8 Ottawa Date Ideas That Will Make You Feel Like The Star Of A Hallmark Christmas Movie

Do you love watching Hallmark Christmas movies? If so, we have eight Ottawa date ideas that look straight out of a scene of a romantic holiday film.

Instead of another dull evening watching Netflix together, it is time to spice things up. We have tons of ways to spend quality time with your special someone, from private flights with Santa Claus to candlelit concerts.

Skate Through The Forest

Price: $13.50 per adult

When: December (exact date TBA)

Address: 2900 York's Corners Rd., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: The two of you can hold hands and glide along the RiverOak Skating Trail that will take you through forests and orchards.

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Fly With Santa In An Airplane

Price: $38+ per person

When: December 11 - 26 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Address: The Canada Aviation and Space Museum, 11 Aviation Pkwy., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: Booking a private flight is more affordable than you might expect. This December, Ottawa Aviation Adventures has flights over downtown Ottawa where Santa is the pilot.

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Drive Past Nearly One Million Twinkling Lights

Price: $20+ per vehicle

When: November 19, 2021 - January 8, 2022

Address: 411 Corkstown Rd., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: If your date hates the cold, you can stay warm in your vehicle at the Magic Of Lights. The drive-thru event will take you past dazzling illuminated displays and tunnels of lights.

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Explore The Ottawa Christmas Market

Price: Free admission

When: November 26 - December 22

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

Why You Need To Go: At the Ottawa Christmas Market, you can eat festive holiday treats and drink mulled wine together.

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Listen To A Christmas Concert Lit By Candlelight

Price: $30+ per person

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

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

Why You Need To Go: Instead of a candlelit dinner, you can attend a holiday concert lit by over a thousand candles and listen to songs from The Nutcracker.

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Chop Down A Christmas Tree

Price: $66.37+ per tree

When: From November 26

Address: 6421 McCordick Rd., North Gower, ON

Why You Need To Go: Just 30 minutes from downtown Ottawa, you can visit a farm where you can buy a fresh Christmas tree and drink hot chocolate. Then when you get home, the two of you can decorate the tree together with lights and ornaments.

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See An Illuminated Waterfall

Price: $10 per person

When: November 26-27, December 3-4, 10-11, 17-18 & 27-28

Address: 100 Promenades du Parc-des-Chutes, Mansfield-et-Pontefract, QC

Why You Need To Go: The Festival Of Lights is an under-the-radar event that is pure magic. Here you can follow a holiday trail to a huge glowing waterfall.

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Shop For Ornaments At Store Bursting With Holiday Cheer

Price: Free admission

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

Why You Need To Go: It feels like December 25 every day inside Tinseltown Christmas Emporium. Within the festive store, the two of you can shop for keepsake ornaments and then head to one of the nearby cafes to get a peppermint mocha.

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