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What to do in Ottawa this weekend December 2 to 4, 2022

If you’re looking for things to do in Ottawa this weekend, be sure to check out our list of the best weekend activities! Whether you’re looking for something fun and active, or want to relax and take in the cityscape, there are plenty of exciting things to do on weekends in Ottawa. 

From festivals and special events to tours and outdoor adventures, from hiking trails and bike paths to museums and historic landmarks, there is something for everyone who wants to explore Ontario’s capital city! Whether you’re a tourist or a resident of the city, we guarantee that you’ll find something worth doing. Start planning your perfect Ottawa weekend today!

I. Family Events & Activities

St. Basil’s Church, 940 Rex Avenue, Ottawa, ON K2A 2P7, Canada

Sun, December 4 2022, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm EST

Come celebrate the joy of giving with Nicholas, an angel and the devil.

across Eastern Ontario

December 2-3, 2022

Ontario Festival of Small Halls organizers  will be welcoming music fans back to beloved rural venues across Eastern Ontario this holiday season to share the joy of big music in small, festive places.

CF Rideau Centre, Level 3, Simons Court

November 19 to December 24, 2022

Bring your crew and visit Santa from November 19 through December 24! Pre-book your visit online for $10 to reserve your spot. Tickets include your visit and up to 5 professional digital photos. 

900 Greenbank Rd, Nepean, ON

Multiple dates

From Ottawa’s premier entertainment company, Escape Manor Junior offers fun and immersive escape games for a younger audience. Kids and their families will be working together to escape the room by looking for clues, solving puzzles, and figuring out the codes.

1595 Merivale Road, #6 Ottawa (Merivale), Ontario K2G 3J4

multiple dates

Color Me Mine is the leader in the contemporary ceramics industry. Each location is an upscale art-as-entertainment studio offering unfinished ceramics and other craft media. Customers enter a relaxing environment, choose one of 400 unfinished pieces, and spend an hour or two painting it to express their own vision. Ceramic pieces are left to be glazed and fired, then picked up later.

2615 Lancaster Rd., Unit 29, Ottawa, ON

Multiple dates

Our leagues are the perfect excuse to get together with friends, make some new ones, and trash talk each other a little bit while competing. With coaches available to give you tips, we have a league that’s perfect for every experience level.

Sonesta Circle, Ottawa, ON K2S, Canada

December 3-4 2022, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm EST (multiple dates)

I am a research associate in Neuroscience program at Ottawa Hospital research institute. I teach painting and drawing to children on weekend.

Saunders Farm, 7893 Bleeks Road, Ottawa (Munster), Ontario

November 26 – December 18 2022, saturdays & sundays 10:00am – 4:00pm

By day, enjoy pre-cut Christmas trees, hedge mazes, wagon rides, Christmas displays, a Farm Shop with local vendors and more! By night, drive through the Country Christmas drive-through experience and enjoy the holiday lights and displays from the comfort of your own car!

The Log Farm, 670 Cedarview Road, Ottawa, Ontario

November 27 – December 18, 2022 

It’s the most magical time of the year at the Log Farm! Pick out the perfect Christmas tree then warm up with hot apple cider. Bring your letters for Santa and peek around his workshop. Then jump on a wagon ride or pet some friendly animals at this annual winter event.  

Lansdowne, Ottawa, Ontario

Winter 2022, dates to be announced (Weather permitting)

Enjoy free ice skating 7 days a week from 6:00am to 11:00pm. Don’t forget to bring your own skates!

Norm Fenn Gym – Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Dr. Ottawa, ON K1S 5B6, Canada

Fri, December 2 2022, 9:00 pm – 10:45 pm EST

Indoor recreational rollerskating for everyone. We skate to tunes. Welcome to our Sept. – Dec. Sessions!

The Cumberland Heritage Village Museum, 2940 Old Montreal Road, Ottawa

December 2  − December 18 2022, 3 pm to 9 pm

Join us at Cumberland Heritage Village Museum for our Vintage Village of Lights! Explore the postcard-perfect scenery of the 1920s and 30s village on foot as you take in the 30,000+ lights illuminating heritage and true-to-era buildings.

EY Centre, 4899 Uplands Dr, Ottawa

December 2 – 4, 2022

Jurassic Quest is the world’s largest, most popular dino event with unique and exciting experiences for the whole family. Observe our herd of life size animatronic dinosaurs including Apatosaurus, Spinosaurus, T-Rex and an incredible 50 ft long Megalodon!

Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa

Sat, December 3 2022, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Come celebrate the holiday season at City Hall! Admission to this sponsored event is a  donation to the Ottawa Food Bank and you can also indulge in delicious BeaverTails for only $2 with all proceeds going directly to those in need.

Osgoode Township Museum, 7814 Lawrence St., Ottawa, Canada

Sat, December 3 2022, at 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Join us at the Osgoode Township Museum on Saturday December 3rd at 4PM for our community tree lighting! There will be free kids crafts, hot chocolate and photos with Mr. & Mrs. Claus! Join in on the community spirit as we light our holiday tree and celebrate the season together at this festive family event.

II. Live Music & Concerts

Bronson Centre, Ottawa, ON

Fri, December 02, 7:00 pm

Club SAW, 67 Nicholas Street, Ottawa, ON K1N 7B9

Fri, December 2 2022, 8:30 pm (doors 8:00 pm)

Virginia To Vegas − singer-songwriter, Ria Mae − singer-songwriter, Noelle − alternative rock

Bronson Centre Theatre, 211 Bronson Avenue, Ottawa, ON K1R 6H5

Sat, December 3 2022, 6:30 pm (doors 6:00 pm)

Bearings − pop punk, Young Culture − pop punk, Super American − pop punk, Frown Line − indie pop, Guest Room Status − emo.

Azrieli Studio, 1 Elgin Street, Ottawa, Canada

December 1-2 2022, 8:00 pm

Chantal Kreviazuk, a two-time JUNO Award winner and Raine Maida — a four-time winner with Our Lady Peace — are one of Canada’s most influential cultural couples.

Fourth Stage, 1 Elgin Street, Ottawa, Canada

Fri, December 2 2022, 8:30 pm EDT

As with so many artistic endeavors, Ada Lea’s debut album began as one thing and ended up as something else. The commonality of that process doesn’t make the story any less interesting, however, especially in the case of what we say in private − a beautifully colorful collection of profound pop song.

Azrieli Studio, 1 Elgin Street, Ottawa, Canada

Sat, December 3 2022, 8:00 pm EDT

Come join Lennie Gallant and band for a celebration of the season with the 5th annual Innkeeper’s Christmas show. This year, the highly popular multimedia show will feature songs from his Christmas record as well as favourites from his 14 album catalogue.

Azrieli Studio, 1 Elgin Street, Ottawa, Canada

Sun, December 4 2022, 8:00 pm EDT 

Zimbabwe’s greatest Ambassadors, performing music inspired by the traditional song and dance of their native Southern Africa, with a beauty and enthusiasm that is unrivalled. The group have become firm favourites around the world with people of all ages and cultures, due to their natural ability to communicate, passion and feeling in their performances.

54 York Street, Ottawa ON

Every Sunday FROM 11 AM TO 2 PM

Visit the restaurant and enjoy live music

Address, 330 Kent Street, Ottawa

September 24, 2021 – December 23, 2022

This family friendly musical production celebrates all things Canadian! The two-hour show features famous characters singing Canadian hits, plus an optional Canadian meal.

Arts Court, 2 Daly Avenue, Ottawa, ON, K1N 6E2

Sat, December 3 2022, 8:00 pm  – 10:00 pm

Frisque Femme Productions Presents Lyrical Legends III Burlesque Show. Over the decades we’ve listened to iconic, angelic and legendary music artists. Come sing, laugh and dance in your seat while we entertain you to those lyrical legends.

CF Rideau Centre, Ottawa

November 17 to December 24, 2022

Enjoy all of your favourite holiday songs performed by local artists.

Southminster United Church, 15 Aylmer Avenue, Ottawa, ON K1S 2W8

Sat, December 3 2022, 7:30 pm EST

Seasonal concert featuring John Rutter’s GLORIA, local composer David Rain’s Rideau Carol and other works with some sing-along opportunities.

Red Bird, 1165 Bank Street, Ottawa, ON K1S 3X4, Canada

Sat, December 3 2022, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm EST

Otis Strange is an Urban Roots Rock band with a sweet acoustic sound & a funky percussive twist. They’ve been around and ain’t slowin’ down!

Great Canadian Theatre Company, 1233 Wellington Street West Ottawa, ON K1Y 0G7, Canada

Sat, December 3 2022, 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm EST

A musically diverse and visually stunning new multimedia show about and inspired by Moths from Ottawa-born musician Peter Kiesewalter.

Red Bird, 1165 Bank Street Ottawa, ON K1S 3X4, Canada

Fri, December 2 2022, 8:00 pm EST

Frank Moyo makes his debut on the Red Bird stage. Frank Moyo is a slow player in a fast world. The Canadian-Italian singer-songwriter and guitarist serenades like a busking bard of the 21st century.

Salle Freiman Hall, Pavillon Pérez Building, 610 Cumberland Ottawa, ON K1N 9A7, Canada

Sat, December 3 2022, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm EST

Suites in All Moods & Modes!

The Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street Ottawa, ON K1N 5M6, Canada

Sat, December 3 2022, 8:00 pm EST

Dream More is privileged to consistently connect with premiere talent in North America. For this new tour, we will be showcasing emerging new generation BIPOC artists innovating the Canadian sound on stages across Ontario and Quebec.

St. Joseph’s Parish, 174 Wilbrod Street, Ottawa

Sat, December 3 2022, 7:30 pm

A German Christmas celebration combining the best seasonal baroque music with popular carols. Includes works by J.S. Bach, J.C. Bach, Praetorius, Buxtehude and Schein with a special presentation of Heinrich Schütz’s Deutsches Magnificat in the year of his 350th anniversary.

220 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON K2P 1L7, Canada

Fri, December 2 2022, 8 pm doors, 9 pm show

With Matty Grace, Guilhem, & Sorry Snowman

220 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON K2P 1L7, Canada

Sun, December 4 2022, 7:00 pm doors \ 7:45 pm show

Emi Jeen burst into the alt-pop scene as a solo artist in late 2015, telling evocative stories – at once hopeful and nostalgic; wistful and urgent; raw and graceful. Noted on stage for her theatrical energy and outspoken talent as a performer, it is also the exuberance of her dark pop style and aesthetic that leaves no one indifferent!

220 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON K2P 1L7, Canada

December 3 2022, 6 pm doors | 7 pm show

An eight-piece group with occasional extras, every E Street member is represented in the Dukes, including varied instruments like violin and lap steel guitar. Their dynamic, precise, and energy-filled shows have been stunning audiences in Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto and beyond.

Avant Garde Bar, 135 1/2 Besserer St. K1N 6A7, Ottawa, ON, Canada

Sat, December 3, 2022

Happy Goat Coffee Co. (Main Street), 145 Main Street, Ottawa, ON K1S 5V9

Sun, December 4 2022, 11:00 am EST

Enjoy a cup of coffee listening to a collection of cozy, original songs by Margarita at Happy Goat Main Street.

145 Main Street, Ottawa, ON K1S 1C1, Canada

Fri, December 2 2022, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm EST

Come see the Woodshed Collective play at the Happy Goat!

III. Theater & Performing Arts

Shenkman Arts Centre, 245 Centrum Boulevard, Ottawa, ON K1E 0A1

Sat, December 3 2022, at 7:30 pm

Sun, December 4 2022, at 1:30 pm

Caithream Celtic Dance Fusion returns with their popular Celtic twist on Dickens’ classic holiday tale. Rediscover the joy of Ebenezer Scrooge as he learns the importance of love, friends, and family—all told through dance.

Babs Asper theatre, 1 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON

November 30 – December  10, 2022

In 1535, after experiencing an unsettling vision of the future, an Inuk woman named Hummiktuq adopts a polar bear cub. Dramatic and humorous, The Breathing Hole follows the bear as he takes the audience on an epic five century journey from a tiny Inuit community, through the tragic Franklin Expedition, and into a 21st century ravaged by climate change.

Southam Hall, 1 Elgin Street, Ottawa, Canada

December 1-4, 2022

It just wouldn’t be the holidays without The Nutcracker!Rediscover this beloved classic, which has only gotten more captivating since its creation. A real treat for the whole family. A touch of magic!

Meridian Theatres @ Centrepointe, 101 Centrepointe Dr, Ottawa, ON K2G 5K7

December 2, 2022 to December 3, 2022

Celebrate the holiday season with Les Petits Ballets and come see their original production of the Nutcracker! Witness the classic story of Clara as she embarks on festive adventures after receiving a mysterious gift on Christmas Eve. From battles of mice and kings to whirling snowflakes, joyful sweets, dancing sugarplums, and everything in between, this performance is sure to entrance audience members of all ages.

Meridian Theatres @ Centrepointe, 101 Centrepointe Dr, Ottawa, ON K2G 5K7

Sat, December 3 2022, at 1:30 pm

For 20 years, Suzart productions has proudly provided the Ottawa community with the opportunity to experience the wonderful world of musical theatre. This production will feature hits from our family musicals from across the last 20 years.

Meridian Theatres @ Centrepointe, 101 Centrepointe Dr, Ottawa, ON K2G 5K7

December 2-3 2022, 7:30 pm 

For 20 years, Suzart Productions has proudly provided the Ottawa community with the opportunity to experience the wonderful world of musical theatre. This production will feature favourite hits from our Suzart and Suzart After Dark shows.

Laugh Lounge, 61 York Street, Ottawa, ON K1N 9C7, Canada

December 2-3 2022, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM EST (multiple dates)

Ottawa’s favourite Comedy Club in the heart of ByWard Market! A ” Must Try Experience in Ottawa!” Featuring North America’s best talent!

Shenkman Arts Centre, 245 Centrum Boulevard, Ottawa, ON K1E 0A1

Sat, December 3 2022, at 7:00 pm

Live performances by Lonely Boy and Jessie Simmons. Formula Showcase live performances by TKMN and Skinny Hendrxx.

5492 South River Drive, Ottawa, ON K4M 1J3, Canada

Sat, December 3 2022, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm EST

Start the Christmas season with a dynamic stellar presentation of the Bethlehem star. Zoom back in time and see what the Magi saw!

Stuart Holmes Arena, 5660 Osgoode Main st, Ottawa

December 2-4, 2022

ITR Presents their fall 2022 show Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery! This mad-cap adventure is a wild re-telling of the classical Doyle tale where all 40 parts are played by only 5 actors. This zany show is sure to please.

Cinemas

Ottawa Art Gallery, Alma Duncan Salon, 10 Daly Avenue, Level 3

November 17 – December 3, 2022

We can’t wait to present this year’s Festival on the big screen with big sound! For this 37th edition, we are presenting 27 films from all 27 European Union member states. As a bonus, and to show solidarity with the people of Ukraine, we are also presenting a new feature film from Ukraine at a special benefit screening on the final day of the Festival.

325 Rideau St. Ottawa K1N 5Y4

multiple dates

Ottawa Little Theatre, 400 King Edward Avenue, Ottawa

November 30 – December 17, 2022

The beloved 1947 classic film is brought to the stage! A Macy’s department store Santa who insists he really is Kris Kringle meets a little girl who has been taught not to believe in fantasy. Can truth be found in a courtroom?  New York City ends up captivated by the sensational case; is Kris Kringle deluded and dangerous, or is it just possible he’s the real deal?

Alliance Française, 352, rue MacLaren, Ottawa

Fri, December 2 2022, 19:00 − 20:30

For the month of December, we are offering “Mystère” by Denis Imbert, a family film inspired by a true story.

TD Place Arena, Ottawa, ON

Fri, December 2 2022, 7:00 pm

Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa, ON

Sat, December 3 2022, 7:00 pm

Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa, ON

Sat, December 3 2022, 7:00 pm

Kanata Recreation Complex, 100 Charlie Rogers Place, Ottawa, ON K2V 1A2

Fri, November 25 2022, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm EST

Imjin Hockey Classic is held annually, inspired by the historic games between two Canadian regiments (PPCLI, R22eR) during the Korean War.

Athletics and Recreation Centre (X Building), Ottawa Campus

Fri, December 2, 2022 at 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Men’s Basketball VS La Cité at 7:00 pm (Rivalry Game)

Athletics and Recreation Centre (X Building), Ottawa Campus

Fri, December 2, 2022 at 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Men’s Basketball VS La Cité at 7:00 pm (Rivalry Game)

Recreation Gym, Athletics and Recreation Centre (X Building), Ottawa Campus

Sat, December 3 2022, at 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Women’s Volleyball VS Centennial at 4:00 pm

Men’s Volleyball VS Centennial at 6:00 pm

Beaver Boxing Club, 145 Spruce Street, Ottawa, ON K1R 6P1, Canada

Sat, December 3 2022, 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm EST

The evening will showcase up-and-coming and top amateur boxers from Ontario and Quebec in 10 bouts in various weight categories for both male and female boxers.

V. Art Masterclases and Workshops

Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum, 3929 Carp Road, Ottawa

Friday, October 14, 2022 to Wednesday February 15, 2023

Saturday – Sunday: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Visit the Diefenbunker’s 2022 Artist-in-Residence exhibition, featuring the work of Ottawa-based artist Christos Pantieras.

Through a multi-layered installation and a series of reinvented propaganda posters, this exhibition explores the LGBT Purge and the resulting personal struggles of those in the 2SLGBTQ+ community beginning in the 1950s during the Cold War and continuing up until the mid-1990s.

Peter A. Herrndorf place, 1 Elgin Street Ottawa

October 25, 2022 – June 20, 2023, 10:00 am

Arts & crafts, singing, dancing, stories, and more! Toddler Tuesdays are the perfect morning activity for caregivers and children, ages 18 months to 4 years! Join instructor Jesse Kahat in Peter Herrndorf Place for learning, exploration, and fun!

Location provided after booking, Ottawa, ON

2-4 December 2022 (Multiple Dates), 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT

Phenomenal food and incredible company await you at the chef’s table! Join Cozymeal’s upcoming cooking class Join “A Festive Friendsgiving” with Chef Burcu for an intimate 3-hour culinary experience and 3-course meal.

Location provided after booking, Ottawa, ON

December 2 2022 (Multiple Dates), 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm EDT

Phenomenal food and incredible company await you at the chef’s table! Join Cozymeal’s upcoming cooking class Join “Classic Turkish Cuisine” with Chef Burcu for an intimate 2.5-hour culinary experience and 4-course meal.

Location provided after booking, Ottawa, ON

December 2-3 2022 (Multiple Dates), 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm EDT

Phenomenal food and incredible company await you at the chef’s table! Join Cozymeal’s upcoming cooking class Join “Vegan and Gluten-Free Mediterranean Fare ” with Chef Burcu for an intimate 2.5-hour culinary experience and 4-course meal.

Location provided after booking, Ottawa, ON

December 3-4 2022 (Multiple Dates), 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT

Phenomenal food and incredible company await you at the chef’s table! Join Cozymeal’s upcoming cooking class Join “Simply Elegant Spanish Fare” with Chef Sheryl for an intimate 2.5-hour culinary experience and 3-course meal.

Location provided after booking, Ottawa, ON

December 3-4 2022 (Multiple Dates), 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm EDT

Phenomenal food and incredible company await you at the chef’s table! Join Cozymeal’s upcoming cooking class Join “Upscale Culinary Tour de France” with Chef Sheryl for an intimate 3-hour culinary experience and 3-course meal.

Location provided after booking, Ottawa, ON

December 3-4 2022 (multiple dates), 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm EDT

Greek Quinoa Salad with English cucumbers, tomatoes, red onions and feta cheese, Chicken Souvlaki with Herb Rice and Tzatziki-Grilled Vegetables

with lemon citrus dressing, parsley, English cucumber and Greek yogurt

Orange Semolina Cake with flour, butter, sugar and orange juice.

The Aberdeen Square at Lansdowne

November 25, 2022 – December 23, 2022

The Ottawa Christmas Market has its own Santa’s Workshop presented by Interac®️. You can be a busy little elf creating Christmas decorations to add to your home décor or give as gifts.

The Aberdeen Square at Lansdowne

November 25, 2022 – December 23, 2022

The Ottawa Christmas Market has its own Santa’s Workshop presented by Interac®️. You can be a busy little elf creating Christmas decorations to add to your home décor or give as gifts.

Ottawa Tool Library, 877a Boyd Avenue, Ottawa, ON K2A 2E2, Canada

Sun, December 4 2022, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm EST

Spend quality time with your child in our wood shop and build a work stool together.

Square Lemon Artistic Association, 2350 Stevenage Drive Unit 14 Ottawa, ON K1G 3W3, Canada

Sat, December 3 2022, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm EST

Come along to Square Lemon’s next workshop. Glitter is something you either love or hate.

Ashfield Farm, 8594 Franktown Road, Ottawa, ON K0A 1B0, Canada

December 2-3, 2022

Make your own wreath from local trees, enjoy refreshments and company of new friends.

First United Church, Ottawa, Canada

Sat, December 3 2022, at 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Join Nikki Nel and Jane Sly in the Labyrinth room and learn how to make needle-felted Christmas ornaments! There will be a craft suitable for small children as well.

VI. Exhibitions, Festivals & Other Events

Arts Court, 2 Daly Avenue, Ottawa, ON, K1N 6E2

Fri, December 2 2022, 6:00 pm

The program consists of seven short videos from artists living with HIV across the world. From navigating sex and intimacy to confronting stigma and isolation.

Canadian War Museum, 1 Vimy Place, Ottawa, Ontario

November 24, 2022 – March 19, 2023

Renowned today as one of England’s finest painters of horses, Sir Alfred Munnings created more than 40 works of art as part of the Canadian War Memorials Fund.

Canadian Museum of Nature, 240 McLeod Street, Ottawa, Ontario

May 20 2022 – January 8 2023, 9:30 am – 4 pm

Journey across more than 80 000 years of Earth’s history! Meet animals adapted for cold—some long extinct, others still alive today. Discover the lands lost long ago under the world’s oceans. Through engaging exhibits, multimedia and some ”magical” moments, explore some of these mysteries and reflect upon how humans are not only part of the problem, but also part of the solution.

Alliance Française Ottawa, 352 MacLaren Street, Ottawa, Ontario

November 1, 2022 – April 30, 2023

Which Tanuki are you? An augmented reality exhibition awaits you! Inspired by Japanese folklore, Uramado unveils the story of the Tanukis, nature spirits who live hidden among us and can transform into anything they wish. Each participant is invited to seek them out and awaken them to discover their message.

Art + galerie, 531 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, ON, Canada K1N 6Z6

November 16 – December 4, 2022

Eric Robitaille is a self-taught contemporary artist from Montreal, Quebec. He is currently represented by galleries in Quebec, Ontario and the U.S., and has shown works in several group and independent shows across Canada and internationally.

National Gallery of Canada, Special Exhibitions Galleries, 380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, ON K1N 9N4, Canada

Thursday, June 23, 2022 — Sunday, June 18, 2023

The newest NGC Library and Archives exhibition features books and related ephemera published by Kelmscott Press, established in Hammersmith, London, in 1891 by William Morris.

National Gallery of Canada, Special Exhibitions Galleries, 380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, ON K1N 9N4, Canada

Thursday, June 23, 2022 — Sunday, June 18, 2023

The newest NGC Library and Archives exhibition features books and related ephemera published by Kelmscott Press, established in Hammersmith, London, in 1891 by William Morris.

National Gallery of Canada, Special Exhibitions Galleries, 380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, ON K1N 9N4, Canada

Friday, September 2, 2022 — Sunday, February 26, 2023

Drawn from the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, this exhibition celebrates the expressive energy of the human body.

National Gallery of Canada, Special Exhibitions Galleries, 380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, ON K1N 9N4, Canada

Thursday, October 13, 2022 — Sunday, January 29, 2023

Meet the eight Canadian artists recognized for their remarkable careers in visual and media arts.

National Gallery of Canada, Special Exhibitions Galleries, 380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, ON K1N 9N4, Canada

Friday, October 28 2022 — Sunday, March 12 2023

Rooted in lived experience, the work of this year’s Sobey Art Award finalists reflects their diverse backgrounds and unique ways of seeing, thinking and being in the world.

STUDIO SIXTY SIX, 858 Bank Street, #unit 101, Ottawa, ON K1S 3W3

December  2-4 2022, 11:00 am – 6:00 pm EST (multiple dates)

Please join us to celebrate art, photography, and the natural history of the St. Lawrence River!

Ottawa Art Gallery, 10 Daly Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario

November 5, 2022 – January 8, 2023

Galerie Annexe and OAG Shop presents its annual holiday showcase, Art and Parcel, which promises to be a great opportunity for holiday gift shopping! On display will be original artworks, ceramics, jewellery, homeware, kids crafts, art supplies, books, and more.

Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa, ON ON K1P

Multiple dates

If you’re searching for amazing art fresh from the spray cans of new and well-established artists, this one is for you!

391 McArthur Avenue, Ottawa, ON K1L 6N5, Canada

Sat, December 3 2022, 5:00 pm EST

Please join us in-person for an exhibit featuring brand new work from new and familiar artists!

Wesley Clover Parks Campground (411 Corkstown Rd. Ottawa, ON. K2k 0J5)

November 18, 2022 – January 7, 2023

Magic of Lights is a dazzling family friendly drive-through holiday lights experience! The two kilometre route illuminated by nearly one million lights will be back at the Wesley Clover Parks Campground located in Ottawa’s west-end from November 18th through January 7th.

Holiday markets

Shenkman Arts Centre, 245 Centrum Boulevard, Ottawa, ON K1E 0A1

December 3-4 2022, at 11:00 am

Celebrate the festive season the Orléans way. From the Heart of Orléans, unique gift ideas are brought to you by creative, local vendors. No need to rush – the market will be open for two days in the airy lobbies of Shenkman Arts Centre, where art comes to life in Orléans.

Ice Rink (outdoors)

December 3 2022, from 12pm to 3pm, from 6pm to 9 pm

The Ottawa Christmas Market has teamed up with Carivibe to heat things up this holiday season with gorgeous, tropical, island inspired vibes!

Aberdeen Square at Lansdowne

November 25, 2022 – December 23, 2022

Located in the Aberdeen Square while surrounded by snow-capped heritage buildings and wooden chalets is the Ottawa Christmas Market presented by TD. Thousands of Christmas lights and decorations twinkle and sparkle to create that festive atmosphere that is accompanied by holiday entertainment, local flavours, and, of course, some holiday shopping!

Watson’s Mill, 5525 Dickinson Street, Manotick, Ontario

December 3-4 2022, 10 am – 4 pm

Complete your Christmas shopping with a unique local touch at the annual Watson Mill’s Christmas Market. With two floors of distinct artisans to explore you are sure to find something that catches your eye!

Ottawa School of Art, 35 George Street, Ottawa, Ontario

November 17 – December 4, 2022

The Ottawa School of Art hosts a holiday fundraising art sale at its ByWard Market campus.

NewLife Project Inc. office 5-2000, Thurston Drive Ottawa, ON K1G 4Y7

Sat, December 3 2022, 11:00 am – 5:30 pm EST (multiple dates)

Christmas Bazaar Fundraiser & Sale!

Greely Community Centre, 1448 Meadow Drive, Greely, Ontario

Saturdays, November 19 – December 17 2022, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Come start your holiday shopping with 45 local vendors at this yearly Christmas Farmers Market. There will be local produce, flowers, books, quilts, baking, clothing, candles, woodworking, artwork, preserves, tea, coffee, wine, spirtits and craft beer to name just a few. 

Immaculata High School, 140 Main Street, Ottawa

Sat, December 3 2022, 10:00 pm – 3:00 pm

From original home décor, luscious eco-friendly body products and stunning fashion through to handcrafted jewelry, unique paintings and scrumptious treats, there’s no telling what products you might find! We will have over 120 local makers of quality, hand-made awesomeness under one roof!

2220 Halifax Dr, Ottawa, ON K1G 2W7, Canada

Sat, December 3 2022, at 10:00 am to 2:30 pm

There’ll be live music and great vendors with so many amazing crafts. Shop for all those People on your Christmas list.

136 Billings Ave, Ottawa, ON K1H 5K9, Canada

Sat, December 3 2022, at 10:00 am to 7:00 pm

Drop by to see our collection of handmade items in woodcraft, home decor, furniture and browse through our odds & ends! For only the fourth time ever, our workshop will be open to the public for you to be immersed in local handicraft! Join us in celebrating the holiday season with hot beverages, a cozy atmosphere and of course, the smell of wood!

Pineview Municipal Golf Club, 1471 Blair St, Ottawa, ON, Canada

Sat, December 3 2022, at 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

With over 35 artisans, you’re sure to find unique one-of-a-kind gift ideas for Christmas. The clock is ticking and you don’t want to miss out.

Epiphany Anglican Church, 1290 Ogilvie Road, Ottawa, Canada

Sat, December 3 2022, at 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Shop crafts, bake sale and white elephant table while enjoying carols. Buy a cup of coffee or tea onsite and enjoy your treat on the spot. We encourage you to bring a mask and shopping bag.

1805 Gaspe Ave, Ottawa, ON K1K 0A4, Canada

Sat, December 3 2022, at 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm

For the first time in Manor Park, MPCC and Beechwood Market are bringing you a festive evening of fun, local shopping, socializing, vendors and plenty more!

750 Ridgewood Ave, Ottawa, ON K1V 6N1, Canada

Sun, December 4 2022, at 11:00 am to 8:00 pm

The vendor market will be held indoors at the St. Elias Banquet Centre in Ottawa. Get your Christmas shopping done and support small business by shopping local artisans, crafters and vendors, for unique and thoughtful gifts. Stay a while and enjoy traditional sweets and treats. Sip on hot cocoa or a warm drink with family and friends, while enjoying a magical lit up and cozy atmosphere.

Stray Dog Brewing Company, 501 Lacolle Way, Ottawa, ON, Canada

Sun, December 4 2022, at 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

It’s never too late to find that perfect, unique, locally crafted gift. Come on down to the brewery and support local artisans.

We will have mulled beer, live music and plenty of good cheer to get you into the holiday spirit. 

Other Events

1314 Bank Street, Ottawa, ON K1S 3Y4, Canada

Sat, December 3 2022, 10:30 am – 3:30 pm EST

Join Kevin and Jodie for a Pop-up Wine Shop! 2027 Cellars was founded in 2007 by Kevin Panagapka and his wife Jodie Raymond with the intention of producing artisanal, terroir-driven, single vineyard wines from prime sites throughout the Niagara Peninsula.

Luxe Blooms Flower Café, 254 Dalhousie Street, Ottawa, ON K1N 7E4

Sat, December 3 2022, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm EST

The Network of Black Business and Professional Women (NB2PW) invites you to our annual holiday party. This year, we are meeting at Luxe Blooms Flower Cafe, owned by a Black woman. Michelle Louis-Jean for a high tea party. 

Bicycle Craft Brewery, 850 Industrial Ave, Unit 12, Ottawa, ON, Canada

Sat, December 3 2022, at 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Join us at the brewery for our 8th Annual Holiday Toast! New beer releases, live music, local eats and plenty of good cheer. Plus save 15% off all merch in shop only, 1 day only. See you there!

Royal Canadian Legion, Eastview 294 Cyr Avenue, Ottawa, ON K1L 7N7

Sat, December 3 2022, 5:00 pm – 10:30 pm EST

The Sons of Scotland are pleased to be hosting their annual St. Andrew’s Day Celeidh with music, dance, dinner and more!

VII. Parties and events in clubs

Nepean Creative Arts Centre, 35 Stafford Road, Ottawa, ON K2H 8V8, Canada

Sat, December 3 2022, 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm EST

Moov’s Final Dance Battle & Party of 2022! Get down to some dope music & watch our dancers compete for the pot of money!

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 589, 3284 Sunstrum Street Ottawa, ON K0A 2W0, Canada

Sat, December 2022, 7:00 pm EST 

Come one, come all, and come ugly! Join us as we eat too much, drink too much, and party too much all for a good cause!

City At Night, 222 Slater Street, Ottawa, ON K1P 5H8, Canada

Fri, December 2 2022, 10:00 pm EST 

Trance is back at City At Night, on Friday Dec. 2nd with Ben Gold, and support from Sheridan Grout and Chris Bygrove.

Queen St. Fare, 170 Queen Street, Ottawa, ON K1P 5E1, Canada

Sat, December 3 2022, 8:00 pm – 11:30 pm EST

It’s an all-80’s dance party with yer fave band, The Underground!. Expect grody-to-the-max hits from all the new wave bands!

Ritmo Baile, 12 Byward Market Square, Ottawa, ON K1N 5P9, Canada

Sat, December 3 2022, 9:00 pm – Sun, December 4 2022, 3:00 am EST

MOLATO: Dress 2 Impress is a KIZOMBA dance party celebrating the end of the year 2022 and welcome 2023 with fashion, smile and dance.

The Lookout Bar & Nightclub, 41 York St (2nd Floor), Ottawa, ON K1S7N5

Sat, December 3 2022, 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm EST

Océane Aqua-Black (Canada’s Drag Race Season 2) hosts a one-night-only Quebec takeover of Lookout, with guests Crystal Starz and Rawbin!

City At Night, 222 Slater, Street Ottawa, ON K1P 5H8, Canada

Sat, December 3 2022, 9:00 pm EST

Join us and Ottawa’s best dance music DJs at White Rabbit Saturdays inside City At Night.

J’TM Resto Bar, 101 Clarence Street, Ottawa, ON K1N 5P9, Canada

Sun, December 4 2022, 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm EST

Enjoy complimentary champagne and hors d’oeuvres dress code − all black attire.

House of TARG, 1077 Bank Street, Ottawa, Canada

Fri, December 2 2022, at 9:00 pm

Everyone’s invited!! Dance the night away to all your 80’s favourite tunes brought to you by our very own wizard and DJ REMI ROYALE!! Singalongs, lasers galore plus live bands performing the greatest hitz of the era.

Mavericks, 221 Rideau Street, Ottawa, ON, Canada

Sat, December 3 2022, at 7:00 pm

The 27 Club, 27 York Street, Ottawa, ON K1N 5S7, Canada

Sat, December 3 2022, 8:00 pm – Sun, December 4 2022, 3:00 am EST

BLACKLIST is an underground dance music event featuring prominent Ottawa DJs throwing down from open to close.

Dominion Tavern, 33 York Street, Ottawa, ON, Canada

Sat, December 3 2022, at 8:00 pm

Orleans Bowling Centre – OBC, 885 Taylor Creek Drive, Ottawa, ON K4A 0Z9, Canada

Fri, December 2 2022, 9:30 pm – Sat, December 3 2022, 1:30 am EST

Over 80,000 Songs To Choose From & Amazing Sound!

VIII. Outdoor events

Dominion Arboretum, Arboretum, Ottawa, ON K1A 0C6, Canada

Fri, December 2 2022, 6:29 am – 7:00 am EST (Multiple dates)

AHC meets EVERY Friday at 6:29am at the Dominion Arboretum for a FREE 31 minute workout. We use the natural beauty of the Arbo and incorporate the hills, the trails, the trees, the rocks, and more into our fun, inclusive, supportive workout.

Downtown 100 Elgin St Ottawa, ON V6Z 2H7

December 2-4 2022, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm EST (Multiple dates)

3Quest Challenge is an interactive scavenger hunt that allows you to explore your city to complete 3 quests using the Scavenger Hunt App.

3191 Riverside Drive (Riverside United Church)

Every Saturday 10am to 12pm

This is THE place to get your organic local food.  Yes we are a small market, but our service is friendly and personnalized.  Your dedicated farmers go out of their way to bring you the best ingredients for your kitchen!

Downtown, 100 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON K1P 5J2, Canada

December 2-4 2022, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm EST (Multiple dates)

Can you survive the Zombie Apocalypse?

Ottawa Zombie Scavenger tests your ability to survive after a zombie apocalypse.

Lansdowne, Marché Way, Ottawa, Ontario

January 9 – December 18, 2022 (Sundays only)

Over 100 vendors from within 100 kilometres of Ottawa gather at Lansdowne in the Glebe each week to sell everything from fresh produce to furniture. Depending on the season, you’ll find locally-produced vegetables, meats and cheeses, as well as prepared foods made from scratch that you can take home or eat on site. Locally-made crafts, jewellery and décor are also available.

Jack Pine Trail, P9 Greenbelt Parking, Lot Ottawa, ON K1S3A6, Canada

Sat, December 3 2022, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm EST

Event Description of Activity: Let’s explore the Jack Pine Trail together! It’s a wonderful trail and you can feed birds (mostly chickadees) right from your hand! They love sunflower seeds.

FAQs
Ottawa is a great city with plenty of attractions and activities to keep residents entertained. With a walkable downtown area, great public transit, many parks, an outdoor dining and cafe culture, and friendly people, this is why Ottawa is one of the world’s best-loved capital cities.
Ottawa is home to seven of Canada’s nine national museums.
Ottawa is a bilingual city, which means that most day-to-day conversation in the city is conducted in English. However, you will hear more French spoken than English close to Gatineau (a French-speaking city).
Ottawa is a city that is perfect for exploring on foot. Most major attractions (Parliament Hill, National Gallery, Byward Market, Supreme Court) are within walking distance of the downtown area. In addition to this, there are numerous bus routes available that will take you to all of the main tourist destinations in and around Ottawa.
Final Thoughts:

Ottawa is a great city to visit all year round, but the weekends are when it really comes alive. There are so many things to do in Ottawa on weekends that you’ll never be bored. From exploring the Byward Market and taking in the sights of Parliament Hill to enjoying some winter fun at one of the area’s many ski hills, there’s something for everyone in this vibrant city. So whether you’re visiting with family or friends, be sure to check out some of these great activities. 

If there are any special events taking place during your visit that we have not mentioned here, don’t hesitate to let us know and we will include them as soon as possible!