European InfluencePublished on December 9, 2019


Ottawa’s own traditional European-style Christmas market debuts this year. The Casino Lac-Leamy Plaza at Lansdowne Park will be transformed by the magic of the season with a forest of Christmas trees spectacularly lit with over 100,000 energy-efficient Christmas lights.

The Ottawa Christmas Market will feature Christmas cabins for artisans offering a unique shopping experience and seasonal food and beverage vendors, a central bar, live entertainment and fire pits. The festive season kicks off with the traditional lighting of the Christmas tree on November 29 and the market will be open on weekends until December 22.

This event is being organized by the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group and is being supported by several sponsors and a grant from Ottawa Tourism’s Development Fund.

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Ring in the New Year with a laugh at the Shenkman Arts Centre! The 9th Annual New Year’s Eve Comedy Night showcases three award-winning Canadian comedians from the Ottawa area: Jen Grant, Christina Walkinshaw and Julien Dionne.

As this year’s host, Jen Grant brings over 20 years’ experience as a stand-up comedian and comedic storyteller. Christina Walkinshaw has a 30-minute comedy special on CTV and is a regular on The Debaters. Julien Dionne is an experienced stand-up comic with radio and TV appearances and his own show, The Julien Dionne Comedy House Podcast.

Co-presented by Fusion Arts Management and the Shenkman Arts Centre, this popular annual event always sells out and promises to be a great way to start the New Year!

Tickets are $57 at or call the box office, 613-580-2700.


Get into the holiday spirit at the National Arts Centre. Sing along to all your favourite Christmas carols featuring singer Meredith Lustig, Ottawa’s adored Cantata Singers and conductor, Rei Hotoda.

Meredith Lustig is an accomplished vocalist praised for her great versatility and sophistication. The Cantata Singers are one of the foremost choirs in Eastern Ontario and are long-standing performers at the NAC. Finally, Rei Hotoda is described as a dynamic conductor and accomplished pianist with an international reputation.

Enjoy all your favorite carols ranging from the traditional to the contemporary, presented by this talented group of entertainers. Holiday Hits runs from December 12–14 at Southam Hall at the National Arts Centre.

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Sandy Connell

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