 10th
Where: National Arts Centre

The perfect holiday treat for the whole family! RWB’s Nutcracker–set in 1913 Winnipeg – updates the best of the original ballet with uniquely Canadian elements, such as a snowy hockey game, Mounties, and a model of Parliament Hill! Nutcracker is young Clara’s Christmas fantasy, featuring Filbert the Bear, dancing mice, a Sugar Plum Fairy, a magically growing Christmas tree, and new this year 13 adorable polar bears--a traditional holiday favourite.



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Christmas Lights Across Canada

When: December 7th - January 7h
Where: Parliament Hill

Kick off the holiday season on Parliament Hill when Canada’s capital lights up! Free family fun with carols, hot chocolate and more! In Canada’s Capital Region, the winter landscape glows with hundreds of thousands of multicoloured lights during the holiday season. 


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A Charlie Brown Christmas with the Jerry Granelli Trio

When: December 12th
Where: Dominion-Chalmers United Church

As one third of the legendary San Francisco-based Vince Guaraldi Trio, Jerry Granelli recorded what is arguably the greatest Christmas album of all time in 1965 – the soundtrack to the animated classic A Charlie Brown Christmas. Today Granelli is the only remaining member of the famed trio and this Christmas season he’s on the road to share the story of the band that recorded the famous soundtrack. This performance promises to be an unforgettable experience for Peanuts and jazz music aficionados alike. Granelli and his band will be joined on stage with a local choir, The Goulbourn Junior Jubilees.


A Celtic Christmas 

When: December 4th
Where: Centretown United Church

A Celtic seasonal celebration; choral music from the broad Celtic tradition, with a mix of gentle and rousing numbers; accompanied by piano, harp, and flute, with Atlantic Voices members joining us for a few selections. This is a great concert to take the entire family to! 



See also various activities at Ottawa Public Libraries, and other great events in the ChatterBlock events section.


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