Festive Ottawa 2021

Festive Ottawa 2021


It’s that time of year again! Can you feel the magic in the air? Check out some of the great COVID-friendly options available in Ottawa and surrounding areas to help get yourself and your family into the holiday spirit! 

For a comprehensive list of the current and upcoming holiday markets, click HERE and check out our Instagram Highlight Reel titled “Shop Local” for all of the information! 




WHERE: The Log Farm, 670 Cedarview Road, Ottawa, ON K2R 1E5

WHEN: NOW until December 23rd, 2021

"Come out to the farm and let the kids play while you take a few deep breaths of fresh air!!! At the farm there are lots of animals to see, touch and feed. With lots of open space it makes it easy to be able to social distance and enjoy your visit. Check out Santa's workshop and drop off  your letters to Santa. Take a peek into how the pioneers would have celebrated Christmas. Enjoy Christmas music and a bonfire. Stop by the kids play barn: play in the favourite sensory corn table and let their imagination take over at the little farmers market stand and mechanics table. Climb on the hay piles we have a large and a small one. What kid does not want to climb on hay! You can even pick up your Christmas tree from our pre- cut selection at our visitor center. Ticket sales are limited."

Get tickets ahead of time HERE!




WHERE: Stanley Farm, 2452 Yorks Corners Road, Edwards, Ontario, K0A 1V0

WHEN: NOW! Every Saturday and Sunday until December 23rd, 2021

"Once you arrive you will be greeted by a Christmas Elf at the loading area. The tractor drawn sleigh ride will then whisk you away through the forest, to the Christmas Village.

Explore the village and play games, sing songs, and warm up by the bonfire.

Hop back on the sleigh for a ride through the bush passing by our rows of Christmas trees. Finish off at The Tent to meet the big man himself, Santa Claus. Have your camera and smartphones ready to take your own pictures! Then grab a cup of hot chocolate, a delicious maple cookie and a special gift from your new Elf friend. 

This fully outdoors activity is 1 hour long, so please dress for the weather.  

To cap off your visit, you are welcomed to see the animals in the barn and to purchase some goodies in our Farm Shop, or fresh cut Christmas Tree. You can even pre-order your fresh Christmas Turkey!

$120 for up to 6 people (children under 18 months are not included in the fee and must sit on parent/guardians lap for the tractor drawn sleigh ride."

Book online ahead of time HERE!




A Country Christmas Daytime Admission 2021

WHERE: Saunders Farm, 7893 Bleeks Road, Munster, ON, K0A 3P0

WHEN: NOW until December 19th, 2021

"Join us for a Country Christmas visit! With lots of outdoor attractions, including pre-cut Christmas trees, hedge mazes, wagon rides, Christmas displays and our amazing Farm Shop! Don't forget to come with an appetite! We'll be serving up seasonal foods and lots of treats!"

Get tickets ahead of time HERE!


Country Christmas Nighttime Drive-Through Experience

WHERE: Saunders Farm, 7893 Bleeks Road, Munster, ON, K0A 3P0

WHEN: NOW until December 30th, 2021

"Join us for an amazing A Country Christmas Drive-Through light and sound experience through our beautiful 180-year-old family Farm and forest. 

After the drive through, we invite you to visit our Town Square and Farm Shop where we have our very own Saunders Cider, craft beers, hot drinks, seasonal treats and Beavertails for purchase. We also have precut Christmas trees, homemade wreaths and unique gifts in the Saunders Farm Shop."

Get tickets ahead of time HERE!




WHERE: 13740 County Road 2, Morrisburg, ON, K0C 1X0

WHEN: See dates HERE

"Bundle up for an evening stroll through this picture-perfect postcard setting! Over one million lights adorn the heritage buildings, trees, and fences of Upper Canada Village creating a one-of-a-kind magical backdrop for its annual Alight at Night Festival - a true winter wonderland!

Guests or groups with limited accessibility can ride in the comfort of their own vehicles to view Alight at Night during our Accessibility Nights (Wednesday December 1st and 8th, 2021).”

Get tickets HERE!




WHERE: The Cumberland Heritage Village Museum, 2940 Old Montreal Road, Ottawa, ON, K4C 1G3

WHEN: NOW! Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays until December 19th, 2021

"Share in the holiday cheer with your household at Cumberland Heritage Village Museum. This season, we’ve adapted our Vintage Village of Lights as a drive-through experience. Relax and enjoy the festive scenery from your vehicle as you pass through a 1920s and 30s village illuminated by over 30,000 lights. Colourful vignettes will highlight Christmas traditions from the interwar years while an old-fashioned radio program will bring the sounds of the season to you. You may even spot Santa hard at work preparing for the big night along the way! As an added festive treat, each household will receive a goody bag to continue the celebration at home.

Complement your tour through the Vintage Village of Lights by listening to our special radio program in the style of 1920s and 30s productions."

Register ahead of time HERE!




WHERE: Ian's Christmas Park, 804 Richmond Road, Beckwith, ON, K0A 1B0

WHEN: NOW! Meet Santa from 12pm to 7pm on weekends, visit Farm Animals 10am to 5pm on weekends

"Bring the entire family and enjoy a real tradition – harvest your own fresh christmas tree and/or enjoy the adventure park. Come to the park and visit Santa’s workshop, make your way through our rope mazes, jump on a wagon ride and tour the park, cozy up to a campfire and warm up with a free hot chocolate!

Enjoy our many cross-country hiking trails. Bring your skates or toboggans to use on our rink and sliding hills (weather permitting, lit up at night). Take a trip down Candy Cane Lane and enjoy the night lights!

*NEW* Movie Night on the Big Screen! Dress warm, bring your blankets, lawn chairs, and curl up by the fire for Christmas movies under the stars!

Trees and Fees HERE!




WHERE: Thomas Tree Farm, 6421 McCordick Road, North Gower, ON, K0A 2T0

WHEN: NOW! Open Wednesday to Sunday

*wagon rides are only available during the week or on the weekend for those with mobility challenges

"Thomas Tree Farm is set on a beautiful 50-acre property just south of Ottawa, 2 miles west of North Gower. On arrival you are free to wander through our maple bush, ride the tractor-drawn hay wagon or take the horse-drawn sleigh to choose the perfect tree (available only on weekdays this year or for those with mobility challenges on the weekends).

Once you return with the tree we will be pleased to serve you hot chocolate and homemade cookies while you warm up by the fire at the sugar house."




WHERE: Wesley Clover Parks Campground, 411 Corkstown Road, Nepean, ON, K2K 8T1

WHEN: Open until January 8th, 2022

"Magic of Lights is a dazzling 2-kilometer drive-through holiday lights show featuring more than 300 spectacular displays using the latest LED technology and digital animations. Experience Magic of Lights from the comfort of your own car as you wind through the sparkling path of Ottawa’s favorite holiday tradition. One carload, one price. Magic of Lights is a great family entertainment value, and every ticket to Magic of Lights benefits The Ottawa Senators Foundation.”

Purchase tickets ahead of time HERE!




WHERE: Cedar Hill Christmas Tree Farm, 951 8th Concession South, Pakenham, ON, K0A 2X0

WHEN: Gift shop, farm, and restaurant will be open from NOW until December 24th (Monday to Thursday 10am to 6pm, Friday 10am to 8pm, Saturday and Sunday 9am to 5pm)

"Cedar Hill Christmas Tree Farm. is a great place to get into the Christmas spirit with cut-your-own and fresh cut trees. Kids love our sliding hill, straw play structure, hot dogs and hot chocolate. Our free tractor and wagon rides to the plantation make cutting a tree fun and easy.

Enjoy our relaxing country hospitality in our beautiful post and beam shop which has lots of room for visitors and a cozy stone fireplace.

We have bonfires to warm fingers and toes.

Shop ahead for your home décor, ornaments, and other items on our online store and have them ready for on farm pick up available Monday to Friday.

There will be no indoor seating this year. The restaurant will be operating as take-out only with outdoor picnic tables.

The tractor drawn wagon rides will be running with physical distancing in place. Masks are mandatory.”

ADMISSION IS FREE! Trees are $29 and up.





WHERE: Karter's Korner, 6336 Fallowfield Road, Stittsville, ON, K2S 1B8

WHEN: NOW until December 23rd, 2021

"The team behind the incredibly successful The Drive-In Experience and Deadwood Haunted Drive is back again and getting into the holiday spirit. DNA Live joyfully brings you Ottawa’s newest winter experience: Enchanted, presented by Richcraft

Enchanted, presented by Richcraft, is a holiday drive-through experience like no other. While making their way through the nostalgic Karters’ Korner’s track, attendees will experience eight holly, jolly, festive scenes for the whole family to enjoy. Enchanted will have no shortage of spectacular special effects, innovative lighting, and fantastical production, but, unlike most other experiences, it will also largely focus on scenery and interaction. With live actors (including Santa), fully built scenes, a mailbox for letters to Santa, and a sense of wonder like no other, Enchanted is set to bring a new level of magic to Ottawa this holiday season."

Purchase tickets ahead of time HERE!


IllumiNATION - A Celebration of the winter solstice


WHERE: from the comfort of your home!

WHEN: December 21st, 2021 at 8pm to January 7th, 2022 at midnight

"Let yourself be dazzled by IllumiNATION! The virtual show takes you on a magical cross-Canada journey that will amaze young and old alike.

Join us wherever you are as we discover talented Canadians sharing their light upon this special holiday season.

In the company of Gregory Charles, admire numerous artistic performances as we travel to Ottawa, Montréal, Toronto, Halifax, Moncton, Calgary, Vancouver, Yellowknife and Old Crow, Yukon. Let's discover the most beautiful lights in Canada!"  



This is a street in Orleans that goes light-crazy every year, and people drive from all over to catch a glimpse. It's bright and fun, and the kids love it! Simply put "Taffy Lane, Orleans" into your GPS and drive!


RiverOak Winter Trails


WHERE: RiverOak - Nature’s Playground, 2900 York's Corners Road, Ottawa, Ontario, K0A 2P0

WHEN: For a full list of hours and dates, click HERE!

“Looking for a fun adventure and activity to do with the family or a great date idea?  

Come enjoy the great outdoors at RiverOak and experience the best winter has to offer by exploring our orchards, meadows and forests. From skating to snowshoeing and hiking, RiverOak is nature's playground. Our trails are located in the beautiful countryside just 30 minutes from downtown Ottawa, Orleans & Barrhaven. 

Bring your hockey and ringette sticks, pucks and rings to play around on some of our outdoor rinks.​ 

The skating trails are partially lit. Bring a headlamp for after dark skating. There are no lights along the snowshoe and hiking trails.”

Purchase tickets HERE!


Patinage en Forêt


WHERE: Patinage en Forêt, 9 Montée Beausoleil, Lac-des-Loups, Québec

WHEN: For hours and pricing click HERE

“Discover the enchanting site of Skating in the forest, adjacent to the vast Gatineau Park, 45 minutes from Ottawa. Enjoy the unique experience of skating on a 3 km nature trail. In a magnificent open-air landscape, sheltered from the wind. Imagine the trees laden with freshly fallen snow, it’s magical.”


Countryside Adventures


WHERE: Countryside Adventures, 16495 Sixth Road, Moose Creek

WHEN: For details about dates and times, click HERE

“Countryside Adventures is a family-owned and operated destination for outdoor  activities and excitement. Take a journey through the forest while you explore our 3km skating trail or snowshoe trail. Each trail is always perfectly maintained, sheltered from the wind and filled with beautiful scenery. Stick around to visit the petting zoo, relax by the bonfire, and enjoy a treat from the food truck.

Located just 30 minutes from Cornwall, 45 minutes from Ottawa and 90 minutes from Montreal, Countryside Adventures is the perfect day trip for families, groups, couples and individuals who love to be active in nature. Dogs and strollers are welcome!”

For pricing and tickets click HERE!


The Gladstone Theatre

A Christmas Carol: Solo


WHERE: The Gladstone Theatre, 910 Gladstone Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, K1R 6Y4

WHEN: NOW until December 18th, 2021 (Tuesday to Friday 8:30pm, Saturday and Sunday 3:30pm)

“Charles Dickens’ classic Christmas tale of transformation and hope brought to life by one of Canada’s finest solo performers, Pierre Brault.  All the characters you have grown to love: Marley, the Cratchit Family, the Ghosts of Christmas, and of course, Ebenezer Scrooge himself, all lovingly rendered by Brault, through Dickens’ own text. Come join us for a live, in-person performance.”

Buy tickets HERE


Dylan Thomas’s A Child’s Christmas in Wales


WHERE: The Gladstone Theatre, 910 Gladstone Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, K1R 6Y4

WHEN: NOW until December 18th, 2021 (Tuesday to Friday 7:00pm, Saturday and Sunday 2:00pm)

“Holiday time: so many traditions! So much joy in such a difficult time, as we gather to share an hour.

Dylan Thomas transports us to a snow-blanketed town—the seaside Welsh town where he was born. Bear&Co. brings his rough-and-tumble characters to life, shares their own memories, and sends your spirits soaring with midwinter harmonies.

Join us for candle-lighting and stories, and a sweet carol hum.

Whether your December is never complete without hearing this story, or whether this will be your first experience of Thomas’s lyrical classic, this is for you.

Come share a warm hug of a show. And build your Christmas memories all over again.”

Buy tickets HERE!

See both shows and buy the package HERE!



Santa’s In Town at Bayshore Shopping Centre


WHERE: Bayshore Shopping Centre, 100 Bayshore Drive, Ottawa, Ontario, K2B 8C1

WHEN: NOW until December 20th, 2020

"A magical outdoor, socially distanced, holiday encounter with Santa Claus. Book your experience with a $10 donation to Ottawa Food Bank and receive a high-resolution photo as well as a 360° digital photo with Santa Claus posing alongside his charming Christmas cabin."


Santa is Back at Orleans Mall


WHERE: Place d'Orléans Shopping Centre, Place d'Orléans Dr, Orléans, Ontario, K1C 2L9

WHEN: NOW until December 24th, 2021

"We are excited to announce that Santa is back at Place d'Orleans!  

Everyone who is 2 years and older has to wear a mask during their visit with Santa (as per the Ontario Mask Mandate), including for the photos unless someone has a reason to be exempt from wearing a mask. Santa will also be wearing a mask throughout the duration of the visit.

For the complete schedule of when Santa is in the mall click HERE.

You have to prebook online. It is completely free to book and you will only have to pay for the photos you want at the end (click here for the photo package prices). To prevent long lineups and crowding, walk-ups won't be allowed this year. 

The bookings are done in 5-minute intervals, this includes enough time for your children to tell Santa what they want, and give the photographer plenty of time to get all those magical moments! The kids won't be allowed to sit on the seat with Santa and will be seated on a bench 2m in front of Santa. 

After the photos are done being taken you will be directed to the photo viewing area, where you can choose to purchase photos and select the photos that you wish to purchase. The photos you select will be emailed to you, unless you selected print-off add ons, those will be provided to you on the spot. The accepted forms of payment are: cash, debit, and credit (Mastercard, Visa, and Amex). 

We know things are being done a little differently this year than in previous years and we would like to thank you for your understanding. We want to ensure you have a magical visit, so if you have any questions don't hesitate to reach out by either calling our Guest Services team at 613-824-9050 or by sending us a message on our Facebook Page.


Santa Claus & Spooky Santa-Friendly Experience at Carlingwood Mall


WHERE: Carlingwood Mall, 2121 Carling Ave, Ottawa, Ontario, K2A 1H2

WHEN: NOW until December 24th, 2020 (Saturdays 11am to 7pm,  Sundays 11am to 5pm)

Sunday morning from 9:30AM -10:30AM, Santa dedicates time to visit in a distraction-free, sensory friendly environment for those who require a quieter experience. Santa has pet-friendly dates for furry family members on Mondays too!

"Make sure to bring your letters so he won’t forget your wish list! 

Since Santa wants to hear everyone’s wish this Christmas, visiting with Santa is free of charge. Santa’s elves will catch your visit on camera, in hopes that you’ll want to keep this memory and share it with others close to you this holiday season. Santa’s elves are happy to show you how your pictures turned out and offer great packages that capture the moment!

What’s This? What’s This? You can now visit with our Spooky Santa on Tuesday and Thursday evenings! A truly unique Christmas experience, just with a macabre makeover!

This year’s visits are booked by appointment and all Covid protocols will be followed. Walk-in appointments are welcomed, although only while space is available." 


Visit With Santa at Hazeldean Mall


WHERE: Hazeldean Mall at Entrance #1 (in the former location of The Source)

WHEN: NOW until December 24th, 2020 (see website for date and time details)

“Santa is back at Hazeldean Mall! Pre-book and pay for either a 5 minute visit with Santa for 1 to 3 people or a longer 10 minute visit for 1 to 8 people and your high-quality pictures will be delivered right to your inbox within 24 hours! Be sure to check out the full list of dates and times on the website. Mondays are pet-friendly (cats and dogs), Mr. and Mrs. Claus both will be visit with children for select days, and you can advise Santa via your booking if you or someone accompanying you requires a quieter experience.” 


Santa and Mean Green Santa at Billings Bridge Mall


WHERE: Hazeldean Mall, 300 Eagleson Rd, Kanata, Ontario, K2M 1C9 (Entrance #5 to the right at the bottom of the escalator)

WHEN: NOW until December 24th, 2020

"Visit Santa Claus and Mean Green Santa at Billings Bridge again this year! Santa Sylvain is bilingual AND can yodel (but only if you ask him!). Pre-book and pay for either a 5 minute visit with Santa for 1 to 3 people or a longer 10 minute visit for 1 to 8 people and your high-quality pictures will be delivered right to your inbox within 24 hours! Be sure to check out the full list of dates and times on the website. Mondays are pet-friendly (cats and dogs), Mr. and Mrs. Claus both will be visit with children for select days, and you can advise Santa via your booking if you or someone accompanying you requires a quieter experience."


Santa is Back at the Rideau Centre!


WHERE: Rideau Centre, 50 Rideau St, Ottawa, Ontario, K1N 9J7 (Level 3, Simons Court)

WHEN: NOW until December 24th, 2021

"It's the most wonderful time of the year!  Enjoy a magical and safe visit with Santa and capture the moment with a professional keepsake photo package from Cherry Hill.

To  keep everyone safe, visits with Santa are by reservation only and a $5 fee will apply to each booking. All booking fees will be donated to Youth Services Bureau and CF will be matching your donation!

We have enhanced safety measures including mandatory masks to ensure your visit with us is safe and comfortable. Please see our detailed safety measures HERE for more information. 

Space is limited, so be sure to reserve your spot now!"


Virtual Story Time With Santa!


Experience the magic of the holiday season by tuning into FREE Storytime with Santa. 

For only two magical nights on Dec 4 & 18, enjoy memorable moments as Santa reads his favourite holiday stories all the way from the North Pole!  

Guests will also have the opportunity to interact live with Santa by participating in various festive activities, meeting our exclusive special guest appearances by ice hockey Olympians Marie-Philip Poulin and Natalie Spooner, and sharing their wish lists in live chat! – all from the comfort of their homes.

This is a FREE Facebook Live event. We will not require any payment from you or ask for your credit card at any time. This experience is within the Facebook Live event within this Facebook page.  You will not be taken off this Facebook page to participate.

Be sure to mark it in your calendar and Meet you there!


Santa Claus is at Tanger Outlets!


WHERE: Tanger Outlets, 8555 Campeau Dr, Ottawa, Ontario, K2T 0K5 (at the grassy area between GUESS and Marshall’s)

WHEN: December 11th and 18th from 12pm to 4pm

Tanger Outlets has partnered with Red Dog Digital to offer fun, Covid safe Santa photos for the first time ever, at Tanger Ottawa! For only $25, you get to join Santa in the back of this beautiful red vintage truck. $5 from each photo package will be donated to The Ottawa Food Bank! Help us give back to the community this holiday season. 

Photos will be first come, first serve. No reservations. Photos will be taken in the grassy area between GUESS and Marshall’s. All photos will be offered digitally only. Santa is bilingual!


From our team to you and your family, have a happy holiday season! Did we miss something that you think should be included in this list? Send us a message and we will happily add it in!


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