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Ottawa is surrounded by magical small towns that are ideal for a snowy winter road trip and this one in Quebec is basically like visiting the North Pole.

The town of Montebello is home to what claims to be the world's largest log cabin, where you can spend time enjoying a variety of winter activities, as well as Parc Omega, a Canadian safari experience. It also hosts a European-inspired Christmas market that is open on select dates until December 11.

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You can sip festive cocktails in Ottawa's "granny chic" Christmas bar surrounded by colourful holiday decorations until January 8.

Nan's Parlour Christmas pop-up is back and this year you can visit for festively themed events as you enjoy tastes of cranberry, peppermint and ginger spice.

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The most wonderful time of the year can quickly become the most expensive, but that doesn't mean you need to miss out on holiday events in Ottawa.

You don't have to bring your wallet to these Christmas activities around Ottawa. From European-style markets to magical light shows and a festive scavenger hunt, here are seven free activities to enjoy around the city this season.

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There are many gorgeous frozen waterfalls to discover around Ottawa but this one in Quebec is in a massive gorge and is lit up with Christmas colours.

The Festival of Lights at Chutes Coulonge Park has a twinkly forest trail that leads you to an illuminated waterfall and it starts on December 2.

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Going to see this magical Christmas house in Ottawa is sure to get you a spot on Santa’s nice list, so you’ll want to visit and not be a cotton-headed ninny muggins.

The Turcotte family has transformed their home in Stittsville into a Christmas paradise inspired by the holiday movie Elf. You'll be able to see the elves' toy testing station, Mr. Narwhal and Santa's sleigh among other movie highlights, starting December 1.

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