Christmas in Ottawa: 7 ways to celebrate the holidays in our nation’s capital

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.

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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.

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?”

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You take the kids to see Santa at Billings Bridge. It’s tough competition out there, but he’s the best on in town!

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?

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