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 head over to your local farmer’s market to get your Christmas tree
You round up the gang and make boxes for the ShoeBox Project
You tune into Majic 100.3 on December 1 like clockwork for their all-day Christmas music
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?”
Bethany: Is your house on fire, Clark? Clark: No, Aunt Bethany, those are the Christmas lights. 💡 . . Have you been to Taffy Lane in Orleans? It’s the best and cheapest way to get your Christmas light fix🎄Theses are some pretty committed citizens and we thank them for their duty! I saw a house hosting a food drive, so make sure you pay it forward 😇 This is part of our Christmas tradition in Ottawa… what’s yours? . . #myOttawa #ottawa #ottcity #igersOttawa #613 #yow #ottawalife #narcityOttawa #613style #ottawaphoto #yowstyle #ottawastyle #ottawafashion #ottawau #ottawablogger #ottawablog #ottnews #canadianblog #canadianblogger #canadianstyle #canadianfashionblogger #canadianfashionblog #canadianfashion #orleans #taffylane #christmaslightshow #ottawachristmas #thingstodoinottawa
You take the kids to see Santa at Billings Bridge. It’s tough competition out there, but he’s the best lookin’ one 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
You hit up Lansdowne for their tree lighting ceremony and Christmas markets
Top 5 FESTIVE things to do at Lansdowne this December! . 1. Christmas Tree Lighting! December 1st from 5:30pm-8:30pm . . 2. Lansdowne Christmas Market Dec. 2-3, 9-10, 23 from 9am-3pm . . 3. Ottawa 67’s Teddy Bear Toss & Free Post-Game Skate December 10 at 2pm . . 4. Holiday Pottery Sale December 8-10 . . 5. Hoffman-eh! December 31 from 6pm-Midnight . . Want more details? Click the link in our bio!! 📷 @landonspics #lansdownelive #lansdownepark #tdplace.
You pack snacks in the car… “We’re going to Kanata to see the #Magicoflights at Wesley Clover Parks Campground!”
What’s your favourite thing to do in Ottawa at Christmas time?