8 Incredible Christmas Activities In Ottawa That You Can Enjoy Without A Car

Make the most of the free public transit this December! ❄️

8 Incredible Christmas Activities In Ottawa That You Can Enjoy Without A Car

There is more to do this holiday season than drive-thru events. Here are eight incredible Christmas activities in Ottawa that you can enjoy without a car.

For the entire month of December, OC Transpo is offering free public transit, so there is no need to load extra cash on your Presto card. So it is the perfect excuse to experience some of the holiday events occurring around town.

Winter Wander

Price: Free

When: From November 23

Address: Sparks St., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: Sparks Street has turned into a winter wonderland where you can see 3D illuminated displays.


Tinseltown Christmas Emporium

Price: Free admission

Address: 1096 Somerset St. W., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: You'll feel like you've stepped into Santa's workshop and can purchase some sparkling ornaments for your Christmas tree.


The Nutcracker

Price: $50+ per person

When: December 3-5, 2021

Address: 1 Elgin St., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: No holiday season would be complete without watching The Nutcracker. This year you can head to the NAC to see the Mouse King and Sugar Plum Fairy dance across the stage in this iconic ballet.


Christmas Lights Across Canada

Price: Free

When: December 8, 2021, to January 7, 2022

Address: Projection Show at Parliament Hill, 111 Wellington St., Ottawa, ON

Pathway Of Lights (multiple locations)

Why You Need To Go: You can head to Parliament Hill to watch the new projected show and then explore a pathway of over 30,000 colourful lights.


Zoe's Festive Tea

Price: $68+ per person

When: December 1, 2021 - January 2, 2022 (11 a.m. – 3 p.m.)

Address: 1 Rideau St., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can treat yourself to afternoon holiday tea at Ottawa's castle. While at Zoe's, you'll be able to feast on savoury finger sandwiches, scones and an assortment of desserts.


Candlelight: Holiday Special

Price: $30+ per person

When: December 15, 17, 18 & 22, 2021

Address: 140 Laurier Ave. W., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: There will be Christmas concerts at First Baptist Church illuminated by over a thousand candles where you can listen to classic songs like "Ave Maria" and "Deck The Halls."


Ottawa Christmas Market

Price: Free admission

When: November 26 - December 22, 2021

Address: Casino Lac-Leamy Plaza at Lansdowne, Marché Way, Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: Not only will you be able to shop at all the different vendors, but you can also listen to live music and see the giant Christmas tree.


CF Rideau Centre's Christmas Tree

Price: Free

When: From November 19, 2021

Address: 50 Rideau St., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: After you finish your holiday shopping at CF Rideau Centre, you can visit their augmented reality Christmas tree that you can decorate using your phone.


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 adventure.

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