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Ottawa Event Calendar

27SEP

Haunting Season

September 27 – November 2, 2014

 

6NOV

Ottawa Wine and Food Festival

November 7 - 9, 2014

 
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2014-2015Ottawa Visitor Guide

View our Ottawa Visitor Guide online to plan your stay in Canada’s Capital region.

2014-2015 Ottawa Visitor Guide
 

Ottawa 2017

Christmas Lights Across Canada Dec 3, 2014 – Jan 7, 2015

Ottawa sparkles and shines during the Christmas season. From early December to early January, thousands of colourful lights illuminate the National Capital Region’s winter landscape. The radiant event, which began nearly three decades ago, became such a hit that cities across Canada now participate in what’s become a national tradition.

 

Fast Facts

  • 300,000 dazzling Christmas lights glow throughout downtown Ottawa.
  • Parliament Hill is a must-see stop on any tour of the lights, with tens of thousands of bulbs lighting its historic buildings.
  • The switch is flipped at an official illumination ceremony open to the public that includes carols and on-site performances.
  • The program was launched in1985 as a way to liven up the darkest of winter days.
  • The program extends from the Capital to all provincial and territorial capitals in the country.
  • Many visitors schedule holiday shopping trips to Ottawa in time to see the lights.

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