Magic of lights
November 21 - January 4, 2020
A dazzling 2-kilometer drive-through a holiday light show. Experience this annual light show at Wesley Clover Park from the comfort of your own car as you wind through the sparkling pathway.
Ottawa Christmas Market
November 29 - December 22, 2019
Ottawa’s first European style Christmas Market is set to launch in the Casino Lac-Leamy Plaza at Lansdowne on November 29th, 2019. See the magic of the season come to life through the twinkle of the lights and at each of the vendors. Local craftsman, delicious baked goods and holiday favorites will satisfy all.
Alight at night
NOVEMBER 29 - JANUARY 4, 2020
Bundle up for an evening stroll through this picture-perfect postcard setting! Close to one million lights adorn the heritage buildings, trees, and fences of Upper Canada Village creating a one-of-a-kind magical backdrop for its annual Alight at Night Festival – a true winter wonderland!
RIDEAU CANAL Skateway
JANUARY - MARCH, 2020
50th season! Every winter, 7.8 km (4.8 miles) of the Rideau Canal transforms into the world’s largest outdoor skating rink, as designated by Guinness World Records.
JANUARY 31 - FEBRUARY 17, 2020
A unique winter festival featuring snow and ice sculpture competitions, snow playgrounds, and skating and sporting events which transform Ottawa into a winter wonderland.
Ottawa ice dragon boat festival
FEBRUARY 7-9, 2020
See teams use ice-sticks to propel dragon boats outfitted with skates across the frozen Rideau Canal in the world’s largest such festival, offering free entertainment and the excitement of competition!
MAY 8 - 18, 2020
This annual world-famous festival centres around Ottawa’s love affair with the tulip, with a million tulips blooming in public areas, including 300,000 blooms in Commissioners Park near Dows Lake.