• By: OLM Staff

10 things to do in Ottawa this weekend – December 23-25, 2022

Graham Kay at Yuk Yuks West

When: December 23, 2022
Where: Downstairs at Biagio's Kitchen + Catering, 1394 Richmond Rd
What time: 8 pm
Admission: $25 • Click here to purchase tickets

An award-winning stand-up comedian, actor and TV writer, Graham Kay has been described as “Quick, clever, deliciously sarcastic and brilliantly funny.” Catch his act Friday at Yuk Yuk’s West!

Photo: Courtesy Yuk Yuks

Christmas Mass at Notre-Dame Cathedral

When: December 24 & 25, 2022
Where: Sussex Drive, between St. Patrick and Guigues, across from the National Gallery
Various time: See the listing below or Click to see the full schedule
Admission: n/a

Celebrate Christmas Mass at Notre-Dame Cathedral, Ottawa’s the largest and oldest standing church. The Ottawa Heritage Site and a National Historic Site contains a stunning display of Canadian religious art.

Saturday, December 24, 2022 Christmas Eve Mass @ 5:00 PM (Bilingual) Christmas Eve Mass @ 7:00 PM (Bilingual) Christmas Eve Mass @ 9:00 PM (Bilingual)-Livestreamed Mini Christmas Concert @ 11:30 PM (FREE-first come first served) Midnight Mass @ 12:00 AM (Bilingual) Sunday, December 25, 2022 Christmas Day Mass @ 10:00 AM (French) Christmas Day Mass @ 12:00 PM (English) NO 5:00 PM MASS

Photo: Notre-Dame Cathedral

Patinage en Foret

When: Weather permitting 
Where: 9 Montée Beausoleil, Lac-des-Loups, Québec
What time: Daily from 9 am until sunset
Admission: Adults $18 • Click here to purchase tickets

Just 45 minutes from Ottawa, Patinage en Foret at Lac-des-Loups is the perfect 3 km ice skating escape for lovers of winter sports. Along with opportunities for snowshoeing, this magical open-air landscape is sheltered from the wind and lined with trees.. 

Photo: Courtesy Patinage en Foret

Domaine de lAnge-Gardien

When: Season opens December 24, 2022
Where: 1031, rue Pierre-Laporte L'Ange-Gardien, Gatineau
What time: 10 am – 3 pm
Admission: Adults $20, Children 2-12 $18 • Click here to purchase tickets

With a tow lift and 8 tubing runs, Domaine de L'Ange-Gardien is one of Ottawa’s favourite tubing parks. Opening for the season on December 24, make sure to reserve your day pass before leaving home. 

Photo: Domaine de l'Ange-Guardien

Rink of Dreams at Ottawa City Hall

When: Weather permitting
Where: Laurier Avenue side of Ottawa City Hall 
What time: Daily, 9 am to 11 pm
Admission: Free  

Ottawa’s Rink of Dream is a convenient spot to skate. Enjoy the sound of music over the speakers, and visit after sundown to see the rink lit up in multiple colours. A warming station is available on evenings and weekends, while skate rental and sharpening services, as well as a BeaverTails kiosk, are open on weekends.

Magic of Lights Ottawa at Wesley Clover Parks

When: Until Saturday, January 7, 2023
Where: Wesley Clover Parks, 411 Corkstown Road
What time: 5 pm to10 pm
Admission: Starting at $18 • Click here to purchase tickets

Experience the Magic of Lights from the comfort and safety of your own car as you wind through the sparkling path of Ottawa’s favourite holiday tradition. Magic of Lights is a great family entertainment value, and every ticket to Magic of Lights benefits the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. New this year, Magic of Lights Ottawa features the Mark Motors Group “Holiday Pit Stop,” where guests will be invited to park, explore the winter wonderland, and take pictures before moving on to the Magic of Lights route.

Photo: Magic of Lights

Winter Lights Across Canada

When: Until January 8, 2023
Where: Parliament Hill, 111 Wellington Street
What time: Thursday to Monday from 5:30 pm to 11 pm (light show loops every 15 minutes)
Admission: Free

Live the nocturnal odyssey of luminous sparks that awaken during the Canadian winter solstice. Their mission: add light to winter evenings. With some help, they will travel across Canada’s many landscapes. Will they overcome the challenges along the way and achieve their important task? Catch the multimedia projection and, for a few moments, let the magic carry you away. An adventure that is sure to please young and old!

Photo: Government of Canada

The Banshees of Inisherin

When: December 23 & 24, 2022
Where: Bytown Cinema, 325 Rideau Street
What time: Friday 4:30 pm & Saturday 3:30 pm
Admission: $11.95 • Click here to purchase tickets

The perils of petty grievances are imaginatively explored in Oscar-winning writer-director Martin McDonagh’s (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) latest comedy-drama, set on the fictional island of Inisherin off the west coast of Ireland during the time of the Civil War, where old pals Pádraic (Colin Farrell) and Colm (Brendan Gleeson) have reached a confounding impasse in their friendship. Before long the whole village is involved in the standoff, with no one willing to predict how far these two stubborn men will go with their feud.

The Big Game Ticket Giveaway Promotion

When: Until December 31, 2022
Where: Rideau Carleton Casino – 4837 Albion Rd S, Gloucester
What time: Open and Rockin’ 24/7
Admission: N/A

Join us at Rideau Carleton Casino now through December 31st for your chance to win a trip for two to ‘The Big Game’ – yes, the super-sized big football game in Arizona this February! Prize package valued at over $25,000 and includes $2,500 cash for both airfare and accommodations.

Start earning ballots now through December 31st for every $20 wagered while using your *Rock Star Rewards card. Grand prize draw will take place after the ball drops on NYE at 1:15am on January 1st, 2023.

Click HERE to view full promotional details.

*Signing up for a Rock Star Rewards card is easy and free, visit our Rock Star Rewards Desk for details.

Money Mania Promotion

When: November 1 – December 31, 2022
Where: Rideau Carleton Casino – 4837 Albion Rd S, Gloucester
What time: Open and Rockin’ 24/7
Admission: N/A

Over $150,000 in Prizes to be Won.

Experience the thrill of Money Mania with over $150,000 in prizes to be won. The final few weeks of ‘Money Mania’ continue where you have a chance of being 1 of 20 DAILY winners selected to enter our ‘Money Machine’ and keep what you catch in free-play prizes. Plus, every Saturday we are giving away $12,500 in CASH. Every $20 wagered earns you a ballot*.

  • Free Parking.
  • Play Smart. Must be 19+

Click HERE to view full promotional details.

*Must be a Rock Stars Reward Member. Signing up for a Rock Star Rewards card is easy and free, visit our Rock Star Rewards Desk for details.