There are so many ways to have fun without breaking any of the rules. Here are our top picks for things to do in Ottawa this weekend to help you have the best time ever.

'Tis the season to celebrate. If you're searching for some holiday magic, there are several drive-thru Christmas light experiences to try.  

Or you could transform your home into a private speakeasy and learn how to shake up delicious festive cocktails with the help of Bar From Afar.

Holiday Afternoon Tea

Price: $68.00 per person

When: Until Sunday, January 3

Address: 1 Rideau Street, Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can treat yourself to an incredible afternoon tea that will have you feel like you are in London. Some of the menu's delicious bites are a gingerbread yule log, a mulled wine macaroon, and a turkey and cranberry salad.

Ottawa Farmers' Market

Price: Free admission

When: Until Sunday, December 20

Address: 1000 Exhibition Way, Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: There will be over 60 vendors selling Christmas holiday-themed products and treats.

Bar From Afar

Price: $60.00+ per kit

Why You Need To Go: You can get a festive-themed cocktail kit delivered to your home, which will teach you how to make four delicious speakeasy-style beverages.

Skating Rink At Lansdowne Park

Price: Free

Address: 1000 Exhibition Way, Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can spend the afternoon gliding across the ice and then head to Lights At Lansdowne or the Farmers' Market.

Holiday Sparkle

Price: Free

When: Until Sunday, December 20

Address: 18045 County Rd. 2, Cornwall, ON

Why You Need To Go: The 1-kilometre Christmas drive-thru will have over 10,000 colourful lights.

Stanley's Christmas Village

Price: $120.00 for up to 6 people

When: Until Sunday, December 20

Address: 2452 York's Corners Rd., Edwards, ON

Why You Need To Go: With your bubble, you can go on a sleigh ride to a post-card worthy village that looks straight out of the North Pole.

Holiday Pop-Up Christmas Market

Price: Free

When: Until Thursday, December 24

Address: 55 ByWard Market Square, Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can shop for last-minute Christmas gifts and holiday decor like wreaths at this outdoor market.

Enchanted Holiday Drive

Price: $48.59 per vehicle

When: Until Tuesday, December 22

Address: Karters' Korner, 6336 Fallowfield Rd., Stittsville, ON

Why You Need To Go: You won't believe your eyes as you explore the magical setting complete with lifesized snowglobes.

Christmas Lights Across Canada

Price: Free

When: Monday, November 30 to Thursday, January 7

Address: Parliament Hill & Confederation Boulevard, Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can bring a mug of hot chocolate and take a walk to see all the glowing lights.

Fly With Santa

Price: $38+ a person

Address: 11 Aviation Pkwy., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: Instead of flying with Santa in a sled, you can soar over Ottawa together on a private flight. 

Sippin' Santa

Price: Cocktails from $12.95 

When: Until December 31

Address: 360 Elgin St., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: You'll feel like you are celebrating Christmas somewhere tropical at this festive bar with delicious tiki cocktails.

A Country Christmas

Price: $15 per person (daytime), $25 + per vehicle (night)

When: Saturday, November 28 to Monday, January 4

Address: 7893 Bleeks Rd., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: There are two fun experiences to enjoy. In the afternoon, you can visit the market and get lost in a maze. While at night, there is a Christmas drive-through filled with twinkling lights.

Rink Of Dreams

Price: Free

When: From Friday, December 4

Address: 110 Laurier Ave. W., Ottawa, ON 

Why You Need To Go: You can head here to go skating after work and treat yourself to a delicious BeaverTail at the on-site stand.

Thomas Tree Farm

Price: $57.52+ per tree

When: From Saturday, November 21

Address: 6421 McCordick Rd., North Gower, ON

Why You Need To Go: Not only can you get a fresh tree to decorate your home but, you can also enjoy free hot chocolate and homemade cookies.

Taken Escape Room

Price: $34.99 per team

Why You Need To Go: If you are looking for something fun to do with your friends virtually, look no further. Escape Manor just released a new online escape room that you can play with up to three of your friends.

Christmas Doughnuts

Price: $38/dozen

Address: Delivery in Ottawa

Why You Need To Go: You won't want to miss trying the Christmas themed box of doughnuts from Doughbaby Doughnuts.

Before you get going, check our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your trip.


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