8 things to do in Ottawa this weekend to make your December happy and bright


This month, there is more to do than decorate your tree and bake cookies at home. So here are eight things to do in Ottawa this weekend to make sure your December is happy and bright.

The only question is, what will you do first? There are several great options to choose from, such as light-driving events and Christmas cocktail bars.

Vintage Village of Lights

Price: $ 25 per group up to six people

When: December 3 – December 19, 2021 (Friday to Sunday 3:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.)

Address: Cumberland Heritage Village Museum, 2940, chemin Vieux-Montréal, Cumberland, ON

Why you need to go: You’ll feel like you’ve traveled back in time in this historic village covered in over 30,000 glowing lights.


Sipping Santa Claus in Ottawa

Price: 💸

When: from November 30

Address: Standard Luxury Tavern, 360 Elgin Street, Ottawa, ON

Why you need to go: Sippin ‘Santa is back, so it’s time to plan to have some festive cocktails with your friends.


Christmas in the countryside

Price: $ 30 per vehicle

When: December 4 – December 30, 2021

Address: 7893, chemin Bleeks, Ottawa, ON

Why You Must Go: This is a 2-kilometer drive-thru route that takes you past dazzling displays of Christmas lights.


Stanley Christmas Village

Price: $ 120 for a group of up to 6 people

When: Saturdays and Sundays in December from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., as well as December 20-23 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Address: 2452 Yorks Corners Rd., Edwards, ON

Why you need to go: You can book a 1-hour tour of this Christmas village that belongs to the North Pole. During your stay you can also enjoy a sleigh ride on the snow and a delicious cup of hot chocolate.


Enchanted Holiday Route

Price: $ 40 per vehicle

When: December 1 to 23 (some nights)

Address: 6336 Fallowfield Rd., Stittsville, ON

Why you need to go: In this spectacular drive-thru event, you’ll explore eight different themed areas.


Lit at night

Price: $ 15 per person

When: November 26, 2021 – January 1, 2022

Address: 13740, county road. 2, Morrisburg (Ontario)

Why you need to go: You can walk through Upper Canada Village to see over a million twinkling lights.


Nan’s living room

Price: 💸

Address: 73, rue Clarence

Why you need to go: This new Christmas bar has multiple areas to explore and tons of delicious cocktails.


ice rink of dreams

Price: Free

When: from December 3

Address: 110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa, ON

Why you need to go: The Rink of Dreams is finally open again, and you don’t have to pay anything to skate here.


In Ontario, a vaccination passport is required to access certain events, services and businesses, including restaurants and bars.

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.


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