The Lord Elgin Hotel is the ideal spot to escape to Ottawa, Canada’s Capital City, and celebrate the holiday season. Located in the heart of downtown Ottawa, you cannot imagine a better location to enjoy the colors and excitement of the festive season.


Christmas Lights Across Canada

From December 8, 2021, 2019 to January 7th, 2022, the Christmas Lights across Canada program is turned on, illuminating Elgin Street and Confederation Park, as well as Wellington and Parliament Hill from 5:30 pm to 1:00 am each evening. The hotel is surrounded by trees, covered with colorful Christmas lights and you cannot help but feel festive.  This event, which began more than 30 years ago, became such a hit that many cities across Canada now participate in what’s become a national tradition.

A Christkindlmarkt on Campus 

November 13-14, 2021-Kemptville Campus, 75 Campus Drive, Kemptville, ON 

Spend the evening at the annual outdoor Christmas market in the nearby town of Kemptville.  A lovely local festival for friends and family to shop for homemade Christmas Ornaments, decorations, and gifts.

Art & Parcel Holiday Sale

November 13, 2021 – January 20, 2022 (Wednesday – Sunday) Ottawa Art Gallery, 10 Daly Avenue, Ottawa, ON

Visit Ottawa Art Gallery’s annual holiday showcase this season before planning your Christmas shopping. You will find original artworks, ceramics, jewelry, homeware, kids’ crafts, art supplies, books, and more. Discover great gifts for everyone on your list, while supporting Canadian artists and the Ottawa Art Gallery!

Christmas down on the farm

November 18 – December 23, 2021, The Log Farm, 670 Cedarview Road, Ottawa, ON

the Log Farm is simply put – magical!!!  Pick out the perfect Christmas tree then warm up with hot apple cider. Bring your letters for Santa and peek around his workshop. Then jump on a wagon ride or pet some of the very friendly animals at this event put on annually.

Magic of Lights

November 19, 2021 – January, 8, 2022 – Wesley Clover Parks, 401 Corkstown Road, Ottawa, ON

An Ottawa favorite for years, this display of dazzling Magic of Lights drive-through is a must-see!! Lined with two kilometers of sparkling LED light displays, this event is great for the whole family to safely enjoy from the comfort of your car.

Glebe Craft and Artisan Fair

November 20-28, 2021 – Glebe Community Centre, 175 Third Avenue, Ottawa, ON

It is all about supporting local these days and here is your chance.  The Glebe Craft and Artisan fair is a favorite holiday event for all?  The two-weekend event welcomes you to meet with local, high-quality talent and to discover unique treasures.

Ottawa Christmas Market

November 26 – December 22, 2021 – Casino Lac-Leamy Plaza at Lansdowne, Marché Way, Ottawa, Ontario

Each year on weekends and select additional days leading up to Christmas, the Ottawa Christmas Market takes over the outdoor plaza at Lansdowne in the vibrant Glebe neighbourhood. The family-friendly and free event features seasonal food and drink (including alcoholic options), local goods at vendor cabins, glittering displays, and live performances.

A Country Christmas

November 27, 2021 – January 2, 2022 –  Saunders Farm, 7893 Bleeks Road, Ottawa

By day, enjoy pre-cut Christmas trees, hedge mazes, wagon rides, Christmas displays, a Farm Shop with local vendors and more! By night, drive through the Country Christmas drive-through experience and enjoy the holiday lights and displays from the comfort of your own car!

Holiday Craft Fair

November 28, 2021 – Holiday Inn and Suites Kanata, 101 Kanata Ave., Kanata, ON

Support local this holiday by visiting the Holiday Inn & Suites Craft Fair lined with a multitude of Ottawa Artisans. Discover unique finds from jewelry, pottery, spices and much more to level up your Christmas shopping this season!


December 3-5, 2021 – National Arts Centre, 1 Elgin Street, Ottawa, ON

A family favourite is back this holiday season! Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet is descending upon the National Arts Centre to perform their much-loved, all-Canadian version of the timeless story of Nutcracker. Join Clara in her fairy-tale reverie — along with her Prince, the Mouse King, Sugar Plum Fairy, majestic Mounties and Filbert the Bear — for this delightful frolic through a winter wonderland. Set to Tchaikovsky’s iconic score, the Nutcracker will immerse you into a fantastical world of extravagant sets and costumes.

Signatures Originals

December 8-12, 2021 – EY Centre, 4899 Uplands Drive, Ottawa, ON

Looking for a one-of-a-kind Christmas gift? Visit over 150 of Canada’s best artists, artisans and designers with innovative displays and contemporary designs at this handmade marketplace. Plus, attend this in-person event to meet and learn from Canada’s makers and creatives from across country.

Holiday Cirque

December 9-11, 2021 – National Arts Centre, 1 Elgin Street, Ottawa, ON

Prepare to be mesmerized by the beauty of the NAC Orchestra combined with the thrill of the circus from Troupe Vertigo’s outstanding performances. Watch this holiday-themed event featuring classics like “March of the Toys,” “A Caribbean Sleigh Ride,” and “What Child is This?”

Handel’s Messiah

December 15-16, 2021, National Arts Centre, 1 Elgin Street, Ottawa, ON

Experience the joy and mystery exuded from Handel’s Messiah as we celebrate our relationship to the divine this holiday season. Conducted by Bernard Labadie, a world-renowned expert in the Baroque and Classical repertoire, the National Arts Centre is excited to present this masterpiece with the NAC Orchestra.

Ottawa Choral Society

December 19 and 20th, 2021 – St. Francois d’Assise Church, 20 Fairmont Avenue, Ottawa, ON

A local favourite, conducted by Jean-Sebastien Vallée, this season will begin with J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio on Sunday, December 19th and 20th


If you want to do some serious Christmas shopping, you are in the right spot. The Rideau Centre is only one block from the hotel with over 180 of the biggest names in fashion beauty, and many new exciting newcomers to the mall. Just a few blocks away is the Byward Market. Created by John By in 1826, the Byward Market is one of Canadas oldest and largest public markets. A favourite spot for visitors and locals, in this four block radius you will find museums, cafes, boutiques, speciality food shops, night clubs, restaurants, pubs, galleries, hair and aesthetics salons and spas and more.  Book our Holiday Shopping Package – a perfect little getaway to take advantage of our amazing location and get your shopping done in time for the holidays!


Now is the time to book your Office Holiday Party and our Catering Department is offering a Great Deal on your party if you Book Now! See our menus here. Call our Catering department 613-563-6410.

Grill 41 Restaurant in the Lord Elgin Hotel offers their special holiday menu for Christmas Day, (Brunch & Dinner) which books up very quickly. Check out our menus at Grill 41’s website here or call at 613-569-2126.


Lord Elgin has a variety of packages and special rates for the holidays, such as our Book Direct Offer (up to 15% off) or the very popular Stay and Save Rate that offers a $100 rebate on your stay.    Check out our Specials and Packages page for more information and to book your next stay.

Here are just some of the activities and experiences available in the region as of Thursday, December 23rd:

Lord Elgin Hotel downtown Ottawa

Lord Elgin Hotel downtown Ottawa