12 Dec 5 Holiday Outing Ideas that Your Family Will Love
Ottawa is always teeming with all sorts of fun, holiday-related events and activities that the whole family can enjoy this season! Explore the city while making new memories that’ll last a lifetime with these holiday outing ideas that your family will love.
Go Skating Near Parliament Hill
There’s no better way to embrace the holiday season as a Canadian than lacing up on the rink with the bright lights of Parliament Hill shining in the background. Open until February of this year, you can bring the whole family down for a day of fun on the ice and then finish the evening off with some Beavertails and hot chocolate.
Enjoy Christmas Lights Across Canada
The contrast of twinkling Christmas lights against the cold, dark evenings in Ottawa makes for an eye-catching display that’ll make you feel warm and fuzzy. So once you’re done skating, stay a while to take in the beautiful light show that gets projected across the Centre Block and Peace Tower from 5pm to 11pm each evening. It’s the perfect way to end the day off.
Browse Through the Christmas Markets
You can find an array of farmer’s market that are ideal for snagging some last minute items while soaking in all the magical feels of the holiday season. Whether you want to explore the Byward or stay cozy indoors at Lansdowne Park, you’ll find plenty of vendors offering unique items to browse through, shop, or pick up fresh produce for your holiday feast. There are also trendy restaurants to enjoy a nice holiday meal together. It’s always fun to spend time browsing through quaint Christmas markets with the family.
Take a Trip to Heritage Park
Although it’s about an hour from the city centre, seeing the magical winter wonderland of Heritage Park is always well worth it. Here you’ll find everything that sums up the magic of Christmas — a mesmerizing display of lights, sleigh rides, quaint snow-covered buildings and treetops, a train that you and family can ride on, and an on-site bakery where you can dig into some homemade treats and comfort food.
If your kids are looking for a little thrill and excitement, take them out for a day of good old-fashioned tobogganing. To find some hills near you, check out this list of the best sledding hills throughout the city.
Have some fun and create new memories with any of these holiday outing ideas that your family will love this holiday season.