Weekend What’s Up: Holiday markets, 67’s hockey, Christmas concerts and Santa Shuffle in the Glebe
If last weekend’s launch of the Ottawa Christmas Market didn’t kick start your Christmas spirit, this weekend certainly will.
The weekend is chock-a-block with festive events from holiday markets and fundraisers to Christmas concerts and the Glebe Spree Christmas Chaos weekend that will see you earn double the stickers all weekend long as you cross items off your list.
The weekend kicks off just as you sign off from work at 5 p.m. with the Ottawa Christmas Market, which is entering its second weekend. This weekend will boast retailer cabins, beer gardens as well as evening performances by Danielle Allard, Mia Kelly and Kimberley Sunstrum. On Sunday, you can take horse-drawn wagon rides around Lansdowne, watch the classic A Christmas Story on the outdoor screen and visit with Santa in the afternoon. It’s all at the Casino Lac Leamy Square starting at 5 p.m. Friday night. Click here for details.
Also Friday night is Emilie Phaneuf’s annual Dance Show at the Glebe Community Centre. Take in a suite of jaw-dropping dances from Reggaeton, hip hop, dancehall, funk and sass. This event is free for all ages and kicks off at 7:15 p.m. in the Main Hall. Click here for details.
Running alongside the Ottawa Christmas Market is the Ottawa Farmers’ Market holiday edition running both on Saturdays and Sundays throughout December. Browse unique gifts, vintage clothing and artisanal hand made crafts. Inside the Aberdeen Pavilion form 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Click here for details.
Whether you think of ‘wassail’ as a mulled cider of Anglo-Saxon time or a greeting of good health, you’ll want to join Ottawa’s premier chamber choir Seventeen Voyces Saturday and Sunday as they perform during the St. Matthew’s Church Wassail, Wassail! Celebration. 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 this Saturday. 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 garb – that means Santa hats, Tootoo skirts, onesie pajamas. The run kicks off at 10 a.m. at the Horticulture Building 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 Saturday. 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.
Also on Saturday, more than 100 handmade lanterns will light the way at the Glebe St. James United Church for their annual One Hundred Lanterns concert. 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 this Sunday. 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.
It’s another awesome holiday in the Glebe!