2018 Christmas Tree Lighting


November 30, 2018

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  • November 30, 2018 @ 6:00 PM


In Front of the Aberdeen Pavilion

The Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (OSEG) today announced that the 3rd annual lighting of the Lansdowne Christmas Tree will take place on Friday, November 30th at 6 pm. Ottawa/Gatineau residents and visitors to the region are invited to attend and officially launch the holiday season with Christmas carolers, REDBLACKS’ mascot Big Joe Ho Ho and his friends Sparky and Riley Raccoon, players from TD Place sports teams, the REDBLACKS’ cheer team and, rumour has it, Santa Clause. All are welcome and complimentary hot chocolate and cider will be served.

“I’m not sure if you can call it a holiday tradition just yet, but that’s what it’s becoming,” said Mark Goudie, OSEG’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “It’s spectacular to see the 40-foot tree lighted with the Aberdeen Pavilion in Christmas colours in the background, and I think “Elf” fans would tell you, it really moves the needle on the Clausometer.”

“The Lansdowne Christmas tree brings people from all over the city to the Glebe,” said Andrew Peck, Executive Director of the Glebe BIA. “The sight itself sets a wonderful scene for family photos and gets everyone into the spirit of the holiday.”

The tree lighting event, which will take place at the west face of the Aberdeen, will also power-up a canopy of lights in Aberdeen Square on the north side of the historic building. “Starting next year, Aberdeen Square will be home to the Ottawa Christmas Market, which will be modelled on the Christmas markets of Europe,” said Goudie. “We’ll have a taste of that this season on Saturdays and Sundays and visitors are encouraged to check it out.”

Also on Saturdays and Sundays throughout December, families can take horse-drawn wagon rides around Lansdowne Park and warm-up inside the Aberdeen where the Ottawa Farmers’ Market will be open starting at 9:00 am. The Farmers’ Market is the city’s only year-round market, featuring local grains, meats, cheeses, fruits and veggies, baked goods and locally created artisan crafts and jewelry.

A schedule of activities taking place in Aberdeen Square will be posted at Ottawachristmasmarket.com and updated as they are confirmed.