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The holiday season has people flying all over the world, back to their homes, to visit friends or family, or for a winter vacation. There's nothing better than spending time with loved ones enjoying Christmas lights, sipping on hot chocolate, and embracing the holiday cheer. If you're spending the holidays in Ottawa, make your trip a memorable one with these upcoming events! 


The first and only European-style Christmas Market in Ontario

You won't have to travel far to experience a traditional European Christmas market! The Ottawa market is the first European-style holiday market to take place in this city. From November 29 to December 22, guests can enjoy food from local vendors (including traditional fare), shop for unique gift items, and enjoy live music from JUNO Award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter, Chantal Kreviazuk. Make this event a part of your holiday tradition, mark your calendar!


Glow around the world

The annual Christmas Glow exhibit is lighting up Ottawa from December 5-January 4. Head to the EY Centre for a magical winter experience like no other! Walk through a winter wonderland with sparkling Christmas lights, an interactive light garden, illuminated structures, a jolly Santa, and food, drinks and live entertainment. Bring the family out for this all-ages event that will leave a twinkle in your eye. Get your tickets today!


Lights, lights and more lights!

Christmas Lights Across Canada is back to bring brighten up the dark winter nights. Now considered a national tradition, the Christmas Lights Across Canada event is on a 30-year run with more and more cities across the nation participating in this beautiful ceremony. Come to the opening ceremony at Confederation Park in downtown Ottawa and be mesmerized by thousands of lights illuminating Parliament Hill. From December 4-January 7, between 5:30-11:00 PM a multimedia show is projected onto the Parliament Hill buildings, displaying a 15-minute fairytale, inspired by Canada's natural landscape, climate, and beauty. This event is free and a must-see, don't miss out!


There's so much to love about the holidays and so many reasons to celebrate. End each heartwarming evening with a peaceful rest at the Best Western Ottawa City Centre. Find comfortable beds, affordable rates, and priceless memories. Book your stay today!

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