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5 Ottawa Neighbourhoods that Light Up Come Christmas

Last updated on May 11th, 2021 at 12:56 pm

5 Ottawa Neighbourhoods that Light Up Come Christmas


Kick off the festive season this year by touring around some of the best Ottawa neighbourhoods that light up come Christmas. We’ve rounded up the top five for you to explore this holiday season that are guaranteed to get you and the family into the holiday spirit.


It’s hard to believe that Christmas is so soon! To make the most of it, be sure to add Nepean to your list of neighbourhoods to visit. Aside from the glowing Christmas decorations throughout the area, you can also pay a visit to the Nepean Museum which hosts a Christmas celebration every year with an assortment of tasty treats and family-friendly crafts.


Head to Orleans to experience the magic of Taffy Lane. Each year, this becomes one of the most elaborate and brightest displays in the city. With such a concentrated cluster of lights and decorations to behold, it’s always a family favourite to enjoy, especially if you have young kids. You can pick up your favourite junk food, grab the kids, blast the heat in the car and, make it an outing to enjoy together.


On December 2nd, bring the family to the historic Watson’s Mill in Manotick to sing along to Christmas carols at sunset with The Manotick Brass Ensemble. There’s no better way to spread Christmas cheer than by belting out your favourite classic songs while creating new memories with those you love.


Feast your eyes on the annual Parade of Lights that kicks off on December 1st along Stittsville Main Street. Being such a community favourite each holiday season, the parade attracts thousands of spectators to watch dozens of decorated floats wind their way along, which the arrival of Santa at the end. After the parade is complete, head over to catch the lighting ceremony of Village Square Park.


You can also cozy up inside to explore the Craft Studio Sale & Christmas Bazaar this year! This family-favourite has something for everyone, including handmade crafts, books, baking, new fashions and treasures and even Santa Claus himself! You can enjoy lunch here, as well as some sweet treats from their new Hot Chocolate Bar. Admission and parking are free!

When you’re ready to explore the neighbourhoods of Ottawa during the Christmas, be sure to add these ones to your list!