Santa Claus parades and holiday activities across Ottawa and eastern Ontario

By CityNews Ottawa

The festive season is upon us  — a very busy time of year for Santa and Mrs. Claus!

The big guy in red will be on the move over the next month, as Santa Claus parades are held across Ottawa and eastern Ontario.

First up is the 54th Help Santa Toy Parade in down town Ottawa on Saturday, Nov. 18, starting at 11 a.m.  The route will start at Elgin Street and Laurier Avenue where it will head west to Bank Street. The parade will then turn south onto Bank towards Lansdowne Park where it will end. New, unwrapped toys will be accepted along the parade route, as well as monetary and ‘tap’ donations.

Rundown of other Santa Claus parades across the region:

The City of Ottawa has also released a list of other holiday activities, including Christmas markets and light shows.

Here if your full rundown:

Another very popular holiday event is the ‘Alight at Night’ festival at Upper Canada Village. During the festival, over one million lights adorn the heritage buildings, trees, and fences. There will also be horse-drawn carriage rides.

‘Alight at Night’ will run from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on the following nights:

  • Friday, Dec. 1 to Sunday, Dec. 3
  • Thursday, Dec. 7 to Sunday, Dec. 10
  • Thursday, Dec. 14. to Sunday, Dec. 17
  • Thursday, Dec. 21 to Saturday, Dec. 23
  • Tuesday, Dec 26 to Saturday, Jan. 6

Learn more and book your tickets here.

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