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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire?

By Amanda Armstrong on December 3, 2020

We’ve somehow managed to make it through to the final month of 2020 and, for that, I think we all deserve a bit of celebration. As this weekend approaches, we’ve got a bunch of great ideas for you as to how to properly go about it during this festive season. Without further ado, here you have it: Weekend Roundup #49 of this year.

Light it up

One of the best parts of the holiday season are all the Christmas lights. There are plenty of opportunities to witness magical light displays this time of year, including the Vintage Village of Lights at the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum and Magic of Lights Ottawa at Wesley Clover Parks. Both are drive-through experiences, which you must book ahead of time online, making them super COVID-19 safe. If you don’t have a vehicle, there are still ways to enjoy the lights by going for a walk around downtown — Confederation Park, Lansdowne Park, and Parliament Hill all have beautiful light installations this time of year. 

Holiday markets

Another integral part of the holiday season here in Ottawa are all the holiday markets that take place, where you can find some amazing gifts from local vendors. This weekend, markets are in no short supply. A Very Merry Heart & Crown Xmas Market is happening in the ByWard Market. Vendors BBxCollection, Village Envy, Lola + Bear Handmade Knits, Pick Me 613, and Steffi Acevedo will be onsite with some great holiday goodies. Entry to the market is $5 or a non-perishable food item, all of which will be donated to the Ottawa Food Bank. While in the area, go for a stroll through the Holiday Pop-Up in the ByWard Market. A host of vendors will be about with all sorts of festive essentials to help you spread some holiday cheer. 

While the Ottawa Christmas Market is cancelled this year due to COVID-19, the December Farmer’s Market in the Aberdeen Pavilion at Lansdowne Park is still a thing, and features over 60 different vendors. While you are there, you can check out the beautiful Christmas tree and light displays which are back again despite pandemic times. 

Take a trip across the river for yet another holiday market. Les Promenades Gatineau is hosting Foire Marchande de Noel 2020 with 16 local vendors this weekend. 

There is one last holiday market taking place this weekend at the new Cloud Forest Coffee in Westboro. Located in the old David’s Tea at 339 Richmond, the Pokoloko x Cloud Forest Coffee Westboro Pop-Up will be selling local goods that are sure to be perfect for that special someone on your list.

 

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If you are looking for other ways to support local when doing your holiday shopping this year, be sure to check out the Gift Guide section on apt613.ca. There you will find a ton of great ideas as to where to get that perfect gift while supporting our remarkable city. The guides are also grouped by category, to make it easier to find exactly what you have in mind.

Buy some art (or just look at it)

Not quite a holiday market, but if you are looking for some art to gift to others (or yourself) this year, be sure to check out the Ottawa Art Gallery’s  Give to Get Art Virtual Art Auction. With more than 55 artists, the pieces can be viewed in person or online and your ticket gets you seven days to bid on your favourites. 

 

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If you want to take in some art, but are not in the market to buy, artist Penny McCann has a new exhibit, Land Lines, up at Gallery 101. You can visit the gallery by appointment to witness it yourself, or tune in for an Artist Talk with Penny McCann and director/curator Laura Margita on  Friday afternoon. 

Pining away or sprucing it up

If you have yet to purchase a Christmas tree, why not make a day of it? Head to Christmas at the Farm at the Log Farm. Here you can visit with the farm animals, take a peek inside Santa’s workshop, leave a letter for the man himself, and enjoy the Christmas music and bonfire, all while snagging yourself the perfect tree. If this sounds like great fun, be sure to book your tickets ahead of time.

Music for your weekend

Those looking for a little music this weekend will want to check out Pops at the Gladstone. They will be hosting their first in a series of 30 to 45 minute online musical showcases. Lost Baggage Musical Theatre will also be hosting an online performance of Surely, Schwartz, a virtual Stephen Schwartz cabaret.

…and then the Grinch showed up

Is all this holiday cheer too much for you? Feeling a bit like the Grinch this holiday season? Have your photo taken with him while supporting the Ottawa Food Bank this weekend. Times can be booked online with Green Egg Studios for 30$ a person, or 50$ per couple.

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