No, we don’t have the lighting of the Christmas tree at Rockefeller center, nor do we have Mariah Carey unveiling The Bay’s annual Christmas window display, but by golly, Ottawa’s got some really great community rituals that should become official annual traditions.
I grew up in Toronto, so I am just now creating my Ottawa traditions with my family. Here are some of my faves!
You look forward to the reveal of Flower’s Talk Tivoli Christmas window display.
You start shopping at Tinseltown Christmas Emporium in Hintonburg because it is now acceptable.
You tune into Majic 100.3 on December 1 like clockwork for their all-day Christmas music.
You can’t wait for the opening of the SENS Rink of Dreams, and you promise yourself a few skating dates this year… we’ll see.
Don’t hang up those skates yet ⛸ The Sens Rink of Dreams at City Hall is still open for a little longer! It’s open daily from 6am-11pm. There’s also a @beavertails_official stand on site 😊 ps. there are no skate rentals so make sure to bring your own skates! Tag your friends and head out for some more winter fun ❄️
You take the family on a slow drive down Taffy Lane in Orleans because it’s warmer in the car and it’s free. You also wonder “who is paying the hydro bill?”
You take the kids to see Santa at Billings Bridge. It’s tough competition out there, but he’s the best on in town!
Are you ready to kick off your holiday festivities? If so, we’d love to have you join us on Saturday, November 14th as we welcome Santa to Billings Bridge! You’re invited to join us at our welcome party from 1-2pm, followed by a visit with Santa from 2-4pm. For more info on our event visit our blog via our bio link 👆🏻! #ottawa #happyholidays #santa
You take out your copy of “Santa’s coming to Ottawa” and keep it on your kids’ TOP READS list for bedtime stories
What’s your favourite thing to do in Ottawa at Christmas time?