What’s happening in Ottawa this weekend: December 31-Jan. 2

CTVNewsOttawa.ca looks at activities and events taking place in Ottawa, Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec over the New Year weekend.

For a list of events taking place on New Year’s Eve, click here.

ICE SKATING

The city of Ottawa’s outdoor ice rinks are open for the season.

Rink of Dreams at Ottawa City Hall

  • Daily: 07:00 to 23:00

  • December 31: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

  • January 1: 1pm to 11pm

Lansdowne Park Skating Rink

Ben Franklin Place Skating Rink

Jim Tubman Chevrolet Rink

Rink of Dreams, Ottawa

SKIING

Ski resorts are open across eastern Ontario and western Quebec. Visit each resort’s website for details.

CHRISTMAS LIGHT OVER CANADA

Parliament Hill and downtown Ottawa are gearing up for the holiday season with Christmas lights across Canada.

See the multimedia projection on Parliament Hill and the Pathway of Lights in Canada’s metropolitan area.

Christmas lights across Canada continue until January 7th.

THE MAGIC OF LIGHT

The Magic of Lights lights up in Wesley Clover Parks this holiday season.

Do not miss this dazzling, immersive holiday lighting experience with favorite holiday scenes and seasonal characters.

Each ticket to the Magic of Lights benefits CHEO.

The Magic of Lights runs until January 8th.

Visit https://magicoflights.com/events/ottawa/ to get tickets.

STATE AT NIGHT IN UPPER CANADA VILLAGE

It’s the final two nights of Alight at Night, considered Eastern Ontario’s largest outdoor light festival.

Candles adorn the heritage buildings, trees and fences of Upper Canada Village in Morrisburg, Ont. create a unique magical backdrop for its annual Alight at Night Festival.

Alight at Night runs until January 1st

Visit uppercanadavillage.com for details and tickets.

Get off at night

MUSEUMS

A look at the museum’s opening hours in the capital region during the holidays.

The Natural History Museum

  • Open: 2 January, 3 January.

  • Closed: 31 December, 1 January

Canadian Agricultural and Food Museum

  • Open: dec. 31, Jan. 1, Jan. 2

  • Closed: 3 January

Canadian Museum of Science and Technology

  • Open: dec. 31, Jan. 1, Jan. 2

  • Closed: 3 Jan.

Canada’s Aviation and Space Museum

  • Open: dec. 31, Jan. 1, Jan. 2, jan. 3.

Canadian War Museum

  • The Canadian War Museum is closed on public holidays.

Canadian Museum of History

  • The Canadian Museum of History is closed on public holidays.

National Gallery of Canada

  • Open: 31 December (10.00-17.00), 1 January (12.00-17.00), 2 January.

  • Closed: 3 January.

Thieves’ bunkers

  • Open: 31 December (10.00-14.00), 2 January.

  • Closed: 1 January.

All guests 12 years and older must show proof of full vaccination to visit Canadian Museum of Nature, Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, Canada Science and Technology Museum, Canada Aviation and Space Museum, Canadian War Museum, Canadian Museum of History and National Gallery of Canada.

OWL MEETING

Come face to face with live owls at the Canadian Museum of Nature.

Do not miss this outdoor exhibit, created in collaboration with Little Ray’s Nature Center. See owls and an eagle in their specially designed habitat enclosures.

BYWARD MARKET AND PARKDALE MARKET

ByWard Market and Parkdale Public Market are open.

For more information, visit www.ottawamarkets.ca.

OMEGA PARK

Parc Omega is open in Montebello, Que.

For more information, visit https://www.parcomega.ca/en/.

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