What's on in the Outaouais december 28 - january 3

Published on December 20 2018

This week, get your family and friends together, because the region’s museums are in the spotlight, with brilliant programming and special events for the holiday season.

You can also enjoy lots of great activities between Christmas and New Year’s to end 2018 on a high note, and pick your favourite among our suggested New Year’s Eve destinations to ring in 2019 in style!

Activities and events!

Winter Frolic at the Agriculture and Food Museum

What do ginger cake, hot chocolate and mint chocolate cookies have in common? They’re all made in the demonstration kitchen of the Agriculture and Food Museum, and they’re just waiting for you to assemble them! Besides doing a little cooking, you can attend presentations on migratory birds and animal life in winter.

Where

Canada Agriculture and Food Museum – 901 Prince of Wales Drive, Ottawa.

When

Dec. 26 to Jan. 6, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cost

Included with museum admission.

Good to know

The museum is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

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Happy Holiday Programming at the Aviation Museum

Calling all young explorers: get ready for an extraordinary space adventure when you join the Kepler-500 expedition to an imaginary planet! The Aviation Museum’s programming is sure to delight young and old alike, with special exhibitions, animated Christmas movies, and hands-on activities.

Where

Canada Aviation and Space Museum – 11 Aviation Parkway, Ottawa.

When

When: Dec. 26 to Jan. 6, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Cost

Included with museum admission.

Good to know

The museum is closed on Tuesdays.

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Nature Nocturne: White Out

Ready to blend into the winter landscape? On December 28, the Museum of Nature invites you to an elegant evening with a cool dress code: all white for the night. Explore the museum galleries after hours, learn how animals use their white coats to survive the cold, and enjoy some great music, dancing and mingling.

Where

Canadian Museum of Nature – 240 McLeod Street, Ottawa.

When

Friday, Dec. 28 from 8 p.m. to midnight.

Cost

General admission : $25. Cash bar.

Good to know

For ages 19 and up. Exclusive lounge with bottle service and hors-d’œuvre available by reservation.

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Command and Consequence

Are you tired of 2D board games? The Canadian War Museum has developed a captivating strategy board game. Put your skills to the test as a First World War field commander as you overcome enemy obstacles and lead your troops to victory! An original activity open to everyone. Recommended for ages 9 and up.

Where

Canadian War Museum – 1 Vimy Place, Ottawa.

When

Dec. 28 to Jan. 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Cost

Included with museum admission.

Good to know

The Canadian War Museum offers free admission to Canadian veterans and past and present Canadian military personnel, with appropriate identification or proof of service.

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Christmas Lights Across Canada – New Year’s Eve special

Every year during the holiday season, Canada’s Capital is illuminated, to the delight of visitors and residents who rediscover the beauty of their home town in winter.

On December 31, follow the holiday lights along Confederation Boulevard and watch the multimedia show projected on the front of the Parliament Buildings. On December 31 only, the show will run until 11:59 p.m., followed by a pyrotechnic display to ring in the New Year. A beautiful moment to share with your loved ones!

Where

Parliament Hill – Wellington St., Ottawa.

When

Monday, Dec. 31 from 5:30 to 11:59 p.m.

Cost

Free.

Good to know

The multimedia show runs in a continuous 14-minute loop every night until Jan. 7, from 5:30 to 11 p.m. (11:59 p.m. on New Year’s Eve only).

Learn more

Not to miss!

Gatineau Playground Festival

The Gatineau Playground Festival continues this week, and you don’t want to miss it! Sports, inflatable games, trampolines and activities for all ages are in store at the Branchaud-Brière Complex. A fun, community-building event where kids can burn off the sugar rush they got from Grandma’s Christmas cookies!

Where

Branchaud-Brière Complex – 499 Labrosse Blvd., Gatineau.

When

Dec. 27–30 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cost

Child (age 3–15): $20 | Adult: $8 | 4-day wristband: child $28, adult $12.

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Festival of Lights – last chance

A white pine forest, beautiful views of the illuminated Coulonge Falls, walking trails lit with twinkling holiday lights, and seasonal treats by Trimmer’s – Fresh Food Fast: all this and more awaits you on the final day of the popular Festival of Lights at Coulonge Falls Adventure Park. An ideal family activity between Christmas and New Year’s!

Where

Coulonge Falls Adventure Park – 100 Promenade du Parc des Chutes, Mansfield-et-Pontefract.

When

Saturday, Dec. 29 from 4 to 9 p.m.

Cost

Adult: $10 | Child: $6 | Family (2 adults, 2 children): $30.

Learn more

Looking for even more things to do with family and friends over the holidays? Consult our winter bucket list and check our Facebook calendar regularly!

Now playing!

29
December

Music

Just Celine Dion

Minotaure

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30
December

Music

Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert

National Arts Centre

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02
January

Music

Beautiful – The Carole King Musical

National Arts Centre

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