The weekend is almost here yet again and we’re seriously counting down every precious second until it arrives. With Christmas just around the corner, the holiday hustle is in full effect, and you’re probably well overdue for a little break. So, if you’re looking for fun things to do in Ottawa this weekend, don’t worry. We’ve got you covered.
From tasty pop-ups to free gifts and fancy holiday tea, there’s something festive for all in the capital.
Whether you need to just relax with a boozy bev or want to engage in some physical fun, it’s time to finally treat yourself a little bit this weekend.
Instead of getting weighed down with last-minute Christmas stresses, be sure to spend some time living it up with your besties, Ottawa-style.
All you need to do is take a peek at the list below and share it with your BFF so you can decide just what kind of fun you’ll be diving into together.
Honestly, narrowing it down to just one or two activities is going to be the hardest thing you do all weekend.
It’s time to bundle up (Ottawa is cold, after all) and have some final pre-holiday fun!
When: Friday, December 20
Address: Cumin, 373 Somerset St. W., Ottawa, ON
Why You Need To Go: You can indulge in all-you-can-eat dosa. There will be a wide variety of flavours available with everything from onion to Nutella and so much more.
Queens on Queen: Gay Ole' Christmas Drag Show
When: Saturday, December 21 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Address: 170 Queen St., Ottawa, ON
Why You Need To Go: You can enjoy a festive drag show and even take photos with Michael Morin from the Scavenger Hunt movie on the Hallmark Channel.
Pascale's Ice Cream Christmas Pop-Up
Price: Prices vary
When: Saturday, December 21 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Address: 571 Gladstone Ave., Ottawa, ON
Why You Need To Go: You can sip sweet hot chocolate and try a variety of exclusive holiday menu items at this one-day-only ice cream pop-up.
Let the Magic Move You With Lululemon
When: Saturday, December 21
Address: TD Place Arena at Lansdowne, Ottawa, ON
Why You Need To Go: You can enjoy complimentary skating, warm drinks, games, and even a few Lululemon surprises.
Moose McGuire's Christmas Extravaganza
Price: Free entry
When: Saturday, December 21 from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Address: 4025, Innes Rd., Orleans, ON
Why You Need To Go: You can snag free VIP tickets to this delicious holiday party. They'll be serving up free apps and you can take part in hourly draws to win Christmas gifts too.
Holiday Afternoon Tea
When: Saturday, December 21 and Sunday, December 22
Address: 551 Somerset St. W., Ottawa, ON
Why You Need To Go: You can feel like royal-tea at this gorgeous tea salon. Your ticket covers tea service, a glass of bubbly, and a special take-home Kate Spade gift. Afternoon and morning times are available for both days.
Digi60 Filmmaker's Festival
When: Friday, December 20 until Sunday, December 22
Address: Ottawa Art Gallery, 50 Mackenzie King Bridge, Ottawa, ON
Why You Need To Go: You can take in some original movies and even network with industry professionals if you're interested.
Christmas-Themed Music Bingo
Price: Free to play
When: Friday, December 20 from 8:15 p.m. to 11:15 p.m.
Address: 501 Hazeldean Rd., Kanata, ON
Why You Need To Go: You can test your Christmas song knowledge with a fun and festive game of music bingo at The Burbs Pub & Eatery. You'll have the chance to win prizes too.
The 27 Club Christmas Party
Price: No cover
When: Friday, December 20 from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Address: 27 York St., Ottawa, ON
Why You Need To Go: You can let loose at this annual Christmas event with no cover fee and $5 bar rails.
Christmas At The Farm
When: Saturday, December 21 until Sunday, December 22
Address: 670 Cedarview Rd., Ottawa, ON
Why You Need To Go: If you haven't experienced the festive wagon rides, animals, bonfires, and more at The Log Farm, this weekend is your last chance to do so.
Price: Prices vary
When: Sunday, December 22 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Address: Shawarma Palace, 2440 Bank St., Ottawa, ON
Why You Need To Go: You'll be entered in a draw to win prizes like Ottawa Senators tickets when you purchase a delicious shawarma sandwich. Even Santa will be there, so you won't want to miss it. Partial proceeds will be donated to a good cause, as well.