There is more to do this holiday season than events behind the wheel. Here are eight amazing Christmas activities in Ottawa that you can enjoy without a car.
For the entire month of December, OC Transpo is offering free public transport, so there is no need to load additional money on your Presto card. So this is the perfect excuse to check out some of the holiday events happening around town.
When: from November 23
Address: Sparks Street, Ottawa, ON
Why you need to go: Sparks Street has become a winter wonderland where you can see illuminated 3D screens.
Tinseltown Christmas Emporium
Price: Free entry
Address: 1096 Somerset Street West, Ottawa, ON
Why you need to go: You’ll feel like you’ve walked into Santa’s Workshop and can buy some sparkly decorations for your Christmas tree.
Price: $ 50 + per person
When: 3-5 December 2021
Address: 1 Elgin Street, Ottawa, ON
Why you need to go: No holiday season would be complete without watching The Nutcracker. This year, you can come to the NAC to see the Mouse King and the Prune Fairy dance on stage in this iconic ballet.
Christmas lights across Canada
When: December 8, 2021 to January 7, 2022
Address: Projection Show at Parliament Hill, 111 Wellington Street, Ottawa, ON
Path of Lights (several locations)
Why you need to go: You can head to Parliament Hill to watch the new show being screened, then explore a route of over 30,000 colored lights.
Zoe’s festive tea
Price: $ 68 + per person
When: December 1, 2021 – January 2, 2022 (11 am-3pm)
Address: 1, rue Rideau, Ottawa, ON
Why you need to go: You can treat yourself to afternoon tea at the Ottawa Castle. While staying at Zoe’s, you can feast on savory sandwiches, scones and an assortment of desserts.
Candlelight: Holiday Special
Price: $ 30 + per person
When: December 15, 17, 18 and 22, 2021
Address: 140 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa, ON
Why you must go: There will be Christmas concerts at the First Baptist Church lit by over a thousand candles where you can listen to classic songs like “Ave Maria” and “Deck The Halls”.
Ottawa Christmas Market
Price: Free entry
When: November 26 – December 22, 2021
Address: Casino Lac-Leamy Plaza at Lansdowne, MarchÃ© Way, Ottawa, ON
Why you need to go: Not only will you be able to shop at all the different vendors, but you will also be able to listen to live music and see the giant Christmas tree.
The Christmas tree at CF Rideau Center
When: From November 19, 2021
Address: 50, rue Rideau, Ottawa, ON
Why you need to go: After you’ve finished your holiday shopping at CF Rideau Center, you can visit their augmented reality Christmas tree that you can decorate using your phone.
Before you go, check out our responsible travel guide to be informed, be safe, be smart and most of all, be respectful on your adventure.