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Holiday Festivities in the Downtown Rideau

December 2, 2022

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! To add dash of twinkle to your itinerary this holiday season we recommend these activities and events around downtown Ottawa.

The Nutcracker

It wouldn’t be the holidays without The Nutcracker! Start the month off with a showing of the iconic Tchaikovsky score preformed by Les Grands Ballets Canadiens.

This beloved classic, is sure to bring  joy and wonder to all that attend. 

Check other showings at the NAC all December long:

The Nutcracker
Image by the National Arts Centre

Winter Lights Across Canada at Parliament Hill

Be enchanted with thousands of lights that illuminate the heart of Canada’s Capital Region this holiday season. Follow the Pathway of Lights route that circles the Capital and admire sites and historical monuments every step of the way. Finish the route by taking in the Northern Lights Sound and Light Show on Parliament Hill.  This show features beautiful projections and lights on the Parliament buildings that are sure to give visitors an illuminating experience. Bring extra warm layers and a piping cup of hot chocolate to stay warm. 

This event runs from December 8th to January 8th.

Lights Across Canada
Image by CFRA

Trees of Hope and the Elf Pub at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier

Trees of Hope is a magical annual event where local companies and organizations come together to decorate the halls of the historic Fairmont Chateau Laurier with beautifully decorated Christmas trees.

Residents and visitors are invited to take in the magic of this event while also raising funds for CHEO.

After visiting the Trees of Hope, sip on some festive boozy cocktails such as a Candy Cane Espresso Martini or Elf’s Nog in Ottawa’s new hottest speakeasy, The Elf’s Pub. This pub is a hidden Christmas pop-up that will make you feel like you’re hanging out with the elves at the North Pole. The bar is now open until January 1st on select days. 

For more details:

Trees of Hope
Image by Trees of Hope

Holiday Afternoon Tea at Zoe’s 

Are you tired after a long day of shopping? Take a break with a festive-themed afternoon tea at Zoe’s Lounge complete with incredible views of Downtown. 

Enjoy a selection of loose-leaf teas with a three-tier display of open-face sandwiches, English scones, and desserts, all with a little holiday twist.

The Holiday menu is on from December 1st to January 5th; reserve your experience soon as spots are limited and tend to sell out quickly. 

Book here:

Afternoon Tea at Zoes
Image by Zoe’s Ottawa

Santa Claus is Back in Town!

Get your letters and wishlists ready because Santa is back in town to meet all the good people of Ottawa! Catch him in the Rideau Centre on Level 3 in Simons Court. 

To visit Santa, book your reservation online using the link below. Tickets are available now until December 24th.

For more information:

Santa Claus at Rideau
Image by CF Rideau Centre

Rideau Centre Festivities

Make your holiday shopping stress-free with lively performances, dashing store displays, and a grand Christmas tree to admire. 

Stop and stare at elegant Christmas trees that lights up the mall with spectacular illuminations, all while listening to classic holiday songs. 

The Rideau Centre will continue the Music at CF program with live performances featuring your favourite holiday songs all season long. Visit this link to see the list of performers, hours, and dates. 

Take in the beautifully curated storefront displays while checking off every gift on your list. Be inspired by the festive decorations, colourful lights, and holiday cheer all around!

Rideau Centre
Image by Rideau Centre