City of Ottawa Museum Special Events and Programs for December

| November 24, 2014 | 15 Comments

Vintage Village of Lights – Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from November 29 through December 21 from 3 pm to 8 pm

Cumberland Heritage Village Museum

You might not know this yet, but you don’t have to drive out of Ottawa anymore to experience a village of lights! We pull out all the stops to make your visit magical with 30,000 Christmas lights, decorations everywhere, gigantic reindeer and sleigh and – of course! – a visit with Santa Claus in his work shop! Have fun sledding, playing broomball or street hockey, making a snow globe, decorating gingerbread, and sending your Christmas wish list to Santa via telegram.

Cost: Regular admission


Victorian Christmas at Fairfields – December 7 from 1 pm to 4 pm

Fairfields Heritage House

This family-friendly event harkens back to a simpler time in history when decorations were homemade and families rejoiced in the beauty of carolling together. Our guided tour will highlight family Christmas traditions from the era, our carollers will be music to your ears, and our workshops to make popcorn string, cornucopias, and Christmas tree ornaments make sure you’ll have a keepsake of the day to bring home with you.

Cost: $6/person, $10/pair, $16/family


Christmas Tea at the Estate – December 7 and 14 from 11 am to 4 pm

Billings Estate National Historic Site

The holidays are the perfect time for indulgences, wouldn’t you agree? Our Christmas Tea this year introduces you to the imported decadences of the Victorian era when such treats and toys were hard to come by. With carollers, ornament-making workshops, and traditional Victorian Christmas decorations, you can spend a Sunday treating yourself during this hectic time of the year.

Cost: Admission to the museum is free with tea service purchase. Regular tea room prices apply: $12.50 + tax per person for our 3-tier service. Reservations are strongly recommended. A limited number of walk-ins will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.


Noël at Nepean – December 14 from 1 pm to 4 pm

Nepean Museum

Explore some of Nepean’s local landmarks while satisfying your sweet tooth by joining us for an afternoon of making gingerbread houses!  Help us recreate some of Nepean’s notable houses and civic structures like the home of A.N. Dunnings, Maplelawn, Ben Franklin Place, and the Nepean Sportsplex.  And if you’re nice, Santa may even stop in for a visit.

Cost: $6/person, $10/pair, $16/family


Edwardian Séance – December 19 from 7 pm to 9:30 pm

Billings Estate National Historic Site

Séances aren’t just for Halloween! They were actually very popular at Christmas during the Victorian and Edwardian eras as a way to connect, during this very special time of the year, with a loved one who had passed. Sign up soon as our séances are super popular and sell out fast!

Cost: $30/person. Registration required. Adults only, please.




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  1. Saima says:

    Our family loves to go out and we enjoy all sorts of events in the city. Thank you for the above listing. We will most definitely be checking out the Cumberland Heritage Museum Lights.

  2. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    I love seeing all the Christmas lights and Christmas Tea sounds delightful. Historical things always interest me too, love the idea of gingerbread houses of actual buildings – great idea.

  3. Stephanie LaPlante says:

    I wish we had events like that here in Hamilton. Several of them sound so lovely.

  4. Veronica S. says:

    There is always so much to do around here! Thanks for helping keep us informed 🙂

  5. Alyssa says:

    Sounds absolutely beautiful! One of my favourite things at Christmas are the lights!

  6. Victoria Ess says:

    Noël at Nepean sounds really good, but then again, they all do! I will be looking into similar events in my area. You make me wish I lived in Ottawa!

  7. JaimeeM says:

    I love this time of year, all the christmas celebrations and events going on.

  8. Brenda A says:

    So many great choices and thanks for putting them together in one place!

  9. KD says:

    Those sound like fun! Thanks for sharing the list.

  10. EvelynG says:

    Thanks for the Idea List. We’ll have to check out the Cumberland Museum Christmas Lights!

  11. JaimeeM says:

    This post would be great if I lived in ottawa. lol/ So many fun events this time of year

  12. kathy downey says:

    I wish we had events like that here in Newfoundland

  13. kathy downey says:

    If I lived in ottawa I would be so busy

  14. kathy downey says:

    Christmas Tea sounds wonderful,i love looking at the lights

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