Best time to go to Ottawa

New Year Celebrations 2024-2025

Despite the cold weather, it's a great occasion to go out and enjoy celebration throughout the city

Dates: late December

Ottawa is a great spot to meet the New Year due to the vast amount of activities available to the general public. Canadian capital offers plenty of activities for friends, families, and all sorts of cheerful crowds.

Hogman-eh! (December 31, 2023–January 1, 2024)

Hogman-eh!, a Scottish-style Hogmanay celebration, is the place to ring in the New Year with friends and family. The party starts at 5 pm and lasts until 1 am the next day. There is Kids Countdown at 7 pm for the youngest crowds. Midnight fireworks at TD Lansdowne Park will illuminate the skies and hearts. Scottish food and drinks, musical entertainment, and dancing—what could you add to make this night better? This party at Lansdowne’s Aberdeen Pavilion offers free admission until 9 pm and a $10 entry fee after.

Ottawa Charity Ball (December 5-10, 2023)

Another option is Ottawa Charity Ball with an exquisite 4-course meal, music, and dances at the Ottawa Conference and Event Centre. The team will run the Ottawa New Year's Eve Charity Ball Virtual Auction to keep the event alive and keep providing for those with disabilities.

Magic of Lights (November 17, 2023–January 6, 2024)

The Magic of Lights Ottawa is held annually at Wesley Clover Parks Campground from mid-November through early January. This magical display attracts about 230,000 people every holiday season. Thousands of LEDs illuminate a drive through—a magical route loaded with animation and popular holiday characters. The Magic of Lights Ottawa runs every night from Monday to Thursday from 5 pm to 9 pm and Friday & Sunday from 5 pm to 10 pm.

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Last updated: by Eleonora Provozin