Events and festivals
Catching the holiday spirit in the Outaouais region
Throughout November and December, the Outaouais region is packed with #Outaouaisfun events and activities to put young and old alike in a festive mood. Laugh at the cold and Old Man Winter as you celebrate the magic of the holiday season!
Lights … music … Christmas!
Festival of Lights
On December 4, 5, 12,13 and 26-28, you’re invited to discover Coulonge Falls Park in all its winter glory at the Festival of Lights, where over 10,000 twinkling lights and dazzling special effects illuminate the path to the majestic waterfall. Take advantage of the opportunity to find some one-of-a-kind Christmas presents at the craft market, and gather round the bonfire to warm up—or roast a few marshmallows!
Christmas Lights Across Canada
Over the holidays, come and admire the magical landscape of Christmas Lights Across Canada, when more than 400,000 multicoloured Christmas lights brighten the winter nights throughout the National Capital Region. On December 2 at 7 p.m., join the crowd on Parliament Hill for the 31th annual illumination ceremony! The dazzling display continues nightly until January 7.
Setting the holiday mood
Winter Frolic at the barn!
From December 26 to January 3, celebrate a pioneer winter with agricultural holiday activities old and new at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum. Don’t forget to visit the animals in the barns and check out the other demonstrations being offered!
Celebrate the holidays in the world’s largest log building!
The Fairmont Le Château Montebello is the place to go for a unique and unforgettable holiday getaway for the whole family. The Country Christmas Package features dancing and entertainment, a Yule log and hot chocolate served on arrival, and even a visit from Santa Claus—plus the hotel’s usual myriad winter diversions, including sleigh rides, curling, and skating. Make it a Christmas to remember! This year, they also offer the Early Christmas Special. A good reason to take it easy just before all the Christmas party.
Christmas Craft-ernoon at Bytown Museum
Get into the holiday spirit and drop in to a Christmas Craft-ernoons beginning the last weekend of November until December 20th! Learn more about Edwardian Christmas traditions and what Christmas was like 100 years ago in Ottawa! Create traditional tree trimmings that you can add to our tree or take with you to decorate your home. Take inspiration from the embroidered postcards from the First World War and try your hand at embroidering your own Christmas Cards.
Snowshoe and deer at the Parc Oméga
December 19 and 20, and December 25 to January 3, enjoy winter activities offer for the whole family at the Parc Oméga. Take part to the animations with wolves and enjoy sleigh ride and hot chocolate. You can also snowshoe the new 1km trail decorates with totem poles.
Enjoy a Christmas Beer at Les Brasseurs du Temps. The Messe de minuit is like a gingerbready pint of holiday cheer. Seven spices weave through the alcohol and sweetness, with all the warmth and cheer of the season. The intense anise, orange and raisin flavours unfurl so exhuberantly, you’ll feellike a kid on Christmas morning.
Our Christmas markets
Christmas treats at the museum
From November 26 to 29, start (or finish!) your Christmas shopping at the Canadian Museum of History’s Christmas Market. The market will be held in the magnificent Grand Hall, and more than 70 exhibitors will be showcasing specialty products from the Outaouais region.
Christmas in Old-Aylmer
This year, the Christmas Market in Old-Aylmer will be from November 27 to 29 at the Commemorative park. Visit 20 booths of local merchants and artisans who await you in beautiful small log cabins. Entertainment for the whole family and music performances await you.
As we all know, this is Santa’s busiest time of year, but don’t worry: he hasn’t forgotten us! The jolly old elf will arrive in the Outaouais region at 7 p.m. on November 27, just in time for the Gatineau Santa Claus Parade in the Aylmer sector.