Awesome Upcoming Christmas Activities in Ottawa

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With the holiday season around the corner, there are tons of activities to enjoy with the kids in the Ottawa area to get in the Christmas spirit!

The Cumberland Heritage Village Museum is hosting an Illumination Ceremony Friday November 25th at 5pm to kick off the Vintage Village of Lights. Come participate in the Christmas scavenger hunt, visit with Santa and decorate a gingerbread cookie. Doors open at 3pm and ceremony will be held at 5pm.

The Holiday Edition of the Ottawa Comiccon will be held November 26th & 27th in Hall 3 at the EY Centre. Admission is free.

Ian’s Christmas Adventure Park in Carleton Place will be hosting there Holly Jolly Christmas Party in support of Dickies Cause 4 Paws on Saturday November 26th from 9am to 3pm. Admission is 10$ per person for access to the park and all activities and events. Admission is FREE with purchasing a tree.

The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will be making a stop on November 27th at 6:20 pm in Smith Falls and at 7:40 in Perth.

Come enjoy Christmas in Old-Aylmer December 2nd to 4th with an exterior Christmas market and traditional Santa Claus night Parade on December 3rd at 6pm.

Osgoode is hosting their annual Christmas in the Village celebrations December 2nd & 3rd. There will be a Santa Claus parade of lights Friday December 2nd at 7:30 pm, breakfast with Santa Saturday December 3rd from 7 to 11am, a family skate, face painting, kids crafts and Christmas treats.

Come enjoy breakfast with Santa on December 3rd from 8 to 10:30 am at the Merrickville Legion. Tickets are 6$ per adults, 3$ per children 6 to 12 and free for children under 6.

Riverside South Community Centre will be offering sleigh rides in the neighborhood on December 3rd from 5 to 8:30pm at the Rideauview  Community Centre. Tickets are 1$ each/per seat. Tickets are available online at Snapuptickets.com

Santa Claus will be rolling in at the Railway Museum of Eastern Ontario during the North Pole Express event on December 3rd from 2 to 7pm. Be sure to book your tickets to enjoy a train ride, visit Santa’s elves to make a toy, send a Santagram to the North Pole and enjoy a holiday treat by the fire. Tickets are 5$ per person (children under 2 are free). Tickets are available at Eventbrite.

Come celebrate the holiday season with  the animals at the Ottawa Humane Society Critter Christmas Holiday Family Event on December 4th from 11:30 to 2:30pm. All activities are family friendly and include cookie decorating, hot chocolate, photos with Santa, holiday themed crafts and activities.

Come enjoy Manotick’s annual Olde Fashioned Christmas celebration on December 3rd & 4th with the Lions Santa Claus Parade, horse drawn wagon rides, sunset caroling, a family Christmas party, games, crafts and fun for all.

Sesame Street will be Live on December 10th at the Canadian Tire Centre with their new show “Make a New Friend“. Showtimes are at 10:30 am, 2pm and 5:30pm. Ticket price varies between 17$ and 70$.

Share a holiday adventure at St. Paul’s Christmas for Kids: Passport to Christmas on December 10th from 9:30 am to 12:30pm. Come learn about the Christian traditions of this holiday while having fun with the whole family. Activities are geared towards children preschool age to 12 years old. Event is FREE but space is limited.

Come to Wesley Clover Park in Nepean for a day of Holiday fun on December 11th from noon to 4pm. Activities include a vendor’s row, kids crafts, you can even stop by Santa’s Grotto to meet Santa Claus himself! This event is FREE!

The Metclafe Community Association presents Christmas in the Village on Sunday December 11th starting at 2pm with a Santa parade, cookie decorating & photos with Santa and the Victoria park Lighting Ceremony.

Head to Nepean Museum on December 11th from 10am to 4pm for a Nepean Christmas and have fun learning about old-fashioned Christmas traditions. Take home a gingerbread house and a Christmas card. Cost is 6.15$ per person or 16.35$ per family.

Give the little ones the perfect holiday warm-up with the Max & Ruby Nutcracker Suite at the Centrepointe Theatres on December 15th at 3:30 pm and 6:30pm.

Take your littles one to the Elves of the Estate at the Billings Estate National Historic Site on Saturday December 17th from 10am to 4pm. They will be able to dress up as elves, visit with Santa and enjoy milk and cookies while reading stories with Mrs Claus. Cost is 6.15$ per person and 16.35$ per family.


Enjoy one of the many Santa Claus parades offered in the Ottawa area.

If you are up for a short drive, make your way to Upper Canada Village for the Alight at Night Festival from December 2nd to January 7th and enjoy close to a million lights adorning the heritage buildings, trees and fences…a true winter wonderland for the whole family.

Proulx Berry Farm in the East end will be hosting their Winterfest from December 1st to 18th with wagon rides, hot beverages by the fire, a beautiful show of lights, a holiday themed photo booth and the opportunity to purchase your Christmas tree.

Visit Stanley’s Old Maple Lane Farm’s Christmas Village to experience Christmas through the eyes of an elf! Open Saturdays and Sundays from November 26th to December 18th. Tickets are 12.50$ for adults and children and free for children under 18 months.


Do you know of any other great activities or events happening in December in and around Ottawa? Join the conversation in our comments section below.

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