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2019 Christmas Events in Ottawa

Published Nov 14, 2019 | Updated Feb 19, 2020

Christmas is approaching, and like Santa, there is a lot for us to do! Here's your ultimate guide to the best events in Ottawa of the Christmas season for 2019.

The snow is already here, but with that comes the most wonderful time of year! Shovel your driveways so you can make it to some magical Christmas events in the city. Spend time with the family, celebrate, and enjoy all sorts of community traditions and festivities. 

Help Santa Toy Parade

When: Saturday November 16, 2019, at 11:00 a.m.
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: Sunday November 24, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Where: Tudor Hall

Drop by and enjoy the wonderful Christmas celebration of over 100 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 

When: Sunday, November 17, 2019, at 5:30pm
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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The Nutcracker - by Royal Winnipeg Ballet

When: December 4 to 8, 2019
Where: National Arts Centre

The perfect holiday treat for the whole family! The Winnipeg Ballet returns to Ottawa for five nights to delight audiences with Christmas joy. This production puts a Canadian twist on the classic story. Don't miss frolicking polar bears, majestic Mounties, and snowy pong hockey games. 

Alight at Night Festival

When: Open on select nights from November 29, 2019, to January 4, 2020
Where: Upper Canada Village

It may be a bit of a drive, but it's worth it for Eastern Ontario's BIGGEST outdoor light festival. Bundle up and take an evening stroll through the picture-perfect setting with one million lights covering the heritage buildings of Upper Canada Village, a true winder wonderland. 

Christmas Farmers' Market

When: Weekends of December from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Where: Aberdeen Pavilion, Lansdowne Park

This event will feature work by painters, glass workers, jewellers, clothing designers, sculptors, photographers and more wonderful items from over 120 vendors. It's a great opportunity to pick up some very special treasures – for yourself or your loved ones. And it's more than just shopping! Throughout the day is horse and wagon rides, kids crafts, and live music.

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Christmas Lights Across Canada

When: December 4, 2019, to January 7, 2020
Where: Confederation Boulevard
(The official lighting ceremony is taking place at Confederation Park on December 4 at 5:30 p.m.)

Kick off the holiday season on December 4, 2019, at Confederation Park when Canada’s capital lights up! There will be free family fun with carols, hot chocolate, and more. Then each night until January 7, 2020, Confederation Boulevard, the ceremonial route that circles the heart of the Capital, will light up. And the Magical Winter Lightscapes Show will be projected onto the Parliament Buildings as well!

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Tales of a Charlie Brown Christmas

When: Thursday, December 5 at 7pm
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. 

Holidays at the Parks

When: Sunday, December 8, 2019, from noon to 4:00 p.m.
Where: Wesley Clover Parks

A great family-friendly event inside the heated indoor arena with horse-drawn wagon rides, vendors, and photos with Santa in his grotto! Entry is by donation with free parking on site.

Ottawa Christmas Market

When: Select nights from November 29 to December 22, 2019
Where: Casino Lac-Leamy Plaza at Lansdowne

The Casino Lac-Leamy Plaza will be transformed into a European-style Christmas market. The market will be set under a canopy of thousands of lights. Vendors will be selling unique gifts and seasonal food and drinks. The setting will be enhanced with live entertainment, fire pits, and Christmas decor. Family-friendly activities will take place during the day. 

See other great Christmas events in the ChatterBlock events section.

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