The Holidays in Ottawa

Holidays in Ottawa

Parliament Hill in Ottawa decorated for the holidays.

The holidays are a busy time of year in Ottawa! There are so many interesting things to do and see during the holiday season. You can go for traditional family events or get all dressed up for New Year’s celebrations. Ottawa is also a melting pot of cultures, so many different celebrations are occurring during the holidays.

If you are looking for an old fashioned Christmas, there are a few great options in the Ottawa area. Stanley’s Old Maple Farm  is featuring an Elf Village through December 23rd. Visit the village via horse drawn carriage and let your children explore and experience Christmas through the eyes of Santa’s helpers. Upper Canada Village is “Alight at Night” through January 5, 2013. The buildings of this historic village are decorated with over a half million lights. Take horse drawn wagon rides, sleigh rides and even toy train rides through the town. You can see many different holiday light displays throughout the area as well.

The city of Ottawa offers many different events and tree lighting ceremonies during the holidays. Parliament Hill is decorated and lit up for the holidays. Ottawa City Hall has a “Kids at the Capital” day in early December where kids can skate in the Rink of Dreams and visit Santa’s helpers. Wonderfully decorated Christmas trees are on display at the Canadian Museum of Civilization throughout the season. Different local organizations decorate the trees.

There are many charitable activities that are taking place during the holiday season. Dymon partners with Ottawa Food Bank , Kanata Food Cupboard , Be a Santa to a Senior  and other groups to help collect donations for their worthwhile causes. The Help Santa Toy Parade kicks off the holiday giving season in Ottawa every November to collect toys for needy children.

Christmas Day across Canada is filled with family, friends, presents and food. There are traditional holiday feasts of roast beef or turkey with Christmas pudding or mince pies. In the French speaking areas of Canada, Joyeux Noel is celebrated with revillon or a long dinner with lobster, oysters, turkey with chestnuts and tourtieres (meat pies). December 26th is Boxing Day in Canada. This is the biggest shopping day of the year for Canadians. Shops slash their prices by over 50% to entice shoppers to buy after Christmas. There are many New Year’s celebrations throughout the area including the Sparks Street Mall New Year’s celebration  and the family friendly New Year’s Eve Hogmanay celebration at Ottawa City Hall.

There are so many events and celebrations in Ottawa to experience during the holiday season. Get out and enjoy!! Dymon wishes its customers, vendors, family and friends a wonderful holiday season.

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