Does the work week feel longer in the winter, or is that just us? Either way, the weekend is almost here again (finally) and we seriously can’t wait. With so many exciting things to do in Ottawa this weekend, we hope those special few days last as long as possible. 

Naturally, there’s an abundance of holiday cheer being spread all around the capital. If that’s not really your thing, don’t you worry. 

From cuddly cats to free breakfast, concerts, and more, there’s definitely a little something for everyone in Ottawa. 

On the other hand, if you’re looking to enjoy all things holi-yay, then you’ll find no shortage of Christmas craft markets, light festivals, ballets, and more. 

So if you’ve been daydreaming about Friday night since your alarm went off on Monday, hang in there, we’ve almost made it.

With so much going on, it’ll be hard to narrow down which of the events below you want to attend. But honestly, that’s a pretty good problem to have anyways.

Now all that’s left to do is hop in that group chat with your besties and start mapping out your epic (and well-deserved) weekend plans. 

Who’s ready to have some Ottawa fun?

Free Holiday Pancakes & Sausage 

Price: Free

When: Saturday, December 7

Address: Colonel By Secondary School, 2381 Ogilvie Rd., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: Honestly, who could ever pass up free breakfast? 


Said The Whale

Price: Starting at $18.50

When: Saturday, December 7

Address: Bronson Centre, 211 Bronson Ave., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: The Juno Award-winning trio is hitting up Ottawa this weekend and bringing all of their Vancouver pop with them.


DIY Bath Bombs 

Price: $36

When: Saturday, December 7

Address: Nu Grocery, 143 Main St. Ottawa

Why You Need To Go: You can learn how easy it is to make DIY bath bombs. In the end, you'll come home with 10 mini bath bombs, perfect for holiday gifts or to treat yo' self.


Canada's Nutcracker

Price: Starting at $29

When: Saturday, December 7

Address: National Arts Centre, 1 Elgin St., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can enjoy this classic holiday staple with a Canadian twist. You'll see polar bears, Mounties, and hockey weaved throughout the beautiful ballet. 


Holidays At The Parks

Price: $3

When: Sunday, December 8

Address: Wesley Clover Parks, 401 Corkstown Rd., Nepean, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can enjoy a magical horse-drawn wagon ride, hit up the "elfie station" for a quick holiday selfie, shop along the vendors' row, and more.


Holiday Adoption Event

Price: Prices vary

When: Saturday, December 7

Address: Leisure Park, 1642 Merrivale Rd., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can give a precious fur baby their new forever home just in time for the holidays. Baked goods and crafts will be available at the event as well.


Ottawa Glow

Price: Starting at $19.99

When: Now until January 4

Address: EY Centre, 4899 Uplands Dr., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: Glow Gardens finally opened in the capital this week, and if you haven't been yet, you won't want to miss all the twinkling lights.


Christmas Lights Across Canada

Price: Free

When: Now until January 7

Address: Parliament Hill

Why You Need To Go: This free holiday light and sound show is finally back in Ottawa and it's the perfect spot to bring a date to this weekend. 


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