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 the downtown of Ottawa, you cannot imagine a better location to enjoy the colors and excitement of the festive season.
From December 4, 2019 to January 7th, 2020, the Christmas Lights across Canada program is turned on, illuminating Elgin Street and Confederation Park, as well as Wellington and Parliament Hill. The hotel is surrounded with twinkling lights and you cannot help but feel festive. The radiant event, which began moe than three decades ago, became such a hit that cities across Canada now participate in what’s become a national tradition.
Magical winter lightscapes show
From December 4, 2019 to January 7, 2020, a winter lightscapes multimedia show is projected onto Parliament Hill’s Centre Block. Inspired by Canada’s nature, climate and culture, this 13-minute fairy tale runs nightly in a loop, from 5:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m (until midnight on December 31).
Official lighting route
From December 4th 2019 to January 7, 2020 from 5:30 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. each day.
Be charmed by the thousands of dazzling holiday lights that brighten Confederation Boulevard, Canada’s ceremonial route that circles the heart of the Capital. Follow the route and admire the illuminated sites including the National War Memorial, the Garden of Provinces and Territories and the view from Alexandra Bridge.
Some of the best places to experience the lights include the National War Memorial, the Garden of Provinces and the view from Alexandra Bridge.
For a detailed map, CLICK HERE
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 Canada’s oldest and largest public markets. A favourite spot for visitors and locals, in this four block radius you will find museums, cafes, boutiques, specialty 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!
BOOK YOUR HOLIDAY PARTY!
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 613-563-6415.
Grill 41 Restaurant in the Lord Elgin 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.
HOLIDAY RATES & DEALS:
The Lord Elgin has a variety of packages and special rates for the holidays, such as our Book Direct (up to 15% off) Cars Stay Free Package or our very popular Stay and Save Rate that offer up to 30% off your stay. We are also offering a Christmas Stay Package including 2 coupons for a welcome cocktail (to enjoy by our lobby fireplace) as well as a welcome stocking from Santa (if you are staying on the 24th that is). For this one you will have to call the hotel directly at 1-800-267-4298 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to book. Check out our Specials and Packages page for more information and to book your next stay.
There are a number of fabulous shows & concerts taking place in Ottawa this season.
- Come in from the Cold – Fourth Stage – Nov 23rd – National Arts Centre
- Blind Boys of Alabama Christmas Show – Nov 28th – National Arts Centre
- Ottawa Choral Society – Handel’s Messiah – St Francis of Assisi Church
- Ottawa Bach Choir – Dec 1 – Knox Presbyterian Church
- The 17th Annual Christmas GOOSE Concert – Dec 1st – National Arts Centre
- Masters in the Hall – Celtic Music– Dec 3 – National Arts Centre
- The Nutcracker – Royal Winnipeg Ballet – Dec 4- National Arts Centre
- Elf the Musical – Dec 5-9- Centrepointe Theatre
- The Hockey Sweater – A Musical – Dec 5-23 – National Arts Centre
- Emilie-Claire Barlow: Winter Lights – Dec 6 – National Arts Centre
- The Debaters Live on Tour – Holiday Special – Dec 7 – National Arts Centre
- Christmas in the Valley – Dec 12 – Centrepointe Theatre
- Holiday Hits with the NAC Orchestra – Dec 12-14 – National Arts Centre
- The Barra MacNeils– Dec 12 – National Arts Centre
- CBC Project Give – Dec 13 – National Arts Centre
- A Winter’s Night featuring Skydiggers, Basia Bulat & More – Dec 13-14 – National Arts Centre
- Silent Winters Christmas Show – Dec 13 – National Arts Centre
- Adawaning: Indigenous Women’s Art Market – Dec 14 – National Arts Centre
- Christmas with Céleste Lévis – Dec 14 – National Arts Centre
- Serena Ryder – Dec 15 – National Arts Centre
- Toddler Tuesdays – Dec 17 – National Arts Centre
- Seniors Pop Up Painting – Dec 18 – National Arts Centre
- La Chapelle Sings Messiah – Dec 18-19 – National Arts Centre
- Good Lovelies Christmas Concert – Dec 19 – National Arts Centre
- Gospel Celebration for the Holidays with the London Trio + – Dec 19 – National Arts Centre
- Christmas with Matt Andersen & Friends – Dec 20 – National Arts Centre
- Kellylee Evans’ Winter Song – Dec 21 – National Arts Centre
- A Jann Arden Christmas with the NAC Orchestra – Dec 21-22 – National Arts Centre
- Les lundis des tout-petits – Dec 23 – National Arts Centre
- In the Christmas Mood with the Glenn Miller Orchestra – Dec 23 – National Arts Centre
- New Year’s Eve at the NAC – Dec 31 – National Arts Centre
..and for what is happening this coming weekend..
The new year is here with lots of fun events across Ottawa! In an effort to assist your front-line staff with suggestions for guests/visitors, below is a list of some of the great things to do in and around Ottawa this weekend. Please share with as many staff as possible.
- Cheer on the Ottawa Senators as they take on the Florida Panthers on Thursday, January 2 and the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday, January 4 both at the Canadian Tire Centre. On Sunday, January 5 watch the players show off their moves at the Sens Skills Competition!
- The Christmas Lights Across Canada program wraps up on Tuesday, January 7 with illuminated buildings along Confederation Boulevard and a Magical Winter Lightscapes show projected onto Centre Block on Parliament Hill nightly (in a 15-minute loop). FREE!
- Skate on one of the great refrigerated rinks around Ottawa such as the SENS Rink of Dreams in front of Ottawa City Hall, the Skating Rink at Rideau Hall (public skating available on weekends), and the Lansdowne Park Skating Court. FREE!
- Cheer on the Ottawa 67’s on Thursday, January 2 as they play the Kingston Frontenacs and on Sunday, January 5 as they take on the Erie Otters, both at TD Place!
- Alight at Night wraps up at Upper Canada Village this Saturday, January 4 – visit the outdoor light festival to see close to one million lights adorning the village!
- Note that many national museums close for an annual closure between Monday, January 6 and Friday, January 10; including the National Gallery of Canada, Canadian War Museum, Canadian Museum of Nature, and the Canadian Museum of History. The Bytown Museum is open by appointment only for the month of January.
- The Ottawa Art Gallery is a great spot to get warm when you’re out exploring downtown Ottawa – stop by to check out fascinating exhibitions like Facing Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore or Inaabiwin. FREE!
- Check out ways to enjoy more fun winter activities that are free or nearly free in Ottawa on the Ottawa Tourism website!