Although the weather outside is frightful, being in Ottawa is so delightful with plenty of activity to keep you warm, like no other city you know. Bring on the snow!
2017 Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings
December 2nd to 10th
Taking place at the Canadian Tire Centre, this week-long event will feature 9 men’s and 9 women’s teams battling for the right to represent Canada at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. Tickets start at just $20 and full weekend passes are also available.
Canada 150 Family Skating Rink on Parliament Hill
December 7th to 31st
For the first time ever, a family skating rink will be installed in front of Parliament Hill! This free to access rink will play host to a variety of winter activities, minor hockey clinics and games, and other ice sport demonstrations. Canada 150 Skating Day is December 10th, so head downtown for a skate! After a few laps on this historic rink, check the canal conditions and continue the day along the World’s Largest Skating Rink.
2017 Scotiabank NHL100 Classic™ – outdoor hockey game
“The tension grows, the whistle blows, and the puck goes down the ice.” The Ottawa Senators play the Montréal Canadiens in an outdoor rink at TD Place at Lansdowne. The outdoor game will honour several 2017 milestones including Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation, the 125th anniversary of the Stanley Cup, the 100th anniversary of the NHL, and the 25th anniversary of the modern Ottawa Senators. Seats are limited and this event is a must for the avid hockey fan!
Christmas Lights Across Canada
December 7th to January 7th
Bask in the glow of hundreds of thousands of dazzling lights on Parliament Hill on December 7th at 7pm, as this 33rd edition of Christmas Lights across Canada kicks off. The annual opening ceremony will feature free BeaverTails and hot chocolate—while supplies last—live musical performances and colourful pyrotechnics. Nightly, Parliament’s Centre Block will be wrapped in the Winter Lightscapes multimedia show.
New Year’s Eve on Parliament Hill
Closeout 2017 on Parliament Hill surrounded by over a 1,000 revellers there to enjoy an astonishing display of bursts of colour and light around the historic buildings on the Hill. Line-up details to come.
Rick Chiarelli’s Annual Alcohol-Free Family New Year’s Eve
December 31st, 6pm to 10:00pm
For fun with a younger crowd, City Councillor Rick Chiarelli (College Ward) hosts an alcohol-free event at Ben Franklin Place (101 Centrepointe Drive) in Ottawa’s West End. This year’s family-friendly activities include skating, face painting, games, and sleigh rides. The theme for this year is Comic Strips and Cartoon Bits and kids and parents are encouraged to dress up and have fun. Fireworks begin at 10pm for an early kid-friendly New Year’s Eve.
December 31st, 6pm to midnight
The 6th Annual Hogman-eh! festival is back in the Aberdeen Pavilion at Lansdowne Place to ring in the New Year! Hogman-eh! is the Scottish New Year’s celebration that started the tradition of singing Auld Lang Syne. Hogman-eh! reaches back to the Norse winter solstice and the Scottish Society of Ottawa brings the traditions of Scotland to Ottawa. Enjoy a Scotch tasting bar, Highland and Scottish dancing, children’s activities, a Scottish New Year countdown (7:00pm) for the kiddies, capped off with singing Auld Lang Syne and fireworks at midnight
February 2nd to 19th
Ottawa’s most celebrated annual winter tradition is Winterlude/Bal de Neige which fills three fun-filled weekends in February. Some events this year include Winterlude Kick-Off party, 38th Annual Accora Village Bed Race, Ice Dragon Boat Festival, beautiful ice sculptures, live music, and a lively outdoor dance party. Most of the events will take place along the Rideau Canal, in Confederation Park, Jacques Cartier Park (Gatineau), and at Dow’s Lake.
The Ottawa Irish Festival
March 9th to 18th
The Irish Society of the National Capital Region is hosting its annual Irish Festival to promote Irish-Canadian heritage and culture. Events include the 35th Annual St. Patrick’s Parade and Party, author days, step-dancing, fiddlers, mass, and a St. Patrick’s Day dinner and Ceili Dance. Visit their website for more information on event dates and locations.
Primecorp Property Management wishes all our residents a safe and happy winter season. It may be cold outside, but Ottawa always offers a warm welcome. Share your photos of your winter experiences on our Facebook page or tweet us @PrimecorpPM.