Now that winter in officially here, a wide range of heartwarming festivals and celebrations get underway in the National Capital Region. Many are in close to proximity to the apartment and home rental units professionally managed by Primecorp Property Management in Ottawa and the surrounding area. We actively encourage our tenants to take full advantage of the festive opportunities offered in the capital, commencing as we enter the Holiday Season, and continuing throughout the winter months. The following is list of some of the most noteworthy winter events, occurring in the Ottawa area as 2019 winds down and we welcome a brand new decade with New Year’s 2020!
Christmas Lights Across Canada
December through January 7th
Bask in the glow of hundreds of thousands of dazzling lights on Parliament Hill and Confederation Boulevard, Canada’s ceremonial route around the heart of the National Capital Region, particularly the National War Memorial, the Garden of Provinces and Territories and the view from Alexandra Bridge.
Parliament’s Centre Block will be wrapped in a family-friendly, multimedia show following the journey of Grizzly, Fox and Snowman on their quest for light through imaginary landscapes. Show runs nightly from 5:30pm to 11pm.
The Bell Capital Cup
December 28th to January 1st.
In a celebration of Junior Hockey excellence, at the Canadian Tire Centre, watch teams from 11 different countries compete at the highest levels of Pee Wee and Atom to warm the hearts of parents and fans alike!
Alight At Night
December through to January 4th
Looking for the perfect outdoor festive setting to take you back in time? Look no further, Alight at Night offers a picturesque setting at historic Upper Canada village, with horse-drawn wagon rides, a life-sized toy train for the kids, freshly baked goods from the village bakery, licensed restaurants and a whole lot more fun for the entire family!
New Year’s Eve in The Capital
Closeout 2019 with your choice of a variety of events and venues to welcome the start of a new decade! In addition to the Christmas lights and multi-media show on Parliament Hill, celebrations will be held at the National Arts Centre, featuring a four-course dinner and dancing into the evening with DJ music ranging from modern to Big Band; two scheduled events at the Chateau Laurier; the annual NYE party at the Ottawa Marriot; as well as a variety of New Year’s Eve celebrations throughout the Byward Market!
New Year’s Eve Family Fun at Ben Franklin Place
December 31st 6pm to 10:30pm
A more family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration will be held at 101 Centrepointe Drive, in Nepean, featuring a family skate, a talent show, a costume contest, facepainting, games, sleigh rides, a bouncy castle and fireworks at 10pm!
December 31st, 6pm to midnight
The 8th Annual Hogman-eh! festival is back in the Aberdeen Pavilion at Lansdowne Park 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. There will be a KidsZone to keep the little ones happy and a full lineup of of live entertainment acts including: The Next Generation Leahy; The Mudmen; Clan Daestyn; East Coast Experience; Caledonia Pipes and Drums and the Ottawa Highland Dance Association.
Ottawa Winter Jazz Fest – Arts Court Ottawa
January 30th to February 1st.
For all you jazz lovers out there, be sure to mark this one down on your calendar. This year’s stellar lineup of performers includes: Mats Gustafsson; Clarise Jensen; The Lawrence Lewis Band; Colin Stetson and many more… you won’t want to miss it!
January 31st to February 17th
Ottawa’s most celebrated annual winter tradition is Winterlude, or Bal de Neige, which runs for three weeks in early 2020. The festival will include events and attractions for all ages and interests, to name a few: Stories from the North at Landsdowne Park; Geometric Crystalline, a show of sound and light at the underpass on Rideau and Colonel By Dr; Introduction to Downhill Skiing and Snowboarding at Jacques-Cartier Park; Snow Sculptures and Snowflake Kingdom at Jacques-Cartier Park; Winterlude International Ice Carving Competition from January 31 to February 17, on Sparks Street; the 29th Annual Stew Cook-Off in the Byward Market and of course skating on the Rideau Canal (the world’s largest outdoor skating rink) and so, so much more!
Ottawa Irish Festival
March 8th to 18th
The Irish Society of the National Capital Region is hosting its annual Irish Festival to promote Irish-Canadian heritage and culture, with a parade in Ottawa on March 10th, and a week of of activities and celebrations leading up to St. Patrick’s day on March 17th.
Primecorp Property Management wishes all our residents, staff and landlords a safe and happy winter season. It might be very cold outside at times, but Ottawa always offers a warm and friendly welcome! Share your photos of your winter experiences on our Facebook page or tweet us @PrimecorpPM.