The holiday season is, arguably, the most magical time to go on a date in Ottawa. In the winter, our city transforms into a frosty wonderland, covered in soft fluffy snow and twinkling lights everywhere. To help you surprise your special someone, we've gathered up a list of some of the best romantic things to do in Ottawa in winter. These are sure to make your holidays extra meaningful.
It's easy to enjoy a charming date by taking in all the seasonal events and activities occurring around the National Capital. From now into early 2020, there's no shortage of intimate date opportunities to take advantage of.
Some of these local spots are so dreamy, they'll make you feel like you're in a Hallmark Christmas movie.
For example, you can experience a private horse-drawn carriage ride at Alight At Night around Eastern Ontario's biggest outdoor light festival. Or, the two of you can take cute pics together at Glow Gardens in Ottawa with illuminated photo frames.
Plus, there are plenty of free options too, like watching the Christmas lights show at the Parliament Buildings or skating hand-in-hand at the Rink Of Dreams.
No matter what you pick, the two of you are going to have an incredible time. Here are 14 magical places in Ottawa to go on a date around the holidays:
Magic Of Lights
Price: From $20 per standard-sized vehicle
When: Nov. 21 - Jan. 4, 2020
Address: Wesley Clover Parks, 411 Corkstown Rd., Ottawa, ON
Why You Need To Go: You can drive through a dazzling road covered in colourful illuminations.
Miracle At Savoy
Price: Based on what you order
When: Nov. 25 - Dec. 31 2019
Address: The Savoy Brasserie, 334 Richmond Rd., Ottawa, ON
Why You Need To Go: You need to check out this pop-up Christmas bar that will be serving super fun holiday drinks.
Christmas Lights Across Canada
When: Dec. 4, 2019 - Jan. 7, 2020
Address: Across downtown Ottawa
Why You Need To Go: You can take a romantic stroll around the city to see all the beautiful Christmas lights.
Price: From $19.99 per person
When: Dec. 5, 2019 -Jan. 4, 2020
Address: EY Centre, 4899 Uplands Dr., Ottawa, ON
Why You Need To Go: Stay warm as you explore the incredible indoor light displays and holiday market at Glow Ottawa.
Alight At Night
When: Nov. 29, 2019 - Jan. 4, 2020
Address: Upper Canada Village, 13740 County Rd., Morrisburg, ON
Why You Need To Go: To make your visit to Eastern Ontario's biggest outdoor light festival extra special, you can book a romantic carriage ride for two to tour the sights.
Price: From $71 per person
Address: 16 Chemin Nordik, Chelsea, QC
Why You Need To Go: Soaking in the hot tubs and relaxing in the saunas is the perfect way to warm up this winter.
Address: Taffy Lane, Orleans, ON
Why You Need To Go: This street has some of the most impressive Christmas light displays in the city.
Rink Of Dreams
When: Dec. 1, 2019 - Mar. 31, 2020
Address: Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Ave. W., Ottawa, ON
Why You Need To Go: Do some free ice skating by City Hall then walk over to the Beavertail stand to enjoy a sweet treat.
Price: Depends on what you order
Address: Multiple locations in Ottawa
Why You Need To Go: Cacao 70 sells delicious dessert platters perfect for sharing, where you can roast marshmallows to make s'mores.
Ottawa Christmas Market
Price: Free admission
When: Nov. 29 - Dec. 22, 2019
Address: 1015 Bank St., Ottawa, ON
Why You Need To Go: This is your chance to visit Ottawa's first European-style Christmas market.
Stanley's Olde Maple Lane Farm
Price: $13 per person
When: Nov. 30 - Dec. 22, 2019
Address: 2452 York's Corners Rd., Edwards, ON
Why You Need To Go: You can feel like a kid again as you explore this adorable Christmas village.
Tinseltown Christmas Emporium
Price: Free to visit
Address: 1096 Somerset St. W., Ottawa, ON
Why You Need To Go: You'll have so much fun exploring this Christmas store packed with festive decor. While you're there, make sure to pick up some new ornaments for your tree.
The Gingerbread Man
Price: Depends on what you buy
Address: 1134 Tighe St., Manotick, ON
Why You Need To Go: This sweet store will have you feeling like you're in candy land. It'll put you in the holiday spirit.
Casino Lac Leamy
Price: Free admission
Address: 1 Boulevard du Casino, Gatineau, QC
Why You Need To Go: The casino will be decorated for the holiday season, complete with a massive Christmas tree. There, you can enjoy a delicious dinner at one of the many restaurants, or order a festive cocktail at the bar.