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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire?

By Amanda Armstrong on November 25, 2021




This weekend marks the end of November and, with December quickly approaching, the holiday season has begun. While you could keep yourself as busy as Santa on Christmas Eve with all the craft fairs and holiday markets this weekend, there are a few other great things happening here in Ottawa that you won’t want to miss out on either.

All Weekend

‘Tis the season of craft fairs and Christmas markets, and there are plenty taking place this weekend. The Ottawa Christmas Market begins this weekend with their Christmas tree lighting ceremony taking place at 6pm on Friday. There will be food and drinks, vendors, live musical performances, and activities taking place all weekend long. While most of the events do not require any pre-registration, there are a few that do, so be sure to check the schedule ahead of time and reserve your tickets so that you don’t miss out. 

If you are attending the Ottawa Christmas Market on Saturday or Sunday, you should also check out the Ottawa Farmers’ Market Christmas Market in the Aberdeen Pavilion. This market features close to 80 local vendors including Arepas Place, Bryson Farms, Dunrobin Distilleries, Joshua Tree Jewellery, Kamosu Miso, Ottawa Garlic, and many more.

Adàwàning Indigenous Women’s Virtual Art Market begins Friday morning. The work of 50 female-identifying Indigenous artists will be available for you to purchase. You will find all kinds of beautiful beadwork, moccasins, cards, and crafts, alongside many other things.


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There is also a Christmas Market taking place in Old Aylmer at the Memorial Park at the corner of Principale and Park Streets. Enjoy some great food truck treats and shop over 30 different vendors.

The Glebe Craft and Artisan Fair is in its second weekend at the Glebe Community Centre. No tickets are necessary, but guests must show proof of vaccination and complete a health screening at the door. Here you will find all sorts of great gifts for those on your list, from jewellery to home decor, perishables, and more.

Upper Canada Village’s annual Alight at Night Festival begins this weekend. With over a million Christmas lights, the village is transformed into a beautiful winter wonderland. Bring the kids to visit with Santa, take a ride on a life-sized toy train, enjoy a Beaver Tail and some hot chocolate, or make a date of it and book a horse-drawn carriage ride through the village. Tickets must be purchased ahead of time.

If you want to see Christmas lights, but don’t like being out in the cold, Magic of Lights at Wesley Clover Parks allows you to enjoy Christmas light displays from the comfort of your car. Tickets are available at the gate, but you will save $15 on weekend nights if you book your ticket online ahead of time.

The European Union Film Festival, being held online again this year, is in its final weekend. There will be nine films shown this weekend from places like Poland, Portugal, Estonia, and Cyprus. Tickets are $12 each, or you can watch five films for $50. Watch times for each film are flexible within a 48-hour period, so you can easily fit a film into your weekend schedule.


The vernissage of Dominik Sokolowski’s solo show takes place at the Alpha Art Gallery in the ByWard Market on Thursday night. The exhibit features a series of abstract paintings inspired by autumn.

The Night Market – Nepean Holiday Edition is being held this Thursday. Come eat dinner served by The Grilled Tomato, and enjoy some live music and an opportunity to get some of your holiday shopping done with 35 local vendors.

If you are looking for the perfect gift for the art enthusiast on your list, the Ottawa School of Art’s 37th Annual Holiday Art Sale kicks off this Thursday night and runs through until December 12. At the sale, you will find original works by the school’s students, instructors, and local artists. Not only will your purchase support a local artist, but it will also help fund the Ottawa School of Art’s bursary program.


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Capital Rainbow Refuge is hosting its Middle East Soiree, a gala to support LGTBQI refugees, on Friday night. The event is being held both in-person, in the Horticulture Building at Lansdowne, as well as virtually. Tickets to the in-person event include dinner, dessert, and two free drinks. For those who wish to attend virtually, it is too late to have a meal delivered to your home, but why not order from one of your favourite Middle Eastern restaurants and enjoy an evening of storytelling, music, belly dancing, and drag queens?

Concerts have returned to the Bronson Centre and their redo is really, really nice. This Friday night the Halluci Nation are on the bill, beginning at 7pm. Another exciting tidbit of information: one of our favourite local DJs, DJ Magnificent, is opening for them.


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For more live music with a totally different feel, head down to Club SAW this Saturday for folk band The Weather Station’s second show on their Ignorance World Tour.


Capping off a weekend of Christmas markets and craft fairs is yet another Holiday Art Market at the National Arts Centre. Pre-register for a timed slot and shop over 60 different vendors. There will also be live music and DJs at the event to set the mood while you peruse.