Check out this list of activities to do in and around the Ottawa area this December.

Click on the event titles for more information.


A Country Christmas | November 26th – December 18th (Saturdays and Sundays)

Saunders Farm | 7893 Bleeks Road, Ottawa (Munster), Ontario

By day, enjoy pre-cut Christmas trees, hedge mazes, wagon rides, Christmas displays, a Farm Shop with local vendors and more! By night, drive through the Country Christmas drive-through experience and enjoy the holiday lights and displays from the comfort of your own car!


Christmas Down on the Farm | November 27th -December 18th

The Log Farm | 670 Cedarview Road, Ottawa, Ontario

It’s the most magical time of the year at the Log Farm! Pick out the perfect Christmas tree then warm up with hot apple cider. Bring your letters for Santa and peek around his workshop. Then jump on a wagon ride or pet some friendly animals at this annual winter event.


Trees of Hope for CHEO | November 28th – January 2nd

Fairmont Château Laurier | 1 Rideau Street, Ottawa, Ontario

Kick-start the holiday season with this magical fundraiser event! Experience in-person or take a virtual tour of the beautifully decorated Christmas trees in the Fairmont Château Laurier halls then vote for your favourite. Proceeds towards the Trees of Hope event support the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario.


Magic of Lights | November 28th – January 7th

Wesley Clover Parks | 401 Corkstown Road, Ottawa, Ontario

Experience the dazzling Magic of Lights drive-through display this winter. Lined with two kilometers of sparkling LED light displays, this event is great for the whole family to safely enjoy from the comfort of your car.


Alight at Night |  December 1st – January 7th

Upper Canada Village | 13740 County Road 2, Morrisburg, Ontario

Stroll through a historic village filled with holiday joy including over one million lights, Christmas music, BeaverTails and more.

Just one hour south of Ottawa, you can step back in time to 1866 at Upper Canada Village, a living-history site. On select nights during the holiday season each year, the Alight at Night event brings Christmas magic to the village.


Les Grands Ballets Canadiens – Nutcracker | December 1-4th

National Art Centre | 1 Elgin Street, Ottawa, Ontario

Come enjoy this family favourite during the holiday season! Les Grands Ballets Canadiens is descending upon the National Arts Centre to perform their much-loved, all-Canadian version of the timeless story of Nutcracker. Join Clara in her fairy-tale reverie — along with her Prince, the Mouse King, Sugar Plum Fairy, majestic Mounties and Filbert the Bear — for this delightful frolic through a winter wonderland.


 Jurassic Quest | December 2nd- 4th

EY Centre | 4899 Uplands Drive, Ottawa Ontario

Our world-famous, life-size dinosaurs are meticulously painted and animated to be realer-than-real. Whether you’re 3 or 103, this is a one-of-a-kind experience you’ll never forget. Don’t miss the Spinosaurus, T-Rex, and the 50-foot-long megalodon!


Carp Farmer’s Market |  December 2nd -3rd

Carp Agricultural Fairgrounds |  3790 Carp Road, Carp, Ontario

The largest producer-based farmers’ market in Eastern Ontario, with over 100 vendors offering produce, baked goods and crafts.


Vintage Village of Lights | December 2nd-18th  (Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays)

Cumberland Heritage Museum | 2940 Old Montreal Road

Explore traditions from days gone by in an enchanted, drive-through setting with over 30,000 Christmas lights! See a portable printing press in action, and travel back in time with a festive soundtrack from the interwar years. This family-orientated event lets you continue the fun at home with a take-away cookie decorating kit, hands-on crafts, and a special telegram from Santa.


Osgoode’s Parade of Lights | December 2nd

Starting at Nixon & Main ending at Foodland Parking Lot | Osgoode


Manotick’s Parade of Lights and Tree Lighting | December 2nd

Santa Claus is coming to town for Manotick’s Parade of Lights. The parade route will be the same as the Dickinson Days in June.Christmas tree lighting and carolling will follow the parade at 8 pm at Watson’s Mill.


Constance & Buckhams Bay Santa Claus Parade | December 3rd

NorthWind Wireless Center |  262 Len Purcell, Woodlawn

Don’t miss the annual Constance & Buckhams Bay Santa Claus Parade. The Santa Claus Parade Theme for 2022 is “In the Spirit of Christmas.” After the parade, come and Visit Santa at the NorthWind Wireless Center, 262 Len Purcell


Pakenham Santa Claus Parade | December 3rd

Stewart Community Centre | 112 MacFarlane Street

Don’t miss Santa’s favourite event with the Pakenham Santa Claus Parade! Pack a thermos of hot chocolate and head to downtown Pakenham at 1pm for an old-fashioned, festive parade.


Perth Santa Claus Parade | December 3rd

Sunset Blvd- Wilson St – Foster St- Gore St- Cockburn

The parade route begins at The Factory on Sunset Boulevard in Perth at 5 p.m. It turns right onto Wilson Street, left onto Foster, right onto Gore Street and turns right onto Cockburn Street before turning left onto Wilson Street where the parade ends at The Queen Elizabeth School.


Richmond Village Santa Claus Parade | December 3rd 

Richmond Fairgrounds |  6121 Perth Street

The Richmond winter festivities have been an annual tradition for all the families in Richmond. Children and adults alike delight in the excitement of the upcoming season. The format will again be the drive thru type and held at the Richmond Fairgrounds. Floats will remain stationary as spectators will drive by in their vehicles.


Stanley’s Christmas Village | December 3rd- December 18th (Saturdays and Sundays)

Stanley’s Olde Maple Lane Farm | 2452 Yorks Corners Road, Edwards, Ontario

Bundle up and head over to Stanley’s Christmas Village for a winter wonderland experience. Snap a photo with Santa, grab some hot cocoa and jump on a sleigh ride through the winter forest. Play games, sing songs, and warm up around the bonfire before heading home with a freshly cut Christmas tree or goodies from the Farm Shop. Reservations required.


Stittsville Parade of Lights | December 3rd

Stittsville Main Street

A community favourite, drawing thousands of spectators along Stittsville Main Street parade route as dozens of beautifully decorated community floats set the tone for Santa’s much anticipated arrival at the end of the parade. Merry makers are encouraged to stay for the lighting of Village Square Park, and to share in some hot chocolate, cookies, and a visit with Santa immediately following the parade.


Almonte Christmas Night Parade | December 4th

Almonte Old Town Hall | 14 Bridge Street

The Parade leaves the Almonte Community Centre at 5PM. Heads up Bridge St. Turns left onto Mill St. At the end of Mill St it turns right onto Almonte St. and heads to Martin St. At Martin the parade turns Right again and follows Bridge St. back to the Arena.


Christmas Lights Across Canada | December 8th-January 8th

Parliament Hill | Wellington street, Ottawa, Ontario

Before and during the holiday season each year, thousands of colourful lights illuminate buildings, parks and streetscapes in Ottawa. Each evening from early December to early January, the Christmas Lights Across Canada event presents hundreds of thousands of dazzling holiday lights throughout downtown Ottawa-Gatineau, as well as a free multimedia show on Parliament Hill.

The Pathway of lights in Canada’s Capital Region brightens Confederation Boulevard, Canada’s ceremonial route which encompasses Wellington Street, Mackenzie Street and Elgin Street in downtown Ottawa, Laurier Street in Gatineau, as well as connecting bridges. Historic sites and parks along the way are also decorated.

Stop at Parliament Hill to see the free multimedia projection show which features captivating digital imagery and sound. This winter-themed show is presented on a 15-minute loop.


Originals Ottawa Christmas Craft Sale |  December 8th -18th

EY Centre |  4899 Uplands Drive

Immerse yourself in the pleasure of holiday shopping with 200 artists, artisans and designers from across Canada. A world of specialty boutiques offering unique gifts that you will only find at ORIGINALS. Jewelry, fashion & accessories, home decor, visual art, natural bath & body care products and gourmet treats are all found at ORIGINALS Ottawa Christmas Craft Sale.


Ottawa Santa Shuffle |  December 10th

Lansdowne Park | Ottawa, Ontario

A 5km Fun Run and 1km Elf Walk for all ages and skill levels in proud partnership with the Running Room. Participants are encouraged to wear their funkiest festive running attire for a day of laughter and fun.


Carp Santa Claus Parade | December 10th

Carp Road

13th annual CAS Christmas Parade with the Huntley Community Association. Entry to the parade is a donation of cash, gifts and food. The parade route: Staging at Diefenbunker, Right on Carp Rd, left on Donald B. Munro Dr, Left on Langstaff Dr, Left on Juanita Ave, Right on Carp Rd, Diefenbunker.


Deck the Halls Christmas Craft Show | December 10th from 10am-4pm

Merivale Mall | 1642 Merivale Road

We’ll have 60 local vendors, Live Music, and the Spirit of Christmas in our hearts!


Flights with Santa |  December 10th– 31st (Saturdays and Sundays)

Canada Aviation and Space Museum | 11 Aviation Parkway, Ottawa, Ontario

Sit in Santa’s new sleigh as you fly over Ottawa this Christmas with up to 3 passengers! Don’t miss this ride of a lifetime with proceeds donated back to the Ottawa Food Bank. Reserve with the promo code SANTA.


Metcalfe Santa Claus Parade | December 11th

Victoria Street to 8th Line

Metcalfe Santa Claus Parade, Food & Toy Drive starts at 2pm at the corner of Victoria Street and Johannes St. Bring non-perishable food items and/or new, unwrapped toys for the Food & Toy Drive.


Barenaked Ladies “Hometown Holidays” | Dececmber 17th

NAC Southam Hall | 1 Elgin Street

Barenaked Ladies will perform holiday fan favourites from the Barenaked for the Holidays album, as well as a few other chestnuts and surprises. These special performances offer fans a rare opportunity to celebrate the season with Canada’s favourite foursome amongst family and friends, many coming together for the first time in three years.


The Tenors “A Season of Miracles” |  December 18th

NAC Southam Hall | 1 Elgin Street 

The Tenors’ A” Season of Miracles” will bring the magic of the holiday season to life featuring holiday classics with new and popular songs and stories. Guaranteed to put you in the holiday spirit these four voices will bring the music to life like no others.


11th Annual New Year’s Eve Comedy Night |  December 31, 2022

Shenkman Arts Centre | 245 Centrum Boulevard, Ottawa

Get ready to welcome 2023 with a night full of laughter! Join great Canadian comedians at the 11th Annual New Year’s Eve Comedy Night for an evening that will have you smiling from start to finish.

Comedians to be announced.


Kid’s New Years Eve Celebration | December 31st 

Pineview Community Hub |  1700 Blair Road

A FREE Admission event to help kids too young to stay up late celebrate New Year’s Eve!
Games, Dancing, Colouring, Crafts! New Year’s “countdown” every hour!


Daisy Train New Years Eve |  December 31st

Lonestar Texas Grill – The Loft |  1211 Lemieux Street

The very last show at The Lonestar was New Years Eve with Daisy Train just a couple few years ago… We are bringing the party to The Loft once again!


New Years Eve – An Elegant Affair – For Singles | December 31st

Sheraton Ottawa Hotel | 150 Albert Street

Celebrate New Year’s Eve – ‘An Elegant Affair’. This celebration will be at the Ottawa Sheraton – O’Connor Room where you will dine, dance and chime Aulde Lang Syne when the clock strikes midnight. This is THE New Year’s Eve party for singles in Ottawa. Dust off the suit/evening wear and join us for a fabulous night.


Let’s Get Fizzy New Years | December 31, 2022

CRAFT Beer Market Ottawa | 975 Bank Street

The countdown to 2023 is on and we’re ready to pop, clink and fizz our way into the new year. Don’t miss our four-course dinner or countdown party! Our culinary team has created the perfect four-course meal to celebrate, or grab your crew and join out late night dance party to countdown the ball drop!


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