Canada 150 - Come out and celebrate!

Canada 150

Come out and celebrate in December!

Join us to celebrate the end of an unforgettable year and the beginning of a new one! Events and activities of all kinds await you in Canada’s Capital Region during the whole month of December, as well as skating activities in communities across the country.

Consult the calendar of events

Featured events

December 30-31 schedule modified due to extreme cold weather

Canada 150, one last time! – Closing events

Given Environment Canada’s extreme cold warning and due to public health and safety concerns, please note that, as with the City of Ottawa outdoor programming, artistic programming for the Canada 150 closing events on Parliament Hill for December 30th and 31st has been modified.‎

The presentation of Nimidiwin from 4 p.m to 5:30 p.m. at the Canadian Museum of History, the Christmas Lights Across Canada multimedia show and public skating on the Canada 150 Rink, including extended hours right through midnight on‎ December 31st, continue as planned. Also, pyrotechnics and a laser show will light up the sky at midnight on Parliament Hill.

December 7 to February 28

Skating on Parliament Hill

From December 7 to February 28, for the first time ever, Canadians and visitors of all ages will glide into winter by skating with their friends and family on a NHL-size rink on Parliament Hill. This is a once-in-a-life-time experience you do not want to miss!

December 7 - January 7

Christmas Lights Across Canada

Canadians will experience winter magic in a stunning historical setting thanks to the Christmas Lights Across Canada program. On December 7, people of all ages will enjoy the magnificent illumination ceremony on the grounds of Parliament Hill. As everyone gets into the holiday spirit, the magical winter lightscapes show projected on the Parliament buildings will dazzle the audience following the ceremony. Enjoy this magical show—along with the hundreds of thousands of lights that will brighten up Canada’s Capital Region—as many times as your heart desires until January 7!

December 10

Canada 150 Skating Day

Hop on the ice and take part in a nationwide skating party! On December 10, communities across the country will engage in a sport that is an important part of Canada’s culture and heritage. So lace-up your skates and have fun!

December 13

Symbols of Nunavut added to the Centennial Flame

Come and admire the Centennial Flame that will now shine again and will include Nunavut, Canada’s newest territory. Take a photo with this national landmark that will pay tribute to the story of Nunavut, its people, and its contribution to our Canadian identity.

Discover the fascinating history of the Centennial Flame Monument

Find out more about the symbols of Nunavut

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