Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire? – Apartment 613

This weekend marks the end of November, and as December soon approaches, the holiday season has begun. While you can keep yourself as busy as Santa Claus on Christmas Eve with all the craft fairs and holiday markets this weekend, there are a few other amazing things happening here in Ottawa that you will not want to miss either.

The whole weekend

‘It’s season for craft fairs and Christmas markets and there’s plenty going on this weekend. Ottawa Christmas Market begins this weekend with their Christmas tree lighting ceremony, which takes place at 6pm on Friday. There will be food and beverages, vendors, live musical performances and activities taking place throughout the weekend. While most of the events do not require any pre-registration, there are a few that do, so be sure to check the schedule in advance and reserve your tickets so you do not miss anything.

If you attend the Ottawa Christmas Market on Saturday or Sunday, you should also check out the Ottawa Farmers’ Market Christmas Market in the Aberdeen Pavilion. This market offers close to 80 local vendors including Arepas Place, Bryson Farms, Dunrobin Distilleries, Joshua Tree Jewelery, Kamosu Miso, Ottawa Garlic and many more.

Adàwàning Indigenous Women’s Virtual Art Market begins Friday morning. The work of 50 women-identifying original artists will be available for you to purchase. You will find all kinds of beautiful pearl clothing, moccasins, cards and crafts along with many other things.

There is also a Christmas market taking place in Old Aylmer at Memorial Park on the corner of Principale and Park Street. Enjoy some great food truck treats and shop over 30 different vendors.

Glebe Craft and Artisan Fair is in its second weekend at the Glebe Community Center. Tickets are not required, but guests must show proof of vaccination and complete a health check at the door. Here you will find all sorts of great gifts for those on your list, from jewelry to home decor, perishable items and more.

Upper Canada Village’s annual Alight at Night Festival begins this weekend. With over a million Christmas lights, the village has been transformed into a beautiful winter landscape. Take the kids on a visit with Santa, take a ride on a life-size toy train, enjoy a Beaver Tail and some hot chocolate, or take a date with it and book a horse-drawn carriage ride through the village. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

If you want to see Christmas lights but do not like to be out in the cold, the Magic of Lights at Wesley Clover Parks allows you to enjoy Christmas lights from the comfort of your car. Tickets are available at the entrance, but you save $ 15 on weekend nights if you book your ticket online in advance.

European Union Film Festival, held online again this year, is in its final weekend. Nine films will be shown this weekend from places like Poland, Portugal, Estonia and Cyprus. Tickets cost $ 12 each, or you can watch five movies for $ 50. Showtimes for each film are flexible within a 48-hour period, so you can easily fit a film into your weekend schedule.


The vernissage of Dominik Sokolowski’s solo show will take place in the Alpha Art Gallery in ByWard Market on Thursday night. The exhibition features a range of abstract paintings inspired by autumn.

The Night Market – Nepean Holiday Edition is being held this Thursday. Come and have dinner served by The Grilled Tomato, and enjoy some live music and an opportunity to make some of your holiday shopping with 35 local vendors.

If you’re looking for the perfect gift for the art enthusiast on your list, the Ottawa School of Arts’ 37th annual holiday art sale kicks off this Thursday night and runs through December 12th. At the sale you will find original works by the school’s students, instructors and local artists. Not only will your purchase support a local artist, but it will also help fund the Ottawa School of Arts scholarship program.


Capital Rainbow Refuge is hosting its Middle East Soiree, a gala to support LGTBQI refugees, Friday night. The event is held both in person, in the Horticultural Building at Lansdowne, as well as virtually. Tickets for the personal event include dinner, dessert and two free drinks. For those who want to participate virtually, it’s too late to get a meal delivered to your home, but why not order from one of your favorite Middle Eastern restaurants and enjoy an evening of storytelling, music, belly dancing and drag queens?

Concerts have returned to the Bronson Center and their renewal is really, really nice. This Friday night, Halluci Nation is on the bill, starting at Another exciting piece of information: One of our favorite local DJs, DJ Magnificent, opens for them.


For more live music with a whole different feel, head down to Club SAW on Saturday for the folk band The Weather Station’s second show on their Ignorance World Tour.


Ending a weekend of Christmas markets and craft fairs is another holiday art market at the National Arts Center. Pre-register for a timed slot and shop over 60 different vendors. There will also be live music and DJs at the event to set the mood while you read.

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