Say what you will about winter, but it’s arguably the most romantic season of all, especially if you live in Canada’s capital. Seriously, every day here feels like you’re taking a step inside a magical snowglobe. With such a breathtaking backdrop, you’ll find no shortage of romantic Ottawa date ideas that will keep date night hot even in -30 temperatures. \nWhether you’re gliding gracefully across an illuminated outdoor ice rink or sipping festive cocktails at your favourite bar, you’ll totally feel the romantic vibes all around you.\nAnd if road trips with your favourite person are your idea of romance, don’t worry. There's a handful of incredible spots just outside of the city limits that you can visit as well. \nWith your S/O or your bestie by your side, exploring our winter wonderland of a city is sure to leave you with the best memories. \nSo be sure to bundle up this winter, because with numerous bucket-list-worthy date ideas you’re going to be out and about every day. \nNow all that’s left to do is take a look at the list below, share it with your BFFs, and start planning your next epic romantic winter night out ASAP.\nTinseltown Christmas Emporium \nPrice: Prices vary by product\nWhen: Open daily\nAddress: 1096 Somerset St. W., Ottawa, ON\nWhy You Need To Go: If you're completely obsessed with Christmas then this year-round shop is totally perfect. You and your date can wander through the magical aisles and pick out ornaments for each other. \n View this post on Instagram Haven’t even thought about schoolwork for a week 🎄💕 A post shared by Carmen Heinrichs (@carmenheinrichs) on Dec 30, 2018 at 9:50am PST\n\nWebsite\n\n\nArt-is-in Bakery\nPrice: Pastries from $1.75 to $6.25\nWhen: Open daily\nAddress: 250 City Centre Ave. Unit 112, Ottawa, ON\nWhy You Need To Go: Show your date that you love them a latte with sweet treats and lattes from this adorable Ottawa bakery. The infamous kronuts will totally keep you coming back. \n View this post on Instagram I couldn’t pick what I wanted so I got one of everything 😝🍩! @artisinbakery is totally the best bakery in Ottawa! - - - - #myottawa #ottawa #bakery #foodporn #pastries #foodie #foodstagram #mycity #discoveron #canada #yummy #foodiesofinstagram #foodpics #food #couplegoals #foodlover #sweettooth #sweet #dessert #delicious #deliciousfood A post shared by Laszlo & Melanie (@lazmelesc) on Nov 29, 2019 at 6:43am PST\n\nWebsite\n\n\nWinterlude \nPrice: Free\nWhen: January 31 until February 17\nAddress: Ottawa & Gatineau, ON & QC\nWhy You Need To Go: Wandering through gorgeous ice sculptures and splitting a beavertail is basically the definition of romance in Ottawa. \n View this post on Instagram #followmeto the best part of skating on the canal... 😋 Which @beavertails_official flavour is your favourite? I’m always a Killaloe Sunrise girl 🍋 #cinnamonsugar ::: 📸: @jppham87 . . . . . #skating #winterlude #winterlude2019 #myottawa #beavertails #sweettreats #ottawatourism #rideaucanal #downtownottawa #igersottawa #deconstrut #ottawa #ottawaevents #furla #winterfashion #ootd #winteroutfit #winterludeottawa #baldeneige #facesottawa #iceskating #narcityottawa #narcitycanada #killaloesunrise #canal #exploreyourcity A post shared by Charlotte Poon 🇨🇦 (@cheerscharlie) on Feb 12, 2019 at 2:29pm PST\n\nWebsite\n\n\nSens Rink of Dreams\nPrice: Free\nWhen: Open daily 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. weather permitting\nAddress: 110 Laurier Ave. W., Ottawa, ON\nWhy You Need To Go: An evening skate illuminated with colourful lights is the perfect way to spend your winter date nights.\n View this post on Instagram La prochaine fois je le fais au milieu de la patinoire promis 😂❄️ #tourcanada #iceskating A post shared by @ ccbourson on Dec 8, 2018 at 12:57pm PST\n\nWebsite\n\n\nChristmas Lights Across Canada\nPrice: Free\nWhen: Until January 7\nAddress: Parliament Hill, Wellington Street, Ottawa, ON\nWhy You Need To Go: You can take in a magical free light and sound show, then tour through the enchanting lights in Confederation Park to round out the night.\n View this post on Instagram A post shared by Cosmo Grant (@cosmogrant) on Dec 6, 2019 at 6:30am PST\n\nWebsite\n\n\nTaffy Lane\nPrice: Free\nWhen: Until January 1\nAddress: Taffy Lane, Orleans, ON\nWhy You Need To Go: If you can't get enough of holiday lights, then a walk down Taffy Lane is a must. This charming lane will make you feel like you're in a cheesy romantic Christmas movie. \n View this post on Instagram 📸: #TaffyLane - - - - - - No plans on this last Friday before Christmas? Head down to #TaffyLane in #OrleansOntario to see the most wonderful holiday decorations! 🎄☃️ - - - - - - #christmaslights #christmasspirit #loveottawa #ottcity #utgdm #utgdigitalmedia #digitalsignage #ledsignage #digitalsolutions #display #leddisplay #innovation #advancedtechnology A post shared by UTG Digital Media (@utgdigitalmedia) on Dec 22, 2017 at 9:54am PST\n\nWebsite\n\n\nGlow Gardens \nPrice: Starting at $19.99\nWhen: Until January 4\nAddress: EY Centre, 4899 Uplands Dr., Ottawa, ON\nWhy You Need To Go: You can show your date that they're the light of your life at this spectacular indoor light garden. Festive boozy drinks and treats are available to take this date night to the next level.\n View this post on Instagram BIG NEWS! Get into the Christmas mood with @glow_ottawa. It’s seriously a winter wonderland. Experience and take loads of pics at the light gardens and illuminated structures. While you’re at it, grab a drink and visit the vendor market! @glow_ottawa is family friendly so bring your kids to visit Santa and take a train ride! Check out the link before for more information. Use code Ottawa20 at checkout to get 20% off tickets for select dates! https://httpslink.com/2wdg . . . . #christmas #christmasglow #glowambassador19 #ad #sponsored #glowottawa #afairytalechristmas #santassleighadventure #aroundtheworld #santaslostpresents #ootd #myoutfit #holidayoutfit #styleinspo #mylooktoday #outfitinspiration #outfitstyle #outfitoftheday #style #styleinspiration #styleinspo #ottawa #ottawablogger #ottawabloggers #whattodoinottawa #ottawaevents #styleoftheday #canadianblogger #canadian A post shared by Maria Soot (@sootsandgiggles) on Dec 6, 2019 at 5:26am PST\n\nWebsite\n\n\nHogs Back Falls\nPrice: Free\nAddress: Rideau River, North of Mooneys Bay, Ottawa, ON\nWhy You Need To Go: When these waterfalls freeze over they make the most breathtaking backdrop for any winter date. \n View this post on Instagram So much beauty right here in the city. 😍 This weekend I stopped by Hog's Back Falls near sunset. The water current moves quickly, creating some heat. This reacts with the cold air above it - creating not only these intricate ice sculptures along the rock walls, but also steam that the setting sun shines through. . . . . . #exlorecanada #paradisecanada #myottawa #igersottawa #ottawaphotographers #ottawatourism #narcityottawa #facesottawa #ottawaphoto #livelovecanada #ottawalife #ontariotourism #ottawa_instaphoto #ottawasworld #ottawa #enjoycanada #canadianphotography #tourcanada #canadasworld #outaouais #canada_photolovers #truenorthprimeshot #canadawonderful #imagesofcanada #sonyimages #moodygrams #nature_obsession #natureperfection #natureisart #naturelife A post shared by Jean-Benoit Lesage (@jblesage) on Dec 9, 2019 at 9:20am PST\n\nWebsite\n\n\nMagic of Lights\nPrice: $20-$30\nWhen: Until January 4\nAddress: Wesley Clover Park, 401 Corkstown Rd., Nepean, ON\nWhy You Need To Go: Sometimes, just going for a drive together is the most romantic date of all. You can take it up a notch by driving through these totally mesmerizing lights. \n View this post on Instagram #feelingfestivefriday #moarlightsplease 🎄❄️💡 A post shared by @ amanda.grim on Dec 6, 2019 at 5:42am PST\n\nWebsite\n\n\nOttawa Christmas Market\nPrice: Free entry\nWhen: Until December 22\nAddress: Casino Lac Leamy Plaza at Lansdowne, ON\nWhy You Need To Go: Christmas shopping together has never been this romantic. You can enjoy festive treats and beautiful decorations. \n View this post on Instagram No better way to start the Christmas month!✨All smiles, even in the freezing cold (right eth?!) ❄️| #christmasmarket #ottawa #happyholidays A post shared by shannon mccarthy (@shanmccarthyy) on Dec 2, 2019 at 5:34pm PST\n\nWebsite\n\n\nMiracle at Savoy\nPrice: Cocktails from $13-$15\nWhen: Until December 31\nAddress: 334 Richmond Rd., Ottawa, ON\nWhy You Need To Go: You and your date can enjoy a romantic cocktail date with all of the holiday vibes.\n View this post on Instagram Run run Rudolf 🦌🥂 A post shared by Jessica Fleming (@jessicapaigefleming) on Dec 7, 2019 at 9:34pm PST\n\nWebsite\n\n\nTobogganing \nPrice: Free\nAddress: Various locations, ON\nWhy You Need To Go: You can feel like kids again as you race down any one of Ottawa's epic toboggan hills. \n View this post on Instagram what extreme cold warnings? A post shared by emday (@emmilyy066) on Jan 20, 2019 at 3:23pm PST\n\nWebsite\n\n\nIan's Christmas Adventure Park\nPrice: $0-$10\nWhen: Until December 22\nAddress: 804 Richmond Rd., Beckwith, ON\nWhy You Need To Go: Road trips + Christmas tree farms = winter romance. There's so much more to enjoy than just trees at this spot, it's definitely worth the drive out of the city.\n View this post on Instagram Instagram vs. Reality💕 A post shared by ｋａｒｌｅｉｇｈ ｍｃｐｈｅｒｓｏｎ♡ (@kaarleiggh4) on Nov 28, 2019 at 11:08am PST\n\nWebsite\n\n\nThe Merry Dairy\nPrice: $9 pints\nWhen: Open daily\nAddress: 102 Fairmont Ave., Ottawa, ON\nWhy You Need To Go: You can have the sweetest date night every with the delicious holiday-flavoured ice cream at this charming Ottawa dairy.\n View this post on Instagram It’s a Christmas miracle! 😍My name was finally chosen for “Name of the Day” ! Thanks for the ice cream @themerrydairy 💕 A post shared by Megan (@meegonn) on Dec 5, 2019 at 10:11am PST\n\nWebsite\n\n\nDreamland Cafe\nPrice: Prices vary\nWhen: Open daily except Mondays\nAddress: 262 Preston St., Ottawa, ON\nWhy You Need To Go: It's impastable to go wrong with a plate full of creamy delicious pasta for date night. This place is seriously dreamy. \n View this post on Instagram Pasta 4 life A post shared by Sandra Pereira (@sandrapereiraaa) on Nov 14, 2019 at 4:07pm PST\n\nWebsite\n\n\nThere are stories everywhere. If you spot a newsworthy event in your city, send us a message, photo, or video @NarcityCanada on Twitter and Instagram.