Ottawa Events This December


The Holiday season is in full swing and with it, the seasonal sparkle that makes Ottawa bright. Whether hosting family or friends, or just looking for a festive activity, check out these local events happening in Ottawa during December.

The Mayor’s Annual Christmas Celebration

Enjoy roasting marshmallows, maple taffy, hot chocolate and more in a fun-filled annual party at Ottawa City Hall on Saturday, December 3. Meet Santa and Mrs. Claus inside or take a horse-drawn wagon ride around Dewar Plaza. Christmas performances and character appearances will keep little ones entertained from 2-6pm. Admission is a food donation to the Ottawa Food Bank.

Enjoy Breakfast with Santa!

Make your little one’s day with Breakfast with Santa at the Old Firehall in Ottawa South. The first 150 attendees enjoy a free pancake breakfast and cookie decorating. The Old Ottawa South Community Association is asking for food item donations for the Ottawa Food Bank. Breakfast will be Sunday, December 4, from 10:30-12:30.

Opening of the Sens Rink of Dreams

Go ice-skating on the colourful Rink of Dreams. This year’s rink is open starting Nov. 25 and continues through the winter months. Even on balmier winter days, the refrigerated surface offers skating. Bring your own skates anytime from 6am-11pm, weather permitting.

Christmas Across Canada

When the sun goes down, the lights go on around Confederation Boulevard and Parliament Hill. Christmas lights brighten the national museums, monuments, and other prominent landmarks from December 7 to January 7. The illumination ceremony is at 7pm on December 7 and the viewing is free all month.

Beer & Bites in the Glebe

Satisfy your taste buds during this beer and food pairing headed by the Glebe Neighbourhood Activities Group (GNAG.) The organization pairs with the best local breweries for this delicious beer pairing. The event runs from 7-9pm and costs $70.

Ring in the New Year!

Say goodbye to 2016 and hello to 2017 at Ottawa City Hall during the New Year’s Eve celebration. Watch the lighting of the Ottawa 2017 cauldron, starting the yearlong celebration of 150 years of Canadian history. From Parliament Hill, enjoy a pyromusical fireworks display at 8:17pm with another celebratory bang at midnight.