Weekend What’s up: Christmas Market, GNAG Movie Night, Wonderland in the Glebe
The Glebe is going to get brighter this Friday night, lighting the way to a weekend flurry of activity throughout the neighbourhood, with everything from horse-drawn wagon rides and visits from Santa to flying winter acrobats at TD Place.
Your weekend kicks off early in the Glebe with the Christmas in the Hood event – a neighbourhood-wide shopping event with close to a dozen merchants hosting in-store deals, giveaways, treats and everything Christmas. The shops are opening their doors until 9 p.m. Thursday night to help kickstart the holiday season. Enjoy free hot chocolate and mulled cider and bob to Christmas music all night. Merchants taking part in Thursday’s festivities include Knifewear, Delilah, The Unrefined Olive, Stomping Ground, Bloomfield’s Flowers, Boston Pizza, Starbucks, The Papery, The Joy of Gluten Free, Mickle Mack’s Haberdashery and JD Adam Kitchen Co. Read our Christmas in the Hood blog here for a complete rundown of tonight’s shopping party.
You’ll be able to celebrate all day long Thursday at JD Adam, as the Bank Street kitchen shop is celebrating it’s 30th anniversary through a customer appreciation party all day Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The shop will be holding in-store giveaways and specials, as well as a number of raffle prizes to be given away. Click here for more details.
On Friday, things will become a bit clearer, as the Lansdowne Christmas Tree gets lit up in front of the iconic Aberdeen Pavilion. The switch gets flipped at 6 p.m., and with it launches a monthlong of weekend activities for the first-ever Ottawa Christmas Market. This year’s ‘sneak peek’ of the full market coming in 2019, will boasts horse-drawn wagon rides, live entertainment, two retailer cabins and visits from Santa, along with a corridor of stunning Christmas lights that will lead you all the way to Lansdowne Park. Next year’s full European-style Christmas market will boast an outdoor beer garden, mulled wine stations, an outdoor stage and 35 retailer cabins.
“It starts to give you the sense of what the Christmas market will be, and then, ultimately, the all-singing, all-dancing Christmas market will happen next year” Says Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group Senior Vice-president John Mathers.
“That’s when we will pipe in the cinnamon smell 24/7.”
Lansdowne will be bursting with activities on weekend throughout December, with the Ottawa Farmer’s Market hosting its Christmas edition on both Saturdays and Sundays. Dickens carolers will fill the site with joyous Christmas music this weekend, while a roaming Santa Claus will visit with children on Saturday. Horse-drawn wagon rides will begin on December 8. The Ottawa 67’s play their annual Teddy Bear Toss game on Dec. 15 while there will be a School of Rock performance on Dec. 22. Click here for a full list of activities at the Ottawa Christmas Market.
Dinner and a movie with Will Ferrell? Count us in. The Glebe Neighbourhood Activities Group (GNAG) is hosting a family movie night Friday night at the Glebe Community Centre where they will screen the beloved Christmas movie Elf. Enjoy homemade Mac & Cheese and Caesar salad before the movie starts. Tickets are $8 per person. Click here for more information. GNAG is also hosting its Snowflake Special and Performance Showcase on Saturday night that will feature horse-drawn wagon rides, games, crafts and a, “Special Guest Star.” Click here for more information.
The Arena at TD Place will be a sonic playground Friday night, as UK classical crossover vocal group Il Divo brings its Timeless Tour to the Glebe. The male quartet will play hits from the new record, Timeless, as well as ageless classics like, “I Believe in You,” and, “Time to Say Goodbye.” Click here for tickets.
On Saturday, get ready to walk and run along the picturesque Rideau Canal for the Santa Shuffle. Encourage your buddies, your pals, your family and friends to join in the run to raise some money for the Salvation Army. Money raised will go to the Bethany Hope Centre for young parents in Ottawa. Click here to register.
Also, on Saturday, the Arena at TD Place will be transformed into a spectacular winter wonderland for the Cirque Musica Holiday Wonderland performance. The concert and visual experience will bring audiences into a journey filled with high-flying adventures. Acrobats, aerialists and hilarious hijinks will have you on the edge of your seat. Click here for tickets.
You better pack some energy bars, because Saturday doesn’t want to seem to end. The hottest team in the OHL, your Ottawa 67’s are back home for a dustup with the North Bay Battalion at 2 p.m. at The Arena at TD Place. The red hot 67’s are on an amazing run, playing 22 games without a regulation loss. Through that stretch, the team was 18-0-4. The barber poles are in first place, and a whopping eight points ahead of the second-place London Knights. Click here to see the NHL’s future stars in action.
On Sunday, Propeller Dance is hosting its AGM and Community Day at the Glebe Community Centre and will celebrate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The event will feature a showcase for friends, families and supporters. The day will also boast a fundraising bake sale, and a dance jam. The celebration gets underway at 1 p.m. Click here for more information.
Sunday will be also bursting with fun at the Ottawa Christmas Market, while you can catch live jazz at both Industria and at The Arrow and Loon.