2020 Holiday Events in Ottawa (That Require Tickets)

holiday events in Ottawa

We know many families are excited to turn their attention to the holiday season (we need some joy around here, so why not?) Even though we know our celebrations will be different this year, that doesn’t mean we can’t get into the festive spirit across the city thanks to many special events that will be happening.

Yuletide activities are already being planned in Ottawa, but to honour the provincial and local requirements for pandemic safety, and in the best interest of patrons, most events are requiring tickets to be purchased in advance with limited availability. This removes some of the holiday spontaneity that families usually afford themselves (especially during winter in Ottawa), however, we feel fortunate to have so many thoughtful seasonal events being planned that we can enjoy outdoors, at a distance, and safely.

Bookmark the following events and grab tickets as they become available. Your calendar will still be merry and bright, it just takes a bit more planning this year.

Saunders Farm

For the first time in a long time, Saunders Farm has created a Christmas experience for farm fans. During the daytime, enjoy their outdoor market and Christmas tree farm. In the evening, book your tickets for a specific day and time to enjoy their drive through sound and light show. Tickets are available for November 28 through December 31 and are priced per vehicle.

Magic of Lights

Magic of Lights at Wesley Clover Parks is returning to the delight of many in this city. This drive-thru light display will take place from November 13 until January 3, seven days a week. Online tickets ($22 per standard vehicle) are available for advance purchase and will save you money. If you don’t want to commit in advance to see what Jack Frost has planned for the winter, tickets will still be sold at the gate ($30-$35).

The Log Farm

Where can you get your Christmas tree, grab some market items, and see animals, while wandering around enjoying nature? At The Log Farm! A limited number of tickets are now available on select days. For their Christmas at the Farm festivities. Gather with your family around the bonfire, listen to holiday music, drop off your letters to Santa at his workshop, and make friends with the farm animals. Kids will also love the interactive centres and hay bails to climb.

Stanley’s Farm

A holly jolly good time awaits at Stanley’s Farm Christmas village. This one-hour event features a wagon ride to the Christmas Village, a socially-distant visit with Santa, hot chocolate, and a bonfire. It’s important to note there are some restrictions (how many people are required for each wagon ride and so on but you can find details on their website), and tickets must be booked online for a specific date and time in advance. The entire event is outside, so dress for the weather!

Vintage Village of Lights

We are happy to see the return of the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum’s Vintage Village of Lights. This popular annual event has been turned into a drive-thru experience. Tickets are available online (per vehicle) and includes a gingerbread decorating kit. Read more about how to enjoy this event on select days between November 25 and December 23.

We are still waiting to hear about…

Upper Canada Village’s Alight at Night is a popular destination for many families during the holiday season. The historic village is lit up with millions of brightly coloured lights that will inspire the feelings of the season as you walk outside to explore the village. No specific dates and ticket information is available just yet.




1 Comment

  1. ajb on December 17, 2020 at 9:54 pm

    alight the night at upper canada village is ON, but already SOLD OUT… saw it this evening with my 7 and 12yo girls. it was truly magincal! mark calendars for next year!

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