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Ottawa Bagelshop's bagel Christmas tree. Photo by Jared Davidson.

Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ?

By Jared Davidson on December 20, 2018

For many, this coming weekend will be a mad scramble to get the gifts, stuff the bird, deck the halls, arrange the travel, and otherwise celebrate the season in all its wondrous glory.

Whether or not that’s you, you may want to spend some time doing not that. In the interests of once again declaring victory over those that say this city is boring, here are our picks for this most festive of weekends.

All Weekend

From December 20 through to 23, the Digi60 Filmakers’ Festival will take over several locations downtown, offering a cornucopia of film-related treats: shorts, workshops, documentaries and of course parties. For more on Digi60, read our interview with Emily Ramsay, the festival’s director.

Next up, three things with names featuring the word “of.” The Rink of Dreams is open for those who would like a little ice with their yuletide. For something slightly more scenic, Magic of Lights has once again transformed Corkstown Road into a dazzling lighted tunnel-ride. Finally, Music of Star Wars is happening at Centrepointe, which may not be festive, but if driving through Magic of Lights reminds you of the Millennium Falcon’s cockpit, this may satisfy.


On December 20, Shanghai’s karaoke gets a holiday makeover and transforms into a Christmas comedy karaoke extravaganza. Tickets are $10 to see comics perform, and then presumably sing.

Down the street at the NAC, Christmas with Matt Andersen promises a southern-bluesy take on the holiday, and includes special appearances by Donovan Woods and Suzie Vinnick. Tickets start at $33.75.


Carleton Tavern will host the 3rd annual Jingle Hop, which features prizes, music and dancing, all in support of Harmony House.

Another holiday tradition will be taking place at St. Alban’s as The Wooden Sky perform their annual holiday show. Tickets are $25 with all proceeds going to Carty House.

At Live on Elgin, things will be getting Freaky Friday at The Ottawa Band Swap. Members of Valois, wotts, BLAKDENIM, Mosely, and more will be trading bandmembers and trying to make good music. Tickets are $15 and the event is in support of the very cool Girls+ Rock Ottawa.


Out in Kanata, Cheerfully Made Saves Christmas is happening at the Sensplex. The event features 150 local crafters and proudly styles itself a mall alternative. Admission is $5.

N-Product is hosting its Last, Last Minute Shoppers at its new shop Division (1A McCormick Street in Hintonburg), and offering cool, locally-made gifts.

Finally, if you haven’t been to Queen St. Fare yet, this weekend serves as a good opportunity with Jazz Brunch, a weekly event that features the Jamie Holmes Trio providing the live jazz. Admission is free.


On Sunday, the Mayfair Theatre hosts Miracle on Bank Street, featuring live music from the Mortimer-Lind Family Hour. Tickets are $20 at the door.

Of course, there’s plenty of holiday concerts going on, but our hearts have a special place for The Tenors who will be performing Home for the Holidays at the NAC at 8pm. Tickets start at $45.75.

For more of what’s happening in Ottawa, check out our events calendar. Out snapping photos? Tag us on Instagram @apt613 for a chance to be featured on our feed. Be sure to use the hashtag #APT613 so we can share your photos!