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New Year Celebrations 2022-2023

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


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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, 2021)

Hogman-eh!, a Scottish-style Hogmanay celebration, is the place to ring in the New Year with friends and family. 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.

Rick Chiarelli’s Alcohol-Free New Year’s Eve (December 31, 2021, unconfirmed)

Not a huge fan of booze? Then Rick Chiarelli’s Alcohol-Free New Year’s Eve is for you! The night kicks off outside at the rink at Ben Franklin Place with a skating show by the Nepean Skating Club. Bundle up to watch the talented performers. The night ends with fascinating fireworks.

Ottawa New Year's Eve Charity Ball (December 28–31, 2021, virtual)

Another option is Ottawa New Year's Eve Charity Ball with an exquisite 4-course meal, music, and dances at the Ottawa Conference and Event Centre. In 2020, there will be no physical gathering. Instead, 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. Bids open at 9 am on December 28, 2021, and close at 9 pm on December 31, 2021.

Magic of Lights (November 19, 2021–January 8, 2022)

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 Sunday to Thursday from 5 pm to 10 pm and Friday & Saturday from 5 pm to 11 pm.

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