Holiday Activities in Ottawa for Kids Under 5

Toddler in Winter

December is a busy time of year and in between all of the hustle and bustle of the season, it can be an overwhelming time for the littlest members of our families. As the days tick by, we know many of you are trying to find special activities to do together as a family and make your own new traditions while still considering nap times and bedtime routines.

That’s why we’ve rounded up some festive fun to do with your wee ones so that you can enjoy the season, create special memories, and ensure they are nestled all snug in their beds at an early bedtime.

The Log Farm

The Log Farm

On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays leading up to Christmas, The Log Farm has special activities for families to enjoy like wagon ride, bonfires, and more for a $6 admission fee. There’s also a Christmas market where you can find homemade goodies and gifts, wreaths and even Christmas trees. The Log Farm is only open between 10 am and 3 pm on Saturdays and Sundays (and from 9 am until 9 pm on Fridays) so you know you’ll have the little ones home in time for dinner and bed.

Activities at the Library

Your local Ottawa Public Library branch may have various holiday activities for toddlers and preschoolers coming up, or you can find one on the website that’s within the city. For example, a few different branches are hosting a holiday puppet show based on the story of How The Grinch Stole Christmas (for ages 3-7), and other branches have special holiday craft activities on select dates where you can spend time together crafting as a family (and taking home what you make). Visit the Ottawa Public Library website to find the activity you are most interested in. A visit to the library for some holiday-themed books is always worth the trip.

Get Your Christmas Tree

Finding the perfect tree (and then spending time decorating it) is sure to fill family members of all ages with holiday spirit. We’ve previously shared with your some of our favourite places to score your Christmas tree, but some of them also include events and activities on site so you can make the entire experience memorable (and not like something out of a Griswold family vacation journal).

Have Breakfast with Santa

If you are looking for an opportunity to meet Santa (and snap a photo), plus looking for an activity that you know your toddler or preschooler will love, look no further than the annual Breakfast with Santa event this Sunday, December 9th at the Old Ottawa South Firehall. This beloved community event returns to welcome children between 10:30 and 12:30 for a free pancake breakfast (for the first 150 people) along with cookie decorating, craft time and of course a meet and greet with Santa himself. A donation for the Food Bank is requested.

Illuminate their Senses

If your little ones can stay up just long enough for the sun to set (and that seems to be early this time of year!) then we recommend taking them to explore one of the many locations across Ottawa where they can see Christmas lights. We have a list of places to best see holiday lights, but sometimes, the most memorable way is to simply drive around your neighbourhood together and everyone can pick out their favourite, most well-lit house.


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