Christmas Tree Lighting

It’s back! Don’t miss the annual lighting of the majestic, Lansdowne Christmas Tree.

Ottawa/Gatineau residents and visitors to the region are invited to attend and officially launch the holiday season with local celebrities, REDBLACKS’ mascot Big Joe Ho Ho and his friend Riley Raccoon.

No Registration Required.

  • Nov 26 | 6:00 p.m.
Silent Night Disco

The night will only be silent to the Glebe neighbourhood and Bylaw but for you, your night will be filled with jamming tunes and sick beats.

Cut a rug under the Ottawa Christmas Market’s starry canopy of lights!

  • Dec 4 | 10:00 p.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Advent Calendar

The spirit of giving is a big part of the Ottawa Christmas Market.

Starting Dec 1, we will be giving away a gift every day until Dec 24 via our Twitter page @ottawaxmasmkt.

Like, retweet and tag a friend who you would share the gift with! Must be following the accounts listed. Winners will be selected at the end of each day and emailed with instructions on how to pick up your prize.

  • Dec 1 – 24
SHA-BLAM Holiday Silent Disco in support of Ottawa Pride

You are invited to step up and sparkle, shine and shimmy your way to our holiday themed outdoor dance floor which will be #LIT and #HOT!!!

Werk, twerk, dance away the night to the freshest club beats which will playing in your headset, courtesy of our live DJ’s!!! Silent Discos are #EVERYTHING

Register and sign up for free now! Limited space for a gagging good time!!

All of our fabulous guests will receive a NEON holiday gift pack,

of light up accessories. You deserve to shine & illuminate the dance floor!!

  • Dec 17 | 10:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Breakfast with Santa at OCM 2021
Breakfast with Santa presented by Modern Niagara

Start the day off right and help Santa fuel up before his long journey on December 24 at the Horticulture Building by having breakfast with Santa!

All proceeds support the OSEG Foundation and provide opportunities for children and youth to play, learn and develop through sports.

Child Ticket $10

Adult Ticket $20

Family Ticket $50 (2 adult and 2 child tickets)

Jingle Bell Sponsor: Terlin Construction

  • Dec 18th | 8:30 a.m. -10:00 a.m.
    Dec 18th | 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

The Sweater

Snowtime! 

Christmas Movies

The Canadian Film Institute will showcase two videos during the Ottawa Christmas Market.

No registration required. Check out these great films in the warmth of the Horticulture Building.

  • Dec 20
    11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | The Sweater EN & FR
    1:00 p.m. | Snowtime! 84 min.
    3:00 p.m. | La Guerre des Tuques 84 min.
    4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. | The Sweater EN & FR

Easy 1-2-3 s with Lee-Ann Lacroix

Joy – Festive Snow Globe & Love – Decorative Books

Peace – Christmas Candles & Hope – Winter Scene

Ottawa Christmas Market Holiday Online Workshops  With Lee-Ann Lacroix


The Ottawa Christmas Market invites you to join Celebrity Holiday Designer Lee-Ann Lacroix online as she hosts “easy to follow” workshops.

Everything you need will be ready for you to pick up or have delivered in our Ottawa Christmas Market Holiday Workshop Boxes.

Choose from four different virtual workshops:

1. Joy – Festive Snow Globes

2. Love – Decorative Books

3. Peace – Christmas Candles

4. Hope – Winter Scene

This is the perfect opportunity to participate and get into the spirit of the holidays directly from your home.

Family and friends can join you, as you follow the step by step instructions with Leeann and create memorable and wonderful holiday décor.

Lee-Ann is one of Ottawa’s leading designers and she has curated these workshops with YOU in mind!

Order your supplies kit for $40/ea. Limited quantity. 

Shipping: $15

Sensory Santa

Santa is visiting us at this special time to meet and take pictures with his friends with autism.

Sensory Santa is an opportunity for children with autism to visit Santa in a sensory friendly environment.

The time set aside for Sensory Santa is exclusive for children on the spectrum and their families. The line ups are much shorter and children can come and go while they wait. Often the music is turned down. No appointments are booked so parents have more flexibility.

Sensory friendly environment for children with autism to see Santa.

In partnership with Quickstart Autism.

No Registration Required.

  • Nov 27 | 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
    Dec 11 | 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Santa Paws

You and your well-behaved pet are invited to join us for an exclusive engagement with SANTA PAWS.

This is a pet friendly opportunity to capture a photo with the whole family and SANTA himself.

Bring your cameras, the kids, the crew and enjoy the incredible Ottawa Christmas Market.

Registration is Full! 

  • Dec 12 | 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Breakfast with Santa at OCM 2021
Breakfast with Santa presented by Modern Niagara

Start the day off right and help Santa fuel up before his long journey on December 24 at the Horticulture Building by having breakfast with Santa!

All proceeds support the OSEG Foundation and provide opportunities for children and youth to play, learn and develop through sports.

Child Ticket $10

Adult Ticket $20

Family Ticket $50 (2 adult and 2 child tickets)

Jingle Bell Sponsor: Terlin Construction

  • Dec 18th | 8:30 a.m. -10:00 a.m.
    Dec 18th | 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Skate with Santa and the Elves

Join us at Lansdowne’s Park Outdoor Ice Rink for a skate with Santa Claus.

Santa loves a good skate to help him train for the big night at the outdoor Ice Rink.

No Registration Required.

  • Dec 22 | 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Santa’s Village
  • Saturdays and Sundays | 2: p.m. – 6 p.m.

Santa Claus will return for in-person visits at his new home at the Ottawa Christmas Market.

From the warmth of his cabin and the comfort of his chair, Santa will welcome you to Santa’s Village where you can say hello to the big guy and take a photo with him.

No Registration Required.

The Ottawa Christmas Market has its very own Santa’s Workshop. You can be a busy little elf creating Christmas decorations to add to your home décor or give as gifts.

Visit us to make kids’ crafts during the day and slightly more advanced adult projects during the evening. Everyone is welcome, and most of the activities are free!

No Registration Required. Space is limited. Check out the workshops below for kids and for grown ups. Enjoy!

Kids Craft: Snowman & Gingerbread Characters made with tiny terra cotta pots.
  • Nov 26 | 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
    Nov 27 | 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
    Nov 28 | 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. & 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Grown up Craft: Christmas Traditional Wall Hanging
  • Nov 26 | 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
    Nov 27 | 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
    Nov 28 | 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Kids Craft: Paper plate Snowman character mask
  • Nov 28 | 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Kids Craft: Wooden Spoon and Craft Stick Christmas friends.
  • Dec 3 | 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
    Dec 4 | 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
    Dec 5, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. & 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Grown up Craft: Wool Contemporary Christmas Trees
  • Dec 3 | 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
    Dec 4 | 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
    Dec 5 | 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Kids Craft: Paper Elf Hat
  • Dec 5 | 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Family Craft: Christmas Cookies Decorating

We will be decorating Christmas Cookies. A real sweet treat activity for families to share.

  • Saturdays | 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Family Craft: Arts with OAG (Ottawa Arts Gallery)

OAG (Ottawa Art Gallery) are providing an inspirational and amazing beadwork by Anishinābe (Algonquin) artist Craig Commanda, called “Mikinàk [Turtle]”, and a postcard project based on an artwork by Annie Pootoogook, ᐋᓂ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐱᖃᓐᓇᖓ. Participants are asked to draw on the postcard that they can then mail to their family and friends. Both projects will create a lasting memory during the holidays.

  • Saturdays | 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Kids Craft: Christmas Felt Friends Ornaments
  • Dec 10 | 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
    Dec 11 | 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
    Dec 12 | 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. & 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Grown up Craft: Macramé Christmas Ornaments
  • Dec 10 | 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
    Dec 12 | 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Kids Craft: Paper Raindeer Head Piece
  • Dec 12 | 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Kids Craft:  Santa Binoculars & Reindeer Necklace
  • Dec 17 | 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
    Dec 18 | 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
    Dec 19 | 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. & 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Grown up Craft: Modern Christmas Style
  • Dec 17 | 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
    Dec 18 | 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
    Dec 19 | 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Kids Craft: Paper Festive Wreath
  • Dec 19 | 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Christmas Cocktails & Crafts

Do you want to have a private party with a small group of friends? We have the perfect spot for you. You and five friends can enjoy holiday cocktails, snacks and crafts in Santa’s Workshop.

$ 250/session (groups of 6 people). 

  • Dec 4 | Wool Contemporary Christmas Trees | 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
    Dec 11 | Macramé Christmas Ornaments | 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
    Dec 18 | Modern Christmas Style | 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Dancer’s DJ Skate Night

DJ Skate Night: Holiday Edition!

Your favourite skate jam is taking the party to the Lansdowne Park Outdoor Ice Rink.

Enjoy an evening of skating with friends and family while DJs ILLO and TECHTWELVE bring the tunes.

Expect a night of classics to current hits, and everything in between.

No Registration Required.

  • Nov 27 | 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
    Dec 11 | 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
    Dec 20 | 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Carivibe on Ice

The Ottawa Christmas Market has teamed up with Carivibe to heat things up this holiday season with gorgeous, tropical, island inspired vibes!

Carivibe has been Celebrating Caribbean Culture in our Nation’s Capital for over 20 years and this winter we are collaborating to bring you CARIVIBE ON ICE.

DJ’s will be pumping out music which will inspire you to get your skates tied up and get ready to bounce, sway and dance on our outdoor Ice Rink.

No Registration Required.

  • Dec 4 | 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. ( for kids )
    Dec 4 | 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. ( for grown ups )
    Dec 5 | 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. ( for families )
Skate with Santa and the Elves

Join us at Lansdowne’s Park Outdoor Ice Rink for a skate with Santa Claus.

Santa loves a good skate to help him train for the big night at our outdoor Ice Rink.

No Registration Required.

  • Dec 22 | 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
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Activities for Kids & Families

Advent Calendar

Breakfast with Santa

Carivibe on Ice

Christmas Movies

Christmas Tree Lighting

Dance’s DJ Skate Nights

Family Craft: Christmas Holiday Online Workshops with Lee-Ann Lacroix

Family Craft: Christmas Cookies Decorations

Family Craft: Arts with OAG (Ottawa Arts Gallery)

Kids Crafts: Snowman & Gingerbread Characters made with tiny terra cotta pots.

Kids Craft: Paper plate Snowman character mask

Kids Craft: Wooden Spoon and Craft Stick Christmas friends.

Kids Craft: Paper Elf Hat

Kids Craft: Christmas Felt Friends Ornaments

Kids Craft: Paper Raindeer Head Piece

Kids Craft: Santa Binoculars & Reindeer Necklace

Kids Craft: Paper Festive Wreath

Santa Paws

Santa’s Village

Sensory Santa

Skate with Santa and the Elves


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Activities for Grown ups 

Carivibe on Ice

Christmas Cocktails & Crafts

Dancer’s DJ Skate Nights

Family Craft: Christmas Holiday Online Workshops with Lee-Ann Lacroix

Grown up Craft: Modern Christmas Style

Grown up Craft: Macramé Christmas Ornaments

Grown up Craft: Wool Contemporary Christmas Trees

Grown up Craft: Christmas Traditional Wall Hanging

Ottawa Christmas Market Holiday Online Workshops With Lee-Ann Lacroix

SHA-BLAM Holiday Silent Disco in support of Ottawa Pride

Silent Night Disco


Hours

November 26th – 28th

Friday 5 pm – 10 pm

Saturday 10 am – 10 pm

Sunday 10 am – 8 pm



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December 3rd – 5th

Friday 5 pm – 10 pm

Saturday 10 am – 10 pm

Sunday 10 am – 8 pm



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December 10th – 12th

Friday 5 pm – 10 pm

Saturday 10 am – 10 pm

Sunday 10 am – 8 pm



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December 17th – 22nd

Friday 5 pm – 10 pm

Saturday 10 am – 10 pm

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 10 am – 8 pm