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Things to do in Ottawa over the New Year's Eve weekend

Share looks at things to do in Ottawa over the New Year's weekend.

Free OC Transpo service

The city of Ottawa and OC Transpo celebrate the New Year with free service on New Year's Eve.

Ride OC Transpo buses, the O-Train and Para Transpo buses after 6 p.m. on Sunday. O-Train service continues until 2 a.m.


The Scottish Society of Ottawa hosts Hogman-eh! on New Year's Eve.

The New Year's Eve party runs from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Lansdowne Park. Performers include Ally the Piper, the Mudmen, MacIsaac and MacKenzie, the RCMP Pipes, Drums and Dancers and Anna Ludlow.

For tickets and information, visit

New Year's Eve celebrations in the Ottawa-Gatineau area.

Visit the links for information on New Year's Eve celebrations.

Ottawa Senators

Ring in the New Year with the Ottawa Senators.

The Senators host the New Jersey Devils Friday night at 7 p.m. 

The Senators host the Buffalo Sabres Sunday evening at Canadian Tire Centre. Game time is 6 p.m.

For tickets and information, visit the Ottawa Senators website

Ottawa 67's

The Ottawa 67's host the Kingston Frontenacs on Saturday at TD Place. Game time is 3 p.m.

On Monday, the 67's travel to Kingston to play the Frontenacs at the Leon's Centre.

For tickets to 67's games, visit the Ottawa 67's website

Ottawa PWHL

Ottawa’s professional women’s hockey team will play their historic first game at the Arena at TD Place on Tuesday.

Ottawa hosts Montreal at 7 p.m. The game is sold out.

For more information and tickets, visit

Ain't Too Proud

Broadway Across Canada presents Ain't Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations at the National Arts Centre.

See the smash-hit Broadway musical on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

For tickets and information, visit the NAC website

Bell Capital Cup

The 23rd annual Bell Capital Cup continues until Monday at arenas across Ottawa.

For schedules and information, visit


Museums in Ottawa and Gatineau are open over the holidays. Visit each museum's website for the schedule.


You can skate for free on Ottawa's outdoor refrigerated rinks, weather permitting.

Here is a list of locations in Ottawa. For more information, visit the city of Ottawa's website.  

  • Rink of Dreams at Ottawa City Hall
  • Lansdowne Park skating court
  • Ben Franklin Place skating rink
  • Jim Tubman Chevrolet Rink (Canterbury)

Skaters on the Rink of Dreams at Ottawa City Hall on Monday, Dec. 7, 2020.

Downhill skiing

There are several ski resorts near Ottawa. Visit each hill's website for ski conditions.

Parliament of Canada Tours

Enjoy a free, guided tour of the Senate at the Senate of Canada Building and the House of Commons in the West Block this winter.

For tickets and tour times, visit There will be no guided tours available on New Year's Day.

Parliament: The Immersive Experience

Explore the main Parliament Building, also called Centre Block, in this new innovative experience.

Parliament: The Immersive Experience at 211 Sparks Street includes an exhibition and a 360-degree multimedia show that takes you on a tour through Centre Block, which has been closed since 2019.

The experience will be closed on New Year's Day.

Tickets are available at no cost at visit

Magic of Lights

Enjoy a drive-thru holiday lights experience at Wesley Clover Parks this holiday season.

Magic of Lights features your favourite holiday scenes and characters using the latest LED technology and digital animations.

Magic of Lights continues until Jan. 7.

For more information and tickets, visit

Winter Lights Across Canada

Thousands of lights are on display in downtown Ottawa and Gatineau this holiday season as part of the Pathway of Lights.

As part of the Winter Lights Across Canada program, several sites will be lit up for the holidays, including the National War Memorial, Confederation Park, Jacques-Cartier Park, Portage Park and the Supreme Court of Canada.

The Pathway of Lights continues until Jan. 7. For more information, visit

Stanley's Olde Maple Lane Farm

Celebrate Christmas at the Farm at Stanley's Olde Maple Lane Farm.

The Holiday Stroll is open Wednesdays to Saturdays until Dec. 30.

For more information, visit

Alight at Night

Over one million lights light up the heritage buildings, trees and fences at Upper Canada Village until Jan. 6.

Alight at Night brings Christmas magic to the historic village in Morrisburg.

For tickets and information, visit Top Stories

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