What’s Happening in the Ottawa Area

Looking for fun activities in the Ottawa area? Check out these options over the next seven days, starting on Thursday, December 1. Be sure to verify details with the organizers as plans can change at any time.

For festive fun…

  • Until December 23 (Fridays through Sundays, plus Dec. 20-23) | Don’t miss the outdoor Ottawa Christmas Market at Lansdowne: enjoy a festive atmosphere with plenty of holiday entertainment, local flavours, and shopping. FREE!
  • Friday, December 2 | Check out the 613flea Holiday Market and discover more than 100 hand-picked vendors at the Aberdeen Pavilion with an inventory of items that are perfect for holiday gift-giving. FREE!
  • Saturday, December 3 – Sunday, December 4 | Find your holiday gifts surrounded by vintage holiday décor at 613Christmas! featuring 200 vendors at the Fieldhouse at Carleton University. FREE!
  • Thursday, December 1 – Sunday, December 4 |Enjoy a family favourite with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens performing the timeless Nutcracker at the National Arts Centre.
  • Saturday, December 3 – Sunday, December 4 | This is the last weekend of the Watson’s Mill Christmas Craft Market in Manotick. FREE!
  • Saturday, December 3 until December 18 | Bundle up and head east to Stanley’s Christmas Village for a winter wonderland experience.
  • Wednesday, December 7 | Explore the Parkdale Night Market in Wellington West for new finds and fresh evening delights. FREE!

For arts, culture, and a good time…

  • Friday, December 2 – Sunday, December 4 | See world-famous, life-size dinosaurs meticulously painted and animated at the Jurassic Quest dinosaur show at the EY Centre.
  • Until Saturday, December 3 | Discover 27 films from all 27 European Union member states, including a new feature film from Ukraine at the European Union Film Festival at the Ottawa Art Gallery.
  • Saturday, December 3 – Sunday, December 4 | Comics fans won’t want to miss the Rendez-vous de la bande dessinée de Gatineau at the Maison du Citoyen: participate in drawing performances, round tables, and more. FREE!
  • Wednesday, December 7 | Enjoy the timeless Lewis Carroll classic Alice in Wonderland with a unique twist at the Meridian Theatres at Centrepointe.
  • Until Thursday, December 8 | Enjoy Oh Canada Eh?, a family-friendly dinner musical production that celebrates all things Canadian.

For hockey fans…

  • Friday, December 2; Sunday, December 4 | Enjoy games of junior hockey as the Ottawa 67’s battle against the Flint Firebirds and Peterborough Petes at TD Place Arena.
  • Saturday, December 3; Tuesday, December 6 | Cheer on the Ottawa Senators as they compete against the San Jose Sharks and the Los Angeles Kings at the Canadian Tire Centre.

Find out more great activities to do in and around Ottawa on the Ottawa Insider Blog!


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