It's almost Christmas time! Here are three pre-Christmas activities to get ready in family:

It all starts with a tree!

Once again this year, elves, fairies, and the magic tree will make their appearance at Les Fruits de la terre! On the weekends of November 29–30 and December 6–7 and 13–14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., you and your family are invited to visit the farm and choose your own Christmas tree. A short wagon ride takes you out to the tree lot, and you’ll be given a flag to mark the perfect specimen. Once you’ve found it, one of our elves will help you cut your tree, bring it back to the main building and wrap it up for you. You’ll also enjoy our crackling wood fire, home-made goodies, and Christmas decorations. The only thing left to do is trim your tree to the sound of Christmas music!

Santa Claus is coming to the Outaouais region!

Circle Friday, November 28 on your calendar: that’s the day Santa arrives in the Outaouais region to participate in the 20th annual Gatineau Santa Claus Parade. Gather the family and come on down to Principale Street at 5 p.m. for the official opening of the brand new Enchanted Park, a dazzling interactive experience set up in Aylmer’s Memorial Park. The parade starts at 7 p.m., so stake out your spot and admire dozens of illuminated floats as they process down Principale Street. Keep your eyes peeled for Santa: he’ll be comfortably installed on the very last one!

New outdoor Christmas market

The 20th edition of Gatineau’s Santa Claus Parade has been transformed into a celebration that will last throughout the weekend. New features include a Nutcracker-themed outdoor Christmas market set up in Memorial Park in the Aylmer sector. On November 29 and 30 from 12 noon to 5 p.m., stroll among the rustic booths and visit with local vendors and artisans, and enjoy free street theatre and circus performances by Espace Forain and Troupe Aubergine!

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PHOTO : City of Gatineau, Gatineau Santa Claus Parade


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