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November 29, 2021
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Santa Claus will be making personal appearances in several Ottawa neighbourhoods in the coming weeks. Whether you’re attending or not, watch out for road closures and traffic interruptions during the parades.


An image of Santa Claus and an elf on a sleigh during a parade.

Grab a thermos of hot chocolate, pack the kids into their snowsuits and watch Santa work his magic to participate in multiple parades across the city all at the same time. And don’t forget to follow social wise public health guidelines to protect yourselves, Santa and other parade goers while you’re enjoying the festivities.

  • Osgoode Village Parade of Lights, Friday, December 3, 7 pm
  • Richmond Village Santa Parade, drive-through event at the Richmond Fairgrounds, Saturday, December 4, 5 pm
  • Help Santa Parade of Lights, downtown Ottawa, Saturday, December 4, 11 am
  • 12th Annual Carp Christmas Parade, drive-through event at the Carp Fairgrounds, Saturday, December 11, 5 pm
  • Metcalfe Santa Claus Parade and Food Drive, Sunday, December 12, 2 pm
  • Navan Upside Down Parade, drive-through event at the Navan Fairgrounds, Saturday, December 18, 6 pm

Plan a festive weekend with friends and family


An image of a women holding a child standing outside where snow is on the ground.

If you’re looking for even more holiday cheer, consider including these festive activities in your weekend plans:

  • Join the Osgoode Township Museum for a tree lighting event featuring Mr. and Mrs. Claus!
    • Event begins at 6 pm on Saturday, December 4.
  • Walk through Cumberland Heritage Village Museum’s Vintage Village of Lights and take in more than 30,000 lights illuminating heritage and true-to-era buildings.
    • Operating from 3 to 9:30 pm every Friday, Saturday and Sunday until Sunday, December 19.
  • Indulge in the Billings Estate’s traditional Christmas Tea from the comfort of your own home by ordering Takeaway Christmas Tea.
    • Available for pickup between 11 am and 3 pm every Saturday and Sunday until Sunday, December 19.
  • Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the season and enjoy a Holiday Guided Tour at Billings Estate.
    • Operating between 4 and 7 pm Friday and Saturday evenings and between 10:30 am and 2:30 pm Saturday and Sunday afternoons from Friday, December 10 to Sunday, December 19.
  • Get into the holiday spirit at Ottawa’s Eurpoean-style Christmas Market at Lansdowne.
    • Open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday until Sunday, December 19 and Monday, December 20 to Wednesday, December 22. Operating hours vary.
  • Be dazzled by the Magic of Lights drive-through holiday lights experience at Wesley Clover Park.
    • Operating between 5 and 10 pm every night until Saturday, January 8, 2022.

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