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NYE Weekend Roundup 2019

By Amanda Armstrong on December 26, 2019





Happy holidays, folks! Around this time of year, no one is sure what day of the week it is and as such we have decided to write an extended Yuletide Roundup for you all. We’ve got the low-down on what is up this weekend, right through to New Year’s Eve.

All Weekend

Christmas may be over, but the holiday season is still in full swing and if you didn’t have a chance to visit all the great holiday spots around town in the mad rush to get your shopping done there is still an opportunity now that the gifts have been given. Magic of Lights Ottawa at Wesley Clover Parks, Alight at Night at Upper Canada Village, Glow Ottawa at the EY Centre, and Christmas Lights Across Canada are all still happening and are all worth a trip.

The Canada Agriculture and Food Museum is hosting Holiday Magic at the Museum all weekend long. View a village made of gingerbread, make a winter lantern, and check out their light garden. There is also a Cookie Day on Saturday, to help bake holiday cookies for those staying at the Ottawa Mission, and a special Poi performance on Sunday.

Spotlight Talks are being held at the National Art Gallery about their new exhibit, Abadakone. These ten minute talks are held in the early afternoon every day this weekend. Also a great idea: head to the Gallery on Thursday eve and entry is free.

This Thursday is Free-Play day at House of TARG


Although it is Boxing Day, there is just one Boxing Day sale worth mentioning: Black Squirrel Books is having a 50% off sale on all of their books today. This is your opportunity to pick up all of the books on your “To Read” list for a fraction of the cost.

The Museum of Nature is open late tonight, for Nature after 5pm, where they offer free entry to all of their permanent galleries. This is a great time to check out their special exhibit Me and My Microbes: The Zoo Inside You because the cost of your visit is half the cost of museum entry alone on any other day.

This Thursday is also Free-Play day at House of Targ. Your 6$ entry fee includes unlimited free plays of all of their pin-ball machines and arcade games, as well as unlimited dancing to an all vinyl set by DJ KJMAXX and a host of special guests.


There is an Open Jazz Jam with jazz quartet Internet Celebrities happening at Art House Cafe this Friday night. Internet Celebrities will open the evening with a set of live music at 8pm, after which they invite you to pull up a chair and strike a chord alongside them.

If you are in the mood for something a little different, head to House of Targ for Gimme a Break: 80s Hip Hop & Old School BreakBeats with DJ Davey. Dance the night away to the best 80s hip hop, electro-funk, and breakbeats. Best of all, there is no cover.


If you can’t wait for Tuesday night, the 27 Club is hosting a Pre-New Years Blessed Hip Hop Dance Party this Saturday. Dj Max Zimms will bring you an evening of hip hop and R & B not to be missed.

There’s a new underground music night at Pourboy, which sold out last month.


Although the Christmas Market at Lansdowne has wrapped up for this year, the Ottawa Farmer’s Market is still in full swing this Sunday in the Aberdeen Pavilion. If you are headed to a house party or friend gathering this New Year’s Eve, here is the perfect spot to pick up something to bring the host.


Celebrating the arrival of a new decade is a special event and there are plenty of great options to ring in the New Year around town. First on the list is House of Targ’s TARG NYE 2020: Tarantino/Free Play Party. Montreal’s Grindhouse Collective will be performing three of the Tarantino soundtracks while you indulge in some free game play on the pinball machines and arcade games, followed by some great beats by DJ B-RAD.

If you are looking for another way to Slam Into 2020, head to Cinqhole. They will be hosting an evening of live music and DJs. Cap off 2019 with live performances by Azidoazide Azide and Déja Vu, as well as sets by DJ Mama Shu, DJ Papa Squat, DJ Anna-Log, and perhaps some more surprises.

For a New Year’s Eve party like no other, head to Bar Robo in Chinatown for Remi Royale NYE 2020. This is an event you will want to get tickets for ahead of time, as space is limited and Remi is a sight not to be missed.

Another great option to ring in NYE 2020 is with Trevor Walker and Zattar at d’Afrique. These two great DJs will be bringing in the new year with the best basement vibes.

The Gladstone Theatre has a tradition of variety and cabaret shows on NYE, hosted by comedian Paul Hutcheson.

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Join the Scottish Society of Ottawa for the biggest Hogmanay celebration outside of Scotland, the Hogman-eh! 2019 at Lansdowne Park. The festivities include live music and dance performances, as well as some delicious Scottish food, followed by fireworks on the Great Lawn to finish off the eve.

If you are in the mood for something fancy, why not celebrate New Year’s Eve at the NAC ? Get dressed in your best and start off the eve with a four course dinner, then dance the decade away to the music of the last century!

That’s a wrap – on the weekend, the year, and the decade! Have a safe and happy New Year’s and we will see you all again in 2020!

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