Seasonal Affairs


Too busy to track down the best family events this festive month? We’ve got you covered. Here are our picks in the lead-up to the holidays, as well as during the school break.
As the Holidays Approach…
If you missed the big Help Santa Toy Parade downtown, fear not—there are smaller parades to be seen, just a bit outside the city. For your three year-old who just needs to check ‘went to Christmas parade’ off her list, these are fun and much easier to navigate than the big downtown parade. Check out the Richmond and Constance Bay parades December 4, Carp on December 11 and the Metcalfe Parade on December 12.

Looking for a way to give back that involves the little ones? Consider the Santa Shuffle Fun Run & Elf Walk on December 4, which raises money for the Salvation Army. The Fun Run is 5K, the Elf Walk a very manageable 1K.

Santa fans won’t want to miss the Ottawa Mayor’s Annual Christmas Party at Aberdeen Pavilion in Lansdowne Park on the afternoon of December 11. Not only do your kids get to visit with Santa, but there will be crafts in Santa’s workshop, a visit to Mrs. Claus’ Candy Shoppe, face painting, live music and entertainment. Admission is free, but organizers request a donation to the Ottawa Food Bank. Kids 11 years and under get there free when accompanied by an adult on OC Transpo.


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