The holiday season is here and the City is spreading good cheer!

November 28, 2017
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The City has family-friendly events for everyone looking to celebrate the holiday season. Here are some activities you probably won’t want to miss.

Kids with Santa Claus

The Mayor’s 17th Annual Christmas Celebration

Don’t miss Santa and Mrs. Claus when they stop by Ottawa City Hall on Saturday December 9, 2017 from 2 to 6 p.m. for the Mayor’s 17th annual Christmas Celebration. There will be fun for the whole family. Activities include:

  • skating on the Sens Rink of Dreams
  • roasting marshmallows around open campfires
  • horse-drawn wagon ride around City Hall

Best of all, admission to the event is free with a non-perishable food donation to the Ottawa Food Bank. OC Transpo will offer free bus rides on all routes to and from City Hall from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. to children 11 years and under when accompanied by a fare-paying adult.

Letters to Santa

We all know what presents Santa loves best: Cookies, milk and Christmas cheer. Now it’s time to tell the jolly old elf what’s on your Christmas wish list at the City of Ottawa Archives’ Letter to Santa event. On December 2, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the whole family is invited to come to 100 Tallwood Drive and celebrate all things Santa:

  • Decorate, and eat, a gingerbread cookie
  • Create a Christmas craft
  • Listen to a holiday story
  • Most importantly, write that letter to Jolly Old Saint Nick.

Admission is free and no pre-registration is required.  All letters will be sent directly to the North Pole!

Holiday programming at the City Museums

Check out your local museum and celebrate an old-fashioned Christmas.

  • The Cumberland Heritage Village Museum is hosting its annual Vintage Village of lights every Friday, Saturday and Sunday until December 17. Check out the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum web page for times.
  • Billings Estate National Historic Site is also offering Christmas programming including two dates for its extremely popular Christmas tea. Check out the museums’ webpage for more details.
  • Fairfields Heritage House is hosting multiple Christmas events too. Don’t miss their Vintage Christmas on December 9 from 5 to 8 p.m.
  • Don’t forget Nepean Museum’s Christmas Celebration on December 16!

City Theatres

Both the Shenkman Arts Centre and Centrepointe Theatres feature special holiday programming in December. Check out the Shenkman or Centrepointe schedules to find the right show for your family!

More Santa Claus parades

You won’t want to miss these Santa Claus parades! Santa Claus has already visited downtown, Kanata and Barrhaven, but he’ll be stopping by even more Ottawa neighbourhoods in the coming weeks to play the starring role in various parades. Whether you’re attending or not, watch out for road closures and traffic interruptions during the parades.

So, grab your thermos of hot chocolate, pack the kids into their snowsuits and watch firsthand as Santa works his magic and manages to be in multiple parades across the city all at the same time:

  • Parade of Lights Osgoode - Friday, December 1, 7:30 p.m.
  • Richmond Santa Claus Parade, Saturday, December 2 5:30 p.m.
  • Santa’s Parade of Lights Orléans - Saturday, December 2, 6 p.m.
  • Stittsville Parade of Lights - Saturday, December 2, 6 p.m.
  • Santa Claus Parade, Constance and Buckham’s Bay - Saturday, December 2, 1 p.m.
  • Manotick Santa Claus Parade - Saturday, December 2, 1 p.m.
  • Santa Claus Parade and Lighting of the Park, Richmond - Saturday, December 3, 5:30 p.m.
  • Carp Christmas Parade - Saturday, December 9, noon
  • Metcalfe Santa Claus Parade - Sunday, December 10, 2 p.m.

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