December in Ottawa

Your complete guide to December events in Ottawa.


Dec 1. Trailer Park Boys. $65+.

Dec 1, 8. Christmas Tea at the Estate. Seatings at 10:30am, 12:30pm and 2:30pm. Billings Estate. $23.

Dec 1, 8. Vendor X-mas Market. Vendors and entertainment in support of the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation. Pine View Golf Course.

Dec 1-Jan 1. Wilfrid’s Holiday Brunch. Seatings at 11:30am and 2pm. Sundays only. $78 adult, $39 child.

Dec 1-Mar 31. Sens Rink of Dreams. Open daily from 6am to 11pm.

Dec 4-8. Mamma Mia. The musical. $27+.

Dec 4-8. The Nutcracker. Presented by the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. $31+.

Dec 4 – Jan 7. Christmas Lights Across Canada. A 13 minute winter lightscape multimedia show.

Dec 5. Tales of a Charlie Brown Christmas. Featuring original Charlie Brown drummer Jerry Granelli. $49. Dominion-Chalmers United Church.

Dec 5-15. Originals Ottawa Christmas Craft Sale. EY Centre. $7.

Dec 5-30. Haunted Walk’s Nightmare Before/After Xmas. $19+. 

Dec 5-Jan 4. Glow Around the World. Light garden, food and drinks, vendor market and more. EY Centre.

Dec 6. Christmas Cheer Breakfast. Benefiting families in need. Shaw Centre.

Dec 6. Light Up the Night (Almonte). Celebration that fills up Main Street at 7pm.

Dec 6-7. Carp Farmers’ Christmas Market. Carp Agricultural Fairgrounds.

Dec 6-8. Tremblant 24H. Ski, run or walk in a 24h relay benefiting 3 children’s foundations.

Dec 6-8. Holiyay Craft Market. Over 125 local vendors, gift wrap station, kids activities and more. $5.

Dec 7. Cumberland Christmas Market. Over 98 local artisans.

Dec 7. Christmas in Merrickville. Santa Claus parade at 8:30am on St. Lawrence St.

Dec 7. The Debaters Live. Featuring Steve Patterson. $45+.

Dec 7. Winter Wonderland Sip and Shop Market. 30 local artisans with wine and craft beer. Head Office Ottawa.

Dec 7. The Nutcracker. Presented by Les Petits Ballets. $27.

Dec 7. Santa Shuffle. 5K fun run and 1K elf walk supporting the Salvation Army. Horticulture Building.

Dec 7-28. Festival of Lights (Chutes Coulonge). Saturdays from 4pm to 9pm. $6+.

Dec 7-Mar 15. Public Skating at Rideau Hall. Saturdays and Sundays from 12pm to 5pm. New this year: Skating open on Dec 27-31 and Jan 2-5.

Dec 8. Salvation Army Festival of Carols. Centrepointe Theatre.

Dec 8. Chanukah Gift Fair. Soloway JCC Gymnasium.

Dec 8, 14-15, 21-22. How the Grinch Spied Christmas.

Dec 12. Champions of Magic. Featuring five world-class illusionists. $35+.

Dec 12-14. Holiday Hits with the NAC Orchestra. $66+.

Dec 14. El Rigleto (Tremblant). Free event introducing kids 6 and under to the world of snowboarding.

Dec 14. EG Chanukah Ball. Celebration for young adults under 40. Ottawa Art Gallery.

Dec 15. Serena Ryder. $41.

Dec 15. Home for the Holidays. Kid-friendly storytelling, campfire, carolers, photobooth and more. Billings Estate. $6.75.

Dec 16. Tenors Wonder of Christmas Tour. $48+.

Dec 20. Christmas with Matt Andersen and Friends. $77+.

Dec 20-22. Digi60 Filmmakers’ Festival. Supporting filmmakers in the Ottawa-Gatineau region. Ottawa Art Gallery.

Dec 21-22. A Jann Arden Christmas. With the NAC Orchestra. $66+.

Dec 24-25. Christmas Takeaway Turkey Dinner. Orders must be placed by Dec 16. $249.

Dec 24-25. Wilfrid’s Christmas Dinner Buffet. Seatings at 5pm and 8pm. $95 adult, $45 child.

Dec 24-Jan 3. Holiday Celebrations at Tremblant. The village comes alive with buskers, activities, Toufou the mascot and more.

Dec 26-28. Shen Yun. $110+.

TUNE IN: Dec 26-Jan 5. 2020 World Juniors (Czech Republic). Gold medal game on Jan 5.

Dec 28-Jan 1. Bell Capital Cup. Tournament of young hockey players from Europe, U.S. and Canada.


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