Welcome to another winter weekend, folks! The holiday season is in the air and there are all kinds of festive things to get up to. We know everyone is busy this time of year, so we won’t waste any time and will get right to it!
If you are enjoying getting into the holiday spirit, but are not enjoying the winter weather, head to the EY Centre for Glow Ottawa this weekend. This great holiday-themed adventure is entirely indoors. There are interactive installations, themed light gardens based on different countries, a marketplace, and a bar with seasonal food and drink. You can also have your picture taken with Santa, enjoy live entertainment, and take a ride on an indoor train.
While at the EY Centre, you can also check out Signatures Originals Christmas Craft Sale. A little less local, but still 100% Canadian. There will be 200 vendors selling jewelry, clothing, bath and beauty products, home decor items, and more.
Worth renting a minivan for, Magic of Lights Ottawa is happening at Wesley Clover Parks all weekend long. Fill a car full of people and drive through a Christmas wonderland of lights. Whether you are driving a sports car with no back seats, or have secured yourself that minivan, tickets are an even $20.
Holiyay Freewheeling Craft Market is being held at the Shaw Centre this weekend. A special VIP market event is taking place on Friday night where ticket holders get first dibs on all the marketplace goodies as well as some sweet swag. If you can’t make Friday night, don’t sweat; regular admission to the market on Saturday and Sunday will still give you access to 125 local artists, DJs, live music, and cocktails.
The Ottawa Christmas Market takes place at Casino Lac Leamy Plaza at Lansdowne this weekend. There are several outdoor vendors as well as an indoor market in the Aberdeen Pavilion. There are also live musical performances and Santa Clause himself. Be sure to bring your camera as there are plenty of Instagram-worthy light installations.
Worth the trip out of town, Upper Canada Village will be Alight at Night all weekend long. A million lights blanket this old time village. Dress warmly and make an evening of it: there are several restaurants in the village as well as a bakery and a bar. For the kids, there is a train and a vintage merry-go-round.
Christmas Lights Across Canada kicks off this weekend with their annual projection show on Parliament Hill from 5:30pm until 11pm every night. There are also thousands of beautiful lights adorning the downtown streets. You can find a map of the lights’ locations on the website.
The National Gallery of Canada’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony is being held this Thursday in their Great Hall. Coinciding with the tree lighting are a ton of great activities around the gallery including Christmas brooch and corsage making in Garden Court, a Christmas mini-train in the outdoor plaza, Christmas music by Stellae Boreales, as well as free hot chocolate and Christmas goodies. While at the Gallery, take advantage and visit some of their current exhibitions, including Abadakone Continuous Fire, an exhibition of contemporary Indigenous art from across the globe.
For something a little less festive, swing on by Cinqhole and check out AM//PM Release Show. The show is a photography exhibit by Joe Maviglia of his two year adventure in New Zealand, all of which was shot on film.
Those in the mood for dancing will want to head to the 80’s Dance Party with DJ Remi Royale and The Underground at House of Targ on Friday night. The Underground will start the evening off with some live 80’s music, paving the way for Remi Royale’s dance party vibe later on in the eve.
Craftalicious is being held this Saturday at Knox Presbetyrian Church. There will be a selection of 30 vendors with all sorts of handmade goods, to help cross off some names on your Christmas list.
One Christmas market is never enough and, thankfully, we’ve many more this weekend, including the Ukrainian Christmas Bazaar at St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Shrine this Saturday. Join in on an afternoon of Ukrainian food with a host of vendors selling Ukrainian books, cards, and traditional goods.
Next in line is BEING Studio, who will be having a Snow Day Shop art sale at their studio on Saturday. A selection of apparel, prints, paintings, zines, and more will be available for purchase. Profits from the sale are split between the artist and BEING Studio to help cover their operating costs.
Top Shelf Preserves is hosting a Pop-Up event at The Merry Dairy on Saturday afternoon. Stock up on all your seasonal favourites to make your charcuterie boards pop this holiday season. This will also be the first chance to snag their new maraschino cherry preserves.
To help us get into the holiday spirit there will be a Holiday Toast at Bicycle Craft Brewery this Saturday. There will be Beer Nog, a selection of new beers, food, and music. Admission is free however donations to the Ottawa Food Bank are happily accepted.
There are also a couple of shows on Saturday night that you don’t want to miss. Organ Mood will be playing with special guests Bucko and Wellington Sanipe at SAW Gallery. They will be performing synth, electronic, and ambient music, respectively. High Waters will be performing Radiohead songs at Irene’s Pub. Head down for three sets of live music beginning at 9pm.
The final market of the weekend is the Beechwood Winter Marketplace being held at Beechwood National Memorial Centre this Sunday. A selection of local artisans will be selling all kinds of holiday goodies perfect for that special someone on your list.
That’s a wrap! Be sure to bundle up and get out there this weekend! Take lots of photos and tag them with #apt613. We will post our favourites on our feed!
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