Let’s Kick off the Holiday’s in the Glebe!  - The Glebe BIA

Let’s Kick off the Holiday’s in the Glebe! 

November 25, 2022

The holiday banners and lights have been hung and Santa has rolled through town. This means the holiday season has officially commenced and the Glebe has every opportunity for you to celebrate with your loved ones. Come deck the halls, find some mistletoe, or check out the festive window displays. We’ve got your holiday event round-up right here.

Christmas Tree Lighting

On Friday, November 25, 2022, at 6 p.m. sharp, the Lansdowne Christmas tree will be lit signaling the beginning of the Ottawa Christmas Market in Aberdeen Plaza.

The Ottawa Christmas Market is an annual outdoor craft and artisan market that runs Friday to Sunday from November 25 to December 23. For a full list of vendors and attractions visit their website here.

Ottawa Christmas Market Hours:
Nov 25-27, Dec 2-4, Dec 9-11, Dec 16-18
Fri 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Sat 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Sun 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Dec 20-23
Tue & Wed 2 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Thu & Fri 2 p.m. – 10 p.m.

If you’re looking to shop local this holiday season there are a number of markets in the Glebe that are holiday themed and perfect for finding a gift for everyone on your list. Also, some outdoor activities to get you out and enjoying the snow!

The Ottawa Farmer’s Market Christmas Market

Lansdowne's year-round farmers market gets a festive upgrade during the holiday season. The same vibrant market inside Aberdeen Pavilion but this time with Santa visits, live music, a charity gift wrapping station, and some festive contests! More info here.

And for the first time ever, you can earn Glebe Spree stickers for all purchases made at the market!

Aberdeen Pavilion
Every Saturday & Sunday
November 26 – December 18
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Carivibe on Ice

Carivibe has been celebrating Carribean culture in Ottawa for over 20 years. This year, they’ve taken it to the ice! Come skate on the outdoor Lansdowne rink while a DJ pumps some beats on this tropical inspired day. More info here.

Lansdowne Ottawa Skating Rink
450 Queen Elizabeth Drive
Saturday, December 3, 2022
12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Channel the Flannel by Baby Mama Hustle

Get all your holiday shopping done in one place with this market in the Horticulture Building at Lansdowne. They’re bringing together over 45 vendors of small business owners. There will be food, entertainment, crafts and more. Bring the kiddos and make a day of it in the Glebe! Click here to buy your tickets.

Horticulture Building – 1525 Princess Patricia Way
Sunday, December 4, 2022
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Ottawa Guild of Potters Holiday Sale

If pottery is more your style or you’re in the market for that perfect mug, the Ottawa Guild of Potters Holiday Sale is here to make your season cheery and bright. With more than 30 potters, you’ll find decorative pieces to fill your home or give as the perfect gift. Free admission!

Horticulture Building – 1525 Princess Patricia Way
Fri, Dec 9 – 3 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Sat, Dec 10 – 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sun, Dec 11 – 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Ottawa Santa Shuffle

For the athletes in our lives, there’s a 5km fun run and 1km elf walk! Open to all ages and skill levels, this event is in partnership with The Running Room. Make sure to wear your funkiest holiday gear and grab your tickets here.

TD Place
Saturday, December 10, 2022
Opens: 8:30 a.m.
1km - 10 a.m.
5km - 10:30 a.m.

Silent Disco

Come visit the Ottawa Christmas Market and dance under the lights at the stage in Aberdeen Plaza. Your night will be filled with fun tunes and sweet beats. No Registration is required. The event has limited spots available, the first 200 people at the event will receive a headset. More info here.

Aberdeen Plaza
1000 Exhibition Way
Saturday, December 10, 2022
10:00 p.m. - midnight

Breakfast With Santa

For all the tiny humans in your life, there’s a breakfast with Santa to look forward to being presented by OSEG (Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group). Join Santa and his friends at the Ottawa Christmas Market to take photos and share your wishes. All proceeds and donations from Breakfast with Santa will provide opportunities for children and youth to play, learn, and develop through sports. Grab tickets here.

Horticulture Building – 1525 Princess Patricia Way
Saturday, December 17, 2022
8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Ottawa 67’s vs. Kingston Frontenacs

Looking for a holiday activity to take your favourite sports fan? The Ottawa 67’s are hosting a “Home for the Holidays” themed game with Home Alone references and Christmas Vacation quotes. Grab tickets here.

Home for the Holidays
TD Place Arena
Friday, December 30 – 2 p.m.

Masquerade 2022 Roller Party

If you’re looking to groove under the lights of the Horticulture Building, then strap on your best roller skates and show us your moves. The Ottawa Quad Session is holding their last roller party of the year with a Masquerade theme. Get tickets here.

Horticulture Building – 1525 Princess Patricia Way
December 30, 2022
8:30 p.m. - 11: p.m.


Looking for New Years Eve plans? Come celebrate Scottish-style with one of the largest Hogmanay celebrations outside of Scotland. The word “Hogmanay” is the Scots word for the last day of the year. Add some cheer to the last day of your year! More info here.

Lansdowne Park
December 31, 2022
6 p.m. - midnight

And last but certainly not least, Glebe Spree. Don’t forget to keep collecting your ballots this holiday season and you could win big! With a $2,500 Early Bird Prize and a $10,000 Grand Prize, someone on the nice list has some good luck coming their way. And don’t forget the 30 Any Day Prizes to be won!

Happy Holidays from your friends in the Glebe!