The Glebe at a Glance: December
If you thought November was a hot month in the Glebe for events, just wait until you check out the line up for December. Smokin!
The month got a major kickoff last Friday when the Ottawa Christmas Market launched its European-style holiday market, complete with retailer cabins, beer gardens, an outdoor stage and unique Christmas gifts, all under a stunning canopy of Christmas lights in the Casino Lac Leamy Square. The Market continues on weekends throughout December and features everything you could ever want at a Christmas market: gifts, hot beverages, boozy drinks and Christmas lights. Plus, the square will be alive with music, as a roster of local musicians are playing the soundtrack all month long. Browse from over 20 different local vendors selling everything from holiday candles, cakes, cheeses and unique handmade Christmas gifts. The market also boasts horse-drawn wagon rides, outdoor Christmas movies and of course, visits with Santa. The Market runs every Friday from 5-11pm, Saturdays from 10am-11pm and Sundays from 10am-6pm. Click here for market details.
Running alongside the Christmas Market is the Ottawa Farmers’ Market holiday version inside the Aberdeen Pavilion. Warm up while browsing through scores of local artisans – everything from handmade gifts and knitted goods to hot food, trinkets and treasures. The holiday Farmers market runs ever Saturday and Sunday in December from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Click here for more information.
And speaking of smoking, Emilie Phaneuf is set to put on her holiday dance show at GNAG Dec. 5. Watch her troupe cut up a rug as they move through everything from reggaeton, hip hop, dancehall, funk and sass. The free event runs Dec. 5 at 7:15 p.m. Click here for more information.
On December 6, join Ottawa’s premier chamber choir Seventeen Voyces as they perform during the St. Matthew’s Church Wassail, Wassail! Celebration. Whether you think of ‘wassail’ as a mulled cider of Anglo-Saxon time or a greeting of good health, Seventeen Voyces wants you to imagine singing carols ‘door to door’ and wishing all good health. The main work on the program will be A Ceremony of Carols by Benjamin Britten. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Click here for tickets. The church is also throwing a matinee concert Dec. 8 at 4 p.m. Click here for details on that show.
Scores of Santa-clad joggers will take over the Glebe for the Salvation Army’s Santa Shuffle on Dec. 7. Join in the 5km Fun Run, or the 1km Elf Walk for all ages and help raise money for the less fortunate in Ottawa. Racers are encourage to wear their funkiest Christmas attire – that means Santa hats, Tootoo skirts, onesie pajamas. Just not your birthday suit! The run kicks off at 10 a.m. at the Horticulture Building on Dec. 7. Click here to register.
Were you ever jealous of the kid who got ‘Mean’ Joe Greene’s jersey in that late 70’s Coke commercial? Well, now’s your chance to get a game-worn jersey at the REDBLACKS Locker Room Sale Dec. 7. Browse through some REDBLACKS memorabilia beginning at 10:30 a.m. where you can score merch, game-worn jerseys and gloves and even helmets from the season that was. It all goes down in the REDBLACKS locker room at TD Place Stadium at 10:30 a.m. Enter through Gate 1 at TD Place. Click here for details.
More than 100 handmade lanterns will light the way at the Glebe St. James United Church for their annual One Hundred Lanterns concert Dec. 7. Join the church’s Consort, featuring Alexa Raine-Wright, David Jacques, Marie Bouchard and Olivier Henchiri, will perform in chamber music formation, offering a rare chance to showcase individual players. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Click here for tickets.
We’ve seen the Panda Game rivalry. We’ve witnessed the bad blood at the Colonel By Classic. Now we get to witness the Battle of the Ottawa River between the Ottawa 67’s and the Gatineau Olympique who have both got their eyes on the Alexandra Cup. Game one goes Friday in Gatineau while Game 2 hits TD Place Sunday Dec. 8. Puck drop is at 2 p.m. Don’t miss this rivalry game that is quickly becoming an all-out war for hockey bragging rights in the national capital region. Click here for tickets. The 67’s also play Dec. 14 vs. Barrie, December 15 for their annual Teddy Bear Toss game and December 29 for their Ugly Christmas Sweater Game.
Speaking of magical holiday feels, you won’t want to miss the illusion being staged at TD Place Dec. 12, as a team of magicians are set to bend your mind farther than ever before at Champions of Magic. Five world-class illusionists are bringing their eye-popping show to the Glebe. Expect stunning stage-filling illusions, impossible mind reading and enchanting close up magic. Don’t miss this rare event. Hurry, these guys and gals are making tickets go poof! Click here for details.
In keeping with the holiday shopping theme, you won’t want to miss the Ottawa Potters Guild Annual Holiday Sale at the Horticulture Building Dec. 13-15. Browse from over 30 local potters who will be filling their booths with stunning handmade ceramics. Coffee mugs, bowls and decorative art pieces are on the menu. Plus, the kids will have a blast in the Kids clay play area. The sale runs Friday Dec. 13 from 3-9pm, Saturday from 9am-6pm and Sunday from 9am-5pm. Click here for details.
Celebrate the holiday season with the Glebe community at the fifth annual Snowfall Handmade show Dec. 15. The Glebe Community Centre will be a festive affair with over 50 artisans and chefs, providing participants not only a glimpse into who these local artists are, but also a chance to raise money for local charities. Browse everything from food, clothing, toys, home décor and vintage goods. The show runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 15. Click here for details.
Food. Art. Music. Good times. That’s pretty much all you need to know about the NCR Uncovered Art and Music Gala taking over the Horticulture Building Dec. 21. Browse a number of works at this cross-disciplinary arts gala that showcases the driving forces of the region’s creative culture. It all kicks off at 4:40 p.m. Dec. 21. Click here for tickets.
Have you ever tried dancing on ice skates? Now’s your chance to give it a whirl at the DJ Skate Night Holiday Edition at the Arena at TD Place Dec. 21. Skate around the ice at TD Place while a live DJ provides the soundtrack all night. Strap up your skates and do the sprinkler. Skating begins at 7 p.m. Click here for tickets.
End the year off on the right foot with the Scottish Society of Ottawa and their annual Hogman-eh! Party Dec. 31. This is the largest Hogmanay event outside of Scotland and the biggest celebration of the OttScot Festival. The all-ages, free event has got everything you would ever want in a NYE party. Kids games, live music, beer and New Years resolutions. And, you don’t even need to worry about getting the kids to bed before the countdown, as you’ll be celebrating Scottish New Years at 7 p.m. End the night with a toast and a stunning fireworks display over the Great Lawn. It all kicks off at 5 p.m. and runs through midnight. Click here for details.
It’s one heck of a festive month. Don your Santa hat, grab a toboggan and head to the Glebe for some serious holiday fun!