Good morning!! I hope everyone had a great Christmas and that Santa was great to each and every one of you! Christmas is such a stressful time: organizing everything that needs to be done around the house, with family gatherings to attend and with traveling around….and that’s before shopping and gift giving. This past weekend was the first following this hectic time, and hopefully you all had the chance to unwind. This week however, the pressure is on to find the most exciting event that you can for New Years Eve. Well, you’re in luck!!
For New Years Eve, I have created a list of all of the great activities and parties happening around Ottawa. If you are still looking for something to do, check out the list by clicking here! May I suggest the Ottawa New Years Eve Charity Ball?? It raises money for Journey House, and year after year proves that it’s the greatest party in the city. Tickets are still available!
Even though Christmas is over, you still have a chance to get out and participate in some amazing seasonal activities! Ottawa Christmas Glow continues at the EY Centre each day until January 4th. You can read my review on it here. Also, Christmas Lights Across Canada continues each day on Parliament Hill and at Confederation Park, so why not get out to this free activity and enjoy the beauty of downtown Ottawa at Christmas time? Finally, the Magic of Lights Christmas drive-through takes place daily at Wesley Clover Park each day until January 4th.
Another quiet week in theatre for Ottawa, with only two shows running: Kanata Theatre has it’s final show on Monday of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” and at the NAC, starting on New Years eve and running through January 5th, Broadway Across Canada’s “Waitress” is on daily. With 8 shows total over the week, there are many opportunities to get out to see this fantastic musical! I have Stub-Hub ticketing options linked on my event calendar if you’re looking for them.
For sporting events this week, aside from watching the Junior’s, the Ottawa Senators have two home games this week, plus a skills competition on Sunday. Thursday night, the Florida Panthers are in town, and Saturday night, you can see them play the Tampa Bay Lightning . The Ottawa 67’s also have two home games this week: Thursday afternoon, the Kingston Frontenacs are in town, and then Sunday, the Erie Otters are visiting for an afternoon game.
Concert Picks of the Week!
With the second week of the Christmas season upon us, there are no major touring bands in the area, but I have two concerts that I would recommend seeing. If you’re into music with a reggae vibe, I highly recommend the Roots Movement at the Rainbow on Friday night. Then on Saturday, Fiesta Cubana will be playing at Queen Street Fare, so you can head downtown and get your salsa on!!