Our crowdsourced list of the best events in Ottawa this week.
You can find even more events on our Ottawa Event Calendar.
See also: New Year’s Eve events in Ottawa
Until January 7: Christmas Lights Across Canada
This season marks the 31st edition of Christmas Lights Across Canada. The program was launched in 1985 to highlight landmarks along Confederation Boulevard, including Parliament Hill, National Capital Commission (NCC) sites, national museums, institutions, monuments, embassies and other prominent institutions, as well as to add vibrancy to the Capital during the winter months and kick off the holiday season in Canada’s Capital Region. Notable updates this year include an increase of 100,000 lights in the Capital including a new location on MacKenzie Avenue, and a winter lightscape projection show that will be presented on Parliament buildings every night from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Friday, Dec 18: Amos The Transparent Holiday Show @ Zaphods
ATT performs their Annual Holiday Show featuring their orchestral, moody, folk-inspired, indie-pop along the lines of Elliott Smith, Wilco & Broken Social Scene. Throw in some well-known “undercovers” by Bruce Springsteen, and other well-respected artists, and it promises to be this season’s favourite party.
– Eugene Haslam
Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 19-20: Jim Bryson’s Annual Holiday Type Shows
Every year around this time, Jim Bryson takes over the Blacksheep Inn for his annual holiday concerts. This is a great tradition that you should check out at least once. On Saturday, he’ll be joined by C&C Surf Factory and on Sunday, Megan Hamilton will be the opener. And he’s just released a new holiday-themed song called Half Price. Give it a listen.
– Ryan Bresee, CKCU’s Whatever’s Cool With Me
Sunday, December 20: Monkey Around Christmas Party
Santa will be there from 11:00AM- 1:00PM! For ages 1 year old and up. 1 to 2 year olds $6 + HST3 and up $12 + HSTAdults are free
– Sara-Lynne Levine, Macaroni Kid Ottawa
December 17 to January 3: Canadian Geographic Wildlife Photography of the Year
Take a break from the holiday rush and go see some wildlife. The winning photos from the 2014 Canadian Geographic Wildlife Photography of the Year contest are on display at the Canadian Museum of Nature. The Museum is also showing Wild Canada, part of the Planet Earth series, with vistas that are sure to inspire you. (Check out the Museum’s cool activities involving wildlife of the bug variety, too.)
– Denise Deby, Green Living Ottawa