Things to Do this Christmas Day in Ottawa

Credit: Calabogie Peaks Resort

Need ideas for Christmas Day Fun in and around Ottawa? Here are 10+ things to do on Wednesday, December 25, 2019.

I. Go Skiing

Enjoy the slopes at Calabogie Resort located an hour from downtown Ottawa. You might even get to meet Santas on skis! Anyone dressed in a full Santa costume (beard and all) will receive a free full day lift ticket for December 25th! From 10am to 4pm (weather permitting).

II. Go a Lights Tour

Magic of Lights is a dazzling 2-kilometer drive-through holiday lights show featuring more than 300 spectacular displays using the latest LED technology and digital animations. Experience Magic of Lights from the comfort of your own car as you wind through the sparkling path of Ottawa’s favorite holiday tradition. December 25 | 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM @ Wesley Clover Parks Campground, 411 Corkstown Road, Ottawa

III. Multimedia Projection Show & Lights

Follow the exciting journey of Grizzli, Fox and Snowman on their quest for light through imaginary landscapes. Inspired by Canada’s nature, climate and culture, this fairy tale combines digital projection technology, lighting and an original soundtrack with the architectural splendour of the Parliament buildings. A harmony of sound and light that will amaze young and old! After or before the show, follow hundreds of thousands of dazzling holiday lights that brighten Confederation Boulevard, Canada’s ceremonial route circling the heart of the Capital. Multimedia projection show: Every evening, from 5:30 pm to 11 pm (presented in a 15-minute loop) @ On Parliament Hill, downtown Ottawa

IV. A Winter Safari

Credit: Parc Omega

Located about an hour from Ottawa (~80km), is Parc Omega where you can discover the wildlife of Canada such as moose, elk, bison, wolves and bears all within their natural environment. Open 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (last admission at 4p.m).

V. See a movie at the theatres

Cineplex and Landmark cinemas

Movies releasing include:

  • Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker — Release Date: December 19, 2019
  • Cats — Release Date: December 20, 2019
  • Spies In Disguise — Release Date: December 25, 2019
  • Little Women — Release Date: December 25, 2019

VI. Christmas Brunch/Dinner/Tea

Head to Ottawa restaurants, and enjoy a delicious meal. There are plenty of options listed in Open Table.

  • Options also include brunch, dinner, Dickens brunch at Chateau Laurier,
  • Christmas Day Brunch at Daly’s Restaurant in Westin Ottawa(Call 613.560.7333.; $70.00 / Adult, $35.00 / Child ages 4 – 11),
  • Christmas Day Supper at T’s (323 Somerset Street West, Ottawa/$18 from 5 PM – 9 PM),
  • Brunch and Dinner at Perspectives in Brookstreet Hotel. reservations@brookstreet.com or call 613-271-1800.

Enjoy Holidays’ High Tea under the beautiful chandeliers, crown molding, and impressive marble bar in Zoe’s Lounge at the Chateau Laurier. Where fresh buttermilk scones, pinwheel sandwiches, smoked trout, smoked duck and mouth watering desserts will be served at high tea.

VII. Trees of Hope for Cheo

Fairmont Château Laurier Trees of Hope for CHEO is a magical event that raises much needed funds for our very own Children’s Hospital. Take a walk through the forest of 30 trees, vote on your favourite tree and make a donation to CHEO. @ Fairmont Château Laurier, 1 Rideau St, Ottawa

VIII. Street Hockey on Christmas day

Welcome Christmas Day, bright and early with a hockey game! 6:29 am – 7 am @ Aberdeen Pavilion

IX. Holly Jolly Hunt – Holiday Scavenger Hunt

Explore Ottawa on a Holly Jolly Hunt, a scavenger hunt done on your smartphone, that brings your entire family and friends together for holiday cheer. During the adventure you’ll be seeking out all the traditional, and even the non-traditional holiday items we all see this time of year. You’ll get points for each item you find.

X. Miracle: A Christmas-themed Pop-up Cocktail Bar

If you haven’t already, visit Miracle at Savoy, a Christmas-themed bar, filled with over the top Christmas decorations, and Christmas cocktails. 2pm – 2am @ Savoy Brasserie, 334-A Richmond Rd. Ottawa

XI. Skating

Enjoy skating on the state-of-the-art refrigerated Sens Rink of Dreams located at Marion Dewar Plaza, Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa. 6 am to 11 pm (weather permitting)

XII. Winter Walking

Enjoy winters’ solitude and go hiking in the green spaces of Ottawa like Gatineau Park.

XIII. Christmas Day Service

If you are visiting Ottawa and want to attend Christmas Eve/Day Service, here is a list of 8 historic churches:

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