Ottawa is a beautiful place to explore no matter the time of year. But when the holidays hit and the decorations go up, the city transforms into a festive dreamland. From the Rideau Centre to the Ottawa Art gallery and every holiday display in between, you can marvel at some of the best Christmas trees in Ottawa.

If you’re looking for incredible holiday photo ops in the capital, you certainly won’t have to look very far.

And, if you happen to take a photo at one of three particularly impressive trees, your selfie efforts could really pay off.

And we’re talking more than just getting all of the Instagram hearts your real heart desires.

That’s right. In a contest called #WhereHolidaySpiritLives, you can actually win a $500 gift card for the Rideau Centre just for snapping a quick photo.

Since these stunning locations are already so hard to resist, why not partake?

The contest locations include the Rockafeller-style tree in CF Rideau Centre, The Trees of Hope in Fairmont Chateau Laurier, and the breathtaking tree outside of the Ottawa Art Gallery.

Now you’ve got even more reason to check out Ottawa’s stunning Christmas trees. As if you needed it.

There are numerous impressive Christmas tree displays throughout the city.

Those range from the Ottawa Christmas Market at Lansdowne to the gigantic tree outside of the Canadian Museum of History. But, honestly, it’s hard to rival the big red wonder at Rideau Centre.

Designed to look like the Big Apple's infamous Rockafeller tree, you’ll feel like you’re in New York for the holidays when you visit this one.

Of course, the hotel's Trees of Hope are gorgeous, too.

They may be a bit smaller but they're here for a good cause and the decorations will have any Christmas lover screaming with excitement.

The Art Gallery's tree is festive and beautiful, too. The best time to see this stunner is at night, preferably while light snowflakes flutter around you. 

There's no denying the abundance of Christmas beauty all around Ottawa.

So, this year, why not capitalize on those photos you were going to take anyway?

#WhereHolidaySpiritLives

Price: Free

When: Until December 18

Where: Rideau Centre, Fairmont Chateau Laurier, Ottawa Art Gallery

Why You Need To Go: You could win some serious dollar bills for simply taking a festive holiday selfie this season.


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