With the lack of sun due to the short days, Winter is sometimes quite depressing. However, if you have the chance to live in Ottawa, there are so many activities to do that you might end up thinking the cold season is going by too fast. In order to get into the holiday spirit, here are some of the best activities to do during the holidays in 2018-2019!
1. Enjoy Christmas Classics at the National Arts Centre
The Nutcracker is a classic you do not want to miss this holiday season at the National Arts Center. After all, it wouldn’t be true holidays without it! This year, the Alberta Ballet is coming to the capital and the show features 329 costumes, made-in-house in Calgary!
The production pulls out all the stops with beautiful costumes, sets and a charming choreography. In fact, the NAC hosts a great range of holiday entertainment throughout November and December.
If you haven't had the chance to go this year, don't worry! You can always enjoy other plays and beautifuls performances that will take place at the NAC. You could also enjoy New Year’s Eve at the NAC for a unique and memorable experience.
2. Explore the Ottawa Farmers Market
At this exciting Christmas Market, you’ll find over 120 producers from the area and beyond, who are proudly presenting their food, arts and craft products. This will take place between Dec. 1st and 23rd at the Aberdeen Pavilion at Lansdowne and the admission is totally free!
3. Visit Ottawa’s Museums for Free!
Did you know that most museums will have free time every week? This is perfect if you want to admire the famous Christmas Tree at the National Gallery of Canada. The tree will be on display until January 6, 2019, and is absolutely stunning!
4. Discover the Ottawa Chamberfest Christmas Concerts
The Ottawa Chamberfest is the largest chamber music festival in the world and is dedicated to present chamber music of the highest standard. The Silver and Gold shows feature the sextet King’s Singers and the Ottawa Choral Society.
Indoor and outdoor concerts performed by world renowned artists at different venues including some of the city's most beautiful churches and museums.
5. Enjoy a Vintage Christmas at Upper Canada Village
During Alight at Night, you can stroll through the heritage village, take a horse-drawn wagon ride, or ride the life-size, family-friendly Toy Train that winds its way around the village. This is only a 45 min drive from Ottawa and it is definitely worth the drive.
6. Take a Quiet Winter Walk
If you are not a fan of the city life, that’s ok! There are many trails you can take. It is free and you can get in some exercise while appreciating the beautiful landscapes the region has to offer.
There are many activities to do! I hope you will enjoy your holidays with your friends and families. I wish you a lot of joy and fun.