It may seem early, but it's time to start getting into the holiday spirit! Many Ottawa communities have already set a date for their Santa Claus parades and we want to make sure you don't miss out on this popular festive event! Please note: We are updating this post as more information and details become available. If you have a holiday event you would like to add - leave a comment and let us know!
2018 Ottawa Santa Claus Parades
Help Santa Toy Parade
Saturday, November 17th at 11 a.m.
This is popular Ottawa Santa Claus parade takes place downtown and is favoured by many in the National Capital Region. Firefighters collect new toys and cash donations along the route. Can’t bring your toy donation? They will also accept new toys at any Ottawa Fire Station until mid-December. Depending on your spot along the route it can get busy, so keep this in mind if your family doesn’t like crowds.
Santa’s Parade of Lights
Saturday, November 24th
Also hosted by the Ottawa Professional Firefighters Association, this parade takes place on St-Joseph, Blvd. in Orleans. Toys and cash donations will be collected by firefighters along the route.
Stittsville Parade of Lights
Saturday, December 1, 2018
This parade is a favourite community event. The parade proceeds south down Main Street to Village Square. Parade goers are welcome to stay for the lighting of Village Square Park and to warm up with some hot chocolate.
Kanata Santa Claus Parade
November 17, 2018
The Kanata parade (a.k.a the Hazeldean Mall Santa Claus Parade) is presented by the Kanata-Hazeldean Lions Club in cooperation with the Kanata Sports Club. The parade starts at Terry Fox and Castlefrank, moves along Castlefrank to Abbeyhill and then on to the Hazeldean Mall. Nonperishable food donations to the Kanata Food Cupboard are appreciated.
Barrhaven Lions Santa Parade
Sunday, November 18th at 5:30 p.m.
The annual Barrhaven Lions Club Santa Claus Parade runs down Strandherd Drive, west. Tim Hortons will be providing hot chocolate at various spots along the parade route.
Arnprior Santa Claus Parade
November 24, 2018 at 6 pm
Richmond Village Santa Claus Parade
Carp Santa Claus Parade
Parade route starts at The Diefenbunker, 3911 Carp Road, and follows Carp Road.
Carleton Place Santa Claus Parade
Saturday, November 24th at 5 p.m.
Other Holiday Activities in Ottawa
Besides parades, there are many Christmas and holiday activities in Ottawa, including:
Holidays at The Parks 2018
Sunday, December 9, 2018 from 12:00PM – 4:00PM
A great family friendly event, Holidays at The Parks will feature activities for everyone including a vendor’s row, kids craft station, horse-drawn wagon rides, opportunity to meet Zack the donkey, and more! All activities will take place in the Wesley Clover Parks’ heated indoor arena. Meet and take a picture with Santa! Admission by donation.
Alight the Night
November 30th to January 5th
Upper Canada Village
Step back in time while walking around the beautifully lit heritage buildings, trees and fences of Upper Canada Village. There are festive activities and a chance to meet Santa Claus all throughout the month of December leading up to Christmas.
Almonte’s Light Up the Night!
Friday, December 7th at 7 p.m.
Bundle up, this is an open-air concert and fireworks display on Main Street in Almonte. Now in its 28th year this night is full of music and memorable outdoor festivities.
Manotick - Olde Fashioned Christmas
Saturday, December 1st and Sunday, December 2nd
Horse drawn wagon rides with Father and Mary Christmas to sunset carolling, this wonderful weekend is full of traditional events not to be missed.
Cumberland Heritage Village Museum Vintage Village of Lights
30,000 Christmas lights, decorations everywhere, a gigantic reindeer and sleigh and – of course – a visit with Santa Claus in his workshop! Kids will have fun sledding, playing broomball or street hockey, making a snow globe, decorating gingerbread, and sending your Christmas wish list to Santa via telegram. Regular admission applies.
Bring the whole family and get into the Christmas spirit by coming to the museum for a Nepean Christmas Celebration! There will be Christmas crafts, treats, and of course Santa! There is a fee.
Barrhaven: Winter Wonderland
Saturday, December 8th from 10 am to 12 pm
Presented by the Minto Recreation Complex, this festive event will include pictures with Santa, crafts, games and cookie decorating. Admission is free!
Goulbourn Museum Olde Fashioned Christmas
Sunday, November 18th from 10 am to 3 pm
Get a head start on your shopping at this holiday celebration and Christmas market that features activities for the whole family. Write letters to Santa and pose for a photo with the jolly old soul, enjoy free hot chocolate and apple cider and buy one-of-a-kind handmade gifts from local artisans. Free admission.
The CP Holiday Train
You may not see Santa here, but this is a great holiday event all the same. The CP Holiday Train started in 1999 and raises money and food for the Food Bank. Over the three weeks of the program, musicians will play more than 150 concerts from a boxcar that’s been turned into a travelling stage.