What’s happening in Ottawa this weekend: December 24-27


CTVNewsOttawa.ca examines the activities and events taking place in Ottawa, Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec over the Christmas weekend.

SKATING

The City of Ottawa’s outdoor rinks are open for the season.

Rink of Dreams at Ottawa City Hall

  • Every day: from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • December 24: 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • 25 and 26 Dec. – 1 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Lansdowne Park Skating Ground

Ben Franklin Place Ice Rink

Jim Tubman Chevrolet Ice Rink

SKI

Ski resorts are open in eastern Ontario and western Quebec. Visit each station’s website for details.

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS ACROSS CANADA

Parliament Hill and downtown Ottawa dress up for the holiday season with Christmas Lights across Canada.

Discover the multimedia projection on Parliament Hill and the Trail of Lights in Canada’s Capital Region.

The Christmas Lights Across Canada continue through January 7.

MAGIC OF LIGHTS

The magic of lights illuminates Wesley Clover Parks this holiday season.

Don’t miss this dazzling holiday lights driving experience featuring holiday scenes and favorite characters of the season.

Every Magic of Lights ticket benefits CHEO.

The magic of lights runs until January 8.

For tickets visit https://magicoflights.com/events/ottawa/.



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A NOL IN THE COUNTRY AT THE SAUNDERS FARM

Celebrate a country Christmas at Saunders Farm with a sound and light experience driving through his family farm and 180 year old forest.

The Christmas sound and light show in the countryside runs until December 30.

Customers visiting Saunders Farm for the drive-thru experience only do not need to be vaccinated. All customers 13 years of age and older must be fully immunized to visit the farm shop, cider house, and Christmas tree lot.

For more information visit https://saundersfarm.com/.



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STAY AT NIGHT IN THE VILLAGE OF UPPER CANADA

Alight at Night is billed as Eastern Ontario’s largest outdoor light festival.

Lights adorn the heritage buildings, trees and fences of Upper Canada Village in Morrisburg, Ontario. creating a magical one-of-a-kind backdrop for its annual Alight at Night festival.

Alight at Night runs until January 1

Visit Uppercanadavillage.com for details and tickets.

MUSEUMS

An overview of museum opening hours in the National Capital Region during the holiday season.

Museum of Nature

  • Schedule: Dec. 27 to 30 Dec.
  • Closed: Dec 24, Dec 25, Dec 26, Dec 31 Jan 1

Canada Agriculture and Food Museum

  • Open: 24 December, 26 December, 27 December, 28 December, 29 December, 30 December, 31 December, 1 Jan. 2 Jan.
  • Closed: 25 Dec.

Canada Science and Technology Museum

  • Open: 24 December, 26 December, 27 December, 28 December, 29 December, 30 December, 31 December, 1 Jan. 2 Jan.
  • Closed: 25 Dec.

Canada Aviation and Space Museum

  • Open: 24 December, 26 December, 27 December, 28 December, 29 December, 30 December, 31 December, 1 Jan. 2 Jan.
  • Closed: 25 Dec.

Canadian war museum

  • The Canadian War Museum is closed during the holidays.

Canadian Museum of History

  • The Canadian Museum of History is closed during the holidays.

National Gallery of Canada

  • Open: 24 Dec. (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.), Dec. 26 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.), Dec. 27 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.), Dec. 28 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.), Dec. 29 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.), Dec. 30 (10 a.m. to 8 p.m.), Dec. (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.), Jan. 1 (12 p.m. to 5 p.m.)
  • Closed: 25 Dec.

The Diefenbunker

  • Opening: Dec 29, Dec 30 Dec 31 (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
  • Closed: 24, 25, 26, 27, 28 Dec. and Jan 1

As of December 1, all guests 12 years of age and over must show full proof of vaccination to visit the Canadian Museum of Nature, Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, Canada Science and Technology Museum. Canada, Canada Aviation and Space Museum, Canadian War Museum, Canadian Museum of History, and National Gallery of Canada.

RENDEZVOUS OF OWLS

Come meet live owls at the Canadian Museum of Nature.

Don’t miss this outdoor exhibition, produced in partnership with Little Ray’s Nature Center. See owls and an eagle in their specially designed habitat enclosures.

BYWARD MARKET AND PARKDALE MARKET

Byward Market and Parkdale Public Market are open.

For more information visit www.ottawamarket.ca.

OMEGA PARK

Omega Park is open in Montebello, Quebec.

For more information visit https://www.parcomega.ca/en/.



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