A guide to December in Ottawa
- Ottawa Travel Guide
- Monday, 24 September 2012 16:10
Whether celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or anything in between, the holiday season in Ottawa is a wonderful time of the year for everyone. From tree lighting ceremonies and parades to theatrical performances and bazaars, the Canadian capital lights up and the freshly fallen snow glows, giving those who travel to Ontario a once-a-year treat. Anyone staying at Ottawa accommodations this December should mark their calendars for a holiday season filled with things the whole family can do.
Handel's Messiah at the National Arts Centre
Paul Goodwin will conduct this year's rendition of Handel's Messiah at the National Arts Centre, which is the quintessential Christmas tradition. Just about everyone knows the finale song, "Hallelujah," and as the choir sings out with jubilation, visitors may feel compelled to join in the chorus. There will be two performances this year, December 18 and 19 at 7 p.m., and both shows will likely give attendees goosebumps from the sheer beauty of Handel's timeless piece.
Breakfast with Santa Claus
Everyone remembers when they used to think Santa Claus was real, so why not share that same joy with the entire family? The Royal Canadian Legion will host Breakfast with Santa during the first weekend of December, and kids of all ages will have the chance to eat a delicious breakfast before taking a horse-drawn wagon ride to meet Kris Kringle himself.
Sleigh rides in Ottawa
There's nothing quite like the winter's first snowfall, when the white powder seems to absorb all the city's sounds and Ottawa transforms into a magical wonderland. With a few more centimetres, visitors who travel through Canada will have ample opportunities to take sleigh rides no matter where they are in the Great White North. In the capital, a number of farms and stables offer sleigh rides for visitors and residents who want to take a one-of-a-kind tour of the beautiful scenery.
Celebrate Kwanzaa at the Canadian Museum of Civilization
While Christmas is certainly a popular holiday to celebrate during the month of December, Kwanzaa also allows people of all religions and creeds to partake in a cultural event. At the Canadian Museum of Civilization, visitors can learn about the unique holiday, which promotes family values and diversity, as well as get to know the strong communities throughout Ottawa and outlying neighbourhoods.