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5 Ottawa Activities To Do With Your Kids Over Christmas Break

Last updated on July 5th, 2021 at 11:14 am


Are you always scrambling to find things to do when the kids are out of school during Christmas break? Let us help you plan this year’s holiday break in advance. Here are 5 Ottawa activities to do with your kids this year.

Participate in An Organized Christmas Activity

There is a multitude of activities for kids of all ages happening over the Christmas break this year. One event not to miss is How the Grinch Spied Christmas, an exciting interactive activity for kids aged 5-12 inside the Diefenbunker. Throughout the day, your kids will learn how to spy just like the Grinch, create who-crafts, and hunt for clues all over the bunker before settling down for a screening of the movie with some hot cocoa. Happening Saturdays and Sundays between December 8th and 22nd.

Visit a Winter Wonderland

The closer to Christmas we get, the more festive the city becomes as numerous spaces around Ottawa transform into an actual winter wonderland. You can find massive snow sculptures at Dow’s Lake, a variety of Christmas markets to explore, and spectacular light shows to get you into the spirit. There’s even a 2-kilometer drive-through light display at Wesley Clover Parks that can be explored all within the comfort of your heated vehicle. Coined the Magic of Lights, this enchanting light display also features eye-catching animations and all your kids’ favourite holiday characters.  Happening between Nov 21 and Jan 4.

Play on a Christmas Playground

You can play as a whole family at the Christmas Glow Gardens this season. This massive Christmas spectacle takes over the EY Centre throughout December to create a magical experience for families. Your family can run around and have fun at the Christmas playground, Magic Castle, as well as the Light Garden. There’s also an onsite holiday vendors market, interactive activities, and the Glow-comotive train. Tired parents can even take a few breaks at the licensed bar with a seasonal drink or two while listening to some live music.  

Go Sledding

Ready to hit the biggest toboggan hills around? Head to one of the city’s go-to hills – Bruce Pit in Nepean, the Walter Baker Park in Kanata, or Mooney’s Bay Park – for hours of fun for everyone. If you’re looking to go the extra mile, there are plenty of tubing hills nearby. Most notably, Mount Pakenham is just west of Ottawa, and Sommet Edelweiss in Quebec has a range of runs for tubing within 40 minutes from home.

Try Skating the Rideau Canal

Ottawa is home to the largest natural frozen skating rink in the world that covers more ground than 100 professional hockey rinks combined. And from early January to late February you can take the kids for a fun-filled day of skating throughout the city. Even if you don’t have your own pair of skates, you can rent them at Capital Skates or the Dow’s Lake Pavilion. They have all the equipment you need for a fun-filled day of gliding (and falling)!

For more tips about what to do around the city, check out the Geoff & Bobbie McGowan Team blog. Our realtor team lives and works here in Ottawa and can help you buy or sell your next home. Contact us today!