8 Things To Do In Ottawa This Weekend For $20 Or Under If You’re Obsessed With Christmas

Are you eagerly counting down to December 25? If so, here are eight things to do in Ottawa this weekend for $20 or under if you're obsessed with Christmas.

Santa arrives in a handful of days, so if you've been meaning to enjoy some of the holiday events and activities happening, there is no better time. It is time to message your friends and plan what to do first!

Find The Home Alone-Themed House

Price: Free (donations accepted)

Address: 18 Cypress Gardens, Stittsville, ON

Why You Need To Go: If your favourite Christmas movie is Home Alone, you'll want to see this house in Stittsville that is decorated with scenes from the iconic film.


See All The Illuminated Sights At Winter Wander

Price: Free

When: Until January 7, 2022

Address: Sparks St., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can go for an evening stroll along Sparks Street to see all the illuminated shapes and decorations without paying a thing.


Eat A Reindeer Ice Cream Cone

Price: $4.70 for a single scoop (plus $1 donation to Dalhousie Food Cupboard)

When: Until December 24

Address: 477 Bank St., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can donate a loonie at Moo Shu Ice Cream, and they will transform your ice cream cone into Rudolph.


Play Games On The Jingle Bus

Price: Free

When: Daily from December 13 - December 19, departing at 9 a.m., 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Address: 507 Bank St., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can ride the Jingle Bus, a moving holiday party with music and fun games inside.


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: Here you can explore all the vendors selling gifts and festive treats, then sip mulled wine next to all the dazzling lights.


Skate On The Glowing Rink Of Dreams

Price: Free

When: From December 3 until the end of skating season (7 a.m. to 11 p.m.)

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

Why You Need To Go: You'll have so much fun skating and twirling at this glowing rink.


Drink Some Festive Cocktails

Price: 💸

When: From November 30

Address: Standard Luxury Tavern, 360 Elgin St., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can meet your friends for some festive cocktails at this Christmas-themed bar.


See The New Holiday Show At Parliament Hill

Price: Free

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

Address: Parliament Hill, 111 Wellington St., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: For some free fun, you can head to Parliament Hill to watch the new 15-minute projected show that will play on a loop.


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.

In Ontario, a vaccine passport is required to access some events, services and businesses, including restaurants and bars.

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