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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire?

By Hannah Manning on December 16, 2021

It’s the final full weekend before Christmas so if you’ve still got some shopping to do, this is your friendly reminder to get out there! Looking for inspiration? Check out Apt613’s #Support613 Gift Guide series. All done shopping? Enjoy one (or all!) of this week’s festive events.

All Weekend

Hop on the jingle bus for a festive ride down Bank Street! Enjoy trivia and Christmas music bingo from December 13-18 with a chance to win a prize from the Bank Street BIA. Get all the details here.

From 5:30-11pm check out the new light show at Parliament. The show runs in a 15 minute loop so you can stop in at any time to enjoy it. While you’re in the area, take a stroll around Confederation Park, the National War Memorial, and the National Arts Centre to enjoy some Christmas lights. Learn more about the pathway of lights (including an interactive map) here.

Enjoy Handel’s Messiah with the National Arts Centre Orchestra this week. There are in person shows Wednesday and Thursday, plus a live stream on Thursday.

Apt613’s Broadway Friends Forever are back with a new theatre review: Twisted: The Untold Story of a Royal Vizier is a parody musical from the point of view of Ja’far, whom you might remember as the bad guy from the Disney version. It takes the classic story and spins it on its head, giving audiences an alternate reading on what could have actually happened. Read their full review here and snag tickets hereTwisted plays for three performances on December 17 and 18 at the Algonquin College Theatre.


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Looking for a unique gift this holiday season? Why not book a flight with the big man himself? Ottawa Aviation Adventures is giving the reindeer a break and offering flights with Santa in a vintage Cessna 172.


The Good Lovelies will be playing their 2021 Christmas Concert live at the National Arts Centre on Friday at 7:30pm. Last year, we cozied up around a virtual show and did a festive puzzle at home while enjoying a mug of holiday cheer. When I last checked, there were a few tickets left so act fast to snag a spot. Tickets start at $41 and are available online. Check out this roundup of holiday concerts to see what else is on this weekend (spoiler: a lot!).

Dominion City is hosting a grab and go pop-up this Friday with Chef Anna Cote from Minobideg Learning. On the menu: a smoked venison sandwich (featuring Almanac sourdough) and the 2021 release of The Good Way IPA, a hoppy beer brewed with sumac and cattail root. You can snag a sandwich and some beer as of 5pm at Dominion City’s Corner Store or drive-thru.

This Friday is your final chance to see Daisy at the Great Canadian Theatre Company. After an extended hiatus, we’re back to sharing theatre reviews – click here for our reviewer’s thoughts on Daisy and then get your tickets online.


Pick up a tree or a fresh holiday wreath this weekend at the ByWard Holiday Market, with special activities from 12-4pm. While you’re in the market, be sure to stop by the Almonte Outpost!

The Ontario Festival of Small Halls joined forces with the National Arts Centre this year to offer a slightly bigger small hall for artists. This Saturday, enjoy The Snowman’s Ball: Christmas with Matt Andersen & Friends with special guest appearances by Fortunate Ones and Reeny Smith. Learn more about the Festival of Small Halls here.


There are so many holiday events it’s hard to keep track or list them all, but if you’re looking for inspiration, try the Ottawa Christmas Market at Lansdowne, Winter Wander on Sparks Street, Magic of Lights at Wesley Clover Parks, Alight at Night at Upper Canada Village, or A Country Christmas at Saunders Farm. Ottawa Tourism has a roundup of holiday season activities if you’re looking for more!

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