Winterlude arrives in the Glebe

January 27, 2016 | by glebeadmin

Winterlude is just days away and with it comes a plethora of winter events for the whole family, right here in the Glebe.

You may have spotted the giant snowmen starting to take form throughout the Glebe for SNOWMANIA, a new celebration of snow in the Glebe. Keep your eyes peeled as city celebrities Henry Burris and Mary Walsh come to life in snow, with giant snow people being carved out to resemble to two Canadian icons.

We want you to get involved by creating your own snowman in front of your house, your school, church or at your favourite park. Share your creation using the hashtag #Snowmania and you could win tickets to Cracking up the Capital’s finale on Feb. 6 at TD Place.

SNOWMANIA leads right into Cracking up the Capital’s Guinness World Record attempt to build the most snowmen in an hour at TD Place on January 31 at noon. We will need all the help we can get if we want to take the record back from Japan, which built a whopping 2,036 snowmen in an hour last year.

The event, also a fundraiser for mental health in Ontario, starts at noon at TD Place. You can register a team here and pick a charity to build for. Let’s bound together and make the Glebe the snowman capital of the world.

But before we build thousands of snowmen, there are plenty of Winterlude events starting Friday in the Glebe to get your snow on.

It all starts with the  Lansdowne Through the Years outdoor photo exhibit at the Aberdeen Square every day of Winterlude. Peruse old photographs of Lansdowne before and after its amazing transition.

Ever wanted to learn how to curl? Starting this Friday, curious sports fans will get the chance to send rocks down the ice at the Lansdowne outdoor rink. Sessions run every Friday during Winterlude from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. while Saturday and Sunday sessions run from noon to 4 p.m. Click here for more info.

Saturday starts off hot, with the Polar Hero Ottawa winter race. If you haven’t registered,  you better get on it if you want to be a part of the biggest winter obstacle course in Canada on Jan. 30. This 5-kilometer foot race features 25 “amazing” obstacles fit for the whole family. Pre-registration is required. Click here for more info.

The Community Snow Sculpture Competition at the Aberdeen Square starts Saturday as well. 10 teams have been selected to carve out their most imaginative creations. All 10 will be on display from Jan. 30 to Feb. 15 with the winners being announced on Feb. 5. Spectators can tour the snow garden every day from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. throughout Winterlude.

 

Here’s a quick snapshot of events happening in the Glebe during the first weekend of Winterlude.

Friday, January 29

Lansdowne Through the Years photo exhibit

Aberdeen Square

8 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Free

Lansdowne Park Curling Court

4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Lansdowne outdoor rink

Free

Saturday, January 30

Lansdowne Through the Years photo exhibit

Aberdeen Square

8 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Free

Lansdowne Community Snow Sculpture Contest

Aberdeen Square

8 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Polar Hero Ottawa

Aberdeen Pavilion

Races every 20 minutes, starting at 9 a.m.

$70

Lansdowne Park Curling Court

Noon to 4 p.m.

Lansdowne outdoor rink

Free

Sunday, January 31

Cracking-Up the Capital:

Guinness World Record Attempt for the Most Snowmen Built in One Hour

TD Place

Noon to 1 p.m.

Lansdowne Through the Years photo exhibit

Aberdeen Square

8 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Free

Lansdowne Community Snow Sculpture Contest

Aberdeen Square

8 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Free to watch, donation to build

Ottawa Winter Farmers’ Market

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Free

Ottawa Museum Zone

Aberdeen Pavilion

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Lansdowne Park Curling Court

Noon to 4 p.m.

Lansdowne outdoor rink

Free

Stay tuned next week for another listing of Winterlude events in the Glebe.