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Holiday Magic Unfolds: A Guide to Ottawa and Area Christmas Activities

Ottawa Christmas Market at Lansdowne Park

Dec 20 - 23, 2023
Wed – Fri 5 pm – 10 pm
Sat 10 am – 10 pm

Catch the final week of the Ottawa Christmas Market at Lansdowne Park. Transforming the park into a dazzling display of lights and colors, this market encapsulates the festive spirit with its sensory delights. Visitors are welcomed by the inviting aromas of seasonal treats and the melodies of holiday tunes, setting the stage for an enchanting visit.

Featuring over 35 vendors, the market becomes a hub for local talent, where artisans showcase handcrafted gifts, decorations, and artisanal foods. It's not just a shopping experience but a journey through a festive wonderland, with each stall offering unique and meaningful holiday treasures. Various cultural activities and entertainment further enhance the lively atmosphere, including Santa's Workshop for children and live performances by local musicians.

Next, we explore the enchanting "Elf's Pub Holiday Pop-Up" at the Chateau Laurier, where festive cheer meets culinary artistry, further showcasing Ottawa's vibrant holiday scene.

Elf's Pub Holiday Pop-Up, Fairmont Château Laurier

5-10pm nightly through Dec 31, 2023

Grab a holiday cocktail at the Elf's Pub Holiday Pop-Up in the Fairmont Château Laurier. Enter a world of festive charm, surrounded by twinkling lights, evergreen garlands, and playful elf-themed decor, setting a scene of holiday enchantment.

The highlight of Elf's Pub is its creative holiday cocktails. Each concoction blends traditional flavors with innovative twists, offering a visual and taste delight, from spiced mulled wine to peppermint martinis. The pop-up also caters to all with non-alcoholic options, ensuring a welcoming atmosphere for everyone.

More than a dining spot, Elf's Pub epitomizes the spirit of the festive season, offering a warm, merry escape from the winter cold. It represents the innovative spirit of Ottawa's landmarks in celebrating the holidays, inviting guests to indulge in new traditions.

As we leave the vibrant atmosphere of Elf's Pub, our festive exploration takes us to the Greater Ottawa Area, where the "Magic of Lights" at Wesley Clover Park awaits, promising a family-friendly drive-through light spectacle.

Magic of Lights at Wesley Clover Park in Kanata

Nov 17 - Jan 6th, 2024
5-10pm nightly

Wesley Clover Park in Kanata becomes a wonderland with the "Magic of Lights"  drive-through light display each holiday season. Journey through the park, experiencing digital animations and LED-lit scenes that bring holiday characters to life.

A highlight is the "Holiday Pit Stop," where guests can immerse themselves in a winter wonderland, adding interactivity to their adventure. The event is particularly family-friendly, allowing all ages to enjoy the spectacle from the comfort of their vehicle, making it an ideal outing for creating shared memories.

"Magic of Lights" has become a beloved holiday tradition in Kanata, combining artistry with technology to offer a unique and accessible experience. As this dazzling light show concludes, we transition back to Ottawa’s heart, where Parliament Hill's "Winter Lights Across Canada" awaits, transforming the iconic location into a vibrant display of light and multimedia artistry.

Winter Lights Across Canada

Nightly from December 7, 2023, to January 7, 2024

At Parliament Hill, the "Winter Lights Across Canada" turns the historic site into a canvas for a stunning multimedia projection show. This event, blending art and technology, mesmerizes viewers with digital imagery and a synchronized soundtrack, offering an immersive narrative journey across Canadian landscapes. The projections, set against Parliament Hill's grand architecture transform the building into a vibrant storybook.

The event’s centerpiece is the sophisticated light show, where precise projection mapping highlights the site's architectural beauty. Additionally, the Pathway of Lights illuminates Confederation Boulevard, adding to the festive charm of the capital.

"Winter Lights Across Canada" is more than a visual spectacle; it celebrates Canadian heritage and the winter season, inviting visitors to connect with Canada's cultural and natural landscapes uniquely. It exemplifies Ottawa's innovative approach to holiday celebrations, merging tradition with modernity.

As we depart from the dazzling lights of Parliament Hill, our journey continues to Saunders Farm in the Greater Ottawa Area, where the "Country Christmas" and "Holiday Light Festival" combine rural charm with holiday luminance, offering a unique experience of farm life and festive lights.

Saunders Farm Country Christmas

Saturdays and Sundays
10am - 4pm until Dec 23

Saunders Farm's "Country Christmas" combines traditional farm charm with festive joy. The daytime "Country Christmas" features pre-cut Christmas trees, hedge mazes, wagon rides, Christmas displays and interactions with the Elf Squad and Santa.

At night, the "Holiday Light Stroll" lights up the farm with a trail of colorful lights and music. The experience includes visiting the Town Square Christmas Market, where guests enjoy wood-fired pizza, Saunders Cider, and Beaver Tails by bonfires.

These events highlight the unique blend of rural heritage with holiday celebrations, making Saunders Farm a distinct festive destination in the Ottawa region. Departing from Saunders Farm's rustic charm, our journey leads us to Stanley's Olde Maple Lane Farm. Here, the "Christmas Village" and "Holiday Stroll" meld traditional festivities with innovative experiences, continuing our exploration of the Greater Ottawa Area's holiday spirit.

Stanley's Olde Maple Lane Farm Christmas Village and Holiday Stroll

Christmas Village
Saturdays and Sundays in December
10am - 4pm

Holiday Stroll
Wed - Sat until December 30th, 2023
6pm - 9pm

Stanley's Olde Maple Lane Farm transforms into a holiday haven, blending traditional Christmas charm with fresh experiences. The "Christmas Village" immerses visitors in a classic holiday setting with festive decorations and activities like games and bonfire gatherings with Santa's elves. Open on select dates in December, it's a nostalgic escape into cherished Christmas traditions.

Complementing this is the "Holiday Stroll," a serene walk through a maple forest illuminated by holiday lights, offering a magical contrast to the village festivities.

These events at Stanley's Farm represent a fusion of old and new holiday customs, providing a unique rural escape in the Ottawa region. The farm's offerings enrich the area's holiday palette, inviting visitors to a world where traditional Christmas nostalgia blends seamlessly with contemporary celebration.

Alight at Night at Upper Canada Village, Morrisburg

December 21, 2023 5:00 pm - December 23, 2023 10:00 pm
December 26, 2023 5:00 pm - January 6, 2024 10:00 pm

"Alight at Night" at Upper Canada Village in Morrisburg transforms the 19th-century setting into a radiant wonderland with over one million lights. This event brings the village's heritage buildings to life under a twinkling canopy, creating a magical atmosphere that blends historical charm with a festive glow.

The lights outline the village's structures and paths, offering a serene yet celebratory ambiance. Visitors are invited to wander through this illuminated historical tableau, experiencing the joy and warmth of the season amidst softly lit homes and festive decorations.

This event uniquely melds history with holiday festivities, illuminating the region's rich heritage in a captivating manner. "Alight at Night" demonstrates the inventive integration of historical sites into modern celebrations, providing both an educational and enchanting experience.

River of Lights at Blockhouse Island, Brockville

Nightly until Jan 2, 2024

Blockhouse Island in Brockville becomes a lively festival of lights and sounds with the "River of Lights" event. This interactive light show pairs vibrant visuals with music from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. each evening, creating a multisensory holiday experience.

The choreographed light shows, syncing with harmonious tunes, provide an engaging atmosphere for visitors. Outside show hours, the lights offer a softer but captivating display from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. to 11 p.m.

More than a holiday spectacle, "River of Lights" fosters community spirit, drawing residents and visitors to celebrate together. It underscores Brockville’s dedication to communal festivity and shared holiday enjoyment.

Departing from Blockhouse Island's illuminated setting, our exploration leads to Perth, where the "Festival of Lights" adorns the town with beautifully decorated trees, immersing us in another facet of Eastern Ontario's holiday charm.

Exploring the Holiday Charms of Ottawa and Area

Our festive journey through Ottawa and Eastern Ontario reveals a mosaic of holiday celebrations, each brimming with its own unique charm and magic. We encourage you to step out and explore these diverse festivities, creating your own memorable holiday experiences with family and friends.


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