Holiday Date Ideas in Ottawa

It's the most wonderful time of the year! Read on to discover our top picks for the best holiday date ideas in Ottawa this month.
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The holiday season is in full swing here in Ottawa. The weather’s getting colder, the Christmas music is on repeat, and spirits are high!

It’s the coziest date night season of the year – we all love a good lights display, carol singing, hot chocolate-sipping, and cuddling up by a fire.

Here are our top date night picks the make the most out of your holiday season.

Light Displays

Magic of Lights

Location: Wesley Clover Parks

Schedule: November 18, 2022 – January 7, 2023 from 5 – 10 p.m.

Cost: Standard Vehicle Tickets are are $23 for a Weekday Ticket (valid any Monday – Wednesday) and $29 for an Any Day Ticket

Magic of Lights is a unique and dazzling drive-through holiday lights experience with more than a mile of spectacular light displays to enjoy! Don’t miss the larger-than-life sparkling Holiday Barbie display, the supersized Bigfoot Monster Truck, and the life-sized dinosaurs of Prehistoric Christmas! Pile the whole squad into the car for one standard price! 

Multimedia Projection on Parliament Hill

Location: Parliament Hill

Schedule: December 8, 2002 – January 8, 2023

Cost: FREE

Experience a breathtaking multimedia projection of colourful digital imagery with a captivating soundtrack. This free activity is perfect for all ages! 

Pathway of Lights

Location: Various locations between Ottawa and Gatineau

Schedule: December 8, 2022 to January 8, 2022

Cost: FREE

Be dazzled by the Pathway of Lights through Confederation Boulevard – a ceremonial route that circles the heart of Canada’s Capital Region. Hop in your car and follow an illuminated route between Gatineau and Ottawa, admiring the sites and monuments along the way. 

Click here to view the Pathway of Lights route.

Vintage Village of Lights

Location: 2940 Old Montreal Rd, Cumberland, Ontario

Schedule: Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from December 2 – 18, 2022


  • Adult – $8.50
  • Seniors/Youth/Students – $6
  • Child (5 and Under) – FREE
  • Family (2 Adults + Accompanying Children Under 18) – $21.50


Enjoy the postcard-perfect scenery of a 1920s and 30s village on foot as you explore the festive light displays and true-to-era buildings at Cumberland Heritage Village Museum. Take in colourful vignettes highlighting the traditions of yesteryear, visit Santa, warm up by the campfire, and more!


Alight at Night Festival

Schedule: December 1 – 26, 2022
  • General Admission (+5 Years of Age) – $15 
  • Military (With ID) – $14
  • Child (Ages 0-4) – FREE
  • Accessibility Night – $15
  • Pommier Carriage Ride $150

*Prices do not include HST

Bundle up for an evening stroll through this picture-perfect holiday setting! Over one million lights adorn the heritage buildings, trees, and fences of Upper Canada Village, creating a one-of-a-kind magical backdrop for its annual Alight at Night Festival – a true winter wonderland!

Holiday Light Festival

Location: Saunders Farm in Munster, Ontario
Schedule: Thursday – Saturday from December 1 -23rd
Cost: $25 ($20 if purchasing tickets online)
There are tons of festive activities to enjoy at the Saunders Farm Holiday Light Festival including a Walk-Through Light Show, festive photo ops, a CiderHouse serving wood-fired pizzas and hard cider, a Christmas Tree Lot, Town Square Christmas Market, BeaverTails, and more!

Country Christmas Days

Location: Saunders Farm in Munster, Ontario

Schedule: Saturdays & Sundays from November 26 – December 18, 2022

Cost: $30 ($20 if purchasing tickets online), Children 2 and Under are FREE

Saunders Farm has another festive event that’s perfect for the whole family! This daytime holiday festival offers 4 mazes, wagon rides, holiday crafts for kids, a Discovery Barn with a Miniature Village and play area, bonfires, photo ops, shopping, and tasty treats.

Ottawa Christmas Market

Location: Lansdowne TD Place

Schedule: Friday – Sunday from November 25 – December 23, 2022

Cost: FREE

The iconic Ottawa Christmas Market at Aberdeen Square is back for another season of festive joy! Enjoy thousands of Christmas lights and decor, performances, workshops, local sips and bites, and shopping at over 35 local vendors! This is the perfect place to shop holiday gifts and grab cute couple/bestie pics. 

Signature Originals Christmas Craft Sale

Location: EY Centre

Schedule: December 7-11, 2022

Cost: $10 (50% off admission after 5 p.m. on Wednesday – Friday)

Signature Originals Christmas Craft Sale is a uniquely Canadians handmade marketplace in Ottawa that features the works of over 150 artists, artisans, makers, and designers from coast-to-coast. Since 1974, the show has been the premier holiday shopping event of the Nation’s Capital.


Nutcracker – A Canadian Tradition

Location: Centerpointe Theatre, Nepean, Ontario

Date: December 10, 2022

Canada Ballet Jorgen returns to present their very Candian-version of the Nutcracker. This gorgeous production features over 100 costumes in vibrant-coloured fabrics and backdrops comprised of well-known 20th century artworks. Among the usual cavalcade of mice and tin soldiers, expect to see a few Mounties and lumberjacks too!

Holiday Pop-Up Bars/Restaurant Events

Christmas Explosion at Nan’s Parlour

Location: 73 Clarence St, Ottawa

Nan’s Parlour is hosting their second annual Christmas Explosion Event! This granny chic cocktail bar is completely decked out in Christmas decor for the season – it truly feels like you’re stepping into a Hallmark Christmas movie! They also have a fresh list of Christmas cocktails (and a mocktail) with $1 from each one sold going to BGC Ottawa. 

Elf’s Pub

Location: Fairmont Château Laurier

Schedule: Open Wednesday, Thursdays, and Fridays from 5 – 10 p.m. and Fridays & Saturdays from 6 – 11 p.m. until January 1, 2023

Nothing is more fun than visiting a secret bar for date night, especially when it’s Christmas-themed! Elf’s Pub is located inside Fairmont Château Laurier and offers yummy holiday drinks and stunning decor! 

Looking for more holiday date ideas? Click here to explore fun and festive date ideas across Canada! 

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