Lord Elgin at Christmas

Celebrate the Festive Season at the Lord Elgin

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 colours and excitement of the festive season.


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Christmas Lights Across Canada

From  December 7th, 2023 to early January 2024 the Christmas Lights across Canada program is turned on, with over 300,000 lights illuminating downtown Ottawa, including 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.

Holiday Light Show on Parliament Hill

A spectacular light show with audio to accompany… you cannot beat this for holiday magic!!

Candlelight Christmas Concert

Enjoy Christmas songs by a string quartet in a magical candlelight setting.

Art & Parcel Holiday Sale

Now until January 7, 2024 (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 artwork, 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!

Confederation Park

Right in the heart of downtown, you’ll find displays of color with lights at Confederation Park. See the trees illuminated with different colours. Hop over to City Hall and add a free skate on the Rink of Dreams. Make a stop at our restaurant – FortyOne for dinner or a warm drink!

Magic of Lights

November 17th to January 6, 2024 – 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 25 & 26, 2023 – 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.

Gatineau Christmas Market

Outaouais – November 24 to December 3, 2023

Head to Aylmer, Quebec for their annual  Christmas Market featuring treats and eats, artisans, and more.  Enjoy the bonfire, music and hot chocolate while you’re shopping!

Ottawa Christmas Market

November 24th – December 23, 2023 –  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 neighborhood. The family-friendly and free event features seasonal food and drink (including alcoholic options), local goods at vendor cabins, glittering displays, and live performances.

Signatures Originals

December 6-10, 2023 – 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.

A Country Christmas

December 1-23, 2024 –  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!  A Country Christmas Days runs Saturdays and Sundays from December 1- 23, 2023. Some dates are excluded, please see the calendar for specific dates.

Ottawa Choral Society – A Christmas Tapestry

December 17, 2023 – St. Francois d’Assise Church, 20 Fairmont Avenue, Ottawa, ON

Ottawa’s beloved storyteller and playwright Pierre Brault makes his debut on the OCS stage to share some Christmas memories and introduce a glorious program of Christmas music. This concert explores the brilliant pairing of voices and brass over centuries, from the Renaissance to the present day. With the powerful resonance of the mighty organ and dramatic flare of percussion, you will hear  Christmas music from a wide range of eras and styles – Renaissance polyphony, contemporary dissonance, and traditional carols.

At the NATIONAL ARTS CENTRE – just across the street…they have Holiday programming for all ages…here are just a few…


November 29 to December 3, 2023 – National Arts Centre, 1 Elgin Street, Ottawa, ON

A family favorite 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.

21st Annual Christmas Goose Concert 

December 5th, 2023

The 21st Annual Christmas Goose Concert in support of the Ottawa Food Bank.  A two-set concert in “song circle” format; 6 musicians on stage at once; 4 front line singer-songwriters, and 3 in our “backup band” (lead guitar and mandolin, fiddle, and bass) Featuring songs and performances by Pat Moore, Tyler Kealey, Tom Lips, Chris MacLean & Don Bray, Jennifer Noxon, Ray Harris, and John Hanson, along with our fabulous back-up band, Pat McLaughlin, Dana Arrowsmith, & Ann Downey

Home Alone in Concert with the NAC Orchestra

December 7-9, 2023 – Southam Hall

A true holiday favourite, this beloved comedy classic features renowned composer John Williams’ charming and delightful score performed live to picture by the NAC Orchestra. Macaulay Culkin stars as Kevin McCallister, an 8-year-old boy who’s accidentally left behind when his family leaves for Christmas vacation, and who must defend his home against two bungling thieves. Hilarious and heart-warming, Home Alone is holiday fun for the entire family!

A Tyler Shaw Christmas

December 8, 2023

Tyler Shaw is a multi-Platinum-selling artist, music producer, and actor. The Chinese-Canadian, from Vancouver, BC, released his hit song “Kiss Goodnight” in 2012, quickly hitting Platinum sales. That release ultimately set the stage for more than a decade of chart-toping singles and career highlights, cementing Tyler’s role as one of Canada’s most versatile and pre-eminent talents.

A Christmas Playlist with NAC Orchestra & Ottawa Choral Society

December 12 – Southam Hall

Under the baton of guest conductor Jean-Marie Zeitouni, the NAC Orchestra offers a musical sleigh ride through snow-covered landscapes and timeless holiday classics, from Franz Gruber’s Sainte Nuit (Silent Night) to selections from Tchaikovsky’The Nutcracker to Mendelssohn’s joyful Hark! The Herald Angels Sing to the sparkling cheer of Carol of the Bells. The Ottawa Choral Society joins NACO for this perfect prelude to your own holiday celebrations.

Holly Cole: A Swinging Christmas with the NAC Orchestra

December 13 – Southam Hall

Born and raised in The Maritimes, Holly grew up surrounded by music; her parents were classical players, her brother is a composer and a jazz artist, her uncle sang and acted on Broadway and her grandfather played Country & Western accordion.  Her unique interpretations are lauded as being highly musical, intensely original, sophisticated, witty, and sexy. Her approach is sensual, intense, non-calculating and without any retro pretensions.

Handel’s Messiah

December 14-15, 2022, National Arts Centre, 1 Elgin Street, Ottawa, ON

GRAMMY Award–winning conductor Jeannette Sorrell is recognized internationally as one of today’s best interpreters of Baroque and Classical repertoire. Sorrell founded the renowned chamber orchestra Apollo’s Fire, which has performed sold-out shows at Carnegie Hall, the BBC Proms, the Tanglewood Festival, and others.

The Cantata Singers of Ottawa have performed every year with the NAC Orchestra since the NAC opened in 1969. They are joined on stage by the Capital Chamber Choir, which has distinguished itself as one of Ottawa’s premier small vocal ensembles.

Christmas with the Tenors

December 16th – Southam Hall

Canada’s most beloved vocal group, The Tenors, bring back your favourite holiday tradition with their Christmas with The Tenors Tour in support of their brand new album Christmas with The Tenors! The live show is a joyous representation of the album which uplifts your spirits, reignites cherished Christmas memories, and will provide the soundtrack for new ones. Join the celebration this holiday season!


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 favorite spot for visitors and locals, in this four-block radius you will find museums, cafes, boutiques, specialty food shops, nightclubs, restaurants, pubs, galleries, hair and aesthetics salons and spas, and more.  


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!  Call our Catering department at 613-563-6410.

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


Lord Elgin has a variety of packages and special rates for the holidays, such as our deeply discounted Festive Escape Offer that includes free parking, (limited to one car per booking and limited parking for oversized vehicles) or our Book Direct Offer (up to 20% off) .   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 in the coming weeks

  • Friday, December 22 | Check out the 613flea Holiday Night Market and discover more than 125 hand-picked vendors at Lansdowne. FREE!
  • Until Saturday, December 23 | Shop fantastic Ontario products from Kichesippi Holiday Pop Up in Sparks Street to help you get ready for the holiday season. FREE!
  • Until Saturday, December 23 | Enjoy Christmas-themed, family-friendly activities at Saunders Farm.
  • Saturday, December 23 | Bundle up and head over to Stanley’s Christmas Village for a winter wonderland experience.
  • Until Saturday, December 23 | Don’t miss the outdoor Ottawa Christmas Market at Lansdowne: enjoy a festive atmosphere with plenty of holiday entertainment, local flavours, and shopping. FREE!
  • Until Saturday, December 23 | Meet 100+ vendors inside the Aberdeen Pavilion in Lansdowne Park at the Ottawa Farmers’ Market! FREE!
  • Until Saturday, December 23 | Press pause and take a moment for yourself during Home for the Holidays at Billings Estate National Historic Site.
  • Until Tuesday, December 26 (Saturdays and Sundays only) | Enjoy Flights with Santa over Ottawa this Christmas with up to 3 passengers!
  • Until Sunday, December 31 | Participate in the Glebe Spree and as you shop at stores in the Glebe, you’ll receive stickers for a chance to win a $10,000 shopping spree.
  • Until Friday, January 5, 2024 | Experience it in person or take a virtual tour of the beautifully decorated Trees of Hope for CHEO Christmas trees in the Fairmont Château Laurier hotel. FREE!
  • Until Sunday, January 7, 2024 | Experience the dazzling Magic of Lights drive-through display lined with two kilometers of sparkling LED lights at Wesley Clover Parks.
  • Until Sunday, January 7, 2024 | Stroll through a historic village filled with holiday joy, including over one million lights, Christmas music, BeaverTails, and more during the Alight at Night Festival at Upper Canada Village.


For a rollicking good time…

  • Thursday, December 21 | Experience your favourite films like never before as you taste a multi-course menu inspired from them during Hungry Eyes happening at the Ottawa Art Gallery.
  • Thursday, December 21 | Join Music and Beyond for their annual Christmas concert. Highlighting a medley of beloved Christmas classics to get you in the holiday spirit.
  • Thursday, December 21 to Saturday, December 23; Thursday, December 28 to Saturday, December 30 | The Boogie Wonder Band celebrates its 25th anniversary and proves once again that disco is still going strong happening at the Casino Lac-Leamy.
  • Until Saturday, December 23 | Rediscover the magic of Narnia through the magic of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, on stage at Meridian Theatres.
  • Sunday, December 24 | Enjoy family-friendly thermal experiences, workshops, and special children’s menu at the Family Discovery Day at Nordik Spa-Nature.
  • Sunday, December 24 | Celebrate Christmas Eve with the little ones in a serene environment at Family Day in Kōena Spa.
  • From Wednesday, December 27 to Sunday, January 7 | Get ready to be enchanted as OttawaMusicals awaken the stage with Sleeping Beauty happening at The Gladstone.
  • Friday, December 29 | Roll and dazzle at the All that Glitters & Rolls 2023 Roller Party! Skate with lights, sparkles & tunes in the beautiful Horticulture Building!
  • Until Sunday, January 7, 2024 | Looking for family fun this winter break? Search no further than three of Ottawa’s national museums (Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, Canada Aviation and Space Museum and Canada Science and Technology Museum) which offer affordable adventures for the whole family.


For ringing in the new year…

  • Saturday, December 30 | Start the New Year off on the right foot with a 5k or 10k New Year’s Run that starts and ends at Lansdowne.
  • Sunday, December 31 | Hogman-eh! invites you to reconnect and rejoice in a family-friendly Scottish-style New Year’s Eve celebration at Lansdowne, the largest Hogmanay celebration outside of Scotland.
  • Sunday, December 31 | Celebrate New Year’s Eve with an exclusive and spectacular party at Casino du Lac-Leamy, at Hammond New Year’s 1920’s speakeasy party, or at New Year’s Eve Celebration at Brookstreet Hotel.
  • Sunday, December 31 | Join Lez Go, Ottawa’s lesbian+ events group, for Bliss NYE! Women, ages 19+, who identify as lesbian, trans, Two-Spirit, bi, poly, pan, and queer or questioning, including non binary lesbians are welcome.
  • From family-friendly outings to brewery tours, fancy meals and chic VIP parties, you’ll find even more options to ring in the New Year, Ottawa Style, right here.


For hockey fans…

  • Saturday, December 23; Friday, December 29; Sunday, December 31| Cheer on the Ottawa Senators as they compete against the Pittsburgh Penguins, the New Jersey Devils, and the Buffalo Sabres at the Canadian Tire Centre.
  • Thursday, December 28 – Monday, January 1, 2024 | Bell Capital Cup is a festival celebrating the game of hockey in Ottawa, with youth teams participating from across Canada, the United States, and around the world.
  • Saturday, December 30; Friday, January 5, 2024, Saturday, January 6, 2024 | Enjoy junior hockey as the Ottawa 67’s battle against the Kingston Frontenacs and the North Bay Battalion at TD Place Arena.



Lord Elgin Hotel downtown Ottawa
Lord Elgin Hotel downtown Ottawa